DC to launch new ‘Batwoman’ title next year

Spinning out of ‘Detective Comics,’ Marguerite Bennett and Steve Epting team up to tell solo stories starring Kate Kane.

Batwoman will once again star in her own solo title beginning next February, by writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Steve Epting, who returns to DC Comics after a 16-year absence. James Tynion IV, who currently writes the character in Detective Comics, will co-write the first arc.

Bennett, of course, is no stranger to the character. As the writer of DC’s Bombshells title, she’s written a version of just about every major female DC character at this point.

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

Epting has spent a good portion of the last decade and a half at Marvel, working high-profile runs of Captain America with Ed Brubaker and Fantastic Four with Jonathan Hickman.

“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!”

The current version of Batwoman, Kate Kane, was introduced in the pages of the well-regarded 52 miniseries that followed Infinite Crisis. She appeared in the pages of Detective Comics before getting her own solo title as a part of the “New 52” relaunch in 2011. It was cancelled in 2014. Lately she’s been appearing again in Detective Comics, leading and training several other Gotham heroes, including Spoiler and a reformed Clayface. Bennett will co-write a couple issues of it with James Tynion IV before they move into the solo title Also, if you haven’t checked out the current version of Detective, which is basically a Bat family team-up title, it’s definitely worth a look.

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