So, I’ve been putting off doing my Edge of Tomorrow Book Vs. Movie post for awhile now, it’s still in the works I’m just not sure where I’m going with it and want to pull it together a bit more before posting. So, instead of that, let’s talk about Batwoman. More than that even, let’s talk about the fact that DC/Andreyko/Bat-editorial has decided that Kate Kane needs to break up with her fiance Maggie Sawyer.
Having stopped getting my pull list for various reasons I’m obviously a little behind on this. The back story, for those of you who don’t follow the comic, involves Maggie’s ex-husband suing for full custody of their daughter. Despite knowing that Maggie is a lesbian, that being the reason he has primary custody in the first place, he’s found out that she’s dating and that Jamie has met Kate and that just isn’t OK with him. So Maggie’s off fighting that while Kate is back in Gotham being the title character and feeling like Maggie would be better off without her or doesn’t want her, because Maggie is busy trying to keep her ability to see her daughter and doesn’t realize that her fiance’s relationship fears run this deep. Kate cuts a deal with the homophobic ex-husband, he drops the suit and she’ll stay away from Maggie and the kid. She doesn’t talk to Maggie about this or have the decency to break up with her to her face, no, she leaves a note and moves her stuff out. The issue ends with vampire sex because reasons?
This is one of those things where I’m honestly not surprised that the fandom doesn’t seem to be saying much. It isn’t that is doesn’t absolutely suck on a number of levels, it’s that it’s kind of expected. There is no shock here. For Future’s End, DC already said, “Hey Batwoman was turned into a vampire by her ex, Nocturna”, so unless they were going to have her ex from West Point be the villain, she was going to wind up breaking up with Maggie or they were going to kill Maggie off.
It’s also a really poor way of going about the break up and really does nothing to serve either of the characters. Maggie’s set back to square one as far as custody is concerned, which in this case is almost a good thing, but she no longer has her apparently loving fiance to offer emotional support. Kate went from doing just about everything she could to help to making a shitty deal, without talking to Maggie about it at all, and then leaving her seemingly out of nowhere. This isn’t a solution. It just tells Maggie’s ex that he can pull this again when she starts dating someone else. It makes Kate look terribly childish and somewhat stupid, seriously, she can’t think that this is a permanent fix. I’m now imagining Batwoman scaring off all of Maggie’s future dates, for her own good you see.
This is also where I admit, I’m finding myself not at all a fan of Andreyko’s writing. I don’t know how much of this is editorial mandates and how much of it is him, and I’d heard good things about his previous work, but this is just bad. I get that DC is going for dark and serious but this is just ridiculous and, as with before with fans already knowing this was coming, I think that there hasn’t been as much of an out cry on this one because people just don’t care any more. They’ve taken a character with tons of potential and, like a lot of their other characters, just buried her in grimness and everything constantly getting worse and I think that people have become numb to that. There isn’t a ray of hope or a safe home for Batwoman, so what does anything matter?
I’ll probably post more on this later, ways that I think they could have handled it better. But I’m tired.