Batwoman: 5 series to read while waiting for season 2

Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman and Grant Gustin as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in Arrow -- "Elseworlds, Part 2" -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW
Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman and Grant Gustin as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in Arrow -- "Elseworlds, Part 2" -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW /
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Crisis On Infinite Earths, Supergirl, Batwoman
Supergirl — “Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One” — Image Number: SPG509c_0258r.jpg — Pictured: Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

After ending a bit prematurely and revealing changes in its cast, fans of Batwoman may be longing for more stories from Gotham City. Well, they’re in luck as there are plenty.

After having a bumpy first season and needing to end prematurely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Batwoman may have left viewers wanting more from the heroes of Gotham City.

Now, with Ruby Rose having left the role of the Scarlet Knight behind and Javicia Leslie taking on the role, it is a prime time for fans of the show to learn more about the rest of the Bat-family.

Having already done a list of Batwoman stories you should check out, this list will not contain any Batwoman stories in it. Rather, it will focus on the legacy nature of Bat-family titles with each entry focusing on characters who carry on with titles of the people that came before or something similar to that.

Birds of Prey, Batwoman
ELLA JAY BASCO as Cassandra Cain in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN),” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ & © DC Comics /

Batgirl (Volume 1)

Running for 73 issues plus one annual, the first solo title to feature Batgirl doesn’t feature Barbara Gordon. No, this series features the third Batgirl, Cassandra Cain. Originally handed the title of Batgirl after it was taken from Helena Bertinelli (aka Huntress) during No Man’s Land, Cassandra takes the title of Batgirl to prove that she’s different from her parents, both of whom are master assassins.

Many reading this will more than likely have become familiar with Cassandra in Birds of Prey, which was released earlier this year. While that film is really fun, the Cassandra featured in the film is very much not the comics’ Cassandra.

Cassandra in the comics, and this series, is a master assassin, like her parents, who tries to fight against every instinct that she’s ever been taught. She is also unable to speak, at least at the beginning of the series.

What makes this series so fascinating though is seeing Cassandra grow throughout the series, as well as learning from Barbara Gordon: the original Batgirl who has Oracle. It’s a fascinating series about one growing into their true self and an in-depth look into the idea of nature vs. nurture. Plus, there are some fantastic fight sequences throughout the 73-issue run. The quality drops off in the last 20 issues or so, but until then, the series is absolute top-notch comics.