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Preview: Catwoman #30

Catwoman #30

Written by: Ram V.
Art by: Fernando Blanco

The Riddler revealed that he knows details about Poison Ivy’s whereabouts. Now, after the Riddler has been gravely wounded, Catwoman brings him to be patched up by Alleytown’s less-than-scrupulous medics. Now on the mend, Riddler points Selina in Ivy’s direction-but is he telling the truth, or wrapping her up in another one of his riddles? Meanwhile, the Penguin’s come to realize that enlisting Father Valley to take out Catwoman may have been a mistake and finds himself asking whether he hired a hit man…or inked a deal with the devil himself.

Catwoman #30

Tom King and John Paul Leon Reunite for July’s Batman/Catwoman Special

This July, Tom King and John Paul Leon reunite for a one-shot interlude in Tom King, Clay Mann, and Tomeu Morey’s twelve-issue Batman/Catwoman comic book maxiseries. This special one-off issue, meticulously illustrated by John Paul Leon with color by Dave Stewart, traces the life of Selina Kyle from her earliest days to her entry into the criminal underworld and reveals that Bruce was actually a presence in her life all along.

Some great romances are destined to be.

The Batman/Catwoman series shows readers the romance between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle as it changed over their lives, but what about their connections from before they became costumed adventurers? Whether it was fate or coincidence, this story gives even more reasons why Selina and Bruce’s connection is one of the most enduring love affairs in comics.

Batman/Catwoman Special #1 by Tom King, John Paul Leon and Dave Stewart arrives on July 20 with card stock covers by John Paul Leon, Lee Weeks (variant), and Bill Sienkiewicz (variant). The Batman/Catwoman Special will retail for $5.99 US for 48 pages and is published under DC’s Black Label imprint for adults.

Batman/Catwoman Special #1

Review: Batman/Catwoman #4

Batman/Catwoman #4

There’s a lot to like about Batman/Catwoman. The concept of exploring Batman and Catwoman through three eras has a lot of promise. Bringing Phantasm into DC continuity also has promise. But, the execution of the series has been frustrating at times and during others outright confusing. Batman/Catwoman #4 bounces around its storylines to the point I’ve forgotten what’s going on when. It also features one of the strangest moments of Catwoman just walking into Phantasm’s lair.

Tom King continues to try to explore Batman and Catwoman’s complicated relationship but delivers so little in the issue. There are some rough emotional moments like Batman realizing Catwoman has been holding information back. There’s also a solid moment where Catwoman lashes out for what is her mistake. But a plot involving their daughter and Catwoman and Phantasm just goes nowhere and delivers nothing. Any of these stories could have been solid on their own and fleshed out. But, as presented, Batman/Catwoman #4 continues a series that’s too choppy for its own good. It’s attempting to play with the various time periods and delivers little beyond frustrations as it’s presented.

Clay Mann‘s art is the draw. Along with Tomeu Morey‘s colors and lettering by Clayton Cowles, it’s the visuals that are the highlight. There’s a tension that’s delivered in the art that’s fantastic as Batman and Catwoman, Bruce and Selina, must balance their dual lives. There’s also a sexiness to it all that is used often but not overused per issue. The team also delivers a fantastic emphasis on key moments such as an older Selina confronting an older Penguin. A particular scene is delivered in a page when it could have been done off panel with characters looking on. The choice is an interesting one visually that changes the scene.

Batman/Catwoman #4 isn’t a bad comic. It’s just a frustrating one. It feels like two of the three plotlines don’t really go anywhere and at least one will have you asking what the point is. Any of the three stories would be solid on their own as a trilogy of comics. But, as presented, they’re chopped up too much never delivering enough to really satisfy.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Cryptozoic’s Catwoman: Movie Collectible is Available Now

Batman Returns Catwoman: Movie Collectible 7.5-inch vinyl figure is AVAILABLE NOW on the Cryptozoic Store and select retailers!

The version of Catwoman in Batman Returns has captivated audiences for over 25 years. This 7.5-inch vinyl figure captures all the personality and details, including her iconic whip, that have made the femme fatale so unforgettable. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Anders Ehrenborg, it comes packaged inside a display-worthy window box. 

FEATURES

  • Stylized figure based on the portrayal of Catwoman in 1992’s Batman Returns
  • Movie-accurate costume and whip
  • Base inspired by the Shreck’s store logo from movie
  • Display-worthy window box packaging

Preview: Batman/Catwoman #4

Batman/Catwoman #4

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Clay Mann

The Joker has hidden a bomb in Gotham-but there might be a bigger explosion if Batman proves his suspicions true, and Catwoman actually knows where it is! It’s a dangerous secret that threatens to destroy the couple’s relationship in its early days, and it’s going to reverberate throughout their time together. In the present day, it will affect how Selina handles Andrea Beaumont, a.k.a. Phantasm, who has a vendetta to carry out against the Clown Prince of Crime, fueled by the righteous fury of a mother who lost her son. And this whole chain of events is what ultimately leads to Catwoman killing The Joker in the future-a secret she can’t keep from her daughter, Batwoman, much longer. Particularly now that old man Penguin is involved.

Batman/Catwoman #4

Preview: Catwoman #29

Catwoman #29

Written by: Ram V.
Art by: Fernando Blanco

So far, Selina Kyle’s ambitious plan to gain control of Alleytown has been going purrfectly, but she’s about to run headlong into a brand-new foe…and pass right through them? Riddle us this, Catwoman! What do the Khadym mob, a non-corporeal assassin, and Poison Ivy have in common? And when it comes to solving riddles, there’s only one person Selina can go to—no matter how much she hates the idea.

Catwoman #29

Around the Tubes

Karmen #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While your day gets going, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Forbes – Comic Con-Solidation: Fan Expo HQ Adds Huge Denver Show To Its Portfolio – Expect a lot of convention shake ups over the next few years.

Kotaku – Marvel’s Avengers Will (Finally) Allow You To Replay The Campaign – Who’s taking advantage? Anyone still playing?

Polygon – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are getting a new retro beat-’em-up – Yes!

Reviews

Collected Editions – Catwoman Vol. 4: Come Home, Alley Cat
CBR – Karmen #1
The Beat – Let’s Talk About It
Talking Comics – Nocterra #1
The Beat – Proctor Valley Road #1

Preview: Future State: Catwoman #2

Future State: Catwoman #2

Written by: Ram V.
Art by: Otto Schmidt

Catwoman has clawed her way through half of the Magistrate’s bullet train, but her fight has only just begun! Now, with Onomatopoeia in tow, Selina makes her way toward the car carrying a ghost of her past, and Gotham’s as well. It’s Bruce Wayne…but is it really him? And with Talia al Ghul on board as well, will this be a long-awaited reunion between the Bat and the Cat, or will Selina’s mission to rescue the Magistrate’s prisoners go off the rails?

Future State: Catwoman #2

Preview: Batman/Catwoman #3

Batman/Catwoman #3

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Clay Mann

It’s been the Joker all along, you see.

Selina Kyle knows this. Early in her career as Catwoman, he was there to mess things up for her. Same with later, when she and Batman were finally getting together…for the third time, but still. That time stuck. No thanks to the Joker. Or to Phantasm, who now has her sights set on Catwoman because she thinks that will be her in to get after the Joker herself. And she has to do it before Batman gets to him first.

Batman/Catwoman #3

Review: Batman/Catwoman #2

Batman/Catwoman #2

Batman/Catwoman #2 is an interesting comic in that there’s a good story in there, just not the way it’s presented. The comic takes place in three eras and while that presents an opportunity, its execution in this issue is a muddled, confusing mess.

Written by Tom King, Batman/Catwoman #2 continues his epic run on Batman focusing on the duo’s relationship in the past, present, and future. There’s a lot to take in with the series as it also folds in the popular Phantasm from the beloved Batman animated film, The Mask of the Phantasm. Yes, Andrea Beaumont and her alter-ego is now cannon. The one-time love of Bruce Wayne is looking for her lost child and she’s out for revenge against The Joker who she believes is involved. There’s also a bit about a something Catwoman did with The Joker as far as some theft and in the future, Selina wants her revenge against Joker.

Any of those stories would make for a hell of a comic. But, together, they all come off as pieces and slices of a story that never comes together. It’s like reading a dream post-waking up. You remember bits and pieces but it’s not quite a coherent narrative.

Batman/Catwoman #2 is full of quality moments and that’s part of the frustration. The way the issue is presented is too chopped up so nothing ever feels like it every gets the focus it deserves. There’s also the issue with the art.

Batman/Catwoman #2

Clay Mann‘s art is amazing but there’s little to differentiate the time periods. The future with an older Catwoman and Joker is easy to pick out but the present and past blend together a bit too much. This isn’t like Strange Adventures, also written by King, where there are two artists who clearly delineate the two time periods. Instead, it at times feels like there are multiple time periods on a page with little to differentiate them. I found myself focused more on trying to figure out “when” something was happening as opposed to “what” was happening.

What’s frustrating is that Mann’s art is fantastic. Mann is joined by Tomeu Morey on color and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art is truly great with some stunning pages that’ll leave you lingering. But, for every amazing image, there’s also some that just feel ho-hum.

The ending of Batman/Catwoman #2, which should have massive emotional resonance comes off as expected and lacks shock. What should be a major moment comes off more as sad and muted. And that might have been the intention.

As is, the mixing of time periods on pages and even in page succession, with clear delineation is what trips up the issue. There’s potential for really interesting uses of the three times. Running all three on one page through multiple pages to create a juxtaposition in the times would stand out. But, this just doesn’t click.

Batman/Catwoman #2 isn’t a bad comic but on its own, it doesn’t stand out. What should be major moments fall flat. The art is muddled in some ways though individual panels are beautiful. The comic could be so much more with some minor tweaks and changes. As is, the hype and high profile of the comic works against it. It should be so much better. This is one you might want to wait until its collected to dive into.

Story: Tom King Art: Clay Mann
Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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