:00_dc_pride_ll: [World of Bats] PRIDE MONTH: Detective Comics #854-857 "Batwoman: Elegy" :00_dc_pride_ll:

Hello Gothamites, and welcome to the World of Bats, the Batman Book Club!

Sorry for being a little late, but we got something special going. The World of Bats, along with several other clubs have been plotting and scheming for the past few months to bring out a big blow-out for Pride Month! So throughout the month of June, the World of Bats will be showing a spotlight on some of the great LGBT+ characters in the greater Gotham area.

And to kick things off, we’re going to go with Detective Comics #854-857, the first solo adventure of Kate Kane/Batwoman “Elegy,” written by Greg Rucka and drawn by J.H. Williams III!

A new era begins as Batwoman is unleashed on Gotham City! Marked by the blood-red bat emblem, Kate Kane is a soldier fighting her own private war - one that began years ago and haunts her every waking moment. In this first tale, Batwoman battles a madwoman known only as Alice, inspired by Alice in Wonderland, who sees her life as a fairy tale and everyone around her as expendable extras! Batwoman must stop Alice from unleashing a toxic death cloud over all of Gotham City – but Alice has more up her sleeve than just poison, and Batwoman’s life will never ever be the same again.

Oh, and super-cool thing – as part of Pride Month, the first issue of this story is actually available FOR FREE for the month of June on DC Universe Infinite, as well as many more issues spotlighting the great LGBT+ characters in DC Comics!

DC thankfully has a handy-dandy link to all the issues of Rucka’s run on Detective comics, so you can find these four issues and more here: Batwoman: Elegy

And if after reading these issues you want more (I won’t blame you if you do!), the Birds of Prey Book Club is also focusing on Kate as well, including the next arc that’s after this one, “Go!” So check them out too!

Due to having to start on the day for stuff like the free comic, this week will be a little shorter than normal, going from 2021-06-01T05:00:00Z2021-06-04T05:00:00Z, but as always you’re welcome to come back later to surprise us all with your thoughts – just keep the Alice In Wonderland quotes to a minimum. :stuck_out_tongue:

Looking forward to talking about this awesome comic with all of you! :smiley:

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What happened to poor Kate between 52 and this story? She lost absolutely all coloration in her skin! :stuck_out_tongue:


Well, there was the one time she got gaslit by a vamp–wait, that was a little later. Nevermind. :sweat_smile:


So this takes place after the events of 52? I recall the crime bible and them going after Kate Kane’s heart from 52.

I quite enjoyed reading it, I think Rucka almost always does good work as a storyteller. The art is very eye-popping, too. The constant contrast between Kate and Alice has great visual appeal.


I love the artwork in ‘Batwoman: Elegy’ and the detail in the costume design for Alice’s first comic book appearance! So far this is my favorite outfit for her character.


Yep! This takes place after the events of 52 as well as the mini-series Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood and I believe Final Crisis: Revelations.

And yeah, this is definitely Rucka and Williams at their best. :smiley:

I agree – is it practical? Hell no. But it is so distinctive, and I think actually makes Kate’s more realistic costume stand out all the more. It just overall makes an impression and I think is part of why she’s still around even today.

Thank you both for sharing your thoughts! :slight_smile:


Thank you for your works and for sharing this with us. All good stuff.