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Batman - One Bad Day: Catwoman #1

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 10 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
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10 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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About the Author: G. Willow Wilson

Gwendolyn Willow Wilson (born August 31, 1982) is an American comics writer, prose author, and essayist. Her best-known prose works include the novels Alif the Unseen and The Bird King. She is most well known for relaunching the Ms. Marvel title for Marvel Comics starring a 16-year-old Muslim superhero named Kamala Khan. Her work is most often categorized as magical realism.

Early life

Wilson was born on August 31, 1982 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and grew up in Morganville. Wilson lived in the county until she was 12. However, in an interview with Newsrama in 2013, she erroneously said she was born in Morris County and spent the first ten years of her life there. Her parents were atheists who renounced Protestantism in the late 1960s, hence Wilson was not raised in a religious household. Wilson first encountered comics when she read an anti-smoking pamphlet featuring the X-Men in the fifth grade. The characters fascinated her and she began watching the cartoon X-Men every Saturday. Two years later she and her family moved to Boulder, Colorado, where Wilson continued to pursue her interest in comics and other forms of popular culture such as tabletop role-playing games.

Converting to Islam

After high school, Wilson attended Boston University to pursue a degree in history. During her sophomore year, Wilson began experiencing adrenal problems and the associated discomfort resulted in her studying a number of religions, including Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. After studying Judaism she focused on Islam, which appealed to her because “to become a Muslim is sort of a deal between you and God.” The 9/11 terrorist attack set back her religious studies – fearing she had misjudged the religion – but she later resumed her studies.

In 2003, shortly before her graduation, Wilson agreed to teach English in Cairo. During the plane journey, Wilson converted to Islam; claiming she “made peace with God. I called him Allah.” According to Butterfly Mosque, upon arrival in Cairo, Wilson secretly practiced Islam but after becoming engaged to an Egyptian she began to practice it more openly. She and her roommate resided in Tura, a district in Cairo, Egypt. The pair soon met a physics teacher named Omar who offered to show them around and act as a cultural guide. Months later, Wilson and Omar became engaged. Later, she moved with him back to the United States, with Wilson returning to her writing career, and Omar becoming a legal advocate for refugees.


Wilson’s writing career began from her work as a freelance music critic for DigBoston. After moving to Cairo, she contributed articles to the Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, and the National Post. She was also a regular contributor to the now-defunct Egyptian opposition weekly Cairo Magazine. Wilson was the first Western journalist to be granted a private interview with Ali Gomaa after his promotion to the position of Grand Mufti of Egypt. Additionally, Wilson released a memoir titled The Butterfly Mosque about life in Egypt during the Mubarak regime, which was named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2010.

Her first graphic novel, Cairo, with art by M.K. Perker, was published by Vertigo in 2007, and named one of the best graphic novels of 2007 by Publishers Weekly, The Edmonton Journal/CanWest News, and Comics Worth Reading. The paperback edition of Cairo was named one of Best Graphic Novels for High School Students in 2008 by School Library Journal, and one of 2009’s Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens by the American Library Association.

Her first ongoing comic series, Air, launched by Vertigo in 2008 reunited her with Perker, and was nominated for an Eisner Award for ‘Best New Series’ of 2009. NPR named Air one of the top comics of 2009, and it also received acclaim from the Fairfield Weekly, Comic Book Resources, Marie Claire, and Library Journal. Other works for DC include fill-in issues #704 and 706 of Superman, the five-issue mini-series Vixen: Return of the Lion, starring the Justice League member Vixen with art by CAFU, and The Outsiders.

Wilson then wrote Mystic (2011), a four-issue miniseries for Marvel Comics with art by David Lopez. Although a CrossGen revival, Willow’s Mystic bears little resemblance to its previous incarnation.

Her debut novel Alif the Unseen (Grove/Atlantic) won the 2013 World Fantasy Award for best novel.

In 2014, Marvel debuted a new Ms. Marvel series written by Wilson. The book stars Kamala Khan, a Muslim teenager living in Jersey City, New Jersey, who takes up the mantle after the previous Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers, took up the name Captain Marvel.

In November 2018, Wilson began writing Wonder Woman from DC Comics. The character battles Ares in an arc entitled “The Just War.”

Her March 2019 novel, The Bird King, tells the story of Fatima, a concubine in the royal court of Granada, the last emirate of Muslim Spain, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. Hassan has a secret: he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality.

In 2020, she is writing The Dreaming from DC Comics, with art by Nick Robles and starting with issue #19. The series is part of The Sandman Universe.

Creating Kamala Khan

Wilson had already had a few forays into the comic book industry, having worked on titles such as Superman and Vixen previously. She received an email for an interview with David Gabriel, a senior vice-president at Marvel Entertainment. By that point Wilson was almost finished with her second novel, but she took the time to speak with him. Shortly thereafter she was offered to co-create a new version of Ms. Marvel named Kamala Khan alongside Sana Amanat, a director and editor at Marvel Entertainment. The process of crafting Kamala was detailed, both artists wished to create a teenage Muslim American girl. Before settling on her Pakistani heritage the two debated the idea of making her a Somali American girl. While creating Kamala as a character the duo expected negativity, not just from people who were anti-Muslim, but also from Muslims who believed Kamala should be portrayed in a certain way. The crafting also focused on smaller details, Wilson did not believe Kamala should have worn a hijab due to a majority of teenage Muslim American girls not wearing them. Despite their initial fears, Kamala was received positively. Some sources described her as easy to relate to, even likening her to a modern day Peter Parker. Others even viewed Kamala as a symbol for equality and representation among different religions.

Personal life

Since 2007, Wilson has lived in Seattle with her husband, Omar. She has two daughters.

[Latest Update: June 28, 2022]

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