New BATWOMAN Ongoing Joins DC's REBIRTH In 2017

"Batwoman: Rebirth #1" cover by Steve Epting
Credit: Steve Epting (DC Comics)
Credit: Steve Epting (DC Comics)

An all-new "Rebirth" era Batwoman ongoing monthly title is coming from DC Comics early next year. Writers Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion, along with artist Steve Epting, launch the series with Batwoman: Rebirth #1 in February, with a proper Batwoman #1 in March. Tynion IV is scheduled to co-write the first arc with Bennett, before the DC Comics Bombshells scribe takes over the series as its sole writer.

"There has never been a heroine I have loved more than Batwoman,” said Bennett. “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."

Additionally, Bennett will join Tynion IV's Detective Comics for a two-issue arc titled "Batwoman Begins" that is designed as a lead-in to the character's ongoing title.

"Following the 'Night of the Monster Men,' Batwoman and Batman discover that the venom from the defeated monsters’ corpses is being sold as a bioweapon," reads DC's description of the as-yet-unsolicited arc. "After Batwoman comes face to face with the villain responsible, Batman gives Batwoman a mission that takes her around the world, creating the backdrop for her new solo series in February, whose first story arc will also be co-written by Bennett and Tynion IV."

“Batwoman is yet another example of the character depth, richness and diversity present in Gotham City,” said Mark Doyle, DC's Batman Group Editor. “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.”

Batwoman will be Epting's first work at DC Comics in 15 years, after working primarily at Marvel and on his creator-owned book Velvet with Ed Brubaker at Image Comics.

“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!”

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