Title Detective Comics #949
Story by James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett
Art by Ben Oliver
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 1/25/17
Despite the two issues of Batwoman Begins being short it packed of good content giving the backstory of Kate Kane and her connections to the Colony crime syndicate.
In this issue picks up with a flashback of Batman questions Kane’s as to why she is stalking Batman around. Kane’s response to know how the whole hero thing is done quickly showing off the differences between the two cousins. The Colony plays a big part as well as it is shown that they knew of Kane’s curiosity of with Batman and kept her away fearing she would be assimilated in the Bat Family. In the Belfry Batman and Batwomen take on Colony Prime and the rest of the colony in hopes of ending things once and for all. However, things don’t go the way they’d like as they let Colony Prime escape with the help of the monster venom and studying Bats’ move set.
While the story moves slightly it could’ve been more although Batwoman Rebirth will most likely take off where this leaves off. Hunting down Colony on the Gotham Black market may prove challenging as Kane looks to end the spread of the Monster Venom. The use of technology and hand to hand combat flowed seamlessly incorporating the Bat Family’s penchant for both.
The art in this issue is impressive as Oliver switches up the penciling when needed varying from thin to medium outlines. Paneling doesn’t do much but changes enough to avoid from being standard using varying slants to shake things up as seen when Prime goes monster mode. Action scenes are where this issue goes past good into great showing off what Justice League vs Suicide Squad could’ve been.
This issue was good despite it being short as it allows Batwoman to spin-off into her own series where the philosophical difference Bruce and Kate will be explored. I.e wanting to end crime vs wanting to end war.