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Last week I made a comment about being by what the the current Batwoman writer Marc Andreyko said in an interview about DADT as part of Kate’s story. Andreyko later stopped by the blog to clarify things. I also received some input on my comment from a reader of the blog, Moira Phippen, which turned into a short discussion on where Batwoman was a character and her thoughts on Andreyko as a writer. I was so taken with her insights that I asked her to expand on them in a guest post. Here she discusses the three different authors that Kate Kane has had and their differing approaches to the character’s queer identity. Her thoughts follow and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
I found Kate Kane just around the time of my life that I was beginning to come out, to my friends, family, community, partners, and even to myself. As a character, she is so crucial to me. Seeing a queer-identifying character take on the “Bat” name, and not just a girl, but as a “woman,” self-assured, confident, aware of herself and who she was… I can’t express how much an image like her was meaningful to me as a young adult coming to terms with a conclusion about her sexuality that she had tried her very best to avoid. No matter the writer, Kate has always embraced who she is, no apologies offered. Rucka, Williams, and now Andreyko have become some of my most treasured authors due to the care each have taken with Kate.
As I have grown older, I’ve embarked on my own path to being more like Kate: I try to be brave like her, bold like her, uncompromising like her. My relationship with each writer’s Kate - because they are, all of them, different Kates - has developed with me. In a way, they each represent different kinds of interpretations and portrayals of the queer experience and identity, all of which hold some unique and different value or impact.
Marc Andreyko’s first issue of Batwoman is out this week and here’s a preview of the issue. As you can see the relationship between Kate and the Wayne family is much closer. Stop back tomorrow for my interview with Marc Andreyko.
(Source: USA Today)
The winner of Wednesday’s matches were Wally and Linda Park West and Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake. That means there are just 8 couples left in the canon tournament! We’ll have two semi’s today and two Monday. I’ll put up a post in a bit about what happens now through Thursday! But first, here are the first two matches!
Lois Lane and Superman
Green Arrow and Black Canary!
Big Barda and Mr. Miracle
Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya
Voting is open until 8:30 EST Today.
The winner of yesterday’s matches were both Bats - Batman/Catwoman and Dick Grayson/Barbara Gordon.
Today’s matches are Flashy:
Superman and Lois Lane
Barry Allen and Iris West Allen!
Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya/The Question
Wally West/Kid Flash and Artemis Crock!
Remember one vote per person. Voting will close at 8:30 PM EST
DC has given Maxim its exclusive preview of Batwoman in another of the baffling choices they make on these things.
This is the first issue for new artist Trevor McCarthy since Amy Reeder left the book. Kate looks good.
Kate Kane is in Batman, Inc. #4 out this week and the original Batwoman, Kathy Kane, will also be appearing. I like this which is based on the Flash of Two Worlds cover.
The other day in honor of Father’s Day I posted about bad dads who need to get their ass kicked. Today I’m highlighting five “dads” who deserve some love and hugs.
Pat Dugan, step-dad to Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl. Pat Dugan was, Stripsey, the sidekick to Star-Spangled Kid during WW II. When his step-daughter Courtney Whitmore decided to fight crime as the new Star-Spangled Kid, Pat once again became Stripsey accompanying the teenage girl on her adventures. That suit is hot and isn’t Pat old? What a dad.
Ted Grant and the JSA, surrogate dads to Dinah Laurel Lance. Dinah had a dad, Larry Lance, but she also “uncles” that served with her Mom in the JSA. Ted Grant, Wildcat, still serves as a father figure for Dinah. He trained her as a child, has gone on missions with her to provide back-up and held her hand when Dinah’s partner, Barbara Gordon, laid in the hospital fighting for her life. I wish we could see some more “Uncle Ted” and Dinah time on panel.
Black Lighting, dad of Thunder and Lighting. Jefferson Pierce has been doubly blessed with two daughters who wanted to follow him into the family business although that’s not exactly what he wanted. His oldest daughter, Anissa, was told to finish college first. And once she did she signed on as Thunder fighting with the Outsiders. Younger daughter Jennifer is now with the JSA. I’d love to see the three of them team-up someday when Thunder is out of her coma.
Colonel Jake Kane, dad of Kate Kane/Batwoman. Jake is a military man who raised his daughter after his wife and other daughter were murdered. When his daughter chose to leave the military, Jake, who had also served, stood by her. When she decided to fight crime, he designed her costume. And when she goes into the field, he is usually not far behind her. Truly, Colonel Kane has his daughter’s back.
Jim Gordon, dad of Barbara Gordon. Whenever these two interact you can see the love and respect they have for each other. Jim may or may not be Barbara’s biological father, and he wasn’t her father for the first few years of her life, but being a dad isn’t just about those things. It’s about being there when your daughter needs you supporting her in her endeavors and loving her for who she is no matter how surprising a revelation that may be.