Queer representation in mainstream comics continues to grow by leaps and bounds: This weekend at New York Comic Con, DC Comics announced that lesbian crimefighter Batwoman would be getting her own solo comic book again, launching in February 2017.
Batwoman, a.k.a. Kate Kane, had her own comic that lasted 40 issues before folding in 2014. Since then, the caped crusader has become a major player in Detective Comics (the series that originally launched Batman), where she trains younger heroes to defend Gotham City.
“Fans have really responded to her role in Detective Comics,” said Batman group editor Mark Doyle, “and we all love Kate here in the Bat office, so that made it an easy choice to return her to a solo series.”
Marguerite Bennett will write the new series, which begins with a special “Rebirth” one-shot in February before Batwoman No. 1 lands in March. Steve Epting will be handling art duties.
“There has never been a heroine I have loved more than Batwoman,” said Bennett in a statement.
“Her flaws, her ferocity, her struggle to rise above her own history and find a way to serve the greater good and those she loves—she’s always cut me straight to the bone. To be a queer woman and to see a queer woman as not just a part but a pillar of the Bat family was life-changing, inspiring and gave me the courage to pursue this career in comics.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports Bennett will pen a two-issue “Batwoman Begins” story arc in Detective, starting in January that will set the stage for the solo series.
Not to be outdone, Marvel Comics made its own announcement at Comic Con, revealing that Miss America, a.k.a. queer Latina America Chavez, is getting her own comic book next year.
There’s no word yet on the creative team for the series, simply titled America, but Jamie McKelvie will be drawing covers.
Like Batwoman, Chavez is a legacy hero—taking her name, but little else, from a 1940s heroine. Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta in 2011, she was a member of the Young Avengers and now appears in The Ultimates.
She can fly, possesses super-speed, super-strength and invulnerability, and can travel between dimensions.