Writers: Natalie Abrams, Kelly Larson, and Camrus Johnson
Art: Clayton Henry, Marcelo Maiolo, Michael Calero, Matt Herms
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: April 5th, 2022
Reviewer: Jamie Robinson
This is the first in a series of comics centered around TV’s “Arrowverse” on the CW network. Earth Prime: Batwoman #1 is focused on the Batwoman TV show, now starring Javicia Leslie as the titular heroine.
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They did a stellar job of fitting this story into the events of the TV show in a way that makes sense and doesn’t feel forced. Fans of the Supergirl TV show are also in for a treat, as one of the show’s recurring characters makes a guest appearance in Earth Prime: Batwoman #1. She also finds out she has a lot in common with Batwoman, aka Ryan Wilder.
Additionally, they referenced the Crisis on Infinite Earths TV special, which connected all of the Arrowverse shows and then some, which served as a good way to help assemble the shows together. Some readers may be disappointed that the Clayface in this story is not Basil Karlo or Matt Hagen, but rather a new character.
Though it could also be refreshing, since there have been several different Clayfaces in the comics, as well as Ethan Bennett from the 2004 animated series, The Batman. The ending of the first story features a mysterious character talking to Clayface, who might very well be a villain from the Stargirl TV series. It could serve as a foreshadowing to the upcoming big crossover that is supposed to happen in issue 6 of this series.
The second story is written by none other than Camrus Johnson, aka the actor who plays Luke Fox/Batwing himself. It is set during the 5th episode of season 3, which features Professor Pyg as the villain, although Pyg is not seen here. The character of Stephanie Brown is featured, however, despite not being in that episode of the show. Fans will remember her from the Cluemaster episode of season 2. It’s cool to see her again, it makes one wonder if she will have more of a presence in this comic, or the show, in the future.
Longtime Bat-fans may wonder whether she will become Batgirl or Spoiler in the world of the show, as she has been in the mainstream DC Universe. This is primarily a story focusing on Luke Fox, and Johnson did well capturing his character’s inner-monologue, as well as making it believably fit as a sort of subplot to the events of that episode.
The artwork is pretty decent in Earth Prime: Batwoman #1. They did a good job of commandeering the likenesses of Javicia Leslie and Camrus Johnson, along with Robin Givens. Furthermore, the story was also vibrant with the use of bright colors. It captures the feel of the TV show well while incorporating things that the TV show probably wouldn’t have the budget for such as a towering Clayface. Eagle eyed fans will notice they also included some Easter eggs to other shows, such as a newspaper headline that references what happens in the Supergirl series finale.
Fans of the CW shows should enjoy this one. Earth Prime-Batwoman #1 has something for viewers of Batwoman, Supergirl, and potentially Stargirl alike. There is foreshadowing that leaves readers wondering how these stories will connect together as the series goes on and Arrowverse fans will definitely be excited about it!
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Thanks very much for the review.
I keep hoping we can get Batwoman Ryan Wilder as a mainstream, combating adult villains, without the heavy relationship narrative oriented storylines. I guess that is just not going to happen, which is great for others, but a disappointment for me as a reader. I think there is an opportunity for a broader appeal of Batwoman Ryan Wilder, but I don’t think DC is going to go there.
I have been on the fence on getting this issue.
It seems very “Young Adult” oriented for teen readers, which is a great market.
But I think it is primarily going to appeal only to that market.