Batwoman #1

Writer: J.H. Williams III Artist: J.H. Williams III Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 5
8.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

At last! Batwoman's new series begins, from the multiple award-winning creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman!In "Hydrology," part 1 of 5, Batwoman faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City's underworld and new trials in her life as Kate Kane.Who or what is stealing children from the barrio, and for what vile purpose? Will Kate train her cousin, Bette Kane (a.k.a. Flamebird), as her new sidekick? How will she handle unsettling revelations about her father, Colonel Jacob Kane? And why is a certain government agency suddenly taking an interest in her?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Sep 14, 2011

    This is a fantastic jumping on point for new readers. While the first issue does manage to allude to certain events that occurred in the first series, it's written in a very accessible way that will allow new readers to just dive in. Kate makes Batgirl look, well, amateurish. The tone of this series is definitely more refined and I haven't read a female character driven book that is as bold, brash, sassy and exciting as this one. Kate is just damn cool. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 14, 2011

    Holy CRAP is this a beautiful book. Every single page is just packed with with detail and expression, and even the scenes where Kate and Bette change into their crime-fighting clothes are impressive. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Weekly Comic Book Review - SoldierHawk Sep 14, 2011

    Yeah. It was worth a year's wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 15, 2011

    Batwoman #1 has helped me do a complete 180 on this character. Where once I thought she was just another cheap knockoff, now I see the truth. This book is going to be stellar. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Oct 14, 2013

    The relaunch of Batwoman is part horror part crime procedural and all good.  It is a moody title that is complemented expertly by Blackman's art.  I can't recommend it highly enough.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Sep 14, 2011

    "Batwoman" #1 feels like it could have just as easily been "Detective Comics" #864. Aside from a tiny tweak or two to fit into the new setup of DC Comics (the most notable being Maggie Sawyer is now a Detective again, instead of a Captain) it fits in perfectly with what Rucka did up until now. More importantly, it's very clear that "Batwoman" is in excellent hands. The character's appearances in "Detective Comics" was one of the crown jewels of DC Comics, and "Batwoman" looks determined to follow in those footsteps. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Sep 14, 2011

    Batwoman #1 is a tour de force of superheroics, mystery, and sheer artistic glory. Go buy it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 16, 2011

    Maybe what was most striking about this comic book was the story is populated by a cast of strong, female characters. All of the major roles are filled by female characters, and they're convincing ones. The Weeping Woman is a thoroughly creepy yet somehow tragic figure, but my favorite bits in the book were Kate's more personal moments. Her scene with Maggie and the confrontation with her father show opposite ends of Kate's emotional spectrum. She's almost shy and clearly vulnerable as she decides to approach Maggie, but she's a whirlwind of outrage and hurt in the face of her father. While she exhibits a stoic and strong facade, the writers are exploring how Kate is broken in many ways. I would imagine this series will ultimately prove to be about her efforts to repair her broken parts. Maybe she'll even end up carving out a life for herself rather than a mission. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Sep 17, 2011

    This is a good beginning, as the story is intriguing and the art is beautiful. I like this new Batwoman as she doesn't seem to be part of the Bat-Family, though she is tolerated by them. I hope the original Cape Crusader continues to give Batwoman her space. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Feb 16, 2017

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  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 20, 2011

    So, great art, weak story (so far) - I'm still not convinced that I was mistaken to pass up this series before. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 23, 2011

    Still, there's no other book like this on the stands, and it's so refreshing to see a book that backgrounds continuity and other wankish fan concerns for pure sensation. Whereas so many superhero books make art subservient to the story, this book flips the dynamic around, shaking up the status quo and giving us a glimpse, however brief, of how comics could be. If the common complaint about comics is that you can blow through them in ten minutes, maybe providing comics that can be appreciated like a museum gallery will help provide us with our money's worth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Sep 28, 2011

    I said in my review of Batgirl that it would be hard for Batwoman to top it, and in the end, I probably still liked Batgirl a little more. Im more of a writing guy than an art guy, after all. But this is still a great comic: the art is amazing, and the story is engaging enough that this never just feels like a nothing book with pretty pictures. If you enjoyed the Rucka/Williams run on Detective Comics, J.H. Batwoman #1 should not disappoint you. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Sep 14, 2011

    The book as a work of art is perfect and if that alone doesn't make you pick it up Williams and Blackman have scattered enough enticing characters and ideas throughout to keep anyone entertained. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 14, 2011

    There's a whole lot of appeal to the book in the way it's written and especially with the way it's drawn as Williams really has a great look to all of this. The Batwoman costume is highly appealing when contrasted to the red hair and that gives us something very different from Batman himself and eve how Batgirl has been portrayed over the years. But at the same time, Williams loves double page spreads as we get eight of them here. Eight. There's still the same amount of information as it's more layout than big splash pages, but it just gives it a very different feeling, like you're going through it too quickly. And combined with how new-reader unfriendly it is, it doesn't make it feel like a good book to invest some time and money in. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Sep 15, 2011

    This story isn't all bad. There are some interesting glimpses into what the future holds for Batwoman. The scene at the DOE in particular is weird and engrossing. Hopefully the rest of this issue is just suffering from a case of premiere jitters. If we can resume a form similar to Rucka's Batwoman: Elegy or Williams' Batwoman #0, this series will be one the best books on comic store racks. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Oct 3, 2011

    I gave this book a 6/10, but that's because I'm someone who is new to Kate Kane. And if you're new too then you won't understand who these people are or why you should care. Is it a buy if you're unfamiliar with Batwoman? Definitely not. If you're already a fan of Batwoman then you're probably going to love this book. Just by looking around at a few message boards I've seen most Batwoman fans giving this book a 9/10 and you'll most likely feel the same way. Note: If you pick this one up digitally it will be listed as only 16 pages rather than 22. That's because of the double page spreads that occur. This is not one a short read. There's plenty of content here to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Oct 13, 2011

    I can't give high marks for this book. I was bored. Though the art somewhat saves it, I just cannot get into the character or story at the moment. If I had to characterize this first issue I would give it the following: emo, bland, and pretty. Read Full Review

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