(This article contains heavy spoilers from the current Detective Comics series.)
The modern version Kate Kane was introduced in 2006 and quickly became an icon. She received her first solo series in 2011, and her second will be released this February. As a lesbian superhero, she has empowered many #LGBT comic fans such as myself.
In 2016, she was given a main role in #DCComics flagship Detective Comics series, which is what we'll be focusing on today.
So far in Detective we've seen her father, Jacob Kane, betray her and create a threatening army of Batmen known as the Colony. We've also witnessed the tear-inducing "death" of #RedRobin (Tim Drake), gross monster attacks and the rise of a villainous team, The Victim Syndicate.
In Issue #948, #Batwoman has become even more crucial. Talented writers, James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett have collaborated to create this highly-anticipated story. The main question of this two-issue arc is, What can Batwoman do that Batman can't? (Watch a glimpse of her in action in the below clip from the animated movie Batman: Bad Blood.)
The Early Days
Being a vigilante isn't easy, and neither is tracking down #Batman. The story commences with a flashback of Kate beginning her journey as a superhero along with the help of her father. She's clearly still getting the hang of it, as she's nervous about using her grapple gun for the first time. She hasn't caught Batman for the past five nights and has started to doubt herself.
But that won't stop Kate, she is determined, fearless and will never give up. Her father reassures her:
"If Batwoman is going to work, it needs to be something different than Batman... The future we build is going to come from our methods, not his."
Although Jacob Kane's motives are often dubious and untrustworthy, he will always care about his daughter. Now, we're back to current-day. We see Kate watching her father in his prison cell, musing at what became of them, of him. Interrupting this moment, she receives a call from Batman who needs her at the Argus evacuation site where the "Night of the Monster Men" events occurred.
At the site, we are introduced to Dr. Victoria October. It is important to note that she is a new transgender character in the DC Universe. She discloses that three canisters of Hugo Strange's deadly "Monster Venom" were stolen. After watching the surveillance footage, Batman recognizes the culprits immediately and realizes the Colony has returned.
Who, Or What, Is Colony Prime?
Earlier I mentioned that Jacob Kane formed an army of Batmen known as the Colony. Even though Batman's team incarcerated them, the war isn't over yet. While the original militia was modeled after Batman, their overlord, Colony Prime, appears to have a similar design to Batwoman. Since Kate's father is involved, this wouldn't be a surprise. Moving forward, this new soldier might indicate the skills that make Batwoman stand out, in comparison to the Caped Crusader.
While I enjoyed this comic (let's be honest, I enjoy everything Batwoman related), it failed to dive deep into the real story. But we shouldn't worry, the next issue will answer all of our lingering questions, and possibly provide more flashbacks of Batwoman's early days.
The Future Of Batwoman
This issue will lead right into Detective #949 as well as Batwoman's upcoming series. Marguerite Bennett will be writing those stories, which certainly gives us something to look forward to. And thankfully, she will still be a main character in 'Tec as well. This character has an incredibly bright future ahead of her and will continue to impact fans with her solo book. She is getting more recognition than ever before, and it's truly deserved. 2017 is going to be the year of Kate Kane.
Detective Comics #948 is available now. Issue #949 will be released on January 25. Also, don't forget about Batwoman's upcoming solo series! Batwoman: Rebirth #1 goes on sale February 15, and Batwoman #1 on March 15.
Are you excited to see more of Kate Kane? Let us know in the comments!
(Source: Comics Alliance)