Just a few months under way, and the DC Comics Rebirth is changing the landscape of the publisher's catalogue in ways fans (nor they) may have expected. After she was handed the keys to the supporting members of the Batman family, entrusted with uniting former sidekicks Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, Cassandra Cain and more into a powerful unit, Kate Kane is headed for a brand new solo title of her own.
That's right, after previous books earned various levels of praise and attention - but struggled, nonetheless - Batwoman will star in a solo book, with some accomplished talent at the helm. And have no fear: the solo series won't impact Kate's role in "Detective Comics", meaning fans of Batwoman will now have two titles to look forward to (an added bonus that Batman himself has enjoyed for years).
The announcement comes after an incredibly warm reception to Kate Kane's role in James Tynion IV's run on "Detective Comics", using the larger "Rebirth" initiative to give Kate and other supporting Bat-Family heroes some overdue attention. The fact that Batwoman remains one of, if not the most high profile queer character in DC's roster (aside from Wonder Woman) only compounded the significance of the move - but is by no means an isolated case in DC's push to highlight characters and creators in the LGBTQ community.
A solo series is one thing, but one written by Marguerite Bennett ("Batgirl", "DC Comics Bombshells") and illustrated by artist Steve Epting - his first work for DC in fifteen years - is as promising a duo as could be hoped for. Bennett has shown her talent for crafting well-rounded characters, let alone women (let alone queer women) in "Bombshells", "Insexts" and "Angela", and the single image released with the announcement shows Epting is bringing his best to the project.
The official press release gives the details: the solo series will be launching in February with a "Rebirth" issue, followed by a #1. The story of Kate Kane's first solo adventure will spin out of the current "Night of the Monster Men" crossover, beginning with a two-part arc in the pages of "Detective Comics" co-written by Bennett and Tynion, with both writers collaborating on the first "Batwoman" arc as well. No surprise, Bennett is more than excited for the opportunity:
"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."
Epting seconds the enthusiasm:
"I am very excited for the opportunity to work on Batwoman... 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. Batwoman has a rich visual history and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!"
There's no need to explain why DC's move to represent the variety of their readers is a good one, but aside from Kate Kane's sexual identity, "Detective Comics" has shown that she's a powerful character, first and foremost. Her sexuality propelled her out of the military and onto a mission of her own, certainly, but few characters can stand up to Batman like his own battle-hardened cousin.
And uniting the talents listed above won't just combine their fan bases, but most likely lead to some important, exciting, and most importantly fun storylines.
Batwoman: Rebirth begins in February 2017, with Detective Comics setting the stage beforehand.