6:00am PT by Aaron Couch
Batwoman to Get New Ongoing Comic Series (Exclusive)
Here's some good news for Batwoman fans — just in time for New York Comic Con.
DC Entertainment is launching a new monthly series starring Kate Kane (Batwoman) from writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Steve Epting. The series, Batwoman, will debut in February. The fun starts with a February Rebirth-themed one-shot, with Batwoman No. 1 to follow in March.
“Batwoman is yet another example of the character depth, richness and diversity present in Gotham City,” said Batman group editor Mark Doyle in a statement. “Fans have really responded to her role in Detective Comics, and we all love Kate here in the Bat-office, so that made it an easy choice to return her to a solo series.”
Ahead of writing her series, Bennett will pen a two-issue "Batwoman Begins" story arc in Detective Comics alongside James Tynion IV, beginning in January. The arc will set the stage for Kate Kane's solo series, and center on Batwoman and Batman discovering that the venom used to defeat monsters' corpses during the events of the "Night of the Monster Men" storyline is being sold as a bioweapon. Bennett and Tynion IV will also co-write the first arc of Batwoman together.
"There has never been a heroine I have loved more than Batwoman," said Bennett in a statement. "Her flaws, her ferocity, her struggle to rise above her own history and find a way to serve the greater good and those she loves — she's always cut me straight to the bone. To be a queer woman and to see a queer woman as not just a part but a pillar of the Bat-family was life-changing, inspiring and gave me the courage to pursue this career in comics. The opportunity to add to Kate Kane's story and legacy is both an honor and a sincere dream come true."
For Epting, the series marks his first work for DC in more than 15 years.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to work on Batwoman,” said Epting. “I love the character design and how she fits into the whole Batman mythos, and I’m looking forward to the artistic opportunities the story will provide. Batwoman has a rich visual history and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!”
More details about the series will be revealed Thursday at the DC All Access panel at New York Comic Con from 1:45-2:45 p.m ET.