Story: Marguerite Bennet and James Tynion IV
Art: Renato Arlem
Previously, in Batwoman: Rebirth – We caught a very brief look at Kate Kane’s future back when Batwoman launched in Rebirth. The single panel shows an unmasked Batwoman now known as Commander Kane surrounded by her soldiers and approaching Gotham City. This takes place “Soon”.
***NON-SPOILERS and SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM***
According to Kate Kane, the Bat symbol saved her life and her soul. Batman interceding in her life at a time when she was drunk and a vagrant. The Bat meant everything to her as it meant everything to the people of Gotham. But that was then. This is now. It’s five years into the Reign of the Bat. Batwoman is now Commander Kane and she is the captain of the colony battleship Sequoia.
Although it’s not clear how many years into the future the Reign of the Bat takes place; Kate is aged but no less in charge. She’s unmasked, so the secret identities no longer seem necessary. Others in Gotham are older and in different roles. Jason Todd, the Red Hood, now has one eye and walks with a cane. He is Commander Kane’s second in charge. Renee Montoya, Kate Kane’s former love, is the Commissioner. Julia Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne, the Batman, are dead.
The new Batman, and person responsible for war-torn, police state of Gotham City as well as the Reign of the Bat, is none other than Tim Drake. This November we find out more in Detective Comics #969 in “The Fall of the Batmen”.
Next: Fear and Loathing
Sum it up!
Despite the fact this story takes place in an uncertain future, a lot of clues are scattered throughout that connect to the events happening in DC Rebirth, including some curious info on Tim Drake. A handful of surprise guest stars also make this a poignant issue for Batwoman fans.
Noah O'Toole | NCR