The origin stories of the Batmen from the Dark Multiverse continues with Batman The Drowned. Previously, we have had The Red Death, The Murder Machine, and The Dawnbreaker. With The Drowned, we are introduced to Bryce Wayne, and she has gained the powers of Aquaman. Well, in her Earth, it was Aquawoman. It is a gender-swapped Earth.
We meet Bryce Wayne sometime after the death of her love, Sylvester Kyle (get it, a male Selina Kyle). Sylvester’s death was “caused” by Rogue Metas, who I assume would be that Earth’s Justice League. I use quotes there because what exactly happened is not clear. And there is reason to believe that she may not be telling the full story. Normally, I would want to see what happened. A page of action. But I actually like the mystery here. It is played upon later in the issue, when we see what lead to Bryce gaining the powers of Aquawoman. (more…)