If I told you that there is a whole retro-glam apartment building in Gotham called the Trixie that houses mob wives, side chicks, and mistresses, and Catwoman has secretly taken a whole floor to herself eavesdropping on mob wives and mistresses to blackmail them, would you believe me? Of course you wouldn’t, because the last thing you want is to be caught knowing those truths at the only place in Gotham you can actually get away with murder.
You Don't Read ComicsHoward had mentioned in an interview that she pitched the idea for her run on Catwoman with the opening scene of the previous issue more or less as it appeared on the page. From there, she just had to fill out the rest of it. And though it kind of feels like she might be filling out an equation, shes doing so in a way that feels fresh and interesting.
COMICONSelina Kyle's new era continues to show that it's a Catwoman world and we're all just living in it. Everything about this book is just clicking as it has been through both the current & previous creative teams, giving a lot of other Gotham books and other comic books in general a run for their money.
AIPTI wasn’t a believer at first, but Catwoman #40 has made me want more from Howard and Leon. This creative team really fires on all cylinders here as it mixes in action, mobster drama, and sexual tension. Catwoman is stylish, sleek, and offers an intelligent crime story under a layer of tight leather and claws.
Comic WatchI have to start this review off by just gushing over the cover art by Jeff Dekal. The art evokes such a morose feeling yet remains beautiful to look at with Catwoman’s silhouette filled with a graveyard and flowers. Catwoman looks stunning on it even with teary mascara dripping down her face. She also has a bit of Michelle Pfeiffer going on which is my favorite incarnation of the character, so I am loving it. I was so pleased last issue to see Catwoman help innocent women who were caught in the crossfire of her battles with Black Mask and other Gotham crime bosses that I actually got a little angry when, in just the first couple pages, one of them was killed out of spite. Catwoman finds Kristi, who helped her that night, dead in her bed. I felt Catwoman’s anger at the life lost as so often women, especially sex workers, are treated as completely expendable. Of course, Tini Howard also kills off Kristi, but there’s purpose to her death and we’re able to see Catwoman grieve over someone she barely knew. This chapter is all about revenge, and Catwoman is craving it after finding Kristi dead. We see the Tomasso family again, and Catwoman manages to coerce Don Federico’s son Dario into helping her. It’s an uneasy alliance, but Catwoman has secrets on the Tomassos and also learns new ones along the adventure. I really enjoyed the characterization of Dario, who could easily be a generic mob boss’s son. He seems to have a modicum of intelligence and maybe a little self-preservation. Catwoman’s reaction to each of the unfolding events were the same as mine, and it’s so nice to see a compassionate side to Catwoman. We saw it last issue, and it continues with this one. I’m really excited to see this side of Catwoman explored in future issues. The art by Nico Leon is fantastic once again. However, there’s one scene with a startled Catwoman that felt very anime-esque and inconsistent with the rest of the story. I wouldn’t be opposed to Leon sprinkling a few more panels with those exaggerated expressions, but just one seems a bit odd. Jordie Bellaire still provides some of the best coloring in the business, and I’m gaga over her highlights of Catwoman’s motorcycle lights. I need that neon pink all over my house. Tini Howard, Nico Leon, Jordie Bellaire and Tom Napolitano are absolutely killing it on this run of Catwoman. It's only been two issues, but I can't see the series going anywhere but up with this level of storytelling. Catwoman is compassionate while remaining sassy, fun and badass.
The Comicbook DispatchCatwoman #40 continues Selinas vendetta with some great action scenes, gorgeous art, and a great twist at the end. Though her quest to take down Don Tomasso is not as interesting as her dealings with Valmont, theres a lot of fun here and I look forward to the next issue.
Geek DadThe first issue of Tini Howard’s Catwoman run plunged Selina right back into the world of Gotham’s crime scene, taking her far away from Alleytown and into a grittier world of murder and mayhem. When her heist on Gotham’s criminal overlords brought her face to face with both her ex Eiko Hasigawa and her arch-nemesis Black Mask, she found herself in over her head—until a timely intervention from a woman at the club, and the interference of a mysterious masked thief named Valmont. Kristy, the girl who played savior, pays a terrible price for it at the onset of this issue and Selina heads off on a roaring rampage of revenge—one that has a lot more in common with a mafia conspiracy thriller than a superhero comic. Her investigation intersects with the Tomasso crime family, with a powerful don, a milquetoast son—and an ambitious consigliere who may be scheming to take his best friend’s spot as next in line. The son, Dario, becomes a reluctant ally to Selina as she tries to get an entry into the family and gain an advantage over Black Mask. But when she discovers exactly what the ambitious Noah’s link to the don’s son is, it throws the entire story for a loop. Tini Howard’s writing always had pulpy elements to it, but she’s able to embrace them a lot more in this comic than she was in her Marvel work. Not everyone will enjoy it, but I do think it fits a Catwoman book pretty well—although it seems to be making a clean break from the previous run in a very decisive way, both in supporting cast and characterization. The weakest element of the book so far is probably Valmont, who seems to be a new version of a type of character we’ve seen many times—the masked, ruthless vigilante who plays a wildcard role. The end of the issue escalates the threat nicely, and definitely does enough to keep me hooked.
ComicBook.comAfter establishing Selina's new status quo last issue, this installment takes her fight against Gotham's criminal underworld to swanky, but familiar, heights. Once the individual pieces of Tini Howard's script begin to fall into place, they're just delightful and buzzy enough, in part thanks to her earnest, but quick-witted dialogue. Nico Leon's art is absolutely the highlight of the proceedings, creating a sleek, sartorially-lovely noir world that only gets even more brilliant with Jordie Bellaire's color work. After this issue, I'm very curious to see how the rest of the run takes shape.
Dark Knight NewsThe enigmatic characters alongside Catwoman and the intensity of her rivalry against the criminal elements are on full show in Catwoman #40. We have many mysteries and elements of tension building up across the plot, with many figures that are both dangerous and intriguing. This title is a treat to those who appreciate a layered, rich storyline set to detailed and stylish artwork, which elevates it even higher.
Batman-NewsCatwoman #40 is a massive improvement from last month's issue that shows that Tini Howard has a clear point of view that (mostly) fits with Selina's characterization. There are moments when thematic musings make the script feel like it's putting the cart before the horse, but the narrative becomes more concise and palatable this time around. Nico Leon's art also improves, featuring better compositions that let pages breathe more than before. For the time being, readers should give this opening arc a chance with only two more issues to go.
Weird Science DC ComicsCatwoman #40 is a good issue hampered by confusing moments and odd pacing. I like what Tini Howard is doing with Selina and expect it to improve as she settles into the book and character more.
The Batman UniverseAfter a flashy but inconsistent and frustrating first issue, Tini Howard buckles down to crafting her tale of Catwoman and organized crime in Catwoman #40. The opening sequence of Selina returning the mob’s weapons after Valmont steals them is a return to form – Selina demonstrating competence, with stellar art by Nico Leon – atmospheric, shadow drenched, with perfectly judged colors by Jordie Bellaire showing details like Catwoman’s shadow and Eiko’s gunfire off her yacht. When Howard’s love interest/antagonist original character Valmont shows up again, though Catwoman doesn’t fail as completely as she did in the first issue, the ham-handedly genderfluid Valmont easily evades the master thief, then rescues her from an ill-judged attempt at strong-arming the mob. (...) Nico Leon’s art has improved quite a bit from the last issue. However, either he or the script made an extremely odd choice when Selina is startled by the alarm during her interrogation of Dario, where she looks comically frightened – a humorous moment, but really ruins the shell Howard was starting to build back up of Selina’s competence, sadly increasing the sense that Selina is inconsistently competent in this run so far. Hopefully, Howard and Leon find a better way to balance the humor and flaws of Catwoman compared to making her an active driver of the story as the run progresses.