Even though DC Rebirth's Batwoman series will not be released until early 2017, I couldn't be more excited. The character's first and previous solo series during the New 52 touched a lot of readers' hearts. Without question, Kate Kane is one of the most iconic characters in the #DC Universe today. Her empowering story as an out-and-proud lesbian is one of many reasons why she continues to be inspirational.
Currently, Kate can be found soaring alongside #Batman in the highly acclaimed series, Detective Comics. Back in October, DC released a press statement announcing Batwoman's new solo series. Her monthly Rebirth title will kick-start with a one-shot issue in February, followed by Batwoman #1 in March. Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics Bombshells, Batgirl) will pen the series, and she is extremely proud to do so. Bennett comments:
"There has never been a heroine I have loved more than Batwoman. Her flaws, her ferocity, her struggle to rise above her own history and find a way to serve the greater good and those she loves — she's always cut me straight to the bone. To be a queer woman and to see a queer woman as not just a part but a pillar of the Bat-family was life changing, inspiring and gave me the courage to pursue this career in comics. The opportunity to add to Kate Kane's story and legacy is both an honor and a sincere dream come true."
It is truly remarkable when a writer loves a character that he or she is working on. Devotion and effort can further illuminate a story. With that being said, it is certain that the #Batwoman series will be headed in the right direction.
What Will Happen In 'Batwoman: Rebirth #1'?
According to DC, Batwoman's one-shot issue will be released on February 15th. The title's cover and description were recently added to their website:
The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, “The Many Arms Of Death”!
Officially, that is all we know about the series. Thankfully, Bennett has done a few interviews concerning the Batwoman title. She has provided as much insight as allowed — and we definitely have something to look forward to.
What's Next For Batwoman?
Bennett divulged as much information as she could during interviews with Comic Book Resources and io9. Obviously, the series will be completely Batwoman-focused as opposed to Detective Comics. It turns out that Kate might not even be in Gotham much. Instead, she'll be traveling the world searching for villains who escaped control of the Bat-family. Furthermore, the series will primarily focus on Kate's past, present and future, thus diving deeper into her backstory. Bennett explains:
"We know there’s this period in her life where she was in a very bad place, she’d been kicked out of the military on don’t ask, don’t tell...we’re going to be examining what happened during those years — what essentially went right, went wrong, and helped sculpt her into someone who wanted to return to Gotham under this particular mission under this particular mantle."
Another central theme in this series will be Kate's love life. Bennett called the idea, "the loves and losses of Kate Kane." Fans love her past relationships with Maggie Sawyer and Renee Montoya. While there is a possibility of seeing them again, Kate might find a new romantic interest in someone we haven't met yet.
Steve Epting will be doing the artwork for Batwoman's future comics. Epting has an illustrious reputation as an artist in the comic book world. It's been over 15 years, but he is finally back at DC. He recently uploaded a sketch on Twitter for the upcoming Batwoman series, which is pictured below:
Bennett has made it her goal to make fans fall in love with Batwoman all over again. Her upcoming series marks a new chapter for the character, and proves that DC Rebirth turned out to be something we all really needed.
Batwoman: Rebirth #1 will be available in all comic book stores on February 15th.
Are you excited for Batwoman's second solo series? Share your thoughts in the comments!