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    Default Kate Kane/Batwoman Appreciation



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    (I promise Kate isn't shooting at you. Just the bad guys.)

    Here be, the brand new, shiny thread devoted to Kate Kane.

    Why celebrate Kate Kane?: Because she's one of the most prominent LGBTQ members of the DC Universe, and is one of the few things DC did right, post-reboot. Because rather than turn Kate into another vehicle for mass titillation, DC managed to create a compelling character whose struggles were all too real and are something we can all relate to. While some of us might not be able to relate to being kicked out of West Point for our sexual orientation, we can relate to the sense of injustice Kate felt afterwards, and we can also relate to the desire to be true to ourselves, even if we're punished for it in the process.

    And Kate's compelling narratives were delivered with fantastic prose that was penned by Greg Rucka, and absolutely sensational art that was gifted to us by J.H Williams III (and later, W. Haden Blackman). While Batwoman's creative team has been shuffled a few times, and is currently penned by Marc Andreyko, what Kate represents still stands, and this groundbreaking character deserves to be lauded. So let's do that here.

    Information about Kate.

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    http://hellyeahkatekane.tumblr.com/

    Credit for the wallpaper goes to kestinstewart. The gif is mine.
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    Trevor McCarthy art work from Batwoman Annual #1

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    Default Fan art of Kate



    Kate Kane, Helena Bertinelli, Selina Kyle and others

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    From Batwoman #17

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    Really like the character. Highlight of it, Batwoman: Elegy. Great book.

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    Batwoman's a great character.

    I really haven't read an appearance by her that I didn't like, but I'd say her teamup with Wonder Woman is probably my favorite story thus far. Two awesome DC ladies from such radically different worlds? What's not to love?

    So glad she's finally free of her DEO slavery. That was really hurting my enjoyment of the book.
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    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
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    Does this woman ever go to the tanning booths?

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    I was originally opposed to her re-introduction in 52. I just felt there were too many Gotham based characters, especially at that time, and making yet another Bat seemed unnecessary to me.

    I do not like the original Batwoman or the era she was most prominent in, so was entirely uninterested in a re-hash.

    Of course, I had underestimated Greg Rucka.

    I enjoyed her in 52, but Elegy was fantastic and really pushed the character for me. I loved the fact that she was almost entirely divorced from the rest of the Bat-Family and had an entirely different reason for, and method of, doing what she does.

    Her New 52 title has been great and, although I was very sorry to see the original team leave, I've been a fan of Marc Andreyko since the start of Manhunter.

    I also think Kate's relationship with Maggie is one of the most believable I have seen in a mainstream comic in years.

    On a final note, she has one of the most badass new costume designs of the last decade.

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    Kate Kane is my favorite Bat-character, easily.

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    I've been a fan of Kate since she was introduced back in 52- her relationship with Renee was beautiful, with just enough tragedy to avoid becoming a cliche (Their scene on the rooftop in The Crime Bible miniseries still gives me chills).

    I really worry about her being integrated too much into the regular Bat-Universe though- there are already so many characters in there that I don't want her to just become another face in the crowd!

    Batwoman has definitely been my favourite book of the New 52 though. I love Kate so much, I got a Batwoman tattoo!

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    "It is wrong to assume that art needs the spectator in order to be. The film runs on without any eyes. The spectator cannot exist without it. It ensures his existence." -- James Douglas Morrison

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    Quote Originally Posted by oasis1313 View Post
    Does this woman ever go to the tanning booths?
    But the pale look is why we like her!

    The lack-of-vitamin-E-efficiency just gives her a vampiric look, and that's perfect considering that fear is a necessary component, in her war against crime.

    I'm sure most people would piss their pants if they saw a giant, pale, redheaded Bat come after them. Hence why the alabaster skin tone works for her.
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