Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV Artist: Ben Oliver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 15, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 25
7.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

The newest chapter of Batwoman's life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market...and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman's going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she's going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, "The Many Arms Of Death"!

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berke Feb 16, 2017

    Steve Epting's beautiful visual narrative leads the way for a comic that lays the groundwork for the unusual yet emotionally gripping story of Batwoman. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Mexi Gremillion Feb 15, 2017

    While not much exactly happens in this first issue, I do feel like its a worthwhile read, whether it be a refresher of what has already happened in Batwoman or if you havent actually come around to read Batwoman yet and need to know all the important points in her past so that everything makes sense for the next issue. Overall, it was a good read, though, Id say the next issue will probably be even better. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Feb 19, 2017

    Overall between the storytelling and the art, this issue felt sincere, smart, well thought out, and engaging. There wasn't a lot of action but, there didn't need to be, it was about human connection, the things that drive us and, make us into what we become. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Chris Bennett Feb 15, 2017

    Overall, while its probably not essential reading for long-time fans of the character or regular readers of Detective Comics, as a jumping-on point for new readers, lapsed fans, or simply people who just want to read a bloody good book, its a dead cert purchase. I know I for one cant wait for the series itself to finally get underway. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Feb 15, 2017

    Batwoman: Rebirth #1 is exactly what a "Rebirth" issue should be. It’s new reader-friendly, but also entertaining for readers who are already fans of the character. Celebrating the past, present, and future of Kate Kane, this one-shot explores the character as an individual and shows how her relationships have affected the paths she’s taken in her life. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Feb 17, 2017

    Of the most recent spate of Rebirth titles, Batwoman: Rebirth #1 is a welcomed return to form for the character and an exciting jumping-on point for new fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Nick Enquist Feb 15, 2017

    Batwoman Rebirth #1 is the perfect comic for fans who have never read a comic featuring Katherine Kane. For long time fans it may feel like retreading old territory, but if we can see Krypton blow up a thousand times then we can see Batwoman's origin one more time. Really what makes the comic work is how much they explore very specific moments in Katherine Kane'spast. There a few cracks, but overall it's a fantastic story that I'm excited to see more of in the future. Another must buy from DC Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Feb 15, 2017

    The creative team of Bennett, Tynion, Epting, and Cox crafts an artistic issue that invites new and former readers back to the character, while teasing just enough for fans to get excited about. Kate Kane remains a powerful character who is often easier to identify with than Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 18, 2017

    Batwoman: Rebirth #1 does an excellent job acting as a primer to get fans invested in the upcoming Kate Kane ongoing series. While it would've been nice to see the support cast fleshed out a bit Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV more than make up for it with a strong look at what shaped Kate into becoming Batwoman. With a clear mission now set up out of the gate and Steve Epting's phenomenal artwork to help tell their stories, Bennett and Tynion's Batwoman ongoing could be one of DC Comics best comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Feb 15, 2017

    Overall this issue doesn't do a lot but just enough to spark Batwoman into her own series. Writing heavily relied upon exposition of her past and previous Batman arcs. Senior artist Epting does his thing and adds solid art while Ben Oliver had some input on flashback panels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 15, 2017

    Batwoman Rebirth #1 hitsthe ground running as anew series that explores her origin in an effective way through some incredible artwork. The cliffhanger will no doubt have readers looking forward to more, and theres a lot of potential on display here for this book to turn into one of DCs best very quickly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michael Mazzacane Feb 20, 2017

    "Batwoman: Rebirth" is the best kind of zero issue, concise in telling the plot and emotional origins of the character, the kind of thing you can give to a friend to explain something without just wiki dumping on them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Feb 15, 2017

    I'm interested to see what Batwoman's new creative team has to offer us. Structurally, narratively, and visually, Batwoman: Rebirth was a strong, albeit not groundbreaking start to what could very well become one of the most socially conscious books in the DC Rebirth lineup given Kate's sexuality and family history. We'll see if the creative team is up to the task in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Feb 15, 2017

    Batwoman: Rebirth #1 is a great introduction to the character of Batwoman. Tynion has done wonders for Batwoman in Detective Comics and shows that he and Marguerite Bennett are going to continue making her one of the most compelling characters in the Bat-family. I wrote mostly about character in this review and that’s what I want youto take away from it. That’s what this issue is about and that’s what this series will be about. Building Kate Kane into a character that you care about and want to follow. Books can have great ideas and plots but everything begins with who you’re following down those paths. This is only the beginning and I hope to be following this rendition of Batwoman for years to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 17, 2017

    In short, Batwoman: Rebirth #1 is a great start for more Batwoman, and even though I would love to see her hanging out with Spoiler and company in Gotham, the decision to spin her out on her own again is both understandable and exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Molly Jane Kremer Feb 15, 2017

    While the issue glosses over much of Batwoman's origin (giving what is ostensibly a Cliff's Notes version of her backstory), and towards the end it all gets a bit choppy, I would recommend it to any Gotham devotee, to those looking for more authentic queer representation in superhero comics, or to anyone looking for a heroic, flawed, and inspiring superheroine " something that is far more rare than you might think. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Robert Reed Feb 17, 2017

    The problem with Batwoman Rebirth #1 is that, in spite of how well it reads, it feels like little more than an advertisement for the upcoming series. While that may be one of the purposes of these "Rebirth" issues, it's almost impossible to tell what type of book Batwoman will be once the first true issue hits the stand. What will the pacing be like? What will the focus be in the first arc? How will the dialogue read when the issue isn't focused on a highlight reel of "big" moments? Other than the artwork, Batwoman Rebirth #1 leaves too much of that a mystery. Readers will likely come away still very much interested in Batwoman, but feeling a bit like they paid full price for an advert. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Feb 17, 2017

    Batwoman Rebirthmay acta little too much as a recap issue, but its still an intriguing look at what Tynion, Bennett and Epting have in store for the character and her future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerd Church Radio - Corrianne Hamlin Feb 15, 2017

     This was a pretty quick read, and being that it was aRebirth issue you get a look into the past and the soon to be future of KateKane. It seems that we will be rehashing the Monster Men story, so here is tohoping we get a better story out of that, but again this is just a rehash ofwhat we have seen in the Detective Comics last month and set-up for where thisbook will take us. The final panel was fantastic and I love the new uniformthat we will be seeing, but what is the whole deal with opening fire on Gotham?It is a sad fact that she was kicked out of West Point for being Gay, but I seethat making a reappearance in the future. The art in this book is Phenomenaland I love that page with the Detective Team. I have high hopes for the futureof this series and cannot wait to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Matt Amerling Mar 7, 2017

    This tale covers very familiar ground for those who've read the "New 52" Batwoman, but it's a great primer for kicking off a "Rebirth" title for one of DC's most intriguing characters! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Feb 15, 2017

    Batwoman Rebirth#1 has fantastic art and colors from Steve Epting and Jeromy Cox, who will hopefully return her book's visuals to the lofty heights of J.H. Williams and Amy Reeder several years back. Bennett and Tynion'splot is skippable for long time Batwoman aficionadoes, and Elegyis a better introduction for new fansso this is definitely a comic you pick up just for the art and the occasional spark of intrigue or romance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 15, 2017

    A solid start for the return of Batwoman's solo title. It reaffirms that Batwoman is still the same character that fans are familiar with from her previous two series, but also shows that she will be taken in new directions rather than just retreading old ground. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 15, 2017

    Batwoman has been a very compelling character in Detective Comics, but little of that carries over to her solo debut. Hopefully the regular series delivers more engaging adventures with Gotham's latest hero. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    IGN - Blair Marnell Feb 16, 2017

    This Batwoman relaunch should have been a lot better, but on the strength of the creative team alone, we're willing to give it a few issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Jessica Nilo Alves Feb 16, 2017

    Overall, this issue is good for those looking for a fast way to get acquainted with Batwoman's background, but I do feel that it is not really essential for the plot to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Daniel Vlasaty Feb 15, 2017

    I am excited to check out the rest of Batwoman's series (and I'll probably even go back, now, and read some of her past stuff), but I would say that if you're super caught up on what she's been up to, you could probably skip this issue and be totally fine when the next one comes out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Feb 15, 2017

    More than most Rebirth one-shots, this is essentially a beautiful advertisement for the ongoing Batwoman series. It features a few tantalizing hints, but is otherwise just a gorgeous character-profile. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dusty Good Feb 20, 2017

    This concept had a ton of potential at the start. Rebuild Batwoman from the ground up; and let a pair of talented writers really delve in deep into a character that fans still know little about. DC needs to invest in Kate Kane. There is comic gold there; they just have to be brave enough to go after it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Feb 15, 2017

    If you aren't familiar with Batwoman as a character, thisissue will do very little to help you. If you are familiar with Batwoman, thisissue will seem like a very basic recap of her past with a few scenes of thefuture sprinkled in. At least the art in this book is good. I'm still lookingforward to this series and I have a feeling that once the first story arc getsunderway, we are going to see a much better comic in general. Unfortunately,this is a bad first step for this new comic. Read Full Review

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