Writers: Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV
Artists: Steve Epting and Jeremy Cox
Making his way through one of the largest international markets in the world, Dr. Martine is preparing to kill as many people from as many different countries as he can to start an international incident. In order to do this, he is going to inject himself with monster venom but just before he's able to do so, Batwoman swoops down, grabs him and gives him a little throw. Unfortunately, he held onto the needle and turned himself into a monster anyways. Batwoman jumps on her batcycle, which is pretty sweet, and leads the monster on a little chase while she grabs what I think were some kind of oil lamps on chains? I could be wrong but she wraps them around the monster's neck and sets him on fire which forces him to turn human again. I think. But after all that he gets assassinated with a throwing knife before telling Batwoman who sold him the venom. I'm not familiar with the assassin but she looked badass.
While this is happening Batwoman is keeping in contact with Julia Pennyworth who's helping her out in a very Birds of Prey kind of way.
With only the throwing knife left behind by the assassin as a clue, Julia tracks down the origin point if the knife to a small island called Coryana. Turns out Kate has a past life on the island. A lost year. We're shown her diving or falling and hitting her head off of a rock underwater and being saved by a woman known as Safiyah. We don't see much of this mysterious woman since Kate is greeted by Rafael, Safiyah's right hand man. Who when asked who Safiyah is, just changes the subject.
Why Did You Come Back?...
Batwoman arrives to the island, in full costume I might add, and is greeted by the one and only Rafael. Rafael recognizes Batwoman as Kate and falls into her arms asking “Why have you come back?”. Looks like someone used Rafael as a human punching bag. At this point the issue ends and I was left wanting more.
Considering there's still hints of Night of the Monster Men, I liked this issue a lot more than I thought I was going to. Batwoman is kick ass, I enjoy the Birds of Prey thing going on with Julia Pennyworth and the story left a lot of unanswered questions that made me want more. But I shall have to wait. Steve Epting and Jeremy Cox’s art was on point as well. I really liked how the
flashback was in black and white except for certain things that were bright red. Clues perhaps? Probably not but you never know.
Holy: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ 8/10
Brandon Reid | NCR