How’s It Feel To Be The Damsel, Batman?

How’s It Feel To Be The Damsel, Batman?

Batwoman’s saving your life, you grumpy ol’ billionaire. The words you’re looking for are “thank you.”

The newly relaunched Detective Comics is undeniably fun. One of the reasons it’s so enjoyable is that it’s had a Batman who isn’t unbeatably good at all the things, coming up against a better organised enemy that managed to avoid his notice for years. The secret bat-themed black-ops army called the Colony captured Batman as part of their campaign and Detective Comics #938 — written by James Tynion IV, with art by Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, Al Barrionuevo, Adriano Lucas and Marilyn Patrizio — shows him being rescued by the Bat-squad being trained by Batwoman.

He may be more emotionally demonstrative than in the past, but Batman isn’t just going to be OK with having his fat hauled out of the fire.

This isn’t the first time that the Dark Knight’s been captured and rescued, of course. But, the exchange between Batwoman and Batman is great for how it comments on the inversion of usual roles of male and female characters in this kind of scenario.

Touches like this are making Detective my favourite DC title since the start of the publisher’s Rebirth initiative.


  • I’m glad theyre dragging batman down a bit from “hypercompetent chessmaster.” Bats is a bit more interesting when he is on the ropes

  • Honestly, love the premise, but that delivery is awkward, forced and seems counter productive.

    At least from what we see here, her response comes off as a rant to a single comment (But I’m guessing there is more context to this exchange. better be)
    Ignoring the cliche, with all due respect, the bit that tilts my head is her use of the trope to cut him down.
    The role reversal bit is skewed, it’s purely plot driven and doesn’t encompass either of the characters usual personalities.
    The end doesn’t have impact, he pretty much dismisses it with a sniff. (Again, hope there is much more than what we see)

    That being said, I do like seeing new takes on Batman, especially his flaws.

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