I have to admit , even though she’s been around for almost 10 years now, this is my first Batwoman book that I’ve actually read. By “She” I mean of course this incarnation of Batwoman in the form of Kate Kane. The book itself is not a bad jumping on point for new readers. The story does focus on some events from a previous series, but they don’t overly impact where the story goes in its 1rst issue.
James T Tynion IV & Marguerite Bennett have plotted and written a pretty good first chapter that has very much a globe trotting feel to it with just a tinge of James Bond .The interaction between the characters and the characters own inner dialogue flows well and they even manage to bring in a bit of domesticated banter concerning the dishes that worked in the moment.
I was left with more questions than answers with this book and I’m not sure if that was by design, or not having access to back history of the character. If by design it was well done, if not,” meh”, that’s my fault for not getting here earlier.
The art by Steven Epting was fantastic. I have a soft spot for his work, as I really loved his run on the Avengers in the early 90’s.His run with Ed Brubaker on Captain America also stands out as a fav of mine. He knows how to draw the world of shadowy espionage and his style was well suited to this book .
I’ll probably end up picking the 2nd issue up off the shelf as I have to many books in my pull list now, but if the 2nd issue is as well done I’ll probably end up adding the series.
I did find it a bit odd that the series was listed as “Teen plus”….there’s no blood letting or cursing. Is this due to her being………a badass? A Lesbian Badass? Either way, if you’re previous fan this series seems off to a good start, or if you’re looking for a book with a strong female lead this might be for you. Cheers.
Writers- Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV
Art – Steve Epting
Colors – Jeremy Cox