DC Comics 2017
Written by Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV
Illustrated by Steve Epting
Coloured by Jeromy Cox
Lettered by Deron Bennett
Batwoman is back and in her own monthly series though this time around she’s working more as one of Batman’s cadre than we’re used to. I’m both excited and leary of that fact I mean it’s nice that she’s close to her family and is learning to work better with others but part of me likes that loner angst she has too.
Well after that whole Monster Men thing Bats asked Kate to hunt down the remaining serum and get it off the world market. Of course nothing is ever as easy as that but it does give this team a chance to turn Kate into and internationally renowned adventurer. Oh and a way to explore the places she went in that lost year which was brought up last issue. Uhm one little thing before I continue while I appreciate Bette’s mention here I sincerely hope she’s not attending West Point as a way of keeping her in the fringes she needs to don her outfit and fight alongside Kate!
Well I do like the symmetry and similarities in Kate’s new life to that of Bruce’s. I mean it really is a family affair with them nowadays isn’t it and that kind of family is good to have. The trust that can be seen and earned as their time together grows well i’m looking forward to seeing that. The dynamic the two women have here is remarkable already and that they’ve been able to bond during the six weeks they’ve been working together before this issue well I look forward to the kind of familiarity that women have with each other when being brutally honest.
Steve and Jeromy do a marvelous job on the interiors here. I like the creativity and imagination we see in that monster. With her internationally hopping around I can’t wait to see how the world is depicted through their work. The Bazaar here is gorgeous and the Island pretty beautiful as well. The attention to detail is fantastic and the way page layouts are utilised through angles, perspective and backgrounds make for exciting reading.
I like that this isn’t so much a mystery as it is a mission. While I wouldn’t mind seeing Kate become something of a detective that’s really Bruce and not her. She’s a fighter and a warrior and that’s her niche so getting to see her in her element with the colourful cast of folks she’s met over the years well that’s what I can’t wait to see. She’s going to have to come to terms with things that happened in the past so she can move into the future and that’s where things get meaty. Kate’s a complex character and it’s getting to see through her many layers that make her as dynamic a character as we’ve ever seen.
This is off to a tremendous start and I look forward to see where these folks take Kate on her new journey.