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Batman - One Bad Day: Catwoman #1

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman, is the greatest thief that Gotham City has ever seen.

She’s effortlessly stolen countless items of immense value over the years and successfully evaded the GCPD and Batman.

But when Catwoman finds out an item from her past is being sold for way more than it used to be worth, it sends Catwoman into a spiral, and she’ll do everything in her power to steal it back.

Batman tries to stop her before she goes too far, and a mysterious figure known as the Forger will change Catwoman’s life forever.

The all-star creative team of G. Willow Wilson (Poison Ivy, Ms. Marvel) and Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked & The Divine, Young Avengers) unite for this epic story!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
69 pages
Amazon ASIN

14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Batman: One Bad Day – Catwoman easily proves the initiative's concept can work – but not by telling another grimdark, Killing Joke-esque tale. Instead, this one-shot applies a heartfelt and sentimental take to Selina Kyle's adventures, crafting a tale that doesn't revolutionize her character, but improves upon what's already there. The craft on display, from G. Willow Wilson's breezy script to Jamie McKelvie's perfect visuals to Clayton Cowles' seamless lettering, all culminates to showcase what mainstream superhero comics are capable of today.
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman: One Bad Day – Catwoman #1 is a comic crafted by masterful creators. Both the writing and the art is flawless, capturing the intricacies within the life of Selina Kyle.
  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    By now the One Bad Day series is more or less a guaranteed 5⭐️ production, the creative team are one of the collective best in the business and it shows. A series that just keeps getting better.
  • 100

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Wilson and McKelvie’s Catwoman is easily the single most satisfying entry in the One Bad Day series thus far. Clever and subtle characterization of Selina throughout the issue stands as one of the better treatments of Catwoman to have hit page and panel in recent years. Everything fits together so well from beginning to end. It might be interesting to see what Wilson and McKelvie might do together with a full series like this. It’s such an emotionally engaging story. 60+ pages feel nice and cozy, but it would be SO nice to see this team work together again.
  • 91

    Graphic Policy

    In Batman: One Bad Day – Catwoman, G. Willow Wilson and Jamie McKelvie debut an immovable object to Selina’s unstoppable force and provides a soul-searing character study of everyone’s favorite feline-themed, leftist superhero. Wilson’s captions get into her worldview while McKelvie’s visuals show off her swagger, heart for justice, and even weaknesses with a nice blend of grid and spread layouts. The book is a nice entry point for fans of Catwoman in other media (Especially Zoe Kravitz’s performance in The Batman) or for seasoned comics readers who want a little characterization to go with the leather outfits, acrobatic fight scenes, and jewel nabbing shenanigans.
  • 90

    Comic Watch

    Batman: One Bad Day rather obviously takes its title from DC’s landmark graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke, in which Joker tries to convince Batman that “all it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day.” It’s not altogether clear how much DC intended for this anthology series to be informed by The Killing Joke in terms of theme or structure, but One Bad Day: Catwoman shares refreshingly little beyond the fact that it takes place over the course of an unpleasant day (for Batman, one of his rogues, or some third party). Unlike The Killing Joke, this comic’s conclusion is startlingly hopeful, showing the way “one bad day” can be a chance to change, learn, grow, and move on.
  • 90

    The Batman Universe

    Batman: One Bad Day: Catwoman #1 is a near-perfect dissertation on values, identity, and the mythologies we tell ourselves. It’s easily the best One Bad Day comic yet.
  • 85


    Catwoman's 'One Bad Day' graphic novel is an impressive dive into Selina Kyle's past, giving readers an emotional glimpse into her early childhood and motivations as a burglar turned anti-hero. Wilson's writing is, as usual, phenomenal, and McKelvie's art is perfect for an action-packed Catwoman heist.
  • 85

    Geek Dad

    This comic is strongest when it deals with Selina’s complex past and her relationship with her troubled sister. It’s a good Catwoman comic, but much like the Two-Face one, it doesn’t feel like a defining story in any way.
  • 82

    Zona Negativa

  • 80

    Major Spoilers

    Catwoman: One Bad Day #1 might not be destined to be the definitive Catwoman story, but it certainly ranks up there as a solid story in her history. A wonderful mix of surface level action and deeper subtext with an enjoyable glimpse at one of the most famous relationships in comics makes this a great read. It just could’ve ended on a better note.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman: One Bad Day: Catwoman is easy on the eyes, is written perfectly, and is a most enjoyable read. If you’re a fan of Catwoman or #BatCat this is definitely one for you.
  • 55


    Not a bad comic, but it’s not a must-read, either. The first half is fun, but the second half doesn’t have the same energy and is significantly less interesting to me. The story has a weak, unconvincing villain and the subplot is not fleshed out enough, but I’m glad that it doesn’t delve too deep into flashback territory and it stays focused on Catwoman as the main protagonist. I don’t recommend this comic to anyone but Catwoman completionists or those who are determined to collect every single One Bad Day special. Everyone else can safely skip this one in favor of more fulfilling books on stands this week. This is an expensive book, after all.

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