Publisher: DC Comics
Release: October 31st 2017
Issues: Batwoman (Rebirth) 1-6 and Batwoman: Rebirth #1
I received a copy of Batwoman Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Batwoman has a handful of the industry’s biggest names behind it; Marguerite Bennett (from DC Bombshells), James Tynion IV (from Detective Comics), artist Steve Epting (Captain America: Winter Soldier), and artist Ben Oliver (The Multiversity). With so many amazing creative minds in the mix, you can see why I was so excited to get my hands on this book!
Batwoman is a spin-off from the Detective Comics series, a series I’m admittedly very behind on. I think that may be the reason I was a bit confused at times while reading Batwoman. It read as a backstory volume, but at the same time it didn’t cover everything (presumably because it had already been said and shown in Detective Comics).
I sincerely thing my favorite thing about The Many Arms of Death was the artwork. Epting and Oliver knocked it out of the part. The color palette is striking (especially with Batwoman’s iconic flaming red hair and the dark backdrops), the artwork itself crisp and distinct. It’s all very much held up to the standards I’ve come to expect from DC. Though I’ll admit there’s a jarring style change between issue four and five, so be ready for that (I think the new style still held up well with the story, so I was ok with it).
I really like Kate as a character, so while reading Batwoman I found myself wishing I could get to know her better. It was nice seeing the events that took her down the path to where she is now, but that only partially explains the woman she is today (plus it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger). I wish more time had been spent with the character herself. Safiyah was likewise interesting, and I can’t wait to see where that plot leads to.
I’ll admit I didn’t love issue six too much. It follows the cliffhanger that’s in five, but doesn’t continue that storyline. Instead it must be its own standalone story. The whole story is set in the future. The sudden change (a story about the past/present suddenly switching to a story focused 30+ years into the future) was jarring to say the least. While I liked the way the world in that timeline looked, I’m pretty confused about the events that led up to that point. Some events were mentioned, like the death of Bruce Wayne/Batman. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Perhaps an alternate dimension/world’s story where Batman is no longer Batman?
I can’t wait for volume two to come out, as I’m finding myself more and more curious about what happens with the Safiyah plot. I also desperately want to see more about Kate. I guess I’ll have to be patient and wait.