Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky, Tini Howard Artist: Mike Hawthorne Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 30, 2023 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 33
7.2Critic Rating
4.5User Rating

THE BAT/CAT WAR STARTS HERE! Crime is down in Gotham City... Could that be a bad thing? A coordinated effort in Gotham has led to a reduction in violent crime, but at what cost? Villains scatter as their lives begin to crumble under a new regime. And as Batman recovers from his epic battle through the Multiverse and the horrors of Knight Terrors, one name runs through his mind. One name at the heart of this new, safer Gotham...Catwoman. A conflict that's been brewing for well over a year finally hits the streets, and it will fracture the Bat-Family as war erupts! From bestselling writers Chip Zdarsky and Tini Howard and artists Mike Hawthorne more

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Aug 29, 2023

    The Gotham War ignites with a compelling first issue. Laying exquisite groundwork for the morale (and potentially cataclysmic) events to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 29, 2023

    Damian wants to crush crime no matter the type, Jason openly sympathizes with Catwoman, and Tim struggles to stay loyal to Bruce while the numbers aren't adding up to him. It all comes together into a tragic conclusion that kicks off the war in fully, setting up what might be the most compelling line-specific event out of DC in some time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Dustin Gebel Aug 29, 2023

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War - Battle Lines #1 alleviates much of modern comic's event wariness, using continuity and the string of previous events to fuel an emotionally charged story. Howard and Zdarskys writing plays up the coping mechanisms of its two leads to create a charged conflict that feels natural. Paired with Hawthornes pencils and Di Benedettos inks, which work best when driving up the emotional and internal imagery of the protagonists. The book falters in the execution of the ensemble and only recovers thanks to Fajardos coloring, which blends the fact and fiction of Gotham. Battle Lines #1 shows the cracks in Gotham but proves that DCs publishing initiative is still holding strong. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Aug 29, 2023

    Batman/ Catwoman: The Gotham War Battle Lines #1 is a great start to what promises to be a crossover with real impact. Its a fascinating character study of Catwoman, Batman and the henchmen who work in the shadows of Gothams criminal network. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Max Byrne Aug 29, 2023

    Gotham War: Battle Lines is a superb aperitif for the forthcoming saga. With so many pieces to move into place on the board, Howard and Zdarsky have really hit the ground running. The eternally complicated love story between Bruce and Selina is about to hit a new obstacle that could irrecoverably damage their relationship. Strap in for an explosive run, which will continue next week in Batman #137. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Aug 29, 2023

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 immediately sets the tone of the crossover. Many of the characters aren’t in their right minds as they come into the story, and that is before anything escalates the situation. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Aug 29, 2023

    Hawthorne delivers on the dark and ominous tone of the story with art that is wonderfully stylized and filled with great visual moments. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 2, 2023

    Gotham City doesn't need yet another war, but this first issue lays out the stakes nicely, while leaning into Zdarsky's interesting take on Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. Aug 29, 2023

    The battle between the first couple of Gotham challenges the status quo with an excellent kickoff story. Zdarsky and Howard craft a story grounded in multi-layered writing with the art team spotlighting this conflict is more personal than fighting the good fight. Dont miss this at the local Comic Shops this week! Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Quinn Tassin Sep 4, 2023

    Great writing meets subpar visuals in a solid first chapter in the latest Gotham City crossover Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Connor Boyd Aug 29, 2023

    A solid, if not overly exciting, opening to The Gotham War. It covers some familiar territory and character beats while setting up what could be an intriguing story arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Sep 3, 2023

    This is a story that needed a few more months to breathe and grow naturally post Knight Terrors, as is, it's a bit of a snooze to start. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Aug 29, 2023

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War Battle Lines #1 works overtime to get the latest Batman Family event started. There is a lot of catch-up done for the concept of Catwoman taking over organized crime and Batman's reaction to it. While messy, by the end of this first chapter there is enough solid work to buy into being on the ride that Gotham War will be taking us on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Aug 28, 2023

    Batman/Catwoman: Gotham War - Battle Lines #1 kicks off the Gotham War event with Batman coming out of a long sleep to find Catwoman solving Gotahm's crime problem with a very un-Batman-like approach. The moral dilemma facing Batman is interesting, and the art looks great, but the plan that creates Batman's moral dilemma is riddled (*heh*) with logical flaws that lead you to believe the writers didn't think things through. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Aug 29, 2023

    Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 has an interesting heart at the center of the battle, one that's engaging enough to keep people reading. However, it's a bit of an uneven issue with characterizations that feel a bit off. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 23, 2023

    If you want to see Batman and Catwoman fight over a goofy idea that certain crime is OK while the Bat Family gets divided, this will be your kind of event. From the special alone this seems like an event that's going to get stretched out for the sake of dragging it out across multiple issues and months with no meaningful payoff in the end. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Aug 30, 2023

    What happens when the goal is finally in reach just not the way Batman himself would do it? That is, at is core, the premise of Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War Battles Lines #1, but while the idea of seeing Batman come to clash with Catwoman over ideology as Gotham finally gets as close to safe as it has ever been is a hell of a premise, unfortunately the execution of this issue just doesn't deliver on it. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Aug 29, 2023

    : This opening doesn't spell good things for this event going forward. For now I'll hold out hope that as the plot develops something more interesting goes down but as of right now I can't recommend this event. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Screaming Enigma Sep 13, 2023

    I genuinely don't understand a lot of the hate for this book. Batman has been good since the start of Zdarsky's run on it. As for Catwoman, I've mainly enjoyed Howard's run on it, even if the last chunk of issues weren't my favorite. Speaking of that latter run, I feel as though it's gotten an unnecessary amount of criticism. I feel as though that criticism has now come to this one-shot. It's crazy to see a majority of the people hating on this book are also shifting the blame to Howard as much as they can. I'm not going to act as though I think Howard is one of the greatest writers ever or even one of the absolute best out there currently. Personally, I would consider Zdarsky a better writer than her based solely on what I've read in this more

  • 8.0
    Afre Aug 29, 2023

    I liked it. I'm interested to see where the premise goes.

  • 7.5
    BirdmanG07 Sep 11, 2023

    I thought this setup nicely, putting Bruce in a position where he has to question what he’s doing. Apparently I’m disagreed with but I’m curious to see where this goes.

  • 6.5
    sawright20 Aug 30, 2023

    Alright folks, I’m going to give this the benefit of the doubt, mostly because I think Zdarsky is doing some interesting things with Batman. Bruce’s desperate belief that he needs to maintain the persona of “Batman”—that of a relentless crime fighter who cannot show any display of humanity—has been a really good deconstruction of the character, and the fact that crime has gone down in his absence only adds to the doubts about his abilities that have been plaguing him.

    Unfortunately, Catwoman’s plan is pretty stupid, but I am willing to accept that what she has been doing has worked so far. Many people have complained that her scheme would not actually work, and I feel like there’s a good chance that as this story more

  • 5.0
    Mout Sep 11, 2023

    There's something here, but this ain't it

  • 4.0
    derbycomics Aug 31, 2023

    If you’ve ever wondered how to make a battle between Batman and Catwoman boring, I’d suggest reading this week’s BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE GOTHAM WAR — BATTLE LINES #1. This opening salvo failed to deliver on an interesting societal dilemma meant to set up DC’s next cross-over event after “Knight Terrors” (which ended this week and had it’s own warts).

    The event’s prologue, written by Tini Howard and Chip Zdarsky, opens up with an attempt to set the stage by revealing Batman has been…asleep. Yes, Bruce Wayne fell asleep for 8 weeks. Perhaps he was worn out from having to read the Knight Terrors event (in-story they explain the event itself took so much from him) or maybe Howard and Zdarsky just needed to fast forwa more

  • 4.0
    daspidaboy Aug 30, 2023

    I am going to be honest, I actually had some high hopes for this event. Batman usually has good comic book events, and unpopular opinion: I really liked Joker War, Fear State, and Shadow War. I think its cool that Batman had his own trilogy of good comic book events. This is going to be a long answer.

    This event however.... well lets just say the event started off on the wrong foot. Now, I am going to say that I'm not a corporate boot licker, or that I'm not one of those political people. I am a moderate Democrat, but I really dont care if you are going to put in politics in comic books. Just focus on writing a good story, then politics next.

    First: The Art. I dont know what is going on, maybe Jorge Jiminez is taking a more

  • 4.0
    ResearchReader Aug 29, 2023

    Zdarsky has lost his way. He himself is a good enough writer, but he constantly learns on poor writers to help him develop ideas and it shows. We saw how the Failsafe arc ended (The insane/dumb way Batman makes it back from the Moon was Ryan Norths idea as stated by Chip).

    Now he works with Tini, a writer who books constantly drop after she takes over and who much of the time has her books cancelled due to how poorly they are written. It is clear this 'event' is being used to boost the faltering Catwoman sales and it shows.

    This issue is a mess. I don't really want to go into more detail as it is depressing to contemplate this book, but skip it. Skip this event. Its not worth your money or time. Even if you are a comp more

  • 3.0
    darkknight of steel Aug 29, 2023

    Well it was an awful issue regarding selina they couldnot have written her worse than this if you are even slightly a selina kyle fan you will definatly get headache by reading it like the worst portral of the character i have seen in ages
    The real selina wouldnot talk to bruce like this, she is smart and doesnot make stupid decisions she is caring and a great woman but here we see an emotionless cold woman who is so idiot and only she cares about is her and her stupid plan i am pretty damn sure i will understand zorenar aproach and characrer much more than selina in this event
    To be brief: it is such an awful time to be a selina kyle fan

  • 3.0
    Stormwrath Aug 29, 2023

    I'm a fan of Zdarsky, you can tell when he is writing Batman that his voice is good, but its lost in the middle of uninteresting and bad storylines. You can tell when its Zdarsky or Tini Howard writing and thats a bad sign for an event...

  • 2.5
    thecimmerian Aug 29, 2023

    I'd just be repeating everything these other fine reviewers have expressed so I won't go into detail. DC doesn't have to let writers like Tini Howard ruin their characters by letting them do any stupid thing they want. Rein it in. Pay editors better and let them do their jobs and maybe we could avoid this kind of garbage. From Knight Terrors to this??? Are they trying to drive us away?

  • 1.5
    ItsJess Aug 29, 2023

    I expected the worst and am still baffled as to how terrible this is.

    The foundation of the event is still ridiculous. You cannot just pay the majority of criminals not to commit crime. You certainly cannot find the millions of dollars in funds (MONTHLY) necessary to do so by stealing jewels from a hundred or so billionaires in the city. They would leave the city. They would put hits out on you. They would hire armed security. These trained thieves would die or quickly be arrested, and furthermore how the hell are dozens or hundreds of thieves going to hit the same 100 billionaires constantly without stepping on each other's toes? And they're going to give away 15% of their earnings to charity? Bullshit.

    The plan is st more

  • 1.0
    JBL Reviews Aug 30, 2023

    Tini Howard once again doesn't know how to do anything except fan fiction stories. Zdarsky is a good writer, but even he couldn't save this mess.

  • 1.0
    Ebonyc Aug 29, 2023

    Absolute garbage

  • 1.0
    BR Havoc Aug 29, 2023

    I can't think of a worse kick off issue to an event. Truly terrible from Tini and Chips idiotic premise to Hawthorne's very rushed and sloppy art. Nothing works and I feel this event will just get people to drop Batman. Since no one reads Tini's Catwoman I can only hope Gotham Wars' failure will cause DC to finally wake up and remove her from Selina. With a new writer being tasked to rehab the character.

  • 1.0
    liolia Aug 29, 2023

    This is terrible. Selina's characterization in this is awful, but other characters come off poorly too.

    It's really painful to read this and see how much all the things which made Catwoman likeable get destroyed. She comes off as a stupid, abusive, cruel villain in this. I cannot fathom how someone can take this character - Tom King's "love means caring for someone, that's all that love is" will play in my head forever - and turn her into this asshole who screams at her ex-fiancee and gloats that his parents' murder was justified because they were wealthy and their killer wanted money. Her denigration of Bruce's mission in order to promote stupid Twitter hashtags of "eat the rich" speak to her stupidity and ineptitude. His chari more

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