Title: Batwoman (2017-) #17
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Fernando Blanco
Cover: Dan Panosian
Publication Date: July 18, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Kate Kane’s latest assignment is leaving her cold-it’s a cold case that forces her to team up with GCPD Detective Renee Montoya, and which, as usual, has Gotham City running out of time. Is this the start of a beautiful crime-fighting partnership? No spoilers, but expect sparks and punches to fly!”
Time is a fickle friend as Batwoman quickly discovers; Gotham has a new villain and a new pill is flooding the streets of Gotham giving the person who takes it the ability to see briefly into the future. Guess it’s up to Batwoman to step in and save the day. But tick-tock, time is is catching-up to Batwoman.
Batwoman (2017-) #17 has been one of my favorite reads from DC so far this year. Marguerite Bennett’s use of time throughout the issue is spot on, from the clock-faced robots to the time traveling pill to the flashback, Bennett finds unique and fun ways to weave literal and figurative elements of time throughout the issue. Even the pace of the issue is timed…see what I did there?…just right, a balance between forward moving action and retrospection. It all culminates in the final page, where the panels overlap displaying the various pictorial representations of time.
The artwork from Fernando Blanco is on par with Bennett’s script. Blanco’s art is detailed, dark and a bit moody, but he contrasts those image with Batwoman herself utilizing her signature color, red. Equally compelling is Blanco’s visual use of time, the clocks, the flashback, the gears and mechanisms of the clock, even the kitty kitchen timer all represent the ways in which time effects Batwoman and the reader.
The Bottom Line:
The perfect balance between words and art, Bennett and Blanco make a perfect pairing. The literal and figurative use of time creates a complex opening to what is shaping into a terrific story arc.