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Once upon a time, during the early Silver Age, there was the Original Batowman, Kathy Kane, a female counterpart to Batman with her side-kick Bat-Girl and romantically interested in Batman.
In modern times, the new Batwoman — the one we are interested in today — is Katherine Rebecca “Kate” Kane, a wealthy heiress lesbian and a cousin of Bruce Wayne. Inspired by the superhero Batman, she decides to fight crime as a masked vigilante in her home of Gotham City as Batwoman.
Renee Montoya and Batwoman (2006-2008)
Before living her own adventures, Kate Kane aka Batwoman is introduced in 52, an weekly anthology series telling the a real-time, year-long tale of heroes surviving in the wake of Infinite Crisis, when DC’s trinity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman were nowhere to be found. She is then mostly a supporting character in Renee Montoya’s story. A fact to keep in memory where reading the following stories, where Kate can have a limited presence.
- 52 Vol. 1
Collects 52 #1-26.
- 52, Vol. 2
Collects 52 #27-52.
- The Question: Five Books of Blood
Only present in issue #3 but a nice conclusion for the duo. Collects: Crime Bible: The Five Lessons Of Blood #1-5
This is where Final Crisis (see complete Reading Order), a crossover event published by DC Comics in 2008 coming from Grant Morrison, takes place. Following are the collected edition where Batwoman appears.
- Final Crisis
collects DC Universe #0, Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit #1, Batman #682-683
- Final Crisis: Revelations
collects Final Crisis: Revelations #1-5
- Batman and Robin, Vol. 2: Batman vs. Robin
Collects: Batman And Robin #7-12
The Greg Rucka period (2009-2010)
After three years living in Renee Montoya’s shadow, Kate Kane gets a more prominent role in a year of Detective Comics.
- Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III
Collects Detective Comics #854-863. Previously collected in Batwoman: Elegy.
- Batman Incorporated (2011) #4-5
Collected in Batman Incorporated, Vol. 1
This era and a big part of the New 52 era are now collected in one Big omnibus:
- Batwoman Omnibus
Collects Detective Comics #854-863, Batwoman #0 (New 52), Batwoman #0-24, and Batwoman Annual #1.
Batwoman during New 52
We enter New 52 territory and Batwoman is the star of her own series where she faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City’s underworld–and new trials in her personal life.
- Batwoman Vol. 1: Hydrology
Collects: Batwoman #0 To #5
- Batwoman Vol. 2: To Drown the World
Collects: Batwoman #6-11
- Batgirl (2011) #11-13
Collected in Batgirl Volume 2: Knightfall
- Batwoman Vol. 3: World’s Finest
Collects: Batwoman #12-17
- Batwoman Vol. 4: This Blood is Thick
Collects: Batwoman #18-24
- Batwoman Vol. 5: Webs
Collects: Batwoman Annual #1 And Batwoman #25-34
- Batwoman Vol. 6: The Unknowns
Collects: #35-40, Batwoman Annual #2, And Batwoman: Futures End #1
Batwoman in DC Rebirth
Following Flashpoint (go to the full Reading order), we’re leaving New 52 behind for Rebirth and Batwoman is a big part of Detective Comis relaunch by James Tynion. She will also have her own title.
- Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 1: Rise of the Batmen
Collects: Detective Comics #934-940
- Batman: Night of the Monster Men
Collects: Batman #7-8, Nightwing #5-6 And Detective Comics #941-942
- Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 2
Collects: Detective Comics #943-949
- Batwoman Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death
Collects: Batwoman: Rebirth #1, Batwoman #1 To #6
- Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 3: League of Shadows
Collects: Detective Comics #950-956
- Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 4: Deus Ex Machina
Collects: Detective Comics #957-962
- Batwoman Vol. 2: Wonderland
Collects: Batwoman #7-11
- Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 5: A Lonely Place of Living
Collects: Detective Comics #963-968 And Detective Comics Annual #1
- Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 6: Fall of the Batmen
Collects: Detective Comics #969-974
- Batman – Detective Comics Vol. 7: Batmen Eternal
Collects Detective Comics #975–981
- Batwoman Vol. 3: Fall of the House of Kane
Collects Batwoman #12-18.
For the end of Rebirth, Batwoman is not attached to any particular title and make some guest-starring appearances in multiple titles during the City of Bane, Year of The Villain and more.
- Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #28-29
Collected in Red Hood: Outlaw Vol. 1: Requiem for an Archer
- Black Mask: Year of the Villain #1
Not collected yet.
- Gotham City Monsters #3 to #6
Not collected yet.
- Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy #5
Collected in Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy
- Batman / Superman #12 to #14
Collected in Batman / Superman Vol. 2: World’s Deadliest
Last Updated on October 1, 2021.