Review: Batwoman Rebirth #1

Batwoman Rebirth #1

Written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV / Drawn by Steve Epting

You never know what you are going to get with these Rebirth one-shots. Sometimes the story and creative team flows directly into the series proper, sometimes they tie up what’s come before, and sometimes they are a simple prologue for what’s to come. Batwoman Rebirth #1 seems to be taking on all three of these approaches to become master of none.

I fully confess I did not read The New 52 Batwoman comic, and barely know the basics of the character. This being the case, I approached the book looking to be enticed into wanting to find out more. Structurally, the story hopscotches through some of the significant events of Kate’s life, up to and over the most recent issues of Detective Comics (a series she has played a key role in since its Rebirth relaunch). The voice-over style of dialogue plays as disconnected in that it overlaps sequences and fades in and out, giving a surreal quality to the flashbacks. The reader is left to witness these events without necessarily understanding how they tie together. As a Batwoman novice, I am left scratching my head as to what I am meant to take away from it all.

The art is also a bit of a mixed bag. Layouts are simple and uninteresting, eventually devolving into a series of splash pages where everything left to show is done so in montage. That being said, Steve Epting’s art is solid and the muted colors by Jeromy Cox enhance the uneasy feelings elicited by Kate’s origin. Epting—along with writers Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV—will continue on with issue #1 hitting shelves next month. Let’s hope—now that the perfunctory re-introduction is out of the way—the creative team can move on to a Batwoman story we can invest in. –Keli

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