When I believed there was a light at the end of the tube, I browse the solicitation with this matter and realized it was not the beginning of a new story arc but rather an epilogue issue for the very first story arc. Needless to say, this entire series so far has been a major disappointment and I’m desperate to move on to the next story arc but I am forced to stay on the island of Coryana for that which seems to be an eternity. However, I have to encounter this matter with an open mind and judge it accordingly but when I think about this series up to now, the word that springs to mind is lazy. For almost all of the first arc we watched exactly the exact same battle over and over again using a list of unmemorable characters and some obscure flashbacks thrown in. At least we’ve had Epting’s art around now but even that has started to decline in quality. That said, lets just jump straight into this issue and see whether it could surprise us.
Our difficulty begins in the aftermath of Kate’s injury off the coast of Coryana. She suffered a blow to the head against a coral reef and Safiyah managed to rescue her. In the aftermath, we see Tahani warning Safiyah that Kate is harmful for her Safiyah laughs it off and puts a kiss on Tahani’s cheek. Afterwards, Safiyah approaches Kate and the two talk for a minute. Safiyah introduces herself and takes possession of her role on the island as the Lady of the Island. She also clarifies what Rafael did to save her life also confronts Kate on her destructive tendencies, even suggesting that Kate was attempting to kill herself in the storm. Kate subsequently gives Safiyah a letter addressed to her dad and says that she’s allowed to examine it to confirm it doesn’t give away their location and then the question comes up whether Kate is a captive or not. The solution is left very obscure.
We then enter a fast little montage of all Kate’s life with Safiyah. Kate watches her if she believes Safiyah isn’t looking and questions the individuals of this Desert Rose about her. As Kate heals, she and Safiyah get closer and closer. Kate begins to leave gifts for Safiyah. Afterwards, Safiyah is supplied a bottle an employee found in Kate’s room. Safiyah sees through the ruse immediately and confronts Tahani about placing the bottle in Kate’s room. Tahani insists that if given temptation, Kate will fall right into her usual manners. Safiyah breaks the bottle near Tahani’s mind and demands that she leave instantly.
Safiyah and Kate become even closer and it seems that things turn romantic for a moment when Safiyah stops it. The following day, Safiyah comes up with a new strategy to generate all the warlords flourish by ripping off an oil dispatch in the center of a storm. The warlords are somewhat hesitant so one demands that Kate come together with them. If Safiyah allows Kate to proceed with them, it would mean she believes it is a secure operation. The operation begins however, the heist is postponed and the warlords consider going back.
Meanwhile, Rafael can discover where Tahani was hiding and that he sees Safiyah instantly, letting her know which Tahani has schemed with one of the warlords to kill Kate during the operation. Safiyah immediately gets in a boat and goes after them. Safiyah catches them up and confronts Sixth (the warlord) about his scheme. We see Tahani jump Kate and the two get into a wrestling game until they are interrupted by a huge wave crashing down on these. Safiyah sees Kate drifting in the water and tries to take care of her Sixth tries to talk her out of it. Safiyah does not listen swims to shore using Kate and performs CPR on her until she’s ready to breath again. The two then kiss and embrace each other and Safiyah asks Kate to say with her on the island. This is when we see a different body on the coast. This is where the problem ends.
Although this matter is far better than the last, the only reason it’s so much better is due to its slightly different. Last issue we have exactly the same thing we obtained from each matter. Here’s the thing though… we already kinda know all about this stuff. I mean , we got a few more facts that we didn’t have before but I do not care about this storyline to want more. I doubt many readers do care. I’ve been reading this wishing I was not reading this. I am begging for this show to be good but it allows me every moment. Honestly, while this issue is a little better than the prior one, I would have to say it suffers from the same matter the whole series has dealt with–Laziness.
Batwoman #5 Review and SPOILERS
Art By: Stephanie Hans
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Bits and Pieces:
This conduct on Batwoman continues to disappoint and that I wanted it to be the very best book I read but it’s honestly in the running for the worst book I read. We get a more in depth look at Kate and Safiyah’s relationship throughout the lost season but finally, if you haven’t bought into this narrative at this time, this issue will feel slightly different but largely the same. Does this book even have a editor at this point? What a wreck.
Score : 5.1/10