Batwoman #0

Batwoman #0

Writer: Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III Artist: J.H. Williams III Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 19, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15
9.3Critic Rating
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See how Kate Kane shed her life of excess and disgrace to become the costumed vigilante known as Batwoman! Has she truly put her demons to rest?

  • 10
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Sep 20, 2012

    This isn't just the best Zero issue I've read so far. This is the finest issue of any bat-comic that I've read all year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Sep 21, 2012

    Williams and Blackman are clever enough to use hindsight to re-examine Kate's origin. It works on every level and makes for the most interesting origin tale of the whole zero issue initiative so far. A creative team at the top of their game deliver a book that everyone should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 21, 2012

    The ultimate upshot of all this blah-blah-blah? This book is good. It's a good read, it understands that it has to give us new insights to offset the fact that they just told this tale a year or two ago, and it looks phenomenal to boot. Batwoman #0 is really sort of marvelous, delivering strong art, good emotional impact, and making the lead character awesome without resorting to "Can't armor my head" macho foolishness, earning a well-deserved 5 out of 5 stars overall. I just wish there were a higher profile for the character and her awesomeness, rather than having to exist in the metaphorical shadow of Barbara "Batgirl" Gordon... Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - J. Skyler Sep 24, 2012

    Williams artwork is superb as always, as is the coloring by Dave Stewart. That combined with storytelling as strong as "Elegy," Batwoman #0 is one of the strongest issues out of DC Comics' Zero month. Blackman and Williams have given me a new found respect for the character, one that will captivate all who read it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Sep 19, 2012

    So, I was really curious to see how they were going to pull this off, given that we have already seen Kate's origin, and there has been a 0 issue before. It was pretty fantastic. The format of the issue was very well constructed, and Kate's message to her father was very genuine, and heartfelt. The art is fantastic, with Williams sticking to the same style he used through out most of Kate's origin in elegy. Not a single double page spread, but the art is just as gorgeous. I'm just really glad they were able to make this 0 issue unique and different than the last. Pulled it off flawlessly. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Tommy Lutz Sep 20, 2012

    When all is said and done, the Batwoman series is a solid DC series. Besides the rest of the series I really believe this zero issue did exactly what it was meant to do; tell the story of before the story. It gave such great insight into Kate's life before Batwoman. It got me excited to keep going with this series. If you've been having trouble deciding whether to read Batwoman or not, ask yourself if you like chilling supernatural thrillers with genius standout art. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 21, 2012

    Like reading a chapter out of a good novel, the script carries you along with it, no matter how wordy or involved it gets, and the art completely immerses you into the story. Just great, human storytelling through and through. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 19, 2012

    In another writer's hands, a fan might be able to complain that they have heard this same story before because they've been reading Batwoman from the start, and they wouldn't be wrong. What co-writers Williams and Blackman do so well here becomes apparent when you reach the end. They not only reiterate Kate's story, but add an extra layer of soul to the telling as she dissects her history in a way that only comes with the clarity of hindsight, like reading an old journal and seeing how wrong you were about your life and the people in it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 24, 2012

    When Batwoman is on, it's really damn good. Batwoman #0 is one of those times. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jason Bowles Sep 21, 2012

    Having been a devoted follower of Batwoman since her solo adventures started, I was already familiar with most of the stories referenced here, but even so, Williams delivers a lot of them in really cool splash page montages. And for a new reader it's a nice summary that will hopefully entice them to dig up the trades of Batwoman's earlier adventures. (Definitely worth it!) I'd say that as a stand-alone read, it absolutely delivers, while supplementing the regular on-going series. Solid all the way around! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Sep 23, 2012

    Batwoman #0 is easily the best origin issue we've seen from DC this month, but far more than that, it's one of the best issues we've seen from DC this year. Williams and Blackman (along with Dave Stewart's delightful colours) have come together to deliver a brilliant issue that is wrought with emotion, can appeal to readers old and new, and is just some plain great comics. Go and read it, enjoy it, and then read it again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Oct 5, 2012

    Batwoman #0 is one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. It's also one of the best. Williams and Blackman have topped Greg Rucka's original Elegy story in almost every way, and have guaranteed I will return for issue 13. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 26, 2010

    The art by Williams could change my mind, though - it's exceptional. We'll see what the future holds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 20, 2012

    If you want hints and seeds of stories to come, Batwoman #0 will leave you wanting. Me? Any chance to get inside Kate Kane's head is time well spent. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Sep 24, 2012

    Though the story doesn't offer much that we didn't already know, it does bring an interesting twist to Kate's idea of when she believes she finally "became Batwoman." It's a good moment that says a lot about the character on a lot of well layered levels, a story element worthy of the character and feels like the kind of important storytelling you would see for Bruce/Batman and other A-list characters. If only the rest of the issue had the gravitas of those last pages, this book would be a huge standout along with books like "Dial H" #0. Instead it's just one of the better zero issues among a sea of mostly mediocre comics. Read Full Review

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