After the somewhat uninspired Rebirth one-shot, we get a better sense of how Batwoman’s solo title will play out. Initial impression? This is going to be yet another Bat family title DC readers will want to start adding to their pull list.
Writers James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett introduce a new status quo for Kate Kane. She’s now more of the Jane Bond of the superhero set complete with Julia Pennyworth serving as her Q. This is a good spot for Julia and it’s good to see she hasn’t become a forgotten character. There’s some intrigue with her official role as Kate isn’t sure if she’s keeping tabs on her for Batman or has another agenda.
Kate is tracking down leads on Monster Men trying to prevent terrorist attacks with supremacists and nationalists looking to make a statement. Just when she thinks she’s closed the case, a new mystery emerges. One that takes her back to her past. The flashback sequences played out somewhat choppy since they don’t add much to the story yet. In collected format, this won’t matter, but on an issue to issue basis, that could become frustrating.
Steve Epting makes so much sense as the artist for this title. As Batwoman is more of a real world based hero, Epting is one of those artists who can take fantastic scenarios like Batwoman fighting Monster Men and make it work in this grounded universe. Epting crafts very expressive characters and Tynion and Bennett smartly don’t flood the pages with dialogue when he can so smoothly progress the story with a few casual glances. Red is going to be a prominent color in this title and colorist Jeromy Cox does a terrific job of making it so striking against the other colors to make Batwoman stand out.
Batwoman has been a strong featured player in Detective Comics. Without the rest of Team Batman around her, she proves just as engaging. There’s a ton of potential here and Tynion and Bennett seem poised to realize all of it.
Rating: 9 out of 10