Saturday at the GLAAD Media Awards ceremony held in New York, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awarded Detective Comics, featuring Batwoman and the Question, the Outstanding Comic Book Award.
Batwoman has starred in Detective Comics since issue #854, written by Greg Rucka. Rucka has scribed the majority of Batwoman’s appearances since her earliest appearances in DC Comics’ weekly megaseries, 52 in 2006.
In an interview at Comic Book Resources about Batwoman before he took over Detective Comics last year, Rucka defended Batwoman and explained why her sexuality shouldn’t matter to the audience:
Yes, she’s a lesbian. She’s also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character. If people are going to have problems with it, that’s their issue. That’s certainly not mine. My job is to write the best book I can about a character that I think is exceptionally cool, that J.H. Williams thinks is exceptionally cool, that DC Comics thinks is exceptionally cool and worthy of being the lead player in “Detective Comics.” And frankly, she should be judged on her merits.
People should be skeptical of the character. They absolutely should. They’ve barely seen her. And if I were a fan, I’d be going, “Great, we’ve got a redhead wearing a Bat suit. And it’s not Barbara Gordon. And she’s gay. This is all I’ve heard about her.” As a fan, I’d be like, “That’s not much of a character.” And they’d be right. That’s not a whole lot to go on.
DC Comics came under fire when the current version of Batwoman was introduced for not reflecting the majority of lesbians and for pandering to super-hero comics’ largely male demographic. But under Rucka's hand, the character has grown a large fan base of her own and carved out her own niche in the DC Universe.
This is Rucka’s first award for Outstanding Comic Book, after being nominated for work on Gotham Central, The Outsiders, 52 and Final Crisis: Revelations, which co-starred Batwoman. Other prominent previous winners of the award include Strangers in Paradise, Young Avengers and Green Lantern.
The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
Batwoman’s first solo graphic novel, Detective Comics: Elegy, collecting issues #854-860, is available at Pakrat Comics in Hilliard and all the major comic book retailers around Columbus.