Out of all the DC Rebirth titles that were announced for this year, I was the MOST excited for Batwoman. The fact that it’s finally being written (or co-written for this first arc) by Marguerite Bennett, an actual queer woman makes me so happy. Bennett, known for her work on Angela: Asgard’s Assassin, Insexts, and the most recent incarnation of the Josie and the Pussycats comic, is the perfect choice for this series. Whereas Batwoman Elegy took on a fantastical noir turn with J.H. Williams III on interiors, Steve Epting is taking on the interior art in this current run. Epting’s last long running superhero book was the incredible Captain America run with Ed Brubaker. His specialty is a spy noir style and I’m so excited to see Batwoman through that lens.
With all my excitement for the series I forgot that as with most other Rebirth #1s, this first issue was an introductory oneshot. Not to say that it was a bad thing considering that Batwoman’s backstory really needed a retelling. The original New 52 run continued the Batwoman Elegy story but because Elegy took place before the New 52 reboot somethings were still muddy. Bennett and Tynion do a great job streamlining a lot of the Elegy origin story for this new timeline. It’s similar but they incorporate a lot of the plot points introduced in Detective Comics. My only nitpick would be the amount of time jumping between scenes. This issue involves a lot of snippits from Kate Kane’s life and they’re small teases for what’s to come and what came before. I’m just a big fan of Batwoman and I just want more from each point in Kate’s life.
Everything in this issue makes me so hyped for the rest of the series. The story is a lot more grounded than the last arc in the New 52 run of Batwoman and the tone in the art makes this series feel new and fresh while still echoing the familiar panelling that J.H. Williams III introduced in Elegy. Bennett and Tynion clearly have a plan for Batwoman and I’m all on board to find out where this all leads.