Skip to content

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War - Batte Lines #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 23 critic ratings.

Crime is down in Gotham City… Could that be a bad thing?

A coordinated effort in Gotham has led to a reduction in violent crime, but at what cost? Villains scatter as their lives begin to crumble under a new regime. And as Batman recovers from his epic battle through the Multiverse and the horrors of Knight Terrors, one name runs through his mind. One name at the heart of this new, safer Gotham… Catwoman.

A conflict that’s been brewing for well over a year finally hits the streets, and it will fracture the Bat-Family as war erupts!

From bestselling writers Chip Zdarsky and Tini Howard and artists Mike Hawthorne and Adriano Di Benedetto comes the opening shot in the Gotham War!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
45 pages
Amazon ASIN

23 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    The Gotham War ignites with a compelling first issue. Laying exquisite groundwork for the morale (and potentially cataclysmic) events to come.

  • 95

    Geek Dad

    If there’s one genre in superhero comics I’m usually tired of, it’s hero vs. hero battles. It’s been done to death, usually at the competition, and almost always relies on someone acting ridiculously out of character. So I wasn’t initially excited to see this story, which pits Batman and Catwoman against each other for control of Gotham. Catwoman might not be a hero in the traditional sense, but she’s played that role for years and I was worried about backsliding. So imagine my surprise when this first issue not only manages to deliver a compelling story without derailing either of the two characters, but also manages to maintain the stunning quality streak of Chip Zdarsky’s Batman run.

  • 95

    Comic Watch

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War – Battle Lines #1 alleviates much of modern comic’s event wariness, using continuity and the string of previous events to fuel an emotionally charged story. Howard and Zdarsky’s writing plays up the coping mechanisms of its two leads to create a charged conflict that feels natural. Paired with Hawthorne’s pencils and Di Benedetto’s inks, which work best when driving up the emotional and internal imagery of the protagonists. The book falters in the execution of the ensemble and only recovers thanks to Fajardo’s coloring, which blends the fact and fiction of Gotham. Battle Lines #1 shows the cracks in Gotham but proves that DC’s publishing initiative is still holding strong.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    Gotham War: Battle Lines is a superb aperitif for the forthcoming saga. With so many pieces to move into place on the board, Howard and Zdarsky have really hit the ground running. The eternally complicated love story between Bruce and Selina is about to hit a new obstacle that could irrecoverably damage their relationship. Strap in for an explosive run, which will continue next week in Batman #137.

  • 90

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman/ Catwoman: The Gotham War – Battle Lines #1 is a great start to what promises to be a crossover with real impact. It’s a fascinating character study of Catwoman, Batman and the henchmen who work in the shadows of Gotham’s criminal network. Recommended.

  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 immediately sets the tone of the crossover. Many of the characters aren’t in their right minds as they come into the story, and that is before anything escalates the situation. The choice that Batman and the others are given is one that most would never accept, but it isn’t out of character either. It’s a comic book conundrum that provides ample opportunity to split a family down the middle. The book brilliantly shows how imperfect each character is, with arrogance, pettiness, and just plain hurt all playing a part in the conflict. This is not where the war begins, but it is easy to see what the sides will be when it does erupt.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Howard and Zdarsky craft an intriguing and entertaining moral dilemma for Batman and his family in this issue. I like how the story weaves in not only the interpersonal drama between Bruce and Selina, but also showcases the differences in their philosophies. The story shows how both sides are effective in their own way while also bringing the plot to a tragic conclusion that exemplifies why they will be in conflict.

    The Art: Hawthorne delivers on the dark and ominous tone of the story with art that is wonderfully stylized and filled with great visual moments.

  • 80

    Nerd Initiative

    The battle between the first couple of Gotham challenges the status quo with an excellent kickoff story. Zdarsky and Howard craft a story grounded in multi-layered writing with the art team spotlighting this conflict is more personal than fighting the good fight. Don’t miss this at the local Comic Shops this week!

  • 80


    I liked this issue largely because of the momentum of Zdarsky’s Batman run, and how this issue keeps it building even more. Basically, Zdarsky is telling a story where Batman has been run ragged due to one emergency after another. He’s as dedicated as ever, but he’s still human. He doesn’t have Alfred around to help him balance his work/life or attend to his human needs. The dude is freakin’ tired, his body is sore, he’s burnout; and I am really enjoying this story. It’s a new angle to Batman that I haven’t seen, at least not very often, and it’s interesting to me. Batman is human, and humans can’t go a mile a minute forever, like he’s been facing. And now we’ve got this new Catwoman thing that’s just thrown him for a loop. He’s so damn tired, and now the love of his life is throwing this nonsense in his face, and some of his Family aren’t as angry about it as he is; the dude is dealing with a lot right now.

    I also like the idea in general. I’m a fan of henchmen, and Catwoman’s idea is a fun one in the world of comics. And I like how it divides the Bat-Family. Makes for a nice philosophical conflict, and not just a punching one. The writing lays it all out cleanly, while giving us plenty of conflict within the idea itself. And all of the characters get their due. I don’t particularly like the idea of putting Gotham City through another “war,” because apparently that’s the only storyline anybody can come up with for Batman anymore. But if this crossover keeps it personal between Batman and Catwoman, and within the Family, then should will hopefully be pretty good overall.

  • 79

    Multiversity Comics

    Great writing meets subpar visuals in a solid first chapter in the latest Gotham City crossover

  • 70


    If this opening issue is any indication, the crossover is going to be an interesting one. It raises questions that actually have the potential to make an interesting story. But even if it doesn’t go the right direction, it all looks great, and that’s one of the most important things about any comic.

  • 70


    Overall, while there may not be anything groundbreaking happening in this opening The Gotham War, it is a solid first chapter in an intriguing arc. Hopefully, Howard and Zdarsky have some tricks up their sleeves for readers as the battle for Gotham rages across titles for the next few weeks.

  • 68

    Graphic Policy

    Kicking off the upcoming story that pits Catwoman and Batman against each other about the direction how to handle Gotham’s crime. The story is intriguing and there’s some solid concepts within, but overall, the comic feels like a rather boring debate. The ending has a little bit of juice to it, but even that falls a bit flat in its execution. Overall, it does its job in explaining what’s going on and why but doesn’t really create buzz from it. It coming so soon after DC’s recent event doesn’t help at all. This is a story that needed a few more months to breathe and grow naturally post Knight Terrors, as is, it’s a bit of a snooze to start.

  • 65

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War – Battle Lines #1 works overtime to get the latest Batman Family event started. There is a lot of catch-up done for the concept of Catwoman taking over organized crime and Batman’s reaction to it. While messy, by the end of this first chapter there is enough solid work to buy into being on the ride that Gotham War will be taking us on.

  • 60

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman/Catwoman: Gotham War – Battle Lines #1 kicks off the Gotham War event with Batman coming out of a long sleep to find Catwoman solving Gotahm’s crime problem with a very un-Batman-like approach. The moral dilemma facing Batman is interesting, and the art looks great, but the plan that creates Batman’s moral dilemma is riddled (*heh*) with logical flaws that lead you to believe the writers didn’t think things through.

  • 58

    The Batman Universe

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 has an interesting heart at the center of the battle, one that’s engaging enough to keep people reading. However, it’s a bit of an uneven issue with characterizations that feel a bit off.

  • 55

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 50

    Lyles Movie Files

    If you want to see Batman and Catwoman fight over a goofy idea that certain crime is OK while the Bat Family gets divided, this will be your kind of event. From the special alone this seems like an event that’s going to get stretched out for the sake of dragging it out across multiple issues and months with no meaningful payoff in the end.

  • 50

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 40

    Major Spoilers

    If this issue is meant to be the beginning of a longer story arc that pits Batman and Catwoman against each other, I’m okay checking out until this arc is over. There’s a strong effort to add complexity to not only the character of Batman, but also Gotham City as a whole, but those efforts fail to really land. There’s meat here for sure, but a lot of these avenues have been explored in other titles better.

  • 40

    Derby Comics

    Overall, a disagreement between Batman and Catwoman is nothing new but the reason for the current disagreement was an interesting moral quandary that I was excited to see explored. However, it seems like we’re getting opposing views from two caricatures, especially the way Batman is depicted. I’m hopeful this was the symptom of having to introduce this concept during the tail end of Knight Terrors (and in a joint comic no less) and that Zdarsky will be able to right the ship for the caped crusader once the storyline shifts back to his own title.

  • 30

    What happens when the goal is finally in reach – just not the way Batman himself would do it? That is, at is core, the premise of Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War – Battles Lines #1, but while the idea of seeing Batman come to clash with Catwoman over ideology as Gotham finally gets as close to safe as it has ever been is a hell of a premise, unfortunately the execution of this issue just doesn’t deliver on it.

  • 20


    This opening doesn’t spell good things for this event going forward. For now I’ll hold out hope that as the plot develops something more interesting goes down but as of right now I can’t recommend this event.

More From Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War - Batte Lines (2023)