Batwoman Vol.1
Batwoman returns with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 1, as a part of DC Rebirth!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! With writing from Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) and James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS), as well as spectacular art from Steve Epting (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER) and Ben Oliver (THE MULTIVERSITY), this new series spins directly out of the smash hit DETECTIVE COMICS series! BATWOMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-6 and the one-shot special BATWOMAN: REBIRTH #1.

Batwoman Vol.1 Details

TitleBatwoman Vol.1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 31st, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
ISBN-139781401274306
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Dc Comics

Batwoman Vol.1 Review

  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty bad. World: The art is okay, it's a bit bland and the sense of motion and contrast in shadows is not really there, rather forgettable. The world building, the first 3 pages of Rebirth was good, the rest was rather ho hum I don't care. I want to love Kate and I do, Williams III built an amazing world for Kate to play in and I am comparing this world to that and this world, is bland, poorly constructed and the motivations are wonky and just unappealing. I don't care about the island I don't Pretty bad. World: The art is okay, it's a bit bland and the sense of motion and contrast in shadows is not really there, rather forgettable. The world building, the first 3 pages of Rebirth was good, the rest was rather ho hum I don't care. I want to love Kate and I do, Williams III built an amazing world for Kate to play in and I am comparing this world to that and this world, is bland, poorly constructed and the motivations are wonky and just unappealing. I don't care about the island I don't care about the Many Arms cause they were not developed well. Poor world building. Story: Bland story that is bloated with dialogue that has no depth or structure. The story is choppy and barely intelligible with poor character introduction and usage. This is suppose to be a reboot but not reboot, but at the end it was supposed to be a jumping on point for new readers. I've read the previous runs and I can barely understand what this book is trying to do for Kate. The island was boring the characters were boring and we don't care. I want to care about the relationship cause we are suppose to care according to the writer but I don't due to poor writing. The Drake stuff, if this is where Detective Comics is gonna go...no. Characters: Kate is barely developed. There is a lot of dialogue but Kate is barely developed as are all the characters. Knife is dull as are the twins. We don't even get a reason why they are doing what they are doing. That's stupid. Then there's the romance which is fractured. Sure the creative team wanted to play the siren the jealousy and the spoiling a good thing card but jeez the writing was poor. This book is bad, it's almost Blue Beetle bad. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*
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  • Cat (cat-thecatlady)
    January 1, 1970
    kinda sad that this was my first encounter with batwoman... there's not a thing I liked about this, except for the art of stephanie hans. the story is pretty boring and full of self entertaining monologues. didn't quite feel like this was a batwoman story, almost any characters could kinda fit into this plot. and the overall art wasn't necessarily bad, it just wasn't my thing.disappointed but don't plan on giving up on this character just yet
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  • Sad Sunday, Cursed by DNF
    January 1, 1970
    NetGalley review.Wow. The artwork was pretty nice. As for the storyline - not so much. I would have preferred more linear storyline, since loads of jumping and inconsistency happen, and sometime it's hard to tell who is who and what is happening. I am fairly new to comics but I know who the Batwoman is, and it was hard to understand what book was about - her youth, her adventures, her nemesis, her becoming Batwoman or else. Beware, loads of kissing involved!
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Kristy K
    January 1, 1970
    I am fairly new to superhero comics and though I have a read a bit of Marvel, DC has been limited to mainly Batgirl and Nightwing. I enjoyed those and was hoping Batwoman would fall along the same lines. However, I felt the story line was forced and didn't care about what was happening. The story was not quite an origin story, not quite fighting the villain plot.I've read one other DC rebirth comic and didn't like it, so I think this DC universe just isn't for me.
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  • Norman
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like whoever wrote the dialogue feels like there is more characterization than there actually is. What bothers me the most about the title is the facade of intended deeply rooted character analysis. It just tastes like a really boring plot-heavy exposition. I feel duped.Art is cool though. I liked the juxtaposition of written colors and drawn colors. Or I guess just “red” since Kate is the “red.” Maybe I didn’t like the art that much either. I don’t know. It was better than the overbearin I feel like whoever wrote the dialogue feels like there is more characterization than there actually is. What bothers me the most about the title is the facade of intended deeply rooted character analysis. It just tastes like a really boring plot-heavy exposition. I feel duped.Art is cool though. I liked the juxtaposition of written colors and drawn colors. Or I guess just “red” since Kate is the “red.” Maybe I didn’t like the art that much either. I don’t know. It was better than the overbearing writing at least.
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  • Jessica Woods
    January 1, 1970
    Batwoman Vol.1: The Many Arms of Death is a dark and gritty but beautifully drawn graphic novel. Kate Kane is the female equivalent of Batman, a womanizing, rich, tortured soul fighting crime with her own Pennyworth watching her back. With a childhood shaped by violence, she turned to her own vices before she shaped into the crime fighter she is. A crime fighter not afraid to work with criminals to take care of business. Story lines that include a villianess from Kate's past, and an evil new Bat Batwoman Vol.1: The Many Arms of Death is a dark and gritty but beautifully drawn graphic novel. Kate Kane is the female equivalent of Batman, a womanizing, rich, tortured soul fighting crime with her own Pennyworth watching her back. With a childhood shaped by violence, she turned to her own vices before she shaped into the crime fighter she is. A crime fighter not afraid to work with criminals to take care of business. Story lines that include a villianess from Kate's past, and an evil new Batman, keep the reader's attention as the pages fly by. Beautifully drawn with a lot reds and blacks that convey the mood perfectly for an interestingly original story. My voluntary and unbiased review is based upon a review copy from Netgalley.
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  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    Batwoman is one of my favourite superheroes and this new ongoing series is just perfect. I've loved Margueritte Bennett and James Tynion IV's previous works so I'm so thrilled that their wonderful work continues with this one. If you're not typically into graphic novels, I still think that this is one that you should definitely pick up, especially if you're not familiar with Batwoman's compelling story already.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    The art is exquisite. This was my first go round with Kate Kane. I rather enjoyed it.
  • David Watson
    January 1, 1970
    I have to say off the bat that I don’t know a lot about Batwoman. Not to long ago I met a woman whose favorite superhero was Batwoman so when I saw this on Netgalley I decided to give it a try. Batwoman Vol.1 : The Many Arms of Death collects issues 1 through 6 of the new ongoing series plus a one shot called Rebirth 1. The book includes writing from Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV along with art from Steve Epting and Ben Oliver.Right away I have to say I wish a little more time was spent I have to say off the bat that I don’t know a lot about Batwoman. Not to long ago I met a woman whose favorite superhero was Batwoman so when I saw this on Netgalley I decided to give it a try. Batwoman Vol.1 : The Many Arms of Death collects issues 1 through 6 of the new ongoing series plus a one shot called Rebirth 1. The book includes writing from Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV along with art from Steve Epting and Ben Oliver.Right away I have to say I wish a little more time was spent on the origin since I didn’t know much about her. But I liked the art and there was enough background information given so that I wasn’t lost. Agter the orgin we find Batwoman tracking people who have an illegal drug called monster venom. It causes people to turn into monsters giving them the means to cause destruction and kill as many people from as many nations as possible. Batwoman finds a man in Istanbul who just used the drug to transform and kill people in an international market.Simple story, great characters and good art, what else can you ask for in a comic. I loved that Batwoman has a Pennyworth assisting her. I also liked that it takes place mostly on an island called Coryana ruled by pirates and other thugs. It would have been nice to have a little more background information on the history of Coryana and the story could have been a little more detailed. At one point we seem to abandon the story about the drug and go right into a story about the island about to be destroyed.I did like how Batwoman’s lost year on Coryana was described, it’s pretty much shown as a home for vigilantes and it has some questionable characters.. My favorite part was when Batwoman is fighting a woman named Tahani and explains how she is not like Batman. She states that Batman would never work with the killers and thieves she is willing to work with. Batwoman shows herself as being a much darker character than Batman and doesn’t mind bending the law to her needs. One question I had was why does Batwoman wears a disguise since everyone seemed to know who she was anyway? All in all this is an entertaining book.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]It's been a while since Batwoman had her own series; after the New 52 one kind of lost its way, she's mostly been a supporting character, and the lead in Detective Comics as part of Rebirth. However, she's now launching back into solo adventures with writer Marguerite Bennett (with an assist from Detective writer James Tynion IV).This volume collects the first five issues, as well as the Rebirth one-shot which reintroduces Kate to the reader - if you've been reading Detect [Read as single issues]It's been a while since Batwoman had her own series; after the New 52 one kind of lost its way, she's mostly been a supporting character, and the lead in Detective Comics as part of Rebirth. However, she's now launching back into solo adventures with writer Marguerite Bennett (with an assist from Detective writer James Tynion IV).This volume collects the first five issues, as well as the Rebirth one-shot which reintroduces Kate to the reader - if you've been reading Detective, you'll have a leg up on the whole Colony stuff with her father's heel-turn, but you'll get the gist quickly enough. Unfortunately the book then tends to meander a little too much, as we get a story that's part flashback to Kate's lost year and part fighting the past when it comes back to bite her in the butt. It's not a bad premise, but the characters don't feel that compelling, and the villains are a little one-note. The imagery is very nice though, and Bennett crafts a whole world for Kate in a very short space of time. It's just a shame that the characters that inhabit it aren't as much fun as they could be.The art is handled by the incomparable Steve Epting, whose work you'll probably know from Captain America, or his crime collaborations with Ed Brubaker. Basically, Epting is one of the best in the business and getting him for the opening arc of this series is perfect. It's a far cry from the phenomenal art of JH Williams III, but very few people do sequential art like Epting, so if you're going for superhero action, he's your man.Not quite what we're used to for Batwoman, but an interesting start. Just a little light on overall substance, but easily made up for with great artwork.
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  • Juan
    January 1, 1970
    This volume was hard to rate but my determining factor on why I went lower is because with the structure of several different plot lines being given in a nonlinear way makes a really interesting story less effective. This volume should open up with the one-shot rebirth issue before the actual series. The one shot throws a lot of information at us with not much making a whole lot of sense until you have read and re-read the volume more than once. It very briefly touches upon "The Lost Year" which This volume was hard to rate but my determining factor on why I went lower is because with the structure of several different plot lines being given in a nonlinear way makes a really interesting story less effective. This volume should open up with the one-shot rebirth issue before the actual series. The one shot throws a lot of information at us with not much making a whole lot of sense until you have read and re-read the volume more than once. It very briefly touches upon "The Lost Year" which is a story that takes place before picking up the mantle of Batwoman. The scenes are real short and vague despite "The Lost Year" being the main story told in the first four issue of the volume. The one shot briefly touches upon how Batwoman found her calling. Finally, there is one single page that apparently occurs 5 years post the "death" of Batman, however you will not come to this realization until after you have read the 6th issue, Pax Batmana.The second concept I think was a little confusing was issue 5 and 6 occur at different timelines to the main story. The 6th issue is definitely the most perplexing and serves as a segue to a Detective Comics story, 2 arcs ahead from now. One underlining theme to the whole volume is how much Kate Kane easily establishes unhealthy personal relationships with most woman that she interacts with. I admit that I am not familiar with the old Batwoman stories therefore I cannot compared those with the current stories to see if it is a baseline theme. At the same time, Kane says herself that she does things Batman would never do. So it goes...
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  • Kaye
    January 1, 1970
    **Spoiler heavyI'm feeling divided. I was really enjoying this. Kate's history with Coryana and Safiyah was sad and tragic, but also beautiful. The art is gorgeous. It was written so well. In my head I saw myself giving this five stars.Then in issue #5 the art changes and that always puts me off in any comic. It can really change the tone of the narrative. Issue #5 then goes to explore a POV on Safiyah and how she ended up falling for Kate. The writing was still fine, but it leaves the reader wi **Spoiler heavyI'm feeling divided. I was really enjoying this. Kate's history with Coryana and Safiyah was sad and tragic, but also beautiful. The art is gorgeous. It was written so well. In my head I saw myself giving this five stars.Then in issue #5 the art changes and that always puts me off in any comic. It can really change the tone of the narrative. Issue #5 then goes to explore a POV on Safiyah and how she ended up falling for Kate. The writing was still fine, but it leaves the reader without answers to what really broke up Kate and Safiyah nor where Safiyah is now (my guess is dead, but I don't want to assume either). I thought that would continue on with issue #6... oh how I wish it would have.I am confused about issue #6. Based on the cover and how it starts, I was sure it was a flashback, but it kept going and going. It seemed very much in the present. I didn't understand what was happening or why it was. Then it... then it possibly kills Renee Montoya. If it's true, it could be on the lines of Bury Your Gays. Did they go after her because of Kate or did it have to with her own work as a Detective? With the jump change in the narrative, I can only hope it's not true and open-ended for suspense. Plus there is another change in the art—it isn't the best.4 stars for issues #1-#51 star for issue #6My rating on the Rebirth one-shot is on it's own listing.
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  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    Should I have read The Monster Men first? There was obviously a segueway from that story to this one. I’m not sure this was a good jumping on point. But it was good to see references to some of the previous Batwoman comics I really enjoyed. I miss Maggie Sawyer. Does Kate? All of civilization is built upon the taming of the wilderness.Translation: “All of white people taking over the world is built on destruction and/or enslavement of indigenous populations.” I enjoyed this comic, and the art wa Should I have read The Monster Men first? There was obviously a segueway from that story to this one. I’m not sure this was a good jumping on point. But it was good to see references to some of the previous Batwoman comics I really enjoyed. I miss Maggie Sawyer. Does Kate? All of civilization is built upon the taming of the wilderness.Translation: “All of white people taking over the world is built on destruction and/or enslavement of indigenous populations.” I enjoyed this comic, and the art was good, but I still like the old superhero-haunting-the-city kind of stuff. All this international stuff just isn’t as fun to me. Well, I say the art was good. It was until I got to the last issue. Then the art was fantastic. Apparently Stephanie Hans did Batwoman #5 - and I really like it. ‘Course, just as the story gets really intense, we jump off into some futuristic story. I’m all for these, but why is this packaged with the regular ongoing? Was it part of a larger crossover? It must have been. I like possible futures, but not when they pull me out of the regular story. Ooh! The alternate covers were awesome, too! So, while this is mostly recommended, there were a few things that pushed a possible 5-star comic to a 4-star comic. Thanks to NetGalley and DC Comics for a copy in return for an honest review.
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  • Isaac
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great start to the next chapter of Kate Kane's ongoing story, and even works a bit like a complement to her New 52 series; this has more of a spy focus while the previous series was more horror, though there's definitely overlap.I loved how this first arc establishes so many elements for the series: the nature of the Many Arms of Death themselves, Julia Pennyworth being a double agent for Batman, and Kate's past history on the island of Coryana, just to name a few. Kate even gets a ne This was a great start to the next chapter of Kate Kane's ongoing story, and even works a bit like a complement to her New 52 series; this has more of a spy focus while the previous series was more horror, though there's definitely overlap.I loved how this first arc establishes so many elements for the series: the nature of the Many Arms of Death themselves, Julia Pennyworth being a double agent for Batman, and Kate's past history on the island of Coryana, just to name a few. Kate even gets a new archenemy in the form of Knife, an assassin who is practically an evil mirror version of herself. It's fun, intriguing stuff, and it's all helped by the art of Epting, Hans, and Arlem.But above it all, Kate Kane herself stands at the center, and Bennett handles her wonderfully. I see both Rucka and Williams/Blackman's Kate here, and that was very encouraging to read, to see so many prior elements of the character incorporated and built upon. I was excited, though wary, when the series was first announced, and those worries have been safely put to bed with these first six issues. I'm excited for the future of this series.
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  • Nathaniel Darkish
    January 1, 1970
    Though certainly a major improvement over the Batwoman New 52! arc, I still didn't really get into this story. And that's a shame, because I feel like the way that Batwoman has been incorporated into the Bat-family in the Rebirth line has been quite good so far.I guess I feel like the biggest problem with this story is that it feels very contrived. The idea of an island run by a warlord (warlady?) that everybody just adores as they work for is a bit silly, and the fact that Kate conveniently end Though certainly a major improvement over the Batwoman New 52! arc, I still didn't really get into this story. And that's a shame, because I feel like the way that Batwoman has been incorporated into the Bat-family in the Rebirth line has been quite good so far.I guess I feel like the biggest problem with this story is that it feels very contrived. The idea of an island run by a warlord (warlady?) that everybody just adores as they work for is a bit silly, and the fact that Kate conveniently ended up there and had a romantic fling with that warlord back in her youth really just pushes things over the edge, especially when it all ties in to the Monster Men venom dealings around the world (an aspect of the story that quickly gets abandoned). There were some cool things that happened, but as a whole it just felt very forced.I must say that the story teased at the beginning and end of this collection about the future Kate leading a militaristic force in an internally wartorn Gotham piqued my interest, but I am worried that story will also get too silly to enjoy reading it very quickly.
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  • Wendi Lee
    January 1, 1970
    You know those action movies that come out in summer, the ones that take place in a dozen different exotic locations, with a whole cast of supporting characters that you can't keep track of? Well, that's what this incarnation of Batwoman feels like to me. If you didn't know Kate Kane's backstory, you would be very confused reading this graphic novel. There are a few fragmented flashbacks, but otherwise we speed straight ahead. There's a mysterious island, a love interest, and knife-wielding enem You know those action movies that come out in summer, the ones that take place in a dozen different exotic locations, with a whole cast of supporting characters that you can't keep track of? Well, that's what this incarnation of Batwoman feels like to me. If you didn't know Kate Kane's backstory, you would be very confused reading this graphic novel. There are a few fragmented flashbacks, but otherwise we speed straight ahead. There's a mysterious island, a love interest, and knife-wielding enemies. But none of these are very interesting, because we don't get to delve deeply into any of it. Kate Kane has proved to be a complex, fascinating character. She's a woman superhero, which is rare in the DC/Marvel universes. She's also a lesbian, which is even more rare. In The Many Arms of Death, these facts are presented in a more titillating fashion than in the New 52 story line, which disturbed me. *Thank you to DC Entertainment and Netgalley for an ARC*
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance reading copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. First of all - the art in this book was gorgeous and seriously dynamic. It carried energy and motion throughout every panel. That being said, the storytelling was a little scattered, with the plot seemingly jumping from point to point. My hope had been that it would be a good starting point for the series but it definitely is one where you need a little more background knowledge of the character a I received an advance reading copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. First of all - the art in this book was gorgeous and seriously dynamic. It carried energy and motion throughout every panel. That being said, the storytelling was a little scattered, with the plot seemingly jumping from point to point. My hope had been that it would be a good starting point for the series but it definitely is one where you need a little more background knowledge of the character and the situations she finds herself in. I did like the way her relationships were treated - it's always positive to see a wlw relationship which is treated like a regular relationship and not played up for shock value.
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  • Chelsea Gouin
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Netgalley.What a disappointment. :( I am pretty unfamiliar with Batwoman and figured Rebirth would be the perfect opportunity to start. However, other than the gorgeous artwork, there wasn't much appeal to this initial volume. With a vague and choppy backstory, there was little motivation or clear path to taking on the cowl. I was a bit surprised at the storytelling and lack of dialogue for the first few volumes collected here. Not a fan, and reluctant to look at the next volume.
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  • MC Bonet
    January 1, 1970
    I don't understand why comic writers they keep re-telling stories. It gets old pretty fast. Not impressed with this Batwoman book. The art was up to standards and neither was the story. On a side note, just because Batwoman is gay, doesn't mean that every other panel has to involve some "hot steamy lesbian sex" scene. THAT I think was the most disappointing. Writers are just milking the lesbian-porno angle for male readers.
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  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    January 1, 1970
    First let me say that I loved the Illustrations and it was Comic Gorgeous all the way! The story line was interesting but I believe the lesbian angle was pushed way too much. I enjoy reading diverse characters but there is a point of going overboard. I am glad I got to read this graphic novel and will recommend it to others that I know will enjoy it.
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  • Eri (Airy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars I liked this and love Kate, but I'm not 100% sold on the storyline for now. I really do enjoy Kate in Detective comics, and I hope the next arc will be more my thing.
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 Stars.Review to follow.
  • Judith
    January 1, 1970
    I'm dropping out of this series at issue 4. It's fair to say the art outclasses the story at many points. Still, I'm glad I at least finished the first arc.
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Kate's costume is AMAZING. Loved this and can't wait to see what she does next.
  • Trece
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing that this is very uninteresting and flat
  • Mainon
    January 1, 1970
    Coverage embargoed til release date.
  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    Let's go batwoman! Can't wait to read this!
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