Batwoman Vol.1 : The Many Arms of Death by Marguerite Bennett

Batwoman Vol.1 : The Many Arms of Death

Batwoman returns with her own series in BATWOMAN VOL. 1, as a part of DC Rebirth!The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! With writing from Marguerite Benne...

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Batwoman Vol.1 : The Many Arms of Death Reviews

  • Swaye

    Why oh why do I keep holding on?! *SIGH*

    The story was lame, the dialogue was cheesy and ffs DC would you please make a decision on what Kate looks like and just stick with it?! kthx.

    I plan on reading the next arc only because Renee Montoya was in the final issue (I ship it so hard!), even though I can't fathom why the artist made them look like two old ladies.

  • Cat  (cat-thecatlady)

    kinda sad that this was my first encounter with batwoman... there's not a thing I liked about this, except for the art of stephanie hans. the story is pretty boring and full of self entertaining monologues. didn't quite feel like this was a batwoman story, almost any characters could kinda fit into this plot. and the overall art wasn't necessarily bad, it just wasn't my thing.

    disappointed but don't plan on giving up on this character just yet

    full review here:

    kinda sad that this was my first encounter with batwoman... there's not a thing I liked about this, except for the art of stephanie hans. the story is pretty boring and full of self entertaining monologues. didn't quite feel like this was a batwoman story, almost any characters could kinda fit into this plot. and the overall art wasn't necessarily bad, it just wasn't my thing.

    disappointed but don't plan on giving up on this character just yet

    full review here:

  • Sad Sunday, Cursed by DNF

    Wow. The artwork was pretty nice. As for the storyline - not so much. I would have preferred more linear storyline, since loads of jumping and inconsistency happen, and sometime it's hard to tell who is who and what is happening. I am fairly new to comics but I know who the Batwoman is, and it was hard to understand what book was about - her youth, her adventures, her nemesis, her becoming Batwoman or else. Beware, loads of kissing involved!

  • Danielle

    Read this review and more on my

    If Batman is too tame for you, then Batwoman will be right up your alley. Having not read about Batwoman before (apart from in the crossover event, Night Of The Monster Men), I found it very interesting how they managed to weave in her origin without making it purely an origin story.

    Lets start with the art style. I have been co

    Read this review and more on my

    If Batman is too tame for you, then Batwoman will be right up your alley. Having not read about Batwoman before (apart from in the crossover event, Night Of The Monster Men), I found it very interesting how they managed to weave in her origin without making it purely an origin story.

    Lets start with the art style. I have been constantly amazed by majority of the art style used in the DC Rebirth comics, and Batwoman took it to another level. At times it seemed to be like a better version of a watercolour painting, with things seamlessly blending together. The colours used complimented each other and Batwoman’s red hair did not overpower the panels.

    The storyline was a tad hit-and-miss for me. Whilst I did enjoy reading about how and why Kate Kane decides to become Batwoman, the present day events surrounding the leftover Monster Venom is just confusing. Not much seemed to happen surrounding Batwoman finding the Monster Venom and what did occur seemed very anticlimactic compared to the history between the characters.

    I suspect they story will just keep getting better from here, but worth the read just for the art work.

  • Wing Kee

    Pretty bad.

    World: The art is okay, it's a bit bland and the sense of motion and contrast in shadows is not really there, rather forgettable. The world building, the first 3 pages of Rebirth was good, the rest was rather ho hum I don't care. I want to love Kate and I do, Williams III built an amazing world for Kate to play in and I am comparing this world to that and this world, is bland, poorly constructed and the motivations are wonky and just unappealing. I don't care about the island I don't

    Pretty bad.

    World: The art is okay, it's a bit bland and the sense of motion and contrast in shadows is not really there, rather forgettable. The world building, the first 3 pages of Rebirth was good, the rest was rather ho hum I don't care. I want to love Kate and I do, Williams III built an amazing world for Kate to play in and I am comparing this world to that and this world, is bland, poorly constructed and the motivations are wonky and just unappealing. I don't care about the island I don't care about the Many Arms cause they were not developed well. Poor world building.

    Story: Bland story that is bloated with dialogue that has no depth or structure. The story is choppy and barely intelligible with poor character introduction and usage. This is suppose to be a reboot but not reboot, but at the end it was supposed to be a jumping on point for new readers. I've read the previous runs and I can barely understand what this book is trying to do for Kate. The island was boring the characters were boring and we don't care. I want to care about the relationship cause we are suppose to care according to the writer but I don't due to poor writing. The Drake stuff, if this is where Detective Comics is gonna go...no.

    Characters: Kate is barely developed. There is a lot of dialogue but Kate is barely developed as are all the characters. Knife is dull as are the twins. We don't even get a reason why they are doing what they are doing. That's stupid. Then there's the romance which is fractured. Sure the creative team wanted to play the siren the jealousy and the spoiling a good thing card but jeez the writing was poor.

    This book is bad, it's almost Blue Beetle bad.

    Onward to the next book!

    *read individual issues*

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    It's been a while since Batwoman had her own series; after the New 52 one kind of lost its way, she's mostly been a supporting character, and the lead in Detective Comics as part of Rebirth. However, she's now launching back into solo adventures with writer Marguerite Bennett (with an assist from Detective writer James Tynion IV).

    This volume collects the first five issues, as well as the Rebirth one-shot which reintroduces Kate to the reader - if you've been reading Detect

    [Read as single issues]

    It's been a while since Batwoman had her own series; after the New 52 one kind of lost its way, she's mostly been a supporting character, and the lead in Detective Comics as part of Rebirth. However, she's now launching back into solo adventures with writer Marguerite Bennett (with an assist from Detective writer James Tynion IV).

    This volume collects the first five issues, as well as the Rebirth one-shot which reintroduces Kate to the reader - if you've been reading Detective, you'll have a leg up on the whole Colony stuff with her father's heel-turn, but you'll get the gist quickly enough. Unfortunately the book then tends to meander a little too much, as we get a story that's part flashback to Kate's lost year and part fighting the past when it comes back to bite her in the butt. It's not a bad premise, but the characters don't feel that compelling, and the villains are a little one-note. The imagery is very nice though, and Bennett crafts a whole world for Kate in a very short space of time. It's just a shame that the characters that inhabit it aren't as much fun as they could be.

    The art is handled by the incomparable Steve Epting, whose work you'll probably know from Captain America, or his crime collaborations with Ed Brubaker. Basically, Epting is one of the best in the business and getting him for the opening arc of this series is perfect. It's a far cry from the phenomenal art of JH Williams III, but very few people do sequential art like Epting, so if you're going for superhero action, he's your man.

    Not quite what we're used to for Batwoman, but an interesting start. Just a little light on overall substance, but easily made up for with great artwork.

  • Steve Quinn

    I mean...it was PRETTY good. The Epting art was lovely. But we're still a far cry from the glory days of the original Batwoman (which are closer for me because I just read them for the first time a month or so ago).

    So Kate had a lost year on Gotham, and then another lost year on this island? and it's tying in to this League of Shadows cross-Bat-book plot? Okay, but leaves me a bit flat. Kate is awesome and she can carry her own side story.

    and the alt-future Tim Drake rules Gotham, Kate is in the

    I mean...it was PRETTY good. The Epting art was lovely. But we're still a far cry from the glory days of the original Batwoman (which are closer for me because I just read them for the first time a month or so ago).

    So Kate had a lost year on Gotham, and then another lost year on this island? and it's tying in to this League of Shadows cross-Bat-book plot? Okay, but leaves me a bit flat. Kate is awesome and she can carry her own side story.

    and the alt-future Tim Drake rules Gotham, Kate is in the Colony plot? Please tell me that has something to do with Dr. Manhattan, cause otherwise it is so out of nowhere.

    If Batwoman's going to be in the team book, I'd like her own book's stories to be more, well, their own stories.

    Overall, good, but not the old Batwoman. thanks to DC for giving me a review copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Hannah

    DRC REVIEW

    Story: Katherine Kane's life wasn't an easy one, the traumatic events when she was a child spiraled her life onto a difficult path. She was kicked out of West Point for being gay and then became a socialite drunk. It all changed though when she was saved by Batman. She went back to her training and then donned the cape and cowl as Batwoman. There is one year of Kate's life she doesn't talk about that's about to change when her past finally catches up with her. The Many Arms of Death i

    DRC REVIEW

    Story: Katherine Kane's life wasn't an easy one, the traumatic events when she was a child spiraled her life onto a difficult path. She was kicked out of West Point for being gay and then became a socialite drunk. It all changed though when she was saved by Batman. She went back to her training and then donned the cape and cowl as Batwoman. There is one year of Kate's life she doesn't talk about that's about to change when her past finally catches up with her. The Many Arms of Death is an extremist group bend on genocide. They want to cleanse the world and have no problem using any means possible. Kate has to track them down and stop them before they kill millions, and she's not like Batman she's willing to use anything she can to stop them.

    Art: The art is spectacular. It's definitely one of my favorites. Steve Epting worked The Many Arms of Death 1-4, wonderful detail and combined with Jeromy Cox's coloring it brought the story to life. Stephanie Hans did Blinding with much softer lines and was a little hazier which added to the flashback feel of the story and the result was very pretty. The futuristic story of Pax Batmana was done by Renato Arlem and colors by Adriano Lucas, it has a great futuristic dystopian type vibe to it and fit in great with the story. The fantastic cover for that one was done by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira colored by Adriano Lucas. I am always intrigued by the variant covers.

    Review: I'm not very familiar with Batwoman's story, I think the only thing really I know is the animated movie with the three different women as Batwoman. That being said I loved this. Marguerite Bennett together with James Tynion, it's a complicated and in depth story but easy to follow. The truncated version of her past letting you know the basics and then slowly showing you what happened in that missing year followed by a more in depth story, Blinding, and the foreshadowing with Pax Batmana really nice touch, just a little extra tug to make sure they hooked you into the story.

    I liked that Kate is willing to push the limits, and with her own Pennyworth there to remind her not to cross them keeps Kate from fully going over the deep end, and act as Bruce's spy. Overall, I don't think I disliked a single thing in this volume, I'm hooked and can't wait for more.

  • Nicola Mansfield

    I haven't been a Batwoman fan and this new "rebirth" volume hasn't changed that. I don't know much about her having only read the new 52 vol 1 and of course, she always turns up during a Bat Family crisis. This book is all over the place from the past to the present, back and forth, until jump ahead to the future. I really couldn't understand the importance of any of it and on top of that Batwoman was fighting corruption, industry, spies, intrigue. Not what I'm interested in. When I read a super

    I haven't been a Batwoman fan and this new "rebirth" volume hasn't changed that. I don't know much about her having only read the new 52 vol 1 and of course, she always turns up during a Bat Family crisis. This book is all over the place from the past to the present, back and forth, until jump ahead to the future. I really couldn't understand the importance of any of it and on top of that Batwoman was fighting corruption, industry, spies, intrigue. Not what I'm interested in. When I read a superhero book I want a supervillain to be fought. No villains, just boring bad guys.

  • Chad

    Steve Epting's art is fantastic. He's able to give a classic feel but with modern sensibilities.

    We're introduced to Kate's lost year where she spent time on an island full of degenerates, with her lover keeping the peace. Now she returns while tracking down some arms dealers who are selling the monster man serum. My one complaint is that we don't really get enough backstory to care about (or even know) who some of these characters are.

    The last issue is about a way future Kate who is in charge

    Steve Epting's art is fantastic. He's able to give a classic feel but with modern sensibilities.

    We're introduced to Kate's lost year where she spent time on an island full of degenerates, with her lover keeping the peace. Now she returns while tracking down some arms dealers who are selling the monster man serum. My one complaint is that we don't really get enough backstory to care about (or even know) who some of these characters are.

    The last issue is about a way future Kate who is in charge of the Colony fighting a new Batman who has walled off Gotham. It all seemed really dumb. Plus, these future stories never actually happen so they are pointless.

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