Don’t you just hate it when your current and former lovers meet accidentally?
That’s definitely the case here for Catwoman, as Valmont and Batman cross paths!
Is Batman jealous or just concerned that Selina is dating an international criminal who is also a murderer?
There are some lines you just don’t cross, Cat, and not all attention is good attention.
You Don't Read ComicsHoward is moving things forward in an interesting way. Its an approach to the character that's both respectful of her past and respectful of her need to go beyond it. Shes been to so many places just in the past year. Howard lends Catwomans personality a kind of stature that seems totally cohesive with everyone shes been over the course of the past five or ten years. That being said, as bewildering as the plot might be to first-time readers, Howard tells a succinct story that feels respectively complete in its own right.
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COMICON‘Catwoman' takes the international mission of the cat burglar and turns it into a rescue mission blocked by family drama and a masked criminal with a score to settle. Such a gorgeous, emotional, sexy, and fun series that keeps building upon what has come before as it takes the title character further and further while keeping her in the spotlight she deserves to be living within.
Dark Knight NewsCatwoman #48 treats readers to a change of scenery that frames realistic developments of character. We get the thrills and heist action from a well-managed Catwoman story set to the score of a richly illustrated backdrop of a faraway location. Comics handled with this level of care and attention should be treasured.
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Geek DadWith Dario kidnapped by his own former ally and the Gotham gang scene in chaos, Selina and Valmont make a mad dash to rescue him. That involves power broking in Italy, as an aging mob don and his ambitious wife might just become the key to the mission. But while this segment of the issue is appealingly pulpy, things take a rather ridiculous turn later in the issue as they hitch a ride with one of the most insane villains in the Gotham library. The shift in tone from dark and noir-inspired to comically over the top doesn’t quite work. Catwoman is a good lead here, using every tool in her disposal to save her friend, but this book’s biggest weak link is its reliance on the character of Valmont. He’s a fairly stock character, often seeming way too much like Ghost-Maker, and the eventual connection between him and Selina seems like the most cliched direction to take this.
ComicBook.comAfter a well-executed, but exposition-heavy start, this issue of Catwoman finds some ways to genuinely thrive. Selina and Valmont's efforts to save Dario take them on the latest stop of their globe-trotting adventure, before high fashion and backstabbing turn into absurd action. Tini Howard's script knows when to put the proverbial foot on the proverbial pedal, with regards to Selina as a person and the task she's on. And the art from Nico Leon and color work from Veronica Gandini is genuinely gorgeous, especially in the second half of the issue.
The Batman UniverseTini Howard continues her run with Catwoman #48 with the end of her second road trip arc that lasts for two issues, just two issues after the last road trip. That period is significant because neither road trip was well motivated – nothing was accomplished in those trips that couldn’t have been done in Gotham itself, or at least the outskirts of Gotham, continuing the trend of Howard’s plots following unmotivated rabbit trails for no apparent reason. Now, one can sort of see that Howard is attempting to build a “girl squad” for Selina – Red Claw in the first arc, Vittoria Tomasso in the second – but both are morally despicable, leading one to question why such a squad is desirable other than the constant pounding of Howard’s theme that all women are victims and deserve to be in power, and all men are morally inferior and need to be mastered, beaten, killed, or ordered around.
Batman-NewsCatwoman #48 features yet another change of scenery that injects some life into Tini Howard's increasingly muddled narrative. Right now, reader enjoyment hinges largely on whether or not Valmont is a compelling love interest for Selina. As it stands, there's a lack of true understanding of who Valmont is as a person, existing mostly as a cliche of a "dangerous lover type. Until the series gives me a reason to truly care about Valmont and his relationship to Selina it's hard to recommend readers stick around.