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01 August 2011 @ 12:06 am
Canon Recs & Resources  
With the DCU Universe being spread out over so many titles and, let’s face it, so many decades, trying to keep track of all that canon can be exhausting.

This post is designed to make things a little easier, but it needs your help!

Is there a particular storyline that you think is a defining moment for a character featured in a DCU-Memes prompt post?

Has reading about a specific pairing in a DCU-Memes prompt post got you hungering to see them in action together and you need recommendations on which title to start with?

Is there a certain series that isn’t connected with any current DCU-Memes prompt posts but you think it’s awesome and want to share it with the world?

Post your questions and suggestions here!

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DCU Memesdcu_memes on December 3rd, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
Kate Kane (Buyer's Guide)
Kate Kane: Essential Reading

While Kate has appeared either as a cameo or a featured character in several other titles, such as Batman, Inc., these are the books I think showcase her most important storylines and would recommend to readers who are new to the character and want to know more about her.

Volume 1Volume 2Volume 3Volume 4

I'm in two minds about recommending this title. On the one hand, it's an excellent read. On the other hand, it splits its attention between a huge number of characters, with particular focus being on minor/less recognisable characters, so it could be intimidating or confusing for newer readers. (Although you'll probably find yourself falling in love with characters you previously knew little about.) It does feature Kate's introduction to the DCU as Batwoman, and her story is deeply entangled with Renee Montoya's arc. Although I haven't been able to find a list of the issues that feature Kate and Renee, I'd recommend Googling 'DC 52 remix' and looking for results that focus on The Question's storyline.

Batwoman: Elegy

While the rest of the Gotham titles were dealing with the fallout of Batman: R.I.P. and Final Crisis and the roster changes it caused to the Batfamily, Detective Comics chose to step back and focus entirely on Kate's return as Batwoman. After ending 52 badly injured, Kate's smarter and stronger than ever. The issues here take an already interesting character and flesh her out with a fascinating backstory and motivation. This book also happens to be absolutely gorgeous and I'd highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.


Kate now has her own solo series. The preview issue (issue 0) was released in January 2011, but the series was then continuously delayed until September, when it became one of the New 52. It already has a strong following and is one of my personal faves from the relaunch. Knowing DC, it'll probably be a long time before we start to see this collected in trades, but with only a handful of issues released so far finding back-issues shouldn't be too difficult.