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At long last, we have a stand-alone Batwoman title again, with none other than Bennett and Tynion writing. What a great time to read comics, coming out of her Detective Comics role, Batwoman is out on her own adventure. There are a lot of good parallels, to Batman, of course, we see in this first issue. Plus a lot of Kate’s own world intertwined.

We pickup with Batwoman following sellers of Venom on the black market, after six weeks on the trail. This is a neat little tie to the Detective Comics run, giving us a deeper dive into loose strings from other stories. While out on her mission we find out she has a Pennyworth of her own. Quite literally we see Julia Pennyworth here being her backup, how they met has yet to be explained, but it is a welcome addition.

This whole issue plays out very James Bond Esq. With Batwoman fighting the baddies then retiring to a yacht for a martini, shaken not stirred, I’m going to assume. Alongside the Bond, demeanor there is a backstory played out that is leading into the first villain of the series. Black and white flashbacks and all.

Epting and Cox do the story here a great service with their art. The panel layouts and full pages here are a thing to admire, really driving the story along. My personal favorite being the black and white flashbacks with red highlights, this has always been a favorite Batwoman style of mine.

Bennett and Tynion are off to a great start with this issue, really laying the groundwork while being intriguing. Having seen both Tynion and Bennett write this character before, I don’t think there was a question if they could do Batwoman/Kate Kane justice. Yet another great Bat-Family book to add to your pull list, you won’t regret it.

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Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Batwoman
Written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV
Art by Steve Epting, Jeromy Cox, Deron Bennett
Published by DC
Release Date: March 1st, 2017

Verdict

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Story
9.5
Art
9.5
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