COMICS: Kate Kane Proposes To Maggie Sawyer In BATWOMAN #17

In the wake of the Orson Scott Card/Superman controversy, DC have concluded the current Medusa story arc by having Batwoman propose to her girlfriend Maggie - but will the wedding take place? Check out some artwork after the jump.

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 2/20/2013
Could this be a response to the backlash DC faced after appointing anti-gay marriage crusader Orson Scott Card to their Adventures Of Superman anthology? In Batwoman #17, by J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman and Dave Stewart, the Medusa storyline concludes with Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Hawkfire (Bette Kane) victorious, and Kate Kane revealing her identity to Maggie Sawyer. We don't get to see the Gotham City police captain's reaction though, as Batwoman says, "Marry me, Mags," and kisses her.



This wouldn't be the first same-sex marriage (provided the nuptials even occur of course) in comics, and Marvel have DC beat by quite a margin with their X-men/Northstar wedding. However, the timing is certainly coincidental. Williams doesn't address the proposal directly, but he does hit that something big was on the cards for the character in a post from his blog, via CBR.

"...After weeks of planning and plotting, figuring out just how those pieces moved and fit into a bigger construct, we knew where we were going with her, where the bigger fantastical story interacted with more personal aspects of Kate Kane’s life. So the current few issues of the tale have all been set up since the beginning, since Batwoman’s first Issue 0 (yes, there has been more than one). And it’s all culminating now, into issue 17 that is out now. It’s an important issue in many respects, not just to Kate’s story, but to ours as well."










Source: CBR
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Tainted87 - 2/20/2013, 8:51 AM
There's no energy here. It's like *bump*

I love 52 Weekly where Dick is hopelessly enamored with Kate, and she's doing her best to ignore all of his not-so-subtle passes while they're trying to save Gotham from Intergang.
thebearjew - 2/20/2013, 8:54 AM
grif bat woman came out a long time ago but shes ALWAYS been gay
Infact her creators said she was meant to be gay
McGribble - 2/20/2013, 8:58 AM
Not only is she a lesbian, but she is also apparently a ventriloquist.
DrDoom - 2/20/2013, 9:13 AM
Batwoman looks like a ghost.
CavEl - 2/20/2013, 9:14 AM
Am I the only one not freaked out by the fact that this character is white? 0_o...
PC04 - 2/20/2013, 9:17 AM
bow chika wow wow!
AC1 - 2/20/2013, 9:30 AM
I doubt this is a reaction to Orson Scott Card, considering this issue would've probably been written about 12 weeks ago, and drawn at least a month ago.
AC1 - 2/20/2013, 9:31 AM
Was she like Jokerized or something? Because her skin is exactly like The Joker's (chalky white, red lips)...
SolidSnake007 - 2/20/2013, 9:36 AM
Did Kate become a vampire? What's up with her skin?
CavEl - 2/20/2013, 9:37 AM
@ Acira - That's what I'm saying, she's been that way since the first book in the New 52, but I never understood why.

Why isn't anyone else bothered by that? Do the citizens of Gotham see her as pasty as that? How is it hard to figure out who she is when she's white and has bright red hair?
KeefNCookies - 2/20/2013, 9:38 AM
The art style on this book has been looking really unique and grabbing, but I just dont like the character. Also as mentioned above, she's ultra chalky white AT ALL TIMES and hair is all out and about. Its stupid that nobody seems to notice who she is...
KeefNCookies - 2/20/2013, 9:39 AM
@JaketheSuperguy
LOL great minds
2gold - 2/20/2013, 9:43 AM
If she ever walks into a sunbeam, she's going to get 3rd degree burns in 2 seconds.
scmittydude - 2/20/2013, 9:45 AM
us gingers just have pasty skin hahaha. maybe she's not the only ginger around to be suspected as batwoman hahaha. i joke.
Shamo - 2/20/2013, 9:48 AM
shit comic but good to see DC following suit of Marvel with the whole gay marriage thing. i dont see why anyone would care wehter two strangers got married or not. what the hell does that have to with anyone but bride and groom? or rather, bride and bride in this case.
Shamo - 2/20/2013, 9:49 AM
@keef, thats not her real hair. its a wig.
Goggles - 2/20/2013, 9:49 AM
Dat J.H. Williams III.
Rothwilder - 2/20/2013, 9:50 AM
Not a reply to Card's political standings. People write their storylines for their own reasons.

However, the way the article was phrased was certainly Ror's wany of getting a ton of hits. Gotta MAKE that money :)

Did the Northstar wedding thing sell well? I don't buy too many comics anymore, but always a fan of Alpha Flight characters.
Super12 - 2/20/2013, 9:58 AM
Never liked Batwoman myself. The bat family's big enough as it is.
Shamo - 2/20/2013, 10:00 AM
@aroth, yeah sells spiked around 30k.
xstryker - 2/20/2013, 10:10 AM
Dammit spoilers! Thanks for ruining the surprise.
UltimaRex - 2/20/2013, 10:18 AM
@Super12. DC would disagree with you...
UltimaRex - 2/20/2013, 10:20 AM
So are they going to turn Maggie into another Robin/Nightwing now?
TonyChu - 2/20/2013, 10:42 AM
She is not really apart if the Bat Family at all and has worked with them just a handful of times. Last time was in Batman Inc. before the New 52. And to the people claiming this is a shit comic are out of their minds. Batwoman has been one of the best reads out of the New 52 and constantly receives race reviews all around. This title is extremely underrated.
TonyChu - 2/20/2013, 10:44 AM
Sorry for some of the misspelled words. [frick]ing IPhone spell check.
CavEl - 2/20/2013, 10:48 AM
@ Shamo - Not really, that's her hair color still.



That's what she looks like pre-masked.
Shamo - 2/20/2013, 11:24 AM
i said thats not her real hair, it's a wig. i didn't say that she doesn't actually have red hair.
RorMachine - 2/20/2013, 11:43 AM
I think she's just supposed to be a pale, goth-looking chick anyway, but she adds an extra layer of white makeup as Batwoman..I dunno! Anyway, I like the comic, but it's not consistently good enough, aside from the absolutely stunning artwork.
Rhino4508 - 2/20/2013, 12:07 PM
Or could it be that DC is just trying to make a profit off of exploiting big time political disputes? :O

Who fricking cares. Batwoman sucks anyway. I just get tired of all the popularity brought about by two men or two women kissing in comics. We don't make a big deal when Batman hooks up with Bats. Maybe Supes and WW but that was just because it's always been Lois and then BAM! But Batwoman has always been gay so why are we making a big deal about this? She still won't sell worth a shit.
SunfireUrA55 - 2/20/2013, 12:09 PM
DC's DISGUSTING fantasy!!??
Ancar - 2/20/2013, 12:35 PM
She was always lesbian and that is a logical path to the character. Anyway, it's a (very) good bat title!!!
Battabing - 2/20/2013, 12:39 PM
This is not a response to anything having to do with OSC. She's always been gay, so it makes sense that she would want to marry her girlfriend.

Also, these stories are probably planned months in advance.
TonyChu - 2/20/2013, 1:08 PM
You guys making a big deal out of this just continue to prove that you guys do not read comics. Batwoman has always been a lesbian since her publication and it was a big deal back then. DC is not exploiting gay marriage for publicity but like some of the other users are saying it is the characters natural progression.
Minato - 2/20/2013, 3:08 PM
So since its two female we dont have a problem???











GentlemenCinder - 2/20/2013, 3:34 PM
She's pale to begin with but she adds uses makeup to make her a more ghostly white, she's never been 'Jokerized' if she was I doubt she'd be proposing she'd be laughing until her lungs ruptured.

Also I'm sorry but screw Mags, I miss Renee Montoya. Batwoman used to be such a strong and interesting character, she finally has her own ongoing series like we were promised AGES ago and it's really disappointing.

and yes THIS Batwoman has always been a lesbian, she used to be with the female Question aka Renee Montoya, this was back befrore 52/countdown they broke up sometime before then and now Renee doesn't even seem to exists in the new 52. She's burning in DC Hell with Ted Kord, Dan Garret, and so many others.
Rhino4508 - 2/20/2013, 4:38 PM
@TonyChu

Oh hush your litter whiner mouth and except it. DC is like every other big wig entertainment company. Something that cause a dispute, is trending, or has anything to do with sex instantly gets used to sell sell sell!!!! (i.e. Making Green Lantern gay after he was already an established family man with a gay son, and making Batwoman a lesbian as of recent when she was originally straight and brought in as a potential love interest to Batman to help disprove allegations of homosexuality between Batman and Robin) So yeah, gay gets cool we get gay superheroes and characters. Get off your little internet high horse and just see it for what it is.
TonyChu - 2/20/2013, 5:22 PM
No one is on an Internet high horse jackass. People are used to gay comic book characters so this should not be a shock and is not a rebuild to their hiring of Orson Scott Card. Now the whole Alan Scott turning gay, now that was a publicity stunt. So you are right in that aspect. So next time read my post entirely and actually comprehend what I'm saying before coming off as a jackass. All I did was explain the character being gay for quite some time and how it is a good read.
pepe - 2/20/2013, 11:31 PM
There´s a Batwoman now...??? What a h*ll??? Whats next: Bat-dog?
mgeoff88 - 2/20/2013, 11:31 PM
That's a huge deal! This is a first for lesbian characters in comics, right?

I like women with porcelain skin, but you can definitely tell Batwoman puts on makeup to make her self look more pale. For whatever reason.

@Ror She does have the whole gothic thing going on. Not all gothic girls wear white makeup though. I think gothic girls are hot, but the ones that do that, that is a turn off.
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