Next year, Kate Kane will leap out of the pages of "Detective Comics" and into her very own "Batwoman" ongoing series at DC Comics.
Written by "DC Bombshells" scribe Marguerite Bennett and drawn by "Velvet" artist Steve Epting, Batwoman's new series will kick off with a "Rebirth" one-shot in February, with "Batwoman" #1 following in March, according to an announcement on THR.
Prior to "Batwoman," Bennett will join forces with James Tynion IV for “Batwoman Begins,” a two-issue "Detective Comics" story arc. According to the storyline's official description,
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. 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,” "Batman" Group Editor Mark Doyle said in a statement. “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.”
"There has never been a heroine I have loved more than Batwoman,” shared 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."
“I am very excited for the opportunity to work on Batwoman,” added 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!”
"Batwoman: Rebirth" #1 arrives in February 2017.