Batwoman #1

Writer: Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV Artist: Steve Epting Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 15, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 30
8.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

"The Many Arms Of Death" part one! At last - Batwoman is back in her own ongoing series! On the island nation of Coryana, anything goes for members of the criminal underworld... and during her lost years after being drummed out of the military, Kate Kane found a kind of refuge there. But now, a deadly new bioweapon is available in the markets of Coryana, and Batwoman will have to face up to the things she did in those days... and the people she left behind, some of whom would be happier to see her dead than alive! Writer Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) is joined by James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) and superstar artist Steve Epting (Capta more

  • 10
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Mar 15, 2017

    Launching the new Batwoman series in style, this issue is as perfectly executed as one of the character's missions. A really promising start! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Brandon Guerrero Mar 15, 2017

    Bennett and Tynion IV give us a beautifully crafted start to the mysterious past of Batwoman. Combine this with Epting's eloquent art and we have a perfect issue that leaves so many questions left to be answered. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Corps - Tim Montoya Mar 15, 2017

    This whole issue plays out very James Bond Esq. With Batwoman fighting the baddies then retiring to a yacht for a martini, shaken not stirred, I'm going to assume. Alongside the Bond, demeanor there is a backstory played out that is leading into the first villain of the series. Black and white flashbacks and all Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Mar 18, 2017

    Highly recommended! This is the first book of the new series, so I strongly suggest you jump on board now so you can enjoy future issues! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Mar 19, 2017

    Overall, I found this issue a fast, compelling, well-written read and I can't wait until the next installment in, if this opening issue is any indication, what I am sure will be a very interesting arc and a wonderful upgrade to the Batwoman legacy and series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Mar 15, 2017

    There's a real thrill that comes with reading a book that's so perfectly realized; make no mistake, Batwoman is one of those books. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 18, 2017

    An outstanding beginning that will have me returning for the next installment. The story sets the premise quickly and smoothly, while the visuals are top of the line. I hope this team remains on this series for a long time. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 15, 2017

    Batwoman has been a strong featured player in Detective Comics. Without the rest of Team Batman around her, she proves just as engaging. There's a ton of potential here and Tynion and Bennett seem poised to realize all of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Mar 15, 2017

    This opening salvo gives me high hopes for the Batwoman series. Bennett and Tynion seem to be approaching this with a sensibility that's keeping Kate's older fanbase in mind, while deftly reintroducing her to a new audience. If you like an exotic global flavor to accompany your costumes and capes, this book is showing lots of potential for high stakes international intrigue! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 15, 2017

    Well written with some mystery thrown in too, Batwoman is an intriguing first issue that feels entirely unique. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Mar 22, 2017

    To write, draw, or color Batwoman is to step into some very big shoes. Perhaps even more than her cousin Bruce, Batwoman has been handled almost exclusively by some of the comic industry's best and her fans are desperate for stories that present her incredible power and distinct humanity accurately. In this regard, Batwoman's Rebirth will not let them down.Focused on tone and tearing open a place for Kate Kane within the greater DC Universe, Batwoman #1 proves a thoughtful and beautiful introduction to the series, checking all the boxes it needs to as it goes about its real task of setting up a mystery that will bring readers back month after month. In fairness, this means that much of what makes this issue great only exists as potential to be realized by future issues but not only does this creative team make a strong case for their reliability, but they clearly understand how to use the monthly release schedule of modern comics to their advantage.Providing a different take on the Bat Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Mar 18, 2017

    Batwoman sets its ongoing phase well here with what it wants to do and it's already excelled over some other Rebirth books for me in how it's handling its heading out into the world away from Gotham. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Batgirl. Bennett and Tynion have a good flow here in handling the pacing and dialogue for the cast as we know them so far and Epting and Cox really nail the look of the book, giving it a "high end" rich quality look that captures the worldliness that reminds me of an opening segment of a Bond film. I'm curious to see what they'll do going forward and if they can get me to invest and care about Kate and what we discover at Coryana since I don't have years of this character in my own background. But the foundations are definitely there for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Mar 16, 2017

    Overall, this book is a great introduction to the character for the new readers. It also keeps a lot of elements of the character from previous runs. This was one of the books that did not need to be reinvented really, as the character worked well before. What the book needed though, was focus, like many other New 52 titles, and even though it gets too wordy at times, I believe this was a very good introduction to the new adventures of Kathy Kane! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Mar 14, 2017

    The next issue, Running Up That Hill, it's named (I see what you did there with Kate Bush and Kate Kane by the way) makes me wonder what makes Kate want to swap places with God as the song goes. I'm eager to see. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Brandon Reid Mar 15, 2017

    Considering there's still hints of Night of the Monster Men, I liked this issue a lot more than I thought I was going to. Batwoman is kick ass, I enjoy the Birds of Prey thing going on with Julia Pennyworth and the story left a lot of unanswered questions that made me want more. But I shall have to wait. Steve Epting and Jeremy Cox's art was on point as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Lawrence Mar 17, 2017

    I can honestly say that I had a great time reading this comic.Batwoman#1 isa glorious introduction for Batwoman newcomers because it dedicates its time to her characterisation. Even though there wasn't a substantial amount of action, the comic still delivered a brief, yet fun fight. For longtime Batwoman fans, this a magnificent return for the scarlet haired crusader. I'm excited about where writers Marguerite Bennet & James Tynion IV will take with this strong character and the challenges that await her. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 18, 2017

    The new Batwoman comic is off to a great start with solid art, a lot of mystery and a story that already has me pretty excited. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Mar 18, 2017

    The artwork of this comic is different but beautiful and suitable for the title. The storytelling is sparse but not in a bad way. Whereas in some comics there is a lot of dialogue and internal dialogue to tell the story but here there is a minimalist approach. This method of story telling accomplishes two things. One it really highlights the visual medium of storytelling as the panels are uncluttered with unnecessary text and two it lends an air of mystery to the title and the characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Mar 18, 2017

    Writer Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) is joined by James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) and superstar artist Steve Epting (Captain America, Velvet) to present an epic Batwoman story that will alter the course of her life forever! This one's unmissable! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 16, 2017

    This issue doesn't necessarily cover a lot of ground in terms of plot (the frequent flashbacks tend to get in the way of that), but plot is rarely as crucial as characterization when it comes to Batwoman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Mar 15, 2017

    While the issue is mostly about setting up what is to come, it does so with clever dialogue, beautiful art, and wonderful storytelling. This is a much different issue than the rebirth one-shot and that's a good thing. This could be the beginning to a great story. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I'm staying optimistic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Mar 16, 2017

    This is a very interesting start to a series. It isn't the most explosive I've read, but it feels like its setting things up for a run well worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Mar 16, 2017

    There is a very strong narrative approach here that benefits from the decision to show rather than tell the reader. Rather than opt for clunky exposition the creative team keeps you in largely in the dark as to the mystery and as a result, this fresh and distinctive approachto the character feels like an incredibly welcome one. Theres a lot to love about Batwoman #1 and thanks to the care shown by the excellent creative team, this is one superhero comic that really shouldnt be ignored. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Mar 16, 2017

    Batwoman #1 is an improvement from the overbearingly dense Rebirth issue. The art is unique, but the color is conflicting with the lines. The plot shows promise and the new characters are being well introduced, and the cliffhanger at the end might lead to some intricate plot points. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tiffany Khelfa Mar 21, 2017

    The character art by Steve Epting was phenomenal, as well as the coloring done by Jeromy Cox. The comic did very well with giving just the right amount of information, just enough to have us all hooked and excited for the next issue. If you've been looking to learn more about Batwoman, then this issue is a must. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Hill Mar 16, 2017

    A new chapter of Kate Kane's story has her making her own way, far from her allies in Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Deron Generally Mar 15, 2017

    This is a solid first issue of a story that has a decidedly noir feel to it. The writing and artwork meld together perfectly and the beats are executed well enough to attract me to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 15, 2017

    The first issue as I said is a decent read. It has a goal of getting things moving and introducing us to what makes Batwoman stands out. It does that all and then some. I think the issue was missing a bit of meat, because as I got to the end it felt like a quick read. This is one that might have been helped with an expanded first issue or this specific issue will read better as a trade. It's a good start though. We get a good sense of the key characters and mixed with the art it has more of a spy/action film vibe standing out from current takes on Batman. A good start that has me looking forward to the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Mar 15, 2017

    Theres something to Batwoman #1 that I think fits the character and her penchant for long lost memories. The setup is nice, and the shell that holds the story is one that is evocative and intriguing. Yet, I would have liked more from the story: more info on the past, more exploration of Kates feelings beyond frustration, more ties, even if subtle, between Coryana and what transpired in Kapalicarsi. Theres promise, but the narrative is built around a wait-and-see approach which did not gauge as much interest from me as I expected. I want to know what happened and will happen in Coryana, but I need more to go on, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Pop Break - Mar 15, 2017

    Batwoman #1 is, overall, a promising read. It gives Kate a compelling problem to solve that also tells us more about who the character is and might become. Let's hope DC doesn't screw it up this time. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Jonathan Edwards Mar 15, 2017

    Batwoman is a series I was excited for, wanted to like, and thought I would, yet this first installment fell short. I'll probably at least give it a few more issues and hope it improves, but unless you're an avid fan of the character, or want to read everything that relates to the current Detective Comics run, this is a title you can probably get away with skipping. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Mar 15, 2017

    If you've been waiting years for a proper Batwoman story, this should fill your desires just fine. However, if you're not particularly attached to Kate yet, this debut doesn't offer quite enough to make good on the bombastic promises made in Batwoman: Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 15, 2017

    Bennett and Tynion don't do anything to make this story uniquely a Batwoman story. The plot feels interchangeable, like any hero could be slotted into a very similar situation. That's disappointing for a character who was previously one of the more exciting heroes on DC's roster. Read Full Review

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