At its award show last night, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation awarded DETECTIVE COMICS its Outstanding Comic Book award for its portrayal of lesbian crime-fighters Batwoman and the Question.
Runners-up to the award include SECRET SIX, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, X-FACTOR and MADAME XANADU. The award's given to "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” and the recognized issues were written by Greg Rucka and drawn by JH WILLIAMS III and Cully Hammer.
As an aside, Rich Johnston’s BLEEDING COOL industry-insider column discusses DETECTIVE COMICS’ win as well as the start-and-stop introduction of this newest incarnation of Batwoman and the character’s paradoxical cycle of promotion and acknowledgment. I haven’t been reading titles from the Bat family lately, but apparently the character debuted in 52 and has had been inconsistently featured between that appearance and her current starring role in DETECTIVE. The new Question is Rene Montoya, who debuted in the Batman Animated series and has slowly progressed from being a member of Gotham City's police force to taking over the mantle of mild-objectivist vigilante, Vic Sage.
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.