Forgive me, lesbians, for I have sinned. It has been two months since my last Batwoman recap. But I’m all caught up on the adventures of our favorite lesbian superhero, so let’s talk about it now!
When last we left our homo vigilante, she and Wonder Woman had tracked down Pegasus in an attempt to track down Medusa, and demigod was lookin’ rough. But the first-glance look at his ravaged body in issue #13 was nothing compared to the gruesome two-page spread J.H. Williams III gives us at the beginning of #14. As Batwoman examines Pegasus’ wounds — ripped off wings, bitten off fingers, hacked and slashed spine — she realizes that Falchion will suffer centuries-worth of anguish before he will ever heal. He agrees to give up Medusa’s location if they will put him out of his suffering. And so he points them toward the cradle of all evil — Gotham City, of course — and Wonder Woman gives him a warrior’s death.
The best part about “World’s Finest,” to me, has been the way we are privy to Wonder Woman and Batwoman’s thoughts about each other and about their own personal superheroism. Batwoman wants to look for another way to help Pegasus, rather than killing him, but she ultimately decides Wonder Woman’s actions are merciful. She admires her for her decisive, unapologetic action. But all the while, Wonder Woman is second-guessing herself and admiring Batwoman for wanting to exercise restraint and a different kind of benevolence. But their lady-love fest cannot last: Gotham is in serious trouble.
Williams gives us stunning two-page layout after two-page layout of Medusa and her monsters unleashing their deranged wrath on the city. In the thick of it, of course, is Maggie Sawyer, superstar detective and girlfriend of the always-disappearing Kate Kane. She barks orders, dodges bullets, and demands to know who this “mother” is that all the nutjobs keep talking about. The Weeping Woman is there, Bloody Mary, that multi-headed mythical dragon thing, just the whole entire supernatural gang. And just when it looks like the end of the world really has befallen Det. Sawyer and the people of Gotham, Williams delivers my favorite splash page in the history of mainstream comics:
I gasped out loud and got goosebumps up into my brain when I flipped to the last page. The two most iconic superhero symbols tangled up in each other, two of the most iconic female superheroes falling out of the sky together, and right in the middle of it, Batwoman calling out to her girlfriend in the cheekiest/sexiest possible way: “Babe, I’m home.”