Batman / Catwoman #9

Writer: Tom King Artist: Liam Sharp Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 22, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 34
6.8Critic Rating
4.9User Rating

Batman and Catwoman may have just gotten back together, but Joker is ready to complicate things by asking Selina for a favor that could lead to Batman’s demise! That’s not the only trick he has up his sleeve…he’s also hiding a secret that will drive Phantasm mad. Plus, Batwoman hunts down her own mother!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 9, 2022

    Batman/Catwoman #9 is another great chapter in Tom King's epic story. While Batman gets top billing, the real story is Selina's journey of discovery about her own nature. But is it the story of her fall from grace " or her redemption? This series is proving to be a fascinating exploration of the character of Catwoman. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 21, 2021

    Sharp delivers some interesting visuals in this issue. There are some over exaggerated visual moments that are disturbing and perfectly fit with the style and aesthetic of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Dec 21, 2021

    DC Comics' BATMAN/CATWOMAN #9 is a beautiful, layered lament. These characters want the simple days of the Golden Age. They want to chase each other over rooftops and laugh when they've been caught. But this creative team is underlining that these characters have poor memories. The times they long for were just as complicated and heartbreaking. Which is really the most heartbreaking thing of all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Dec 21, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #9 makes another case that the series is gaining focus and as a result, makes for an intense and gripping read. Liam Sharp's art is a big reason for this so I'm eager to see how Clay Mann's return affects how the series reads. However, despite some problems I had with the series in its early days, I'm now actively excited to see what comes next. Fans who have stuck around til now should get a lot out of this issue, and those who haven't jumped aboard may want to consider catching up as the series enters its last three issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 21, 2021

    We're almost to the end of what is likely Tom King's final say on his Batman epic (save a stand-alone series starting in March), and it pretty much sums up both the best and worst of King's work. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Dec 23, 2021

    While King brings up some interesting ideas, it's all already been said in his previous Batman work. With such a slow pace, Batman/Catwoman #9 is mostly saved by Sharpe's idiosyncratic art and the genuinely intriguing future plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 21, 2021

    Batman / Catwoman #9 is a beautifully grim work of art from Liam Sharp. If you've been enjoying this series thus far, this issue delivers more of the same plotting from Tom King, with different timelines echoing each other and pieces of the puzzle intentionally left out to obscure the full picture. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 22, 2021

    After an intriguing start, an over-extended middle section we are now in the stages of the final act. We have the pieces set in both the present and the future, leading to, hopefully, a strong and satisfying conclusion. Maybe that will explain what Raven is doing in this book! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 21, 2021

    Batman Catwoman reads like a book spinning its wheels casually awaiting the home stretch so it can try and make sense of everything. At this rate, the odds are low of this being salvaged by some last-minute twist. Read Full Review

  • 3.0 - Nicole Drum Dec 22, 2021

    If you've been holding out for Tom King's Batman/Catwoman to finally pick up and go somewhere or for the multiple storylines to somehow make sense, you will be gravely disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 21, 2021

    If you were looking for this series to finally pick up and go somewhere... Well, like me you'll be sorely disappointed. There's a lot of Liam Sharp fans out there but sadly I'm not a fan of what he's doing with this book and didn't really care for how anything looked this issue and as for the story..... I still feel like I'm waiting for something to happen to make this feel like more than just a vehicle to destroy The Phantasm now that she's in continuity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    UxasIs Dec 24, 2021

    I thought this issue was pretty engaging but I do think tom king got a little lost in his writing techniques here and I felt a lot of this didn't actually make much sense

    But overall i thought it was pretty interesting and the art was amazing

  • 8.0

    What happened to Clay Mann?

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  • 7.5
    JBL Reviews Dec 21, 2021

    I liked some of the ideas here. I hope the end of the series is worth the low points.

  • 7.0
    Hydro-Man Dec 22, 2021

    I don’t hate this as much as everyone else but I understand why they hate it.

    King sold this whole thing as a love letter to Mask of the Phantasm. Nine issues later, it’s really just a love letter to Tom King.

    Oh well… Still much worse on the stands.

  • 6.5
    Linkush Dec 21, 2021

    There are good moments here (Selina and Oswald’s conversation about the old days) and I genuinely enjoy the art (Morrison’s Arkham Asylum vibes) but the pace is so slow and the bio monthly release makes it confusing to follow what’s going on. It feels like King doesn’t know what to do with this story at this point. This should have been a six-issue series instead.

  • 6.0
    DaloneDuarte Dec 21, 2021

    I really don't know where King's going with this story anymore. I mean, some parts really works well separately, but not as one issue. Is just... strange. I don't know how to explain properly. About Sharp's art, some pages are incredibles, others are ugly. It seems like normal to him these days.

  • 5.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 2, 2022

    I like some of this individually. It doesn't work as a whole. I really don't get the point of this series anymore. Why did they make this? What story *had* to be told?

  • 4.0
    Reaper74 Jul 6, 2022

    This book is a mess. It’s all over the place. Goes nowhere and the art is as erratic as the writing. Plus all the meta writing going on just pulls me out. The characters talk as though they are in a comic not as characters with history. Boring and confusing. Not a recipe for anything good.

  • 4.0
    DVE Jan 10, 2022

    When they collect this they need to pay Clay Mann to draw the issues he missed. The Liam Sharp issues effed the flow of this real bad.

  • 4.0
    Afre Dec 21, 2021

    Look, I don't read these just to bash them and complain that Tom King is a hack writer. I read these because I want to be surprised you know? That maybe all my time that I've poured in to this series wasn't for nothing.

    After 9 issues I'm still waiting to be surprised.

    Art was bad. I really didn't like it.

    Writing? Eh. Just. Eh.

    4/10 Tom, please do better.

  • 2.5
    Quinn Dec 22, 2021

    Let me sum up what happens. Selina wants to get out of town, goes to the Penguin, who then turns her in to her own daughter. The end.

    An entire issue that can be summed up with one sentence. What King doesn't do is actually explain why Selina had any sort of relationship with the Joker. He certainly doesn't make a compelling argument for why anyone would actually want to bring the killer of this mass murderer to court.

    With his confusing three time period structure, I get lost. Now I am old and the kids won't get off my lawn, but I am not stupid. I don't appreciate having to try to figure out what is happening when. I don't mind having to concentrate on getting the full subtext, but I draw the line at basic story struc more

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  • 1.5
    Merlyn Dec 21, 2021

    You could tell King was losing it big time when he wrote this, this is giving Bendis a run for his money at writing incoherent bullshit. Honestly, as a parody, this works. It's like a superhero porn parody and there is a scene where if you read it, you certainly can't contradict me. Unfortunately, that's not at all what this book wants to be, this actually takes itself very seriously, so the end result is a nightmare. Oh, and inside the book King refers twice to the couple as Cat/Bat, because like I already said so many times, this isn't actually a Batman book, he's just in the title for helping sales.

    And in case anyone was hoping that after his awful second half of the run and this disaster, DC learned anything and will stop gi more

  • 1.0
    myconius Feb 10, 2022

    at least someone over at DC had the good sense to fire this moron off the main Batman title. it's a mystery why they are still wasting paper printing this dreck.

  • 1.0
    Zazikarion Dec 22, 2021

    This issue is just full of pointless bullshit, the story doesn’t really go anywhere, it’s just full of King’s godawful dialogue. Liam Sharp’s art, while good, definitely isn’t for me.

  • 1.0
    Robin Dec 21, 2021

    Seriously DC, at this point you should realize that not everything by a big writer works. This is absolute trash. Spend money on hiring new young writers to bring you interesting stories.

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Dec 21, 2021

    I keep trying and this book just continues to be awful. I shouldn't be surprised because everything Tom King writes is garbage, but the art by Liam Sharp is also awful, which surprises me.

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