Batwoman is one of DC Comic’s best character creations of the 2000’s, although oddly the mantle of “Batwoman” dates all the way back to the 1950’s!
I won’t get too deep into the original Batwoman here, other than to clarify this is a guide for the comics of Kate Kane, the Batwoman of the 2000’s.
Kate first appears during DC’s weekly 52 series, under the pen of writer Greg Rucka, heavily connected to the ongoing arc of the GCPD’s Renee Montoya. Due to their romantic past, Kate and Renee’s stories are intertwined from here forward, and bleed together into launches of the career’s of both the new Batwoman and DC’s new Question.
Below you’ll find a complete guide to the now decade plus of modern Batwoman comics, from post Infinite Crisis through DC Rebirth. Batwoman has also had a strong presence in alternate reality / out of continuity titles like Injustice and DC Bombshells, so those selections are included at the bottom of the guide.
Related Reading Orders:
Collects: 52 #1 To #52
Kate Kane first appears in 52 issue #7, and becomes a recurring character in the ongoing weekly DC released after the events of Infinite Crisis.
Collects: Crime Bible: The Five Lessons Of Blood #1-5
While this is certainly focused on Renee Montoya’s time as The Question, Kate has a minor supporting role given her relationship with Renee.
Collects: Batman: Battle For The Cowl #1-3
Far from required reading here, but this sets the stage for Batwoman’s time leading Detective comics (up next)
Collects: Detective Comics #854-863
Collects: Justice League: Cry For Justice #1 To #7
This is another tangential Batwoman appearance, but technically she engages with the Justice League during this arc.
Collects: Batman And Robin #7-12
The “Blackest Knight” story arc finds Kate captured (again) and in apparent need of rescue by Dick Grayson and Knight and Squire.
New 52 Batwoman
Collects: Batwoman #0 To #5
Collects: Batwoman #6-11
Collects: Batwoman #12-17
Collects: Batwoman #18-24
Collects: Batwoman Annual #1 And Batwoman #25-34
Collects: #35-40, Batwoman Annual #2, And Batwoman: Futures End #1
Batwoman in DC Rebirth
Collects: Detective Comics #934-940
Collects: Batman #7-8, Nightwing #5-6 And Detective Comics #941-942
Collects: Detective Comics #943-949
Collects: Batwoman: Rebirth #1, Batwoman #1 To #6
Collects: Detective Comics #950-956
Collects: Detective Comics #957-962
Collects: Batwoman #7-11
Collects: Batwoman #12 to #18
Collects: Detective Comics #963-968 And Detective Comics Annual #1
Collects: Detective Comics #969-974
Alternate Reality Batwoman Stories
Collects: Read It All
Collects: Dc Comics: Bombshells #1-6
Collects: #26-29 And Dc Comics: Bombshells Annual #1
Collects: Dc Comics: Bombshells #25 And #30-33
Collects: Bombshells United #1-6
Collects: Bombshells United #7-12