By Isaac Quattlebaum
Batwoman returns with the first part of a brand new arc: Pax Batmana. There’s an immediate change of pace with this issue. It’s set in the distant future specifically: Year Five of the Bat. Gotham City has been converted into a high tech empire ruled by a government of Batmen. We find Batwoman, Kate Kane, as the commander of a colony battleship returning to the occupied city after being gone from some time. From the details we are given it appears that at some point the Batman symbol was taken over by corrupt force resulting in the death of Bruce Wayne. This new world is filled with familiar faces from the Batman family. An eyepatch wearing Jason Todd seems to be Batwoman’s only ally and Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya also make appearances. Allowing Bruce Wayne to die in this future helped free up the Batman presence that I felt sometimes takes over Batwoman stories. It also gives Kate Kane the burden of feeling guilty for her mentors demise and trying to carry on his legacy.