Batwoman. Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death

Bennett, Marguerite & Steve Epting & others (illus.). DC. 2017. 168p. ISBN 9781401274306. pap. $16.99. SUPERHERO
When a terrorist network armed with fantastic and horrifying bioweapons begins targeting civilian populations, Batwoman and her partner Julia Pennyworth commit themselves to saving the day. The trail leads our heroes to Coryana, a small, lawless island nation, where Batwoman is even less welcome than her alter ego, Kate Kane, who visited years earlier and left more than a few loose ends. Authors Bennett (DC Comics: Bombshells) and Tynion (Detective Comics) craft an action adventure that doubles as a character study of the protagonist. Batwoman proves to be just as driven and haunted as her male counterpart, here distinguished as a more cutting-edge, technologically savvy superhero for the 21st century. Epting (Velvet), one of the top superhero artists in the business, delivers illustration that remains gritty and grounded even as the action reaches blockbuster levels. Collects the stand-alone Batwoman: Rebirth and single issues 1–6 of the "Batwoman" series.
VERDICT Batwoman is one of the most exciting new characters introduced in the last ten years, and this first collection of her latest ongoing series serves as a fantastic introduction to her world.
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