If you haven’t read BATMAN #50, beware of this review, it is FULL of spoilers that reference the events of that issue! Now, if you have read it and CATWOMAN #1 then please, enjoy this review! 

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CATWOMAN #1 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

In BATMAN #50, Catwoman decided to make the ultimate sacrifice and break her engagement with Batman in order to preserve his identity as The Dark Knight. Now, she has disappeared from Gotham City in an attempt to find some solitude. Unsurprisingly though, when it comes to the life of a vigilante, finding peace is nearly impossible.

So begins the adventures of CATWOMAN #1. During a time of self-exploration, Selina Kyle finds herself in the midst of an unexpected predicament. So, without further ado, here is ComicsVerse’s take on the latest from the exceptionally talented writer and artist, Joëlle Jones.

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CATWOMAN #1 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Another Day, Another Crime

The issue begins with a chase scene in which Catwoman evades police by shooting and killing two officers. The police eventually catch up to Selina Kyle and arrest her, but she fervently denies the charges they make against her. So, in Catwoman fashion, she escapes the police.

CATWOMAN #1 then segues into the introduction of the narrative’s villain: a woman known as Raina Creel. On the outside, she appears to be a beautiful, collected woman. In reality, though, she is drastically deformed and employs copycats of Catwoman for undetermined motives. One of these copycats is indeed responsible for the murder of the two police officers.

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I love the drama Jones employs when introducing Raina Creel. She gives us enough information about the new villain to catch our interest but not enough where the mystery revolving around her character and motives disappears.

Now, when the issue transitions back to the real Catwoman’s story, the narrative finally addresses the events of BATMAN #50. We come to discover Selina has been having trouble sleeping. It is clear that she remains devastated about her decision to not marry Batman. When she receives a package from Alfred that contains all the belongings she left at Wayne Manor, she throws them across the room, breaking down in tears.

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CATWOMAN #1 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Moving Out, Moving On

Selina wants to be left alone. She wants to heal her pain and move on from the end of her relationship. Unfortunately, though, the life she lives does not permit her to find solitude. Selina cannot hide from who she is: a vigilante. As a result, instead of pursuing an introspective period of time, she ends up in the midst of a new mission.

The end of the issue features Selina’s discovery of a multitude of Catwoman copycats, kickstarting her latest adventure in protecting her identity as the Cat. CATWOMAN #1 is an excellent start to DC’s newest series. It’s mysterious, thrilling, and even a little heartbreaking at points. However, I do wish we got a little more insight into Selina’s plans for her future besides finding time for herself.

Now, I particularly love that Jones depicts the consequences of Catwoman’s actions in BATMAN #50. Though this issue is the introduction to a new stage of her life, Selina is still experiencing heartbreak. So, I appreciate that Jones doesn’t ignore that. Now, in regard to the rest of the narrative, it will be curious to learn more about the enigmatic Raina Creel as well as her malicious intentions with Catwoman.

This issue has certainly piqued my interest, and I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Miss Kyle in this series.

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CATWOMAN #1 page 5. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The Many Hues of CATWOMAN #1

I have always been a fan of Joëlle Jones’ work in past installments of BATMAN. So, it is exciting to see her take over the pages of her own series. Some particular standouts of this issue include the reveal of Raina Creel’s true appearance. Jones provides small peeks into each of Raina’s deformities before revealing the entirety of her appearance.

It is a dramatic reveal that ensures us of the significance her character will inevitably play out in this series. I also love the panels depicting Selina’s response to receiving her belongings from Wayne Manor. In these panels, Jones focuses on Selina’s loneliness by isolating her in each and every image.

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To accompany Jones’ illustrations, Laura Allred provides the color to CATWOMAN #1’s world. I absolutely love the bold pops of color she continuously uses throughout the work. So, overall, I love how unique the artwork of this issue is. It is totally engaging and abundant with detail that truly brings this issue to life.

What Lies Beyond

A new villain is in town, and she definitely has it out for Catwoman. The question is, why?

CATWOMAN #1 sets up a perilous adventure for our titular vigilante even though she already has enough on her plate. Navigating the end of her relationship with Batman as well as being framed for murder, can Catwoman juggle everything at once and take down her latest foe?

We’ll just have to wait and see when Catwoman returns next month!

CATWOMAN #1 by Joëlle Jones & Laura Allred
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CATWOMAN doesn't miss a beat in its first installment as Jones and Allred excel in each and every aspect of this issue that will surely be a crowd-pleaser.
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