If your only exposure to the modern Batwoman character has been through cruising the Internet’s various blogs, message boards, Tumblrs, blah blah blah, then it’s pretty easy to fall into one of two categories regarding how you view Kate Kane, the black-and-red-clad Gothamite vigilante known as the Batwoman;
She’s either a tool of the liberal cartooning elite trying to push their evil homosexual agenda on us by virtue of being a hero who is also gay and not somehow burning in Hell for it or making out with other women JUST to titillate us male readers…
Or she’s a secondary-side character meant to be relegated to backups, crowd scenes, one-offs, and the weirdly amateur and frankly unimaginative fanfiction epics of secretly misogynistic fans everywhere who claim that they, who have never gotten anywhere in comics beyond their lifelong commitment to the Scans_Daily pirate community, would be able to write a WICKED AWESOME Batwoman run.
Either way, both of those viewpoints are highlighting your own inner biases, either outright homophobia, misogyny hidden underneath an equally-creepy veneer of so-called “fandom”, or a definite fear of change in the comics you claim to love for their imagination but scare you the instant that they deviate from a pre-determined norm of character standards that reflect standard and stifling character norms within “normal” behavior (like heterosexuality as the mainstream and homosexuality as a deviation, said “deviant” sexuality being the sole defining characterization of said character, blah blah blah).
It’s pretty easy to forget that underneath all that, underneath the hype over a gay character in a Batman-related title (nevermind that the statistics on the American population puts us somewhere between one in four to one in ten Americans self-identifying as gay), over the shock and awe over a female superhero character having her own book, and over the confusion of what seemed like a bit character rising out of a controversial yearlong comic book event, that what Greg Rucka and JH Williams III crafted is probably one of the most amazing capes-n-cowl comic book ever.