"Batwoman Volume 3: World's Finest" continues the supernatural storyline of the past two collections. It includes issues 0 and 12 through 17 of the monthly series. I love supernatural yarns, and a blending of all the urban legends and myths is a dream come true.
A new element is added to the tale in the form of Wonder Woman. Who better to bring into the mix than the Amazonian Princess born of Greek Gods and Goddesses? Her help comes in especially when the villains you're going up against form a powerful army led by the deadly and infamous Medusa. Batwoman and Wonder Woman must join forces to keep the forces of evil from destroying Gotham. Can they keep Medusa from sacrificing the city's children in an attempt to raise Ceto, the mother of all monsters?
Writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman continue to successfully spin a complex story bringing urban legends and mythological creatures to life in the real world setting of Gotham City. "Batwoman Volume 3: World's Finest" crosses into horror comic territory, which is fine with me. It's amazing that Williams III and Blackman have kept one consistent tale going for as long as they have in a world where story arcs usually only last two or three issues.
I've always been a fan of J.H. Williams' artwork. I'm even more amazed knowing what a feat it is to tackle both the scriptwriting AND illustrating for an ongoing series like Batwoman. He does a fabulous job bringing all the different monsters and creatures alive visually. Dave Stewart and Guy Major's vibrant coloring adds the extra kick which makes each page jump out at you and demand your attention.
The only bonus material we get for "Batwoman Volume 3: World's Finest" are seven inked pages from issue #12. They're black and white with no dialogue bubbles. J.H. Williams III inks his own work, giving me even more respect for the hardworking artist.
"Batwoman Volume 3: World's Finest" continues to show why the book is a New York Times Bestseller. A lethal combination of great storytelling and immaculate art make this a must-read graphic novel. Once looked at as just another sidekick to the Dark Knight, Batwoman is quickly proving she can stand on her own and take care of herself in the never-ending battle against the evils of Gotham City.