Spinning out of the hit CW shows, Earth-Prime continues the adventures of your favorite heroes from the small screen. While each issue focuses on a different Arrowverse series, a threat lurks in the background, out to finally bring these heroes to their knees! Ever since the tech that created many of Batman’s rogues hit the streets, Ryan Wilder has been running herself ragged trying to contain the new villains popping up around Gotham City. But when Clayface’s mud binds itself to a local high schooler, Batwoman will need help from an unexpected source in order to contain this muddy foe! Also, follow how Luke Fox balances his life as a superhero and a boyfriend!
GWWAs a fan of the shows and of the comics, I couldn't be more thrilled with this issue. It's fun, beautifully drawn, well-written, and a great time for all! It's such a warm hug to those of us that adore the shows while being true and wonderful to the comic form. I cannot wait to read the rest of this limited series with the other shows!
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The Super Powered FancastThe Story: This series takes place after the events of the CW’s Batwoman, Season 3 and closely models the shows storytelling format. I like that the narrative takes the time to review important events that someone new to the Batwoman universe would be unaware of and smoothly interjects the plot point in a cohesive manner. Overall, I enjoyed this chapter and found the story arc promising. This B story takes place during Season 3, Episode 5 of the CW’s Batwoman. I thought this was a fun and interesting one-shot segment that showed both the chaotic and heartbreaking nature of being a member of the Bat Team. The Art: Although the two stories use detailed drawings and bold color-work, they differ both stylistically and tonally. The A Story is traditional in presentation and uses both character expression and form to convey emotion, while the B story contains a youthful urgency and uses both character and environment to present a visual tale.
Get Your Comic OnThe debut of DC’s Earth-Prime feels like a lost episode from Batwoman season 3. The tone and the writing from the show translates brilliantly to the page.
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Geek DadThe problem is, this comic crossover is so thick in TV continuity that it's largely inaccessible and this first issue doesn't have much crossover content.
ComicBook.comAs the first comic spinoff for The CW's Arrowverse of programming in the better part of a decade, with an entirely new roster of characters and shows to play around with, DC's Earth-Prime miniseries has a lot of interesting possibility surrounding it. The debut issue, which chronicles several stories set in the middle of Batwoman's third season, takes that anticipation in stride, but delivers something that is a bit of a mixed bag.
KabooooomThe grand irony of Earth-Prime: Batwoman is that despite the best efforts of its creators (and some overly large editor text boxes) it is geared more towards the established Arrowverse fanbase than newcomers who might stumble across this book at their local comic shop. It's not completely inaccessible, but it also isn't the best story for drawing in new readers. This is the same problem that keeps fans of various superhero media from getting into comics, which are often seen as having too much backstory to get into. That being said, if you're already a Batwoman fan, you'll want to pick this issue up
Major SpoilersThe biggest problem for me with Earth-Prime: Batwoman #1 is its high bar for necessary previous knowledge, but it’s still mostly successful as a single-issue story, with better than average art and an okay villain debut making for a decent start to the miniseries, earning 3 out of 5 stars overall. Fans of the show will likely find it easier to get into, but given a general lack of Batwoman in comics lately, this issue could appeal to her fans, left out in the cold.
Batman-NewsThe fact that they had to tie this first issue to so many different plot points in the CW show was a real blow to the pacing, just like the over the top dialogue that barely fits the pages it's in. The character dynamics are fun and fluid when they relate to the narrative of the comic or just show us more about the lives and inner thoughts of the characters themselves but this isn't super consistent. I am in love with the colors of this comic and certain pages and panels have definitely stood out to me while the overall composition remains relatively solid.