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Catwoman #52

73
Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.

Looks like cat is the new black in Gotham jail as Selina quickly finds herself clawing her way up as the queen cat behind bars by making friends with all the wrong types (which are of course also exactly her types).

Meanwhile, Eiko Hasigawa continues to prowl the Gotham streets as the Catwoman keeping the mob bosses in check, with a little help from… Tomcat.

Publication Date
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Format
Kindle Edition
Print Length
26 pages
Language
English
Price
$3.99
Amazon ASIN
B0BSRF1STP

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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    COMICON

    When a writer is good and is very keyed into the story being told/the characters it’s such a smooth process where not a single bit of the multiple stories feels short-changed or not as developed or explained. That’s the case with Tini Howard as a writer and in this book especially. Even as we bounce back and forth between Selina and Eiko, and also Darrio as well, the moments feel well represented and developed, with a weight and emotional anchor to them. Enough is given to stretch the moment out as needed before moving to the next and then slipping right back into where we were with the first moment. This allows Howard to pack every issue full of tons of stuff that makes it feel like a double, or even triple-sized issue despite being normal-sized. Howard knows these characters through and through and we feel and see that on the page as their voices and personalities radiate off the page. (…) A lot of that comes from the ways that Sam Barsi and Vincente Cifuentes bring us depth and focus in this world. There is a smooth sort of slickness to the artwork here but it has great weight and power to it, plenty of detail especially when there are so many tight closeup style shots to be found. Such views are perfect for showcasing emotional moments, or vulnerable moments period, but also it allows us the reader to feel like we’re right there on the ground with the characters because visually it appears that way. This is a street-level style comic book series, quite literally in many cases, and these visual choices make sure that we know and feel that with every panel we let our eyes move across. (…) Behind bars and out on the streets provide their own complications as ‘Catwoman’ #52 continues this runs deep character development and highly emotional focus in a jam-packed but smooth reading issue. There is just such a sustained feeling to this series as it has moved through the past few runs, doing a lot of great and interesting things with the title character and her supporting cast(s).

  • 84

    You Don't Read Comics

    Selina is kind of a challenge to work with as a writer. The ultimate thief who is always in control of any situation is only as clever as the situations that she finds herself in. Eiko proves to be a little more of an interesting character in the 52nd entry of the current Catwoman series, as shes clearly in WAY over her head. Theres more of a sense of heroism to the larceny that makes for much more of an impact. Theoretically, Selina could have picked up more personality in prison if she was given more of a challenge to deal with from rock bottom.

  • 80

    Geek Dad

    With Eiko Hasigawa taking over as Catwoman while Selina is in prison, this series has taken some major twists. I’m enjoying the new team-up of Eiko and Dario, although their plot is mostly just skulking around Gotham and arguing with gangsters. The best part of this story is Dario’s confrontation with Noah, which is very satisfying. The far stronger story is Selina locked up behind bars, as she tries to build an army out of her fellow inmates—some of which have their own surprising identities. But while Selina is using the prison to her advantage, she seems to have no desire to get out herself—punishing herself for Valmont’s death and the destruction of Alleytown. Even when her attorney gives her a shot at getting out, Selina only seems interested in staying in place. The issue builds to a dramatic training segment where Selina’s plan becomes a little clearer, but the two stories aren’t fully meshing yet.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Catwoman #52 gives us a masterfully handled, multi-layered story that balances the tone of each character and what they’re doing perfectly. The only issue I have is that it’s a very hard title to start in the middle, but is very rewarding to those who have kept up with Selina’s story.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    After last month’s issue laid a lot of the groundwork for Selina’s new status quo, this installment does a much better job at getting readers excited for what’s ahead. Selina’s decision to stay behind bars grows more purposeful and entertaining, with Tini Howard’s script and Sam Basri’s art working in harmony to create some genuinely fun and kinetic sequences. And thankfully, we get some long-awaited progression with Eiko’s situation as the main Catwoman, which has some well-rendered moments as well. Overall, I’m excited about the trajectory that this new chapter of Catwoman seems to be headed on.

  • 70

    Batman on Film

    With Catwoman #52, I feel like I’m coming around again to what Howard is doing in the book. She has definitely got me intrigued with what Selina is doing in jail and I’m happy to see the mob element with Black Mask come back into the mix. The art team is very reliable, producing a great-looking book and a creepy mask for Black Mask. I finished the issue looking forward to next month’s!

  • 60

    The Batman Universe

    The “Selina in prison arc continues, with Eiko taking more of the page time in badly handled “infiltrate the mob scenes as Selina forms her own gang on the inside.

  • 60

    Batman-News

    Catwoman #52 is an improvement over last month’s issue as it manages to make Selina more proactive in her current predicament and give her a way to help those in need even behind bars. Eiko and Dario’s journey together isn’t quite as gripping, but the unlikely duo manages to get by due to the inherent charm in their teaming up. However, the biggest strength is Howard’s decision to reach beyond just Valmont to take a look into Selina’s current mental state. A change up in scenery would be better suited for now than later, but there’s still some time for Selina to grow in prison before her eventual escape.

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