Punchline and her Royal Flush gang are causing mayhem in Alleytown and things are blowing up-literally!-so Catwoman calls in backup!
We all know the cat has nine lives, and the same can be said about her gang! But what’s a nine-person heist without a little danger, maybe some… death? And, uh-oh, those handcuffs definitely don’t look like the sexy kind, but what’s worse is Selina has bigger things to worry about right now: like her ex-lover and current lover in the same room! At least she’s criminally good at being bad!
Women Write About Comics - WWACThe Tini Howard era of Catwoman has been an absolute slam dunk for the character, making even the book’s tie-ins to the Punchline comic worth reading. This series has been a thrill ride since Howard took over, culminating with an explosive anniversary issue this month. While the front 2/3 of the book was filled with action and the climax of Catwoman’s war against Punchline it’s the back 1/3 that most captured my enthusiasm. The climax of the issue lands Selina back in prison, while Punchline gets away, and the short coda story by Howard, Miranda, and Ferreyra sets the stage for the next chapter in Selina Kyle’s story, one that is going to have her trying to dig her way back up from rock bottom.
COMICON‘Catwoman’ #50 continues to rock the title characters world in massive ways as the series hits a milestone issue, and prepares itself to enter the second year of the current creative team’s run. Every bit of this issue shows just why Selina Kyle is such a powerful, popular, and long-lasting character and why her title has run so long when others have been relaunched or rebooted well before this milestone.
You Don't Read ComicsAnd now Catwoman is...on a leash, so to speak. Its kind of a bold move for Howard. It would be really, really interesting to see Kyle gradually work her way up from rock bottom in one of the most totally awful places in all of Gotham City. If Howard is patient enough, the issues to come could be a potentially breathtaking look at the psyche of one of DCs longest-lived anti-heroes.
Geek DadThe big anniversary issue of Tini Howard’s Catwoman sends the story into a new era, as every major subplot in the run collides in one epic showdown. (...) This issue packs a lot more plot development into it than most anniversary issues do, and it does feel like a fresh beginning for the title—one with major status quo changes.
Dark Knight NewsCatwoman #50 delights and shocks with the loss of familiar faces and the deadly clash between two new rivals. The art team throws deep emotions at us with perfect art, and leaves us all ready for fifty more issues, and beyond.
ComicBook.comThis oversized anniversary issue for Catwoman is the perfect encapsulation of where this run has gone so far. When it works, it does so magnificently, crafting a springy final (for now) conflict between the allies and adversaries in Selina's orbit. While a little too much of it can be interpreted as overworked—either in an offhand line of dialogue, a shockingly-obvious plot twist, or otherwise—it undeniably sets up a new status quo for the book going forward, and it is filled with snappy art from Nico Leon, Juan Ferreyra, and Inaki Miranda.
The Batman UniverseSurrounded by a plethora of variant covers, Catwoman hits fifty issues with a lengthy arc conclusion, taking some solid risks and steps forward but without completely shedding the ongoing weaknesses of this run.
Batman-NewsCatwoman #50 aims high, but its ambition stands in the way of nailing the most important beats. The assault on Ace Chemicals has far too many moving parts when more pages dedicated to Batman and Valmont's showdown could have made the emotional climax more convincing. As it stands, Howard's script gave itself too many plates to spin, losing sight at the strengths of her run, leaving an extended epilogue to pick up the pieces. While some developments in the story are welcome, Catwoman #50 often frustrates in its attempt to wring drama from a love triangle that never felt genuine.
Batman on FilmI’ve been enjoying what Howard was doing on this title, but this issue just left me scratching my head. The Selena and Bruce stuff felt overwritten and this issue left me with a lot of questions and not in a good way. The art was the highlight here, but even that was off in places. Also, I feel apathetic about the new direction, which is a terrible way to leave a reader. As such, I would have a hard time recommending this installment.