I feel the need to add this entry because of the close character relationship that Kate Kane and Renee Montoya have, or at least had, due to the 52 (mass murder of characters) re-write that the powers that be at DC did...
Okay, actually it was because I read 'Elegy' in one day and I couldn't put it down. An intro by Rachel Maddow, written by Greg Rucka, art by J.H.Williams III... you couldn't ask for better (except for more Renee/Question cameos, but that's just me).
Man... Kate Kane is one badass lady, and I mean that with nothing but respect. She is the rebellious one in the family of her mother, father, and twin sister Beth, who often has to defuse her more wild sister from violence or anger. I can't go into the story without revealing spoilers, but suffice to say she is a strong, worthy character to take the mantle of Batwoman.
There are similarities between Renee and Kate; both lose someone close to them, both deal with the loss of something important in their lives; losing the goal of whatever they were fighting for drove both into self-destructive paths. But in the end, both characters picked themselves up (with some help), dusted off their shoulders, and dove into the action.
Renee inherited her 'hero title', but earned the right to do so with the previous Question's blessing.
This incarnation of Kate, based off of an original character, was a 180 twist from what you would normally see. She wasn't just another take on Batman, or another shadow in the darkness. She blazed in like a fireball, as if to say 'I'm here. Deal with it.' She IS Batwoman, and Batwoman is her.
I still miss Renee, and I want to see her again.
But I am really, really glad that we still have Kate.