Batwoman # 0 launches Kate Kane’s solo series from DC Comics. The comic book is divided between two stories. The first story has Batman performing surveillance on Batwoman from afar. While she is engaging the Religion of Crime, Batman is evaluating her abilities. And she proves that she can handle herself quite well.
The second story are flashback scenes of Bruce tailing Kate Kane. He employs different disguises and keeps notes on his thoughts about her over the course of a few weeks. He digs up a little of her background, watches her play the role of the spoiled socialite, and lastly performs a small test of her abilities to prove his theory that Kate Kane is indeed Batwoman.
Issue 0 is a short intro to lay a little ground work for the new Batwoman comic book that kicks off in inerest when issue # 1 is released in February. J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman are the writers of this issue, and they tell a solid story. Its a short read, and doesn’t get too in depth, but it gives a little insight into Kate Kane for those that might not be familiar with the character. The comic has an interesting presentation as the pages are split between the two stories. The top half of the page has the panels telling one story, while the bottom half of the page is carrying the other story. This layout idea makes for an enjoyable reading experience.
The real star here is the artwork. The half and half page layouts are carried out well by using two artists. J.H. Williams III is the artist for the Batwoman part of the story. And Amy Reeder is the artist on the Kate Kane half, with Richard Friend covering the inks. Dave Stewart is the colorist on the book, and Todd Klein is the letterer. J.H. Williams III is one of the top comic book artist. His work looks great. And he uses creative panel designs and page layouts to make his work an incredible read. Amy Reeder brings a different look to her story, but she is a compliment to the comic. They both work well together.
The story is decent, but not a big stand out for this issue. Although you do get to know a little about Kate Kane. The artwork alone makes this worth checking out. And you should give the comic a try when the first issue comes out. J.H. Williams III is a dynamic artist and story teller. He’s doing things with his pages that are unlike anything else that you’re going to read.