If you have somehow managed to elude reading or watching anything that has to do with Batwoman, well, then Batwoman: Rebirth #1 is the comic for you. Although, if you were really interested in learning about Batwoman, I would have to first refer you to Greg Rucka’s Batwoman: Elegy, but that’s not what we’re reviewing today…today, we’re looking at Batwoman Rebirth #1.
Saying whether Batwoman Rebirth #1 works, or whether it is successful in its mission, is tough. While reading this one-shot issue, I felt as though I wasn’t being introduced to Kate Kane (Batwoman), but instead, she was being pitched to me. And, while I think that the issue delivers a decent enough summary of Kane’s backstory—seeing as though it is a single-issue—I finished my read with no sense of what was to come. Sure, the events of Kane’s past are going to end up affecting her future somehow—the skeletons always fall out of the closet—but isn’t that understood? Maybe, maybe not. What I was looking for, going into reading Batwoman Rebirth #1, was direction.
So where is this going?
I have no idea. While I believe that it is safe to say that the intention is to separate Batwoman from Batman and Detective Comics, and to provide a unique reading experience, there’s no evidence of that in Batwoman Rebirth #1.
Writers James Tynion and Marguerite Bennett do a great job here crafting an interesting summary of the events in Kane’s life which led to her becoming Batwoman. But as I stated earlier, I would have preferred more insight into the upcoming series.
What stands out most in Batwoman Rebirth #1 is the artwork.
Artist Steve Epting—with the help of Jeremy Cox’s coloring—produces a beautifully illustrated work. Riddled with emotion and movement, Epting’s panel and layout work bring Batwoman Rebirth #1 to life. If it weren’t for the stunning artwork, the question of whether this issue works would have been much easier to answer.
While I cannot recommend this book to everyone, I will say that newcomers will get a good deal of information out of it and that longtime fans will appreciate the artwork. If you’re on the fence, my recommendation is to wait for Batwoman #1.