Catwoman
Our gal Catwoman is turning 80 next year (and looking very good, if we meow say), and DC is celebrating with nothing less than with a huge soiree, invite only, packed with creators who mean the most to her and to whom she means the most! Stories featured in this 100-page spectacular include a tail-sorry, tale-that takes place at the end of the Brubaker/Stewart Catwoman run, in honor of artist Darwyn Cooke. Plus, Catwoman is caught by an exotic cat collector, runs into a wannabe thief trying to prove himself as her apprentice, encounters a mystery involving memorabilia from alternate continuities, and of course some Bat/Cat fun.

Catwoman Details

TitleCatwoman
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 2nd, 2020
PublisherDC Comics
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Batman, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Crime, Action

Catwoman Review

  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Just like with any of these, a few good stories, a few mediocre ones, and a few that are complete trash. Paul Dini's opener was surprisingly and uncharacteristically bad for the guy, DC always seem to bring him in for these and lately it feels like he cares less and less for it. Tom King, Ed Brubaker and Ram V did three of the best stories here, and Ram V's impressed me so much that I now really want to check out his upcoming proper run on Selina's solo title. I completely skipped stories by Chu Just like with any of these, a few good stories, a few mediocre ones, and a few that are complete trash. Paul Dini's opener was surprisingly and uncharacteristically bad for the guy, DC always seem to bring him in for these and lately it feels like he cares less and less for it. Tom King, Ed Brubaker and Ram V did three of the best stories here, and Ram V's impressed me so much that I now really want to check out his upcoming proper run on Selina's solo title. I completely skipped stories by Chuck Dixon and Ann Nocenti because fuck that noise. Mindy Newell's story was really bad, which is a shame because Lee Gardbett's art was a pleasure to see once again. Will Pfeifer's fourth wall-breaking story was interesting for 90% of it but ultimately fell flat with its resolution, all the while Pia Guerra's art was a surprise — she hasn't really drawn much of any comics outside of Y: The Last Man, to the point where I assumed she wasn't working in comics at all since then. A nice surprise to see her work again for sure. And Jeff Parker's Batman '66 homage was just alright, though I am not a big fan of the whole '66 aesthetics in general. Overall not a terrible collection, and the best stories here certainly live up to the greatness of Selina Kyle's character.
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  • L. McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    SUPER FAST REVIEW:Damn, Catwoman sure looking good for an 80 year old! So I missed the Robin one but made sure to get the 80th anniversary specials for both Catwoman and Joker. My LCS recently opened back up after all this COVID bullshit (pretty sure the only person who still gives a fuck in my entire state is our governor but that’s not what we’re here to talk about) and had this sweet AF variant!(Artist: Frank Cho)Anyways, so like most special comics and anthologies it was a mixed bag.For stor SUPER FAST REVIEW:Damn, Catwoman sure looking good for an 80 year old! So I missed the Robin one but made sure to get the 80th anniversary specials for both Catwoman and Joker. My LCS recently opened back up after all this COVID bullshit (pretty sure the only person who still gives a fuck in my entire state is our governor but that’s not what we’re here to talk about) and had this sweet AF variant!(Artist: Frank Cho)Anyways, so like most special comics and anthologies it was a mixed bag.For stories they were mostly just okay, but there were a few I fully liked or disliked. My favorite was a story titled The Catwoman of Earth (creative team: Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case) where Catwoman fights aliens. It had a very cool cartoony art style and fun action as well as a brief anti-misogyny message without being preachy or anything, I liked it. Least favorite was a story called Little Bird (creative team: Mindy Newell, Lee Garbett, Alex Sinclair and Tom Napolitano) that was just uninteresting, boring and poorly written regarding both storytelling and dialogue though the art was still okay.There’s a lot of pin-ups, most of them are good. Some better than others though I didn’t consider any to be quite terrible or anything. I also thought the brief pages showing off the character’s designs in comics over the years were cool.Overall I would definitely say fans of Catwoman or maybe even the Bat-Family in general should try getting a copy for their collections! Just expect a rather typical anthology comic.3/5
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  • Wakizashi
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a fan of the character or a fan of comic books, you will very likely enjoy this. I did. Full review with some pictures of the artwork here. If you are a fan of the character or a fan of comic books, you will very likely enjoy this. I did. Full review with some pictures of the artwork here.
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  • Marwa Abdulla
    January 1, 1970
    That Helena storyline was cruel. Oh, what might’ve been😭
  • saidah
    January 1, 1970
    umm i don't really know what to say and i'm still debating on giving this 1 star because it was BADD. selina sweetie why would they do this to you!! the stories were trash. the art wasn't great. i was really only reading this for the tom king and ed brubaker story but both of them were just "ugh" (view spoiler)[ also tk selina wouldn't be fighting when she's like 24932487 months pregnant idk what you were thinking sir. (hide spoiler)] at this point i don't even know why i'm surprisedalso FUCK CH umm i don't really know what to say and i'm still debating on giving this 1 star because it was BADD. selina sweetie why would they do this to you!! the stories were trash. the art wasn't great. i was really only reading this for the tom king and ed brubaker story but both of them were just "ugh" (view spoiler)[ also tk selina wouldn't be fighting when she's like 24932487 months pregnant idk what you were thinking sir. (hide spoiler)] at this point i don't even know why i'm surprisedalso FUCK CHUCK DIXON.
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    watching catwoman beat up some cops? that's self-care darling
  • Jamie Revell
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of ten short stories, accompanied by some artistic impressions of the title character (including some retrospective ones, showing how her look has changed down the years). The stories are mixed, as one might expect, and so is the art, with both ranging from good to poor. It's a varied look at different visions for the character, from the gritty to the comedic (one is set in the Batman '66 universe, for instance). Nothing with too much depth, perhaps, given the individual lengths, bu A collection of ten short stories, accompanied by some artistic impressions of the title character (including some retrospective ones, showing how her look has changed down the years). The stories are mixed, as one might expect, and so is the art, with both ranging from good to poor. It's a varied look at different visions for the character, from the gritty to the comedic (one is set in the Batman '66 universe, for instance). Nothing with too much depth, perhaps, given the individual lengths, but it's as good a way as any to do an anniversary special.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This was kind of terrible. Didn't really enjoy any of the stories and none of them felt true to Selina except the last issue.
  • Shaun Stanley
    January 1, 1970
    Some solid stories in collected in the 80th Anniveraary special for Catwoman. My two favorites would be the Paul Dini story "Skin The Cat" and "The Art Of Picking A Lock" by Ed Brubaker & Cameron Stewart. I also really enjoyed the humor and unique story in "Conventional Wisdom" by Will Pfeifer. Reading this collection made me think back on some of my favorite Catwoman moments. Everyone has a Catwoman costume that they are partial to. I think my favorite would be the early 2000s look with the gog Some solid stories in collected in the 80th Anniveraary special for Catwoman. My two favorites would be the Paul Dini story "Skin The Cat" and "The Art Of Picking A Lock" by Ed Brubaker & Cameron Stewart. I also really enjoyed the humor and unique story in "Conventional Wisdom" by Will Pfeifer. Reading this collection made me think back on some of my favorite Catwoman moments. Everyone has a Catwoman costume that they are partial to. I think my favorite would be the early 2000s look with the goggles and leather. I haven't ever really been able to get in to a Catwoman solo series so most of my experience with the character is when she shows up in various Bat titles. I know a lot of people weren't thrilled with Tom King's run and the wesding story arc but I really enjoyed it. They are some of my favorite Catwoman stories. But nothing compares to the Darwyn Cooke story, "Selina's Big Score." I absolutely love that book and highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it. And growing up in the 90s, it hard not to think of Michelle Pfeifer's iconic interpretation in Batman Returns as well as the always great Bruce Timm's Catwoman that appeared in Batman: The Animated Series. With Selina Kyle alwaysteetering on the edge of being a hero or villain, fans will continue to follow Catwoman's adventures for years to come.
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  • Duncan
    January 1, 1970
    I thought I'd actually might get some of the older stories that have been published through the years although I don't know why I thought that considering I did look it over and it looked like new stories . . . anyway the first 4-5 stories were at turns boring, incomprehensible, badly written, badly drawn, self-important, y'know the same-0ld, same-old when it comes to these sort of anthologies, but the last 2-3 stories starting out w/the Cat Woman dream story really picked things up on the inter I thought I'd actually might get some of the older stories that have been published through the years although I don't know why I thought that considering I did look it over and it looked like new stories . . . anyway the first 4-5 stories were at turns boring, incomprehensible, badly written, badly drawn, self-important, y'know the same-0ld, same-old when it comes to these sort of anthologies, but the last 2-3 stories starting out w/the Cat Woman dream story really picked things up on the interest meter for me & they were drawn quite well to boot. So, Cat Woman 80th anniversary ends up earning a 3 star rating if only for that. Worst offender of the bunch is the Tom King story. If I never read another new story of his it might be too soon - he really thinks he's the Shakespeare of comix w/his meta-narration tricks & ponderous seriousness. Just my take. Don't taze me bro.
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  • Rylan
    January 1, 1970
    This was a nice anniversary special celebrating 80 years of one of my favorite characters. There are ten different stories all written by some of Catwoman’s biggest creators who helped define who she is as a character such as Paul Dini, Mindy Newell, Ed Brubaker, etc. All the stories were very solid and did a good job showing who Catwoman is as a character, there were only two that I wasn’t a huge fan of. Overall this was a great anthology and a nice love letter to Catwoman.
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  • Anni Sweetser
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked most of the stories. Quick and fun or quick and sad. Catwoman's mezuzah was interesting. Seeing Catwoman in all the different art styles was fun. Skipped the last one because the art was by sexual predator Cameron Stewart. I wonder how many of the other male creators in this book are also sexual predators?
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  • Wonder
    January 1, 1970
    Good comic! Some very good stories some not very great stories. 4.5 out of 5 however in some of the stories she does not show up as Catwoman which is kinda disappointing at least for me I recommend this to people who like Batman villains or Catwoman in general
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  • David Rubio
    January 1, 1970
    The most of them are quite good. It was good to see Pia Guerra around. Ram V is improving in every issue. And I will love for ever Janin's panel of Cat freaking out.
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