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Meet The Unknowns… Clayface: a desperate man driven to madness and monstrosity by a magical artifact that transformed him into a shapeshifting killer. Ragman: a guardian of Gotham City whose supernatural suit is woven from a thousand lost souls. Etrigan the Demon: a prince of Hell bonded to a human host a millennium ago, desperate to free himself ever since. And Batwoman: a cr Meet The Unknowns… Clayface: a desperate man driven to madness and monstrosity by a magical artifact that transformed him into a shapeshifting killer. Ragman: a guardian of Gotham City whose supernatural suit is woven from a thousand lost souls. Etrigan the Demon: a prince of Hell bonded to a human host a millennium ago, desperate to free himself ever since. And Batwoman: a crimefighter whose alter ego, Kate Kane, may have just lost the love of her life, only to find passion in the arms of a creature of the night. Heroes, villains, something in between-to each of them, the others are a complete unknown.But an ancient evil has returned from beyond the grave: Morgan Le Fey, the mad witch who destroyed King Arthur’s Camelot and would do the same to all civilization.It’s an evil this fearsome foursome can only stop together-if they don’t tear each other apart first… Writer Marc Andreyko and artists Georges Jeanty and Juan José Ryp present BATWOMAN: THE UNKNOWNS (collects issues #35-40, BATWOMAN ANNUAL #2, and BATWOMAN: FUTURES END #1) - a tale of magic and mayhem that will take Batwoman from the gutters of Gotham to the coldness of space to the depths of her own heart!


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Meet The Unknowns… Clayface: a desperate man driven to madness and monstrosity by a magical artifact that transformed him into a shapeshifting killer. Ragman: a guardian of Gotham City whose supernatural suit is woven from a thousand lost souls. Etrigan the Demon: a prince of Hell bonded to a human host a millennium ago, desperate to free himself ever since. And Batwoman: a cr Meet The Unknowns… Clayface: a desperate man driven to madness and monstrosity by a magical artifact that transformed him into a shapeshifting killer. Ragman: a guardian of Gotham City whose supernatural suit is woven from a thousand lost souls. Etrigan the Demon: a prince of Hell bonded to a human host a millennium ago, desperate to free himself ever since. And Batwoman: a crimefighter whose alter ego, Kate Kane, may have just lost the love of her life, only to find passion in the arms of a creature of the night. Heroes, villains, something in between-to each of them, the others are a complete unknown.But an ancient evil has returned from beyond the grave: Morgan Le Fey, the mad witch who destroyed King Arthur’s Camelot and would do the same to all civilization.It’s an evil this fearsome foursome can only stop together-if they don’t tear each other apart first… Writer Marc Andreyko and artists Georges Jeanty and Juan José Ryp present BATWOMAN: THE UNKNOWNS (collects issues #35-40, BATWOMAN ANNUAL #2, and BATWOMAN: FUTURES END #1) - a tale of magic and mayhem that will take Batwoman from the gutters of Gotham to the coldness of space to the depths of her own heart!

30 review for Batwoman, Volume 6: The Unknowns

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (C+) 64% | Almost Satisfactory Notes: It’s sham storytelling: a puppet show parody, perfidiously phony, and not pretty enough to camouflage its stupidity.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Really? This is it? This is the end to a comic that used to be such a fantastic title? Well. Ok, then...*bites knuckles, chokes back sob* Don't mind me, I'll just be over in the corner wallowing in my disappointment. On the flip side, I get to use this one for our Shallow Halloween Read, because it's stuffed to the gills with Creatures of the Night! {insert thunderous boom & evil cackling here} While not taking home the prize for Worst Comic Ever Written, it's still pretty damn painful. Especia Really? This is it? This is the end to a comic that used to be such a fantastic title? Well. Ok, then...*bites knuckles, chokes back sob* Don't mind me, I'll just be over in the corner wallowing in my disappointment. On the flip side, I get to use this one for our Shallow Halloween Read, because it's stuffed to the gills with Creatures of the Night! {insert thunderous boom & evil cackling here} While not taking home the prize for Worst Comic Ever Written, it's still pretty damn painful. Especially when you've read this title for years, and eagerly anticipated each volume because of its unique look and feel. Then watched as the original creative team left, and a new one (probably through no fault of their own) took it down several notches. And now this. This weird finale. An Out-of-Nowhere team-up with Out-of-Nowhere characters! Red Alice, Clayface, Etrigan, & Ragman. Ragman? Who the fuck is Ragman?! Huh. Ok. Apparently, he's for real. He has a Rag-suit that's made out of souls, and he... Ah, fuck it. You don't care. Anyway, it opens, as all good DC stories do, (<--total lie) with an oversimplified origin story for Kate. Secret Origins #3, to be exact. So after the hamfisted Secret shhhh! Origin issue, the real story begins. IN SPACE! I know, right? Why is Batwoman fighting Morgan Le Fay and a horde of demons - who appear to be coming out of a satellite? Time for a flashback... Nope. Not that kind. The kind that tells you how Kate ended up in a space shuttle with Clayface, Etrigan, Ragman, Red Alice, and Mark Watney*. Do you want to know why these guys are a team? Great, then you can read this for yourself! And if you figure out why these guys were lumped together, you let me know, ok? Fine. There is an attempt to made to make this team seem plausible, but it still seemed too out there for me. I understand that Batwoman deals with the paranormal a lot, but that doesn't mean you have to pull Etrigan out of whatever rock he's been hiding under, Ragman out of obscurity, or scrape Clayface off the bottom of your shoe, in order for her to get a few partners. Red Alice was an...odd choice, as well. Sure, she Kate's twin sister, but wasn't she a homicidal maniac in every other volume? What? A few days & one spa treatment later, and now she's totally fine?! Maggie is still angry at Kate over their break-up and more than a little pissed that she's dating a serial killer. And speaking of Nocturna... Ewwww! Ewwww, to gross/awkward panels like this one! Is she a vampire or just a Black Widow? Dum, dum, dum! Who cares?! Look at these ugly panels! Sorry, I wish I could go on, but I'm too busy mourning the art & storytelling from the good old days. Remember JH Williams & W. Haden Blackman's Batwoman? Let's have a moment of silence... It's really sad when you remember what this comic used to look like. *shakes fist at DC* But this is almost as good, right? Moving on... Shockingly, (<--sarcasm) it ends with another of those stupid-ass Future's End stories that make no sense. Can someone please tell me the point of these?! Is there actually some grand plan for these shitty tag along issues they shoehorn into all these titles? Will a compilation volume be forthcoming? And will said compilation volume make more sense than each of these fucked-up single issues? What's the plan, here?! What's the PLAN, DC? *pant, pant* Whatever. Evidently, she's going to turn into a vampire at some point. No. You read that right. Vampire. Yes, it's as stupid as it sounds. I knew it wasn't going to be great, but I read this anyway. I just needed to finish this title out. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who feel like that, and I'm not sorry I read it. I'm mostly just sorry that the Powers That Be at DC decided to wreck this one. *(view spoiler)[Just checking to see if you were paying attention! (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This book is an absolute mess. It starts off with a disjointed throw-away secret origin. Then it goes directly into the regular book with Batwoman in space and teamed up with the Demon and Clayface among others. First of all sending Batwoman to space is just dumb. The whole issue is this big battle with Morgan Le Fay and her demons. There's no narration to clue you in that this is what's to come in the future. The issue ends with her blacking out. The next issue picks up where the last volume le This book is an absolute mess. It starts off with a disjointed throw-away secret origin. Then it goes directly into the regular book with Batwoman in space and teamed up with the Demon and Clayface among others. First of all sending Batwoman to space is just dumb. The whole issue is this big battle with Morgan Le Fay and her demons. There's no narration to clue you in that this is what's to come in the future. The issue ends with her blacking out. The next issue picks up where the last volume left off. As the story presents itself, it really feels like they printed the story out of order and just said "Screw it! It'll cost too much to reprint. The book's ending anyway so screw the fans." Anyway now Kate is in this abusive relationship with Nocturna. It really goes against the strong character that Williams and Blackmon created in Kate. And makes for a terrible role model for young women. After the nonsensical Morgan Le Fay wraps up, it finishes off with an odd Future's End story where Batwoman is a vampire and the team from the last story hunts her down and kills her.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Remember the (one of many) short-lived New 52 series, Demon Knights? Well, some of that cast has been folded into Batwoman for no reason. And DC have dropped the “New 52” logo (it's officially dead, hooray!) on the cover though the storyline is still carrying on from when it was part of that range. Morgan le Fay is pursuing power for the sake of power (always a compelling motivation… zzz…) and it’s up to Batwoman to stop her. Along for the ride are a motley crew: Etrigan (sans Jason Blood), Alic Remember the (one of many) short-lived New 52 series, Demon Knights? Well, some of that cast has been folded into Batwoman for no reason. And DC have dropped the “New 52” logo (it's officially dead, hooray!) on the cover though the storyline is still carrying on from when it was part of that range. Morgan le Fay is pursuing power for the sake of power (always a compelling motivation… zzz…) and it’s up to Batwoman to stop her. Along for the ride are a motley crew: Etrigan (sans Jason Blood), Alice (now calling herself “Red Alice”, also for no reason), Clayface and Ragman. They call themselves The Unknowns - unknown to whom? Who knows. Maybe that’s the point? Writer Marc Andreyko is just throwing whatever into Batwoman and hoping it’ll stick. It doesn't work - this storyline was rubbish! When did “Red” Alice become good? Or Etrigan for that matter? Clayface is written as good because he’s got amnesia (god, this really is like a soap opera…!). Ragman - where did he come from? He’s not Ragdoll from Secret Six if that’s what you’re thinking. And why are they all working together? It doesn’t make sense! Kate is still seeing Natalia Mitternacht and hasn’t figured out yet that she’s a vampire who’s slowly turning her into a vampire. That’s resolved in this volume but not in a very imaginative way - it's still the only interesting storyline in this book. Also included is an unnecessary origin story from Secret Origins #3 and a pointless issue, Batwoman: Future’s End #1. I don’t really know what Future’s End is (DC characters become evil cyborgs in the future, I think - pass!) and what happens in that issue is so stupid as to continue to keep me away from that series. I didn’t mind Georges Jeanty’s art which isn't amazing but also isn't that bad, though I hated his Etrigan who looks like he’s moulded out of Play-Doh - and this is a comic that also features Mr Play-Doh himself, Clayface! Also Morgan le Fay looks identical to Ex Nihilo from Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers. Not sure who’s ripping off who here, just clocking the similarity. The last Batwoman book wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either - I thought Andreyko might be shaping up the series to take Kate in a potentially enthralling direction. But no, he drops the ball with this very poor quality volume full of awful storylines, poor characterisations, and weak art. The Unknowns is unfortunately yet another terrible Batwoman book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Quite a drop in quality from the usual 5 and rarely 4 stars given to previous books when Williams was one of the writers. I could go into the details but the other reviews have covered the salient points. I'm sorry they ruined you, Batwoman. OVERALL GRADE: C minus to C. Quite a drop in quality from the usual 5 and rarely 4 stars given to previous books when Williams was one of the writers. I could go into the details but the other reviews have covered the salient points. I'm sorry they ruined you, Batwoman. OVERALL GRADE: C minus to C.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luce

    This is a hot mess. Batwoman was always a smart series, about bigger issues than the latest baddies assaulting Gotham. Kate Kane was not a 20 year old with delusions of grandeur. She was an adult; a soldier who wore the suit to serve her country in the only way she could after being thrown out of West Point. She was in a healthy relationship that was not always easy, but she and Maggie valued each other enough to keep working at it. Now we have Kate and Maggie at each other throats like petty tee This is a hot mess. Batwoman was always a smart series, about bigger issues than the latest baddies assaulting Gotham. Kate Kane was not a 20 year old with delusions of grandeur. She was an adult; a soldier who wore the suit to serve her country in the only way she could after being thrown out of West Point. She was in a healthy relationship that was not always easy, but she and Maggie valued each other enough to keep working at it. Now we have Kate and Maggie at each other throats like petty teenagers instead of talking out their issues like the adults they are, Kate in an awful abusive relationship that is being presented as normal (including some lovely rape victim-blaming, and was Nocturna's little speech about her abusive stepfather supposed to justify her behaviour? :/), and a bunch of completely random new characters who showed up out of nowhere and have no connection to any previous story arc. Also for the love of god I just want SOMEONE to explain how Kate's sister survived and became Alice. If you're going to reuse her more times than Moffat reuses Daleks, I'll need a goddamn origin story. And I understand that quoting Alice in Wonderland is this character's thing, but half of those quotes were taken from Tim Burton's film, not Lewis Carroll's book. Not only were the quotes lazy but the whole shtick was poorly executed and was annoying instead of clever. Let's not even talk about the totally random Harry Potter and Hunger Games references. And what the FUCK was that ending?! When Andreyko's run started to tank DC should have brought Williams and Blackman back and just let Kate and Maggie get married on the page. Maybe then one of their most promising titles wouldn't have ended up down the toilet. I'm almost glad this got axed before it could get any worse, but mostly I'm just angry at DC for being so careless with such an important diverse title.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    1.5 stars This is such a weird volume. This series started strong enough to make Batwoman a favorite hero of mine, but then the writer changed and it just dropped off down to this. This isn't really a spoiler, but how did Batwoman, Ragman, Etrigan, and Clayface all end up on a ragtag team of do-gooders who follow a fight with Morgaine Le Fay into space and an alternate dimension? That being said, it was so far out of what I expected that it wasn't the worst thing I've ever read just for how ridicu 1.5 stars This is such a weird volume. This series started strong enough to make Batwoman a favorite hero of mine, but then the writer changed and it just dropped off down to this. This isn't really a spoiler, but how did Batwoman, Ragman, Etrigan, and Clayface all end up on a ragtag team of do-gooders who follow a fight with Morgaine Le Fay into space and an alternate dimension? That being said, it was so far out of what I expected that it wasn't the worst thing I've ever read just for how ridiculous it got at times. Overall, I'm only glad I read this to get closure on this series and because I guess it starts tying into Future's End. The writing was poorly executed and I find it hard to believe they published this under the impression this run wasn't over. Still, they could have given a last hurrah better than this.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 🌟 Kate deals with the return of Beth and Nocturna. She also forms a team with Clayface, Ragman, Etrigan, and Red Alice to fight Morgaine le Fey.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Carter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Before I say anything , Batwoman is my favourite superhero and before I read this I knew how bad it was supposed to be and that this was a major reason Batwoman was cancelled , I still bought the trade knowing this and went in with a really open mind and a need to love it and I saw some positive reviews on here ( maybe got my hopes up a bit) I don't really do reviews but I needed this out of my system. Semi spoilers below but at this point who cares. Well.... The artwork was ok? Like 80 percent fine Before I say anything , Batwoman is my favourite superhero and before I read this I knew how bad it was supposed to be and that this was a major reason Batwoman was cancelled , I still bought the trade knowing this and went in with a really open mind and a need to love it and I saw some positive reviews on here ( maybe got my hopes up a bit) I don't really do reviews but I needed this out of my system. Semi spoilers below but at this point who cares. Well.... The artwork was ok? Like 80 percent fine with 20 percent added googly eyes. The writing of this arc was just one massive clusterfuck , maybe they were trying to go into a completely different direction to gain new readers or try to stop this series from getting cancelled I don't know. I do know that it didn't feel like a Batwoman story . Bette wasn't in this which was a shame , neither was her father which seemed very odd as he is usually such a big part of Kate's missions and support team but then I guess she didn't really do anything to warrant it. What I just read wasn't Kate Kane it was a empty shell in a batsuit that was a pseudo vampire ? Vampire? Vampire??????? I genuinely don't know . The adding of the team of Etrigan , Clayface , Red Alice and Ragman literally came out of nowhere , made no sense and had no point , it flitted between times and the last issue was medieval time travel thing (I could have dreamt that or spaced out , who knows anymore) . Red Alice was surprisingly ok , like she was probably the most agreeable thing with these issues for me , but I was trying to find some positive. However all of that went down the drain with a unnecessary rape scene half way through which was later glossed over later on in another issue and tried to cover itself up after backlash by saying (no it totally wasn't rape because your brain actually wanted me ,soooooo totally not rape ) Major eyeroll The only saving grace to this trade was the first unconnected issue of secret origins which was thankfully written and drawn by people who seemed to actually know what Batwoman was about. Like seriously thank you Jeremy Haun . Write Kate whenever you want . I feel like I'm being really mean but it's sad. It's just we have had a really good Batwoman run overall up until volume 5 when J.H Williams had completely left the series so it's kind of dissapointing that the last we get is this and I'm sure Marc Andreyko had a plan for more issues and maybe this plot was going somewhere but for me it just really didn't work . If you want to complete the run then read it , if not just stick with volumes 1 through 4 and save yourself the dissapointment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you enjoyed the first 5 volumes, don't read this one. I've never dropped acid, but I imagine this is what a bad acid trip is like. The storyline and newly-introduced characters make no sense. Like literally no sense at all in any part of the entire history of bat-anything within the DC Comics universe. Very poorly written. Complete character assassination of Batwoman. This is a horrible end to what started out as a very good story full of possibilities. I really can't imagine how it could hav If you enjoyed the first 5 volumes, don't read this one. I've never dropped acid, but I imagine this is what a bad acid trip is like. The storyline and newly-introduced characters make no sense. Like literally no sense at all in any part of the entire history of bat-anything within the DC Comics universe. Very poorly written. Complete character assassination of Batwoman. This is a horrible end to what started out as a very good story full of possibilities. I really can't imagine how it could have ended much worse. As I made my way through this tortuous read, it appeared that despite the completely bad writing, they were at least pulling it together enough to eek out a happy ending and some semblance of closure on the last few pages, but no. They just had to go and add that very last part, and complete the cycle of destruction of everything that was ever good about this story. Shame on the writers for doing this to Batwoman and the readers who followed along for all this time. BIG, BIG SPOILER ALERT: > > > > > Apparently the "Kill your gays" trope is alive and well at DC Comics. And I mean not just kill her dead, but before they kill her dead, they destroy her character first. "Hey, I know! Let's have lesbian Batwoman dump her longtime partner, fall in love with an evil woman, turn her into a vampire murderer, send her into outer space (outer space? really?) to fight characters from Camelot, have her be unable to win without the help of two ugly ridiculous male counterparts we've never heard of, then have her appear to come to her senses and reconcile with her ex, then jump 5 years into the future where she's still a vampire after all, turns on her longtime partner again, and make her demented evil sister become the hero who saves the world from Batwoman by staking her like Buffy!" Who in the fuck thought any of this was a good idea?!?!?! I'm going to assume Andreyko, Jeanety, Story, and Major are not only bad writers, but that they also really hate lesbians, and be vigilant to never read anything with their names on it again. Hard to believe the same comics operation that brought us this garbage is now producing Bombshells. Hopefully they don't screw that up too, though it would be difficult to top Batwoman V6 in utter atrociousness.

  11. 4 out of 5

    The Sapphic Nerd

    Well. That's it then, huh? I'm... umm... *heavy sigh* The "Secret Origin" issue is a waste of time and turns Kate's emotional backstory into a disjointed, emotionless summary that you shouldn't even bother reading. Read the actual beginning of the Batwoman series instead (if you haven't already) and you'll fall in love with Kate Kane. So, where does our hero find herself when the story begins? In space. With a bunch of characters I either don't know or don't care about, and Kate's sister, Beth AKA Well. That's it then, huh? I'm... umm... *heavy sigh* The "Secret Origin" issue is a waste of time and turns Kate's emotional backstory into a disjointed, emotionless summary that you shouldn't even bother reading. Read the actual beginning of the Batwoman series instead (if you haven't already) and you'll fall in love with Kate Kane. So, where does our hero find herself when the story begins? In space. With a bunch of characters I either don't know or don't care about, and Kate's sister, Beth AKA Red Alice. I had no idea what was going on and that's a bad thing here. Instead of showing us the present and then going back in time, revealing the story chronologically would have made things smoother (because Batwoman in space, allied with villains, is way too weird to introduce without context with this writer). Then we go back in time to Batwoman getting vamprire-y, having drama with Maggie, and being manipulated by her current girlfriend, Nocturna (a bad vampire lady who kills all her husbands). Why Kate even lets her get near her in the first place is a mystery... But hey, it's not like much in this book makes sense (I mean, I understand what happens, I just don't understand why Andreyko saw fit to write it). I'm not gonna write about Batwoman's new squad because I honestly don't care about them, except for Red Alice. I'm a sucker for sister things, so I did want to see Beth get better - but I did not expect her to come back so quickly or to seem so psychologically stable (compared to before). It doesn't feel right. She definitely needs more time and we need to see her progress through madness into a relatively "normal" state. Is it just me, or are other people also wondering how Red Alice would get on with Harley Quinn? More weird stuff happens, more fighting, more character introductions, and more drama with Maggie (it sounds like the Maggie parts are a drag, but those are my favourite parts, along with the Kate/Beth personal moments), more creepy and manipulative Nocturna stuff (okay, this stuff I really don't like), the Kane twins reunite (with a perfectly sane Alice who Kate accepts immediately, without suspicion, and invites on a patrol), some confrontations happen... OH, and then we finally catch up to the Batwoman in space situation, which gets weirder when the team time-travels to Medieval Gotham (???) where the final confrontation happens. With that all sorted out, the team gets home and Kate, thank goodness, does the best thing she's done the entire volume: (view spoiler)[she goes to Maggie's house with her puppy-dog eyes and asks to talk. (hide spoiler)] That would have been a bearable way to end the volume, and the series for me... But then the "Future's End" issue arrives. Even though it "deals" with one of the issues that needs dealing with, it's... Let's just say DC needs to pick up Batwoman again and fix whatever it is Andreyko did. Preferably with Greg Rucka at the helm (because, along with his other unparalleled work starring Kate Kane and Renee Montoya, oh my gosh Convergence: The Question is absolutely, unquestionably perfect and no one can convince me otherwise! Here, click here and here to see me fangirl). I'm more than ready for another Batwoman series, a Question series, or a team title with Batwoman, The Question, and Huntress.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    After the last volume, I wasn't that thrilled with where Marc Andreyko was taking Batwoman, especially since he spent a lot of time on a storyline that didn't go anywhere. He showed that he could add drama to Kate Kane's social life without being too forced with it, but the actual Batwoman side of things was lacking. This (sadly) final volume of the series shows that he learned from his mistakes. Aside from Gotham By Midnight, most of the Bat titles have stayed away from the supernatural side of After the last volume, I wasn't that thrilled with where Marc Andreyko was taking Batwoman, especially since he spent a lot of time on a storyline that didn't go anywhere. He showed that he could add drama to Kate Kane's social life without being too forced with it, but the actual Batwoman side of things was lacking. This (sadly) final volume of the series shows that he learned from his mistakes. Aside from Gotham By Midnight, most of the Bat titles have stayed away from the supernatural side of Gotham - except Batwoman, in her J. H. Williams III/W. Haden Blackman run. Andreyko re-embraces that aspect, throwing Batwoman into a makeshift team of Ragman, Etrigan, Clayface, and her returning sister, now reformed and calling herself Red Alice in a battle against Morgan/Morgaine Le Fay. It definitely hits all the right buttons for someone who always loves these supernatural stories, but it never forgets that it is a Batwoman story - Nocturna's plotline and Kate's civilian life are still front and centre, and Andreyko even manages to wrap Etrigan's convoluted New 52 history into the story and make it work. The story is six issues and an annual, which would have felt like too much if Andreyko didn't balance the superheroics with the civilian stuff so well this time around. There's also Batwoman's Futures End one-shot, which reads kind of like an Elseworlds in which Red Alice isn't able to save Batwoman from Nocturna in the main story, so it's a nice inclusion but could potentially give readers the wrong impression since it's included right at the end of the volume and gives Batwoman a more permanent end than we'd like. Artistically, this volume sees Georges Jeanty of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame join the title, and his work on Buffy has prepared him for a lot of the facial expressions needed in this story. Some of his more supernatural creatures tend to get a bit lumpy, and Etrigan looks a bit like yellow pudding in some scenes, but he's mostly a good fit for the title, and only needs a fill-in once in six issues which makes a change from previous artist Jeremy Haun. The annual also features four pencillers, but there's so similar in tone that it's hard to tell when one ends and another begins, which is the best way of having that many artists on one issue. Batwoman's future looked bleak when Williams III and Blackman left, and the previous volume didn't do much to sway that opinion, but of course just when Batwoman seems to have carved out a new team and place in the Gotham universe for herself, her title comes to an end. Sigh.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    Hisssss!! Boooooooo!!!!! You gotta be kidding me!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stronglysaltystudent

    Well, that was a disappointing mess. At least we have volumes 1-4...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It was a nice campy turn, with Batwoman teaming up with demons to battle Morgan Le Fay--in space!--while fighting off a gold digging vampiress in the bedroom. There's even a Hammer reference. Bring this book back, DC. I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It was a nice campy turn, with Batwoman teaming up with demons to battle Morgan Le Fay--in space!--while fighting off a gold digging vampiress in the bedroom. There's even a Hammer reference. Bring this book back, DC.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sean Kennedy

    This went from being one of the best New 52 comics to being a shadow of its former self. Note to DC bigwigs: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. You screwed the pooch here. This went from being one of the best New 52 comics to being a shadow of its former self. Note to DC bigwigs: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. You screwed the pooch here.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Such a shit end to such a brilliant character and great series. WTF DC??? WTF.

  18. 4 out of 5

    karenbee

    My favorite part of this volume was that the subtitle for of a bunch of the collected issues was "How in the Hell Did We Get Here?" It's funny because it's true. What a mess. It starts with a pointless abridged origin story that's been covered already -- and even I remember it, so it was probably covered pretty well -- and then dumps us into Point C of the volume's main story, then just when you think that you must have missed some sort of crossover in another title, it zips back to Point A, but My favorite part of this volume was that the subtitle for of a bunch of the collected issues was "How in the Hell Did We Get Here?" It's funny because it's true. What a mess. It starts with a pointless abridged origin story that's been covered already -- and even I remember it, so it was probably covered pretty well -- and then dumps us into Point C of the volume's main story, then just when you think that you must have missed some sort of crossover in another title, it zips back to Point A, but it's not really CLEAR that it's Point A at first. What else? There were a bunch of characters I knew nothing about heavily featured throughout the whole volume, the relationship plot was weird, and the art was confusing and... not beautiful. And the issue tucked at the end, wow. That is not an admiring "wow." I've grown to love Batwoman, and I'm a little pissed that I read this, and honestly I'm just going to try to forget that it exists. I haven't read Volumes 4 and 5 yet since my library never picked them up; maybe I can read them and replace any memory of this collection with those.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    This totally made no sense & was a really disappointing end to the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Ahmed

    Where the Hell is Batwoman ?? What Have you Done to Her ??

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Batwoman: The Unknowns picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the final six issues (Batwoman #35–40) of the 2012 on-going series with Batwoman: Futures End and Batwoman Annual #2 and collects the following stories: "Mystery in Space", "How in Hell Did We Get Here?", "Alice, Sweet Alice", "Nocturne in Red", "Blood Sisters", and "Medieval Times". "Mystery in Space" (Batwoman #35), "How in Hell Did We Get Here?" (Batwoman #36–38), "Alice, Sweet Alice" (Batwoman #39), "Nocturne in Re Batwoman: The Unknowns picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting the final six issues (Batwoman #35–40) of the 2012 on-going series with Batwoman: Futures End and Batwoman Annual #2 and collects the following stories: "Mystery in Space", "How in Hell Did We Get Here?", "Alice, Sweet Alice", "Nocturne in Red", "Blood Sisters", and "Medieval Times". "Mystery in Space" (Batwoman #35), "How in Hell Did We Get Here?" (Batwoman #36–38), "Alice, Sweet Alice" (Batwoman #39), "Nocturne in Red" (Batwoman #40), and "Medieval Times" (Batwoman Annual #2) has Katherine "Kate" Kane as Batwoman with her team The Unknown: Elizeabeth Kane as Red Alice, Rory Regan as Ragman, Basil Karlo as Clayface, and Etrigan going against Morgan Le Fey and her demonic minions, which brings a return of Nocturna. This trade paperback also collects "Blood Sisters" (Batwoman: Futures End), the Futures End tie-in. Set five years in the probably future, it has Elizabeth Kane as Red Alice going after her sister Katherine "Kate" Kane as Batwoman as she has turned into a vampire that needs to be killed. Marc Andreyko penned the entire trade paperback. For the most part, it is written somewhat well. Morgaine Le Fay seemed like the fordable foe for the last story arc of the series, but it didn’t quite live up to the potential. Georges Jeanty (Batwoman #35–37, 39–40, and Annual #2), Juan Jose (Batwoman #38), Jason Masters (Batwoman: Futures End), and Yishian Li, Roberto Viacava, and Ronan Cliquet (Batwoman Annual #2) penciled the trade paperback. With so many pencilers with different and distinct styles, the artistic flow of the trade paperback is terrible. The penciling of J.H. Williams III is sorely missing. Overall, Batwoman is a mediocre series which started out strong with J.H. Williams III writing and penciling that gave the series a distinctive and wonderful voice, art style, and theme. However, once Williams left the series, it spiraled downward rather quickly. Andreyko writing is fine, but compared to the vision that Williams set out it was severely lacking. The series dealt with missions that was more inclined toward the mystical and supernatural, which happens quite a bit in Gotham City, but isn’t focused on as much as it was in this series. It made the series rather uniquely distinct, yet apart of the Batman Family of books. Katherine Kane is a remarkable lead, who just happens to be a lesbian. All in all, Batwoman: The Unknowns is a somewhat mediocre conclusion to a series that started rather strong, but ended much to be desired.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Bahr

    I love Batwoman, but... A VAMPIRE? Are you serious? I won't talk about the lack of creativity on the subject, not even the out of the blue partners Clayface, Etrigan, Ragman and Mark Watney (who the hell are them??? And where did they come from????). Red Alice, the maniac sociopathic sister of Batwoman, came from such a great storyline and then... after EVERYTHING the past writers developed on her character, she................... becomes good, seeking for redemption of her past [murderous] mist I love Batwoman, but... A VAMPIRE? Are you serious? I won't talk about the lack of creativity on the subject, not even the out of the blue partners Clayface, Etrigan, Ragman and Mark Watney (who the hell are them??? And where did they come from????). Red Alice, the maniac sociopathic sister of Batwoman, came from such a great storyline and then... after EVERYTHING the past writers developed on her character, she................... becomes good, seeking for redemption of her past [murderous] mistakes. Is this fucking Walt Disney's fairytale or what???? Anyway, it's sad, really sad to see Batwoman end up like a cheap version of Mickey Mouse. https://media.giphy.com/media/kZD8cN1...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    The only reason this book gets two stars instead of one is because I really liked what they did with Beth/Red Alice. Other than that, this book was an enormous disappointment. Disjointed plot, inexplicable characters, and an ending that was a nonsensical slap in the face for fans.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kitchen

    What was once a creatively mesmerizing comic gone south. I understand now why the title died.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Way to ruin a series with this godawful mess of a volume. What the fuck was this????

  26. 4 out of 5

    ManOfLaBook.com

    Batwoman Volume 6: The Unknowns by Marc Andreyko (Illustrated by Jeremy Haun) is the conclusion to the New 52 run of the Batwoman story. This graphic novel collects issues #35 – #40, Batwoman Annual #1 as well as Batwoman: Future End #1). The Unknowns are a group of anti-heroes fighting together. The group includes Clayface, Ragman, Etrigan the Demon and, of course, Batwoman. The Unknowns have a challenge in front of them, the evil witch Morgan Le Fay, destroyer of Camelot now hell bent on destroy Batwoman Volume 6: The Unknowns by Marc Andreyko (Illustrated by Jeremy Haun) is the conclusion to the New 52 run of the Batwoman story. This graphic novel collects issues #35 – #40, Batwoman Annual #1 as well as Batwoman: Future End #1). The Unknowns are a group of anti-heroes fighting together. The group includes Clayface, Ragman, Etrigan the Demon and, of course, Batwoman. The Unknowns have a challenge in front of them, the evil witch Morgan Le Fay, destroyer of Camelot now hell bent on destroying Gotham. I was really rooting for this graphic novel. The Batmwoman saga which started in a high note needed to end in a magnificent fashion, setting up the series for future years. Instead, my only thought after finishing to read Batwoman Vol. 6: The Unknowns by Marc Andreyko (Illustrated by Jeremy Haun) was “what the hell was that?” There was a big hullabaloo a while ago when DC Comics kiboshed the marriage of Kate Kane (Batwoman) and Detective Maggie Sawyer, I haven’t really paid attention to why. Was it an editorial decision or, as many speculated, against the morals of the Christian writer. Whatever it was, the decision was bad and the way it was done grinded the story to a halt. The Unknowns are a strange team up, which frankly I enjoyed. Clayface was my new favorite, and The Demon Etrigan is always fun to read. I don’t believe that Batwoman needed a team though, I enjoyed it much more when she was played off as being on the fringes of the Bat family, working alongside them but not with them. Seems to me like the team tried to take on too much with this graphic novel. Batwoman is a fairly new character and we are still learning about her, but now we introduce three new heroes, Alice Kane making a comeback, as well as two villains. The strength of the first four books was the characterization, and I would have liked to read more about the sisters re-uniting. This graphic novel is not all bad, there are some good jokes here and there. I especially commend the team for taking some fun risks (Batwoman in space), maybe not all of them worked out but getting out of the comfort zone is something I appreciate (a gay wedding maybe?). The art was OK, not bad but I did not like the way Batwoman was drawn. Seems like the artist got his inspiration from the Batgirl comics or TV shows and drawn Kate Kane like a 16 year old girl playing dress up instead of a strong, mature, kickass woman that she was in the beginning of the storyline. I didn’t get the ending at all. Batwoman becoming a vampire? The issue lost me there. For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brandt

    And so, the ruining of Batwoman is complete. As I had detailed previously, the really excellent Batwoman book was derailed when the creative team of JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman left the book when DC editorial would not back their desire to have Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer get married in the book, instead allowing new writer Marc Andreyko split the pair with the tired old "sacrifice" of Kate leaving Maggie in order to prevent Maggie's homophobic ex-husband using Maggie's gayness as a rea And so, the ruining of Batwoman is complete. As I had detailed previously, the really excellent Batwoman book was derailed when the creative team of JH Williams III and W. Haden Blackman left the book when DC editorial would not back their desire to have Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer get married in the book, instead allowing new writer Marc Andreyko split the pair with the tired old "sacrifice" of Kate leaving Maggie in order to prevent Maggie's homophobic ex-husband using Maggie's gayness as a reason to prevent her from getting custody of her daughter (what is this, the fucking Dark Ages?) If that wasn't repugnant enough, at the end of the last volume Kate decides to immediately start dating a femme fatale whose past points to the fact that she's had several husbands murdered (if she didn't participate herself.) At no point in the book up to this did Kate seem to have a proclivity for jumping from bed to bed (because she didn't--Williams and Blackman wanted to present her in a committed relationship.) Unfortunately, Andreyko doubles down on the stereotype that gay folks are promiscuous here--at one point the character of Red Alice (Kate's lost sister Beth, who was her enemy in the Detective Comics feature that kicked off Batwoman in the wake of Batman's "death" in Final Crisis) tells Kate that while she has obviously been under the hypnotic spell of her new lover, she isn't going to do anything that she doesn't want to do (so the murder Kate thinks she committed didn't happen, but the bed hopping is totally her.) Combine this bullshit with the focus on Batwoman putting together a rag-tag Suicide Squad type group to fight Morgan Le Fay, and everything that was once good about this book is nowhere to be found. Readers must have agreed, because the book was cancelled at the end of the arc. I have since found out that Batwoman was restarted with the capable Marguerite Bennett at the helm. I'm hoping that she is able to fix the shit-show this book became after Williams and Blackman left. Kate is one of the more interesting characters in the DC Universe, so I'd like to see what someone who wrote the character well in Bombshells can do with it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Viola

    I really like Alice/Beth in this story and where the relationship of the Kane sisters ends up at the end. The rest of it...not so much. While I don't mind a team-up, I don't like how Kate's role in her own series got smaller as the story was following other characters as well giving them internal monologue speech bubbles. This was fine with Alice, who is an established character but I really didn't care about the others. It's great that the supernatural elements and villains not gone and we don't I really like Alice/Beth in this story and where the relationship of the Kane sisters ends up at the end. The rest of it...not so much. While I don't mind a team-up, I don't like how Kate's role in her own series got smaller as the story was following other characters as well giving them internal monologue speech bubbles. This was fine with Alice, who is an established character but I really didn't care about the others. It's great that the supernatural elements and villains not gone and we don't have to deal with Batwoman fighting an art thief or whatever like in the previous volume, but the story is not well executed. Was the vampire storyline really necessary? (view spoiler)[ I get it, lesbians and vampires have a strong tie in our culture and it can be done well (Carmilla webseries). I'm not against the idea of Batwoman facing off against a vampire but to have her be controlled by one and losing most of her agency is bs. And how this speaks of wlw relationships is questionable at best, especially Nocturna's comment about how she hasn't been with a woman since college. The stereotype of women experimenting in college and their interest in woman being a phase is bad and has no place in a comic series that was doing a great job with representation. At least Alice's Hammer film reference was fun? And based on the ending, there seems to be hope for Maggie and Kate? Which obviously went nowhere after the series was cancelled and the relationship hasn't been revisited since, save for the alternate universe Bombshells. (hide spoiler)] It's a shame the series ended like this. Thankfully, this wasn't the first and last Batwoman solo title and the Rebirth one was good but it's also over, with no plans announced to restart it. I hope the reason is that DC is waiting for the live action appearance of Batwoman and the potential tv show but they'd better not leave Kate behind in the comics.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bill Blume

    What the actual fuck??? Sometimes, you can’t appreciate a storyline until you see it play out through multiple issues. That’s not the problem here. Every storyline within this volume is a failure. First: the trip into space and then a “Medieval Times Gotham” to battle Morgaine Le Fay. I almost think this could have worked, if the series wasn’t trying to juggle it along with the mess that Kate Kane/Batwoman’s personal life is at this point in the series. Second: The Nocturna storyline is equally ro What the actual fuck??? Sometimes, you can’t appreciate a storyline until you see it play out through multiple issues. That’s not the problem here. Every storyline within this volume is a failure. First: the trip into space and then a “Medieval Times Gotham” to battle Morgaine Le Fay. I almost think this could have worked, if the series wasn’t trying to juggle it along with the mess that Kate Kane/Batwoman’s personal life is at this point in the series. Second: The Nocturna storyline is equally robbed of any value it might have had, because it’s mashed in the middle of the whole Morgaine/Medieval nonsense. The idea Kate thinks she’s turning into a vampire and killing people actually could have been interesting, if it was the only storyline at work here. There’s not nearly enough page time devoted to give any depth to it, and the idea Kate would be in a relationship with Nocturna doesn’t come across believable at all given the flimsy setup the storyline received. This could have been dark and erotic and even clever, but it’s just utter nonsense like a Wikipedia plot summary of a vampire novel’s Cliff’s Notes that’s been vandalized by a hacker to make even less sense. Third: I’d fault the writer, Andreyko, but really, I think the editor probably deserves more of the blame. There’s no way someone thought mashing this much story into such a small number of issues could have made sense. If they did, they were fools. This volume of “Batwoman” only has value as a literary train wreck in graphic novel form. I kept reading it and thinking “This will start to come together at some point... right?” No, Past Bill, it will not. Present Bill regrets your life choices here.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cale

    (Read as Single ISsues) "You know what Batwoman needs? Magical battles in space with Clayface and Ragman" said nobody ever. This is played for shock value - from the cliffhanger of the last volume we are literally launched into space with no explanation, in a full-issue battle against Morgaine with a whole assortment of random (and I mean random) characters. Look, I enjoy Ragman. You want to bring Shadowpact back, I'm all for it. But dumping readers of a fairly grounded hero into space with hurtlin (Read as Single ISsues) "You know what Batwoman needs? Magical battles in space with Clayface and Ragman" said nobody ever. This is played for shock value - from the cliffhanger of the last volume we are literally launched into space with no explanation, in a full-issue battle against Morgaine with a whole assortment of random (and I mean random) characters. Look, I enjoy Ragman. You want to bring Shadowpact back, I'm all for it. But dumping readers of a fairly grounded hero into space with hurtling shuttles and cadres of random underlings is just bad form. And then spending the next few issues building up to tell the story doesn't make it any better. The story is utterly absurd (even the characters seem to think so), as Clayface is used to return Morgaine Le Fay to the world, which leads into Annual #2 which takes an already insane situation and goes even further with it. I've got to think this was editorially influenced, because Marc Andreyko writes a lot better than this, and he had to know this wasn't going to work. I hate what this does with Nocturna and Sawyer and Batwoman, and the Red Alice we see here is just strange - well, everyone is out of character. The only saving grace is the dialog between Batwoman and Etrigan, and some decent art. It's a shame a series that started out so well, and was still going pretty strong as late as the last volume, ends up in this mess. It tries to give some closure to the story, but I think I would have rather had the cliffhanger left unresolved. Hard pass unless you're a completionist.

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