“The Gotham War,” part three.
While Batman finds himself more and more isolated, Selina is never alone. With a volunteer army and two powerful generals by her side, the ballet between her and Bruce enters its next act with a shocking twist.
But Why Tho?Catwoman #57 is the best issue of the crossover so far. It’s a character-driven issue that revolves around a fascinating setting. It avoids the motivation of why this conflict started, focusing instead on the tragedy of it happening in the first place. And whilst the setting is intimate, the expansive nature of the story is displayed brilliantly. There’s a broken family at the centre of the plot, one that knows every intricacy of each other. But then there are the interlopers that seek to exploit the situation for their own gain. And all of this is presented by utterly phenomenal art.
Geek DadThis is another case, like the return of Sin in Birds of Prey, of a writer digging up a long-forgotten character at exactly the right moment. This event could be the shot in the arm Howard needed to take this run to the next level.
Dark Knight NewsWe’ve barely started this event and the treachery’s running high. Some figures that both Bat and Cat believed to be trustworthy may not be, and with every member of the extended family picking a side, I’d say that Catwoman #57 has lit the spark under the characters to take the “Gotham War” from great to truly unforgettable.
COMICONWar is good for absolutely nothing as the old song goes and the events of ‘Catwoman’ #57 definitely showcase. Things take a turn in this issue that is both a good representation of what this series does best while also a showcase for what issues come with crossover events.
The Batman UniverseCatwoman #57 has a beautiful, dark, and stormy art that matches the tone so well. Surprisingly, it's an issue centered around Batman, and there is also another wrench in the form of a villain reveal to contend with.
ComicBook.comDespite the incredibly-contrived journey it took to set up "The Gotham War," this installment ups the ante in some meaningful and successful ways. From the first page to the last, Tini Howard's script dives further into Selina's motivation in this unique conflict, which vastly overshadows the frenetic action and interpersonal conflicts of the issue. Veronica Gandini's color work especially stands out amid Nico Leon's angular and lively art. All in all, this sets a slightly-higher bar for what the rest of this event has in store.
Batman on FilmBeing excited about this storyline, my feelings have cooled it considerably. Maybe I’m just tired from all the wars in Gotham. I appreciate Selena’s point of view and why she can’t see herself being a rich wife while parents can’t feed their kids, but the divide this is causing in the Bat Family isn’t working for me. Visually, the book has some great pages that combined with the twist at least make me want to see what comes next.
AIPTCatwoman #57 is another solid, if not a slightly mixed bag, issue in The Gotham War saga. Readers who have enjoyed the story so far will find this issue an exciting addition as we get inside the mind of the Cat, but those who haven’t entirely found the crossover their speed will most likely not have their minds changed by this installment.
Comic Book RevolutionCatwoman #57 is the start of the possible turn around the entire Gotham War storyline needed. The story still feels rushed but the introduction of Vandal Savage was a much-needed addition to the story. Hopefully Gotham War focuses more on the strengths shown in Catwoman #57 moving forward.
Comic WatchCatwoman #57 is a mixed bag that works as a solid Catwoman story but fails to deliver on the premise of "Gotham War." Howard’s writing is like a Swiss watch that struggles to capture the explicit tone found in the Batman-led issues. The heist sequences and high society beats are the most natural from the issue and the art channels that sense of fluidity to similar effect. The art also finds itself trapped in that conflicted atmosphere, as the anatomy of Batman feels in sharp contrast to what is on display in Batman. The issue is a disappointing follow-up to a strong opening set of issues, and hopefully, the book can return to the established premise and continue to explore the off-kilter Batman and Catwoman.
Weird Science DC ComicsCatwoman #57 is a slightly better issue compared to the previous Catwoman issues, but all focus is on the Gotham War event, which has a broken foundation right from the start. The art is great, and there are one or two interesting developments in this issue, but the central premise is flawed, and the characters act wildly out of character.
Batman-NewsThis comic is integrally tied to an awful event and even if it wasn’t, it would still be a pretty weak issue. It’s low on content and makes a few moves with characters that throw me off regardless the context of the overall plot. The high points would be the art and some of the better moments of dialogue but neither of these things are particularly impressive either. In the end this is the best The Gotham War has to offer so far and that’s unfortunate.