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