Written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV
Art by Steve Epting
Published by DC Comics
The original Batwoman was a character brought in to date Batman for a few issues back when parents got scared that he was kind of gay. So when DC revived the concept in the 52 series a few years ago, Batwoman became one of the most prominent gay characters in comics. Kate Kane worked the grim vigilante angle like Batman, but her background was military, not detective work. This led to a series uniquely her own and a fascinating character study.
In the new DC Rebirth continuity, Batwoman is a powerful figure on the team in Detective Comics, but after the events of the recent Monster Men crossover, she’ll be taking on a heavy solo mission. This prologue one-shot gets the reader up to speed, racing through plot points like her time at West Point, her run-in with Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, her socialite years, and her love story with Renee Montoya. For the density of story beats, the book never feels rushed. Each moment gets a full page or two to breathe, and the dialogue in each scene cleverly dovetails the next one.
Batwoman matters. Batwoman means something huge in a time when national politics put the health of women and of the Queer community in a vulnerable limbo. So it matters that she gets a high-profile story. It matters that she gets a dedicated one-shot prologue. And it matters that some of the industry’s best Queer writers, Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV, are working on this together.
Come down to Ultimate Comics and get your copy today. Enjoy the action story, but appreciate the cultural context. And bring your copy to the Love Is Love (Queer Comics) panel at NC Comicon Oak City next month! I am happy to talk more about it with you there.
-MATT CONNER for Ultimate Comics