Written by Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV
Art by Steve Epting
Published by DC Comics
“The Many Arms Of Death” part one! At last—Batwoman is back in her own ongoing series! On the island nation of Coryana, anything goes for members of the criminal underworld…and during her lost years after being drummed out of the military, Kate Kane found a kind of refuge there.
But now, a deadly new bioweapon is available in the markets of Coryana, and Batwoman will have to face up to the things she did in those days…and the people she left behind, some of whom would be happier to see her dead than alive!
Batwoman #1 features the character doing some classic detective work. as she tries to solve a case that forces her to travel back to her roots. Parts of the story work well, but other parts could have been better. There’s just not enough in this comic to sink your teeth into, which is rather disappointing for a first issue.
Even so, the memory segment in this issue is intriguing. Hopefully future issues will develop these scenes even more. The sequence in Batwoman #1 works in large part due to the black and white art, with the exception of the red of Kate’s hair, a woman’s lips, and another’s eyes.
Steve Epting’s art is a perfect match for Batwoman. Here, Epting was able to set the mood with darkness, but he was also able to showcase the character’s sadness and regret. I also loved the way he draws the Batwoman suit. There are no thigh high boots with six-inch heels. Instead, Steve Epting gives us a suit that looks practical and could work in the real world.
Without a doubt, Epting is one of the best artists in comics. And what’s amazing is that his art style continues to evolve. He is a better artist now than he was in the early 1990’s when he worked on the Avengers.
In the end, there were parts of Batwoman #1 that I loved, and other parts that fell short to me. But I trust and like the work of co-writer Marguerite Bennett, so I believe the story will be sharper in future issues.
Batwoman #1 score: B