Batwoman will headline a new monthly comic book series in 2017
By Tracy Brown
Oct 06, 2016 | 7:20 AM
Good news for Kate Kane fans: “Batwoman” is back.
DC Entertainment has announced that a new ongoing “Batwoman” comic book series is on the way from writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Steve Epting as part of the next wave of DC’s Rebirth titles.
“There has never been a heroine I have loved more than Batwoman,” Bennett said in a news release. “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.”
“I love the character design and how she fits into the whole Batman mythos, and I’m looking forward to the artistic opportunities the story will provide,” added Epting. “Batwoman has a rich visual history, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”
Kate Kane, of course, has not actually been absent from comics. Bennett has been penning the story of a version of Kane in “DC Comics Bombshells,” which follows some of DC’s most iconic heroines in an alternate World War II.
And while Kane’s ongoing solo “Batwoman” series ended its run in 2015, the military-trained heiress’ crime-fighting adventures have been the focus in “Detective Comics.” DC’s Rebirth relaunch of the series sees Batwoman entrusted with training and leading the next generation of Gotham City’s superheroes: Spoiler, Red Robin, Orphan and Clayface.
“Batwoman is yet another example of the character, depth, richness and diversity present in Gotham City,” said Batman group editor Mark Doyle. “Fans have really responded to her role in ‘Detective Comics,’ and we all love Kate here in the Bat-office, so that made it an easy choice to return her to a solo series.”
Batwoman’s Rebirth-themed one-shot is scheduled for a February release, with “Batwoman” No. 1 to follow in March.
Ahead of the launch of the series, Bennett will join current “Detective Comics” writer James Tynion IV in a two-issue arc in the series titled “Batwoman Begins” as a preface to Batwoman’s new adventures. Bennett and Tynion IV also will co-write the first arc of the new “Batwoman.”
More details about “Batwoman” will be announced at the DC All Access panel at New York Comic Con on Thursday.