Big props to DC Comics: Fierce lesbian Batwoman set for release

Click image for hi-res; via Greg Rucka.

Visitors to last weekend’s New York Comic Con got a little surprise: a preview of Batwoman at the back of their program guides. This allowed writer Greg Rucka and JH Williams III to openly admit that they’re hard at work on DC Comics’ Batwoman — DC’s highest profile LGBT (lesbian) superhero. Okay, their highest profile *openly gay* superhero. But Rucka has the first five pages and script up on his LiveJournal, and Guardian UK fills in the blanks:

(…) With fiery red hair, a skin-tight leather cat suit and knee-high red stiletto boots – complete with a blood red bat symbol on her ample chest – Batwoman, the alter ego of Kathy Kane, is set to make her debut on bookshelves this June in Detective Comics 854. Her appearance follows the shock – apparent – demise of Bruce Wayne, the multi-millionaire philanthropist who has protected the streets of Gotham City as Batman since 1939.

Writer Greg Rucka said that Batwoman – who first appeared in 1957 but was killed off in 1979 – was “exceptionally cool”.

“Yes, she’s a lesbian. She’s also a redhead. It is an element of her character. It is not her character. If people are going to have problems with it, that’s their issue,” he told Comic Book Resources. “Frankly, she should be judged on her merits.”

Kane was first outed in 2006 when it was revealed that she was the former lover of Gotham detective Renee Montoya. She has made passing appearances in the comics since, with June’s outing to be her most high-profile. (…read more,

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