Lines are blurred as Eiko Hasigawa and Catwoman start playing too nice with one another and each lets their guard down-and in a ruthless city like Gotham, you can’t trust anyone but yourself to watch your back. And Catwoman should know better than to let an old flame get into her head again…that’s her job.
You Don't Read ComicsSelina may have had a bit of a road trip with Harley in recent months, but she hasnt had a chance to really explore what it is that shes doing. This issue allows shadows from her past to overshadow the page. Issues like #46 allow Catwoman a chance to put everything into perspective before it all gets plunged into danger in the next storyline. Howard has had one of the more satisfying runs with Selina of the past few years. Itll be interesting to see where Tini Howard ushers the story next.
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COMICONIssue after issue, ‘Catwoman' continues to be a gorgeous, sexy, and character-rich peek into the title character's heart and mind mixed with a street-level crime story showcasing a different side of Gotham from the other Bat-line titles. Selina Kyle has been elevated to the spotlight level that she has long deserved thanks to the past few runs on this book. Anyone who is not reading this series needs to add it to their list right away.
Geek DadThis chapter is largely devoted to one of the most popular chapters of Catwoman’s recent history—her relationship with Yakuza heiress Eiko Hasigawa. Eiko is probably Selina’s most popular love interest besides the Bat, but the two have always been headed in different directions. Even though they haven’t been a couple since Valentine’s run, they care enough about each other to conspire to foil Black Mask—via a faked betrayal that will throw Sionis off the trail. Even though it’s all faked, there are some real emotions in this issue, and Eiko continues to be the second-most interesting character in the series. The ending is great, although this series relies way too heavily on Valmont, who mostly seems like a generic combination of Gambit and Ghost-Maker who we know won’t really be going anywhere long-term. It’s a fun issue that hints at what this series could be if it hit on all cylinders.
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ComicBook.comWhile so many components of this current Catwoman run have been delightful, this issue expertly threads the needle of much of its central crime syndicate storyline – to great effect. Selina's past, present, and future are all able to collide expertly, while still having the issue be chock-full of clever character introductions and well-executed plotting from Howard. Basri and Cifuentes' art also gets some chances to subtly shine in this issue, especially in some well-executed flashback sequences. While occasionally a little rough around the edges, this Catwoman run—and this issue—are proving to have some real bright spots.
Dark Knight NewsCatwoman #46 gives us a rich look at Catwoman’s past and her present. This issue treats us to a deep dive into how things are in her world, and the realistic growth she’s sharing with the new character on the scene. The rich and realistic artwork gives us a portrait into a complex character in a down to earth story, hard to find in most other places in current comics.
The Batman UniverseWith just a few out-of-tune notes, Howard provides a ballad for Batman, Catwoman, and Eiko, as Selina leaves Gotham once again, heading towards a deeper relationship with Valmont, with Sami Basri and unusually good craftsmanship from Howard giving this issue its best issue so far from a generally frustrating run.
Batman-NewsCatwoman #46 is a thoughtful, yet somewhat dry reading experience as its emphasis on characterization comes at the cost of a thrilling plot. The action sequences within get the job done, but Howard wisely seems to be shifting focus away from Black Mask and his male gangster counterparts. Sami Basri's pencils are effective, but outside of Selina's big scene with Eiko, there's very little here that's truly gripping due to its simplistic villains and lack of narrative momentum.