“Batwoman” #28 continues Marc Andreyko and Jeremy Haun’s first major storyline on the title, as the duo continue to pit Batwoman against the art thief Wolf Spider. But while the Wolf Spider storyline is running fairly smoothly, the domestic challenges that Kate is running up against feel a little out of the blue.
Andreyko has paced out the Wolf Spider story fairly well, with this issue giving us half of the answer on why he’s stealing very specific pieces of art even as more valuable ones are left behind. The other half of the answer still remains a mystery, but at this point we have enough of an inkling of what all of the paintings together will reveal that it’s satisfying. At the same time, by not having all of the answer given up at once, Andreyko gives us something to still look forward to.
Wolf Spider’s identity (which to be fair, felt fairly obvious in the first chapter of the story) is practically confirmed this issue too, thanks to a conversation between Kate and Evan. At this point the obvious lie makes Evan’s involvement in the storyline click firmly into place, although of course there’s always a chance for a last-second feint by Andreyko. The one strange thing is that the scene plays out with Kate seemingly putting together all of the pieces as well (given her reaction to Evan’s statement), but later in the issue she seems once more in the dark.
The one bit that doesn’t work just yet is the demand from Maggie that Kate start seeing a psychiatrist. It comes completely out of left field, with the logic on how it connects to last month’s cliffhanger ending up a bit of a head-scratcher. The thing is, while the motivation for Kate seeing a psychiatrist feels a little off, this also looks to be something that could have a great payoff. Kate is a massive bundle of buried neuroses, after all, and if handled correctly it could be an incredibly fun storyline. As a result, I’m willing to let this initial step slide a bit if it gives us something good in a few months time.
Haun’s art is excellent on “Batwoman.” He’s a good choice for Andreyko’s direction on the title, able to handle the big action moments as well as the slightly quieter and more personal scenes. Batwoman still looks striking but also effective in her outfit, while the battered Kate comes across as both something with a tough exterior while still a little vulnerable. Batwoman’s big hair whips and moves around the page well, and her taking out the thugs in the pool hall has a strong sense of movement. There are some fun little touches too, like the old school go-go checks serving as page borders for the flashback scene. Hopefully Haun will stick around on “Batwoman” for a while, because he’s a good artist that brings a fun flare to the pages.
The occasional rough spot aside, “Batwoman” #28 shows a creative team that’s settled well into their new title. The sudden changeover in creators could have proven to be disastrous, but “Batwoman” #28 works. The book is definitely a more traditional superhero comic now, but it’s also a well-crafted superhero comic. I’ll miss the old creative team, but the new one has proven itself well enough that I’m definitely sticking around.