Batman & Catwoman #22

Batman & Catwoman #22

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 17, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 4
7.8Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Bruce Wayne continues to grind through his grief over the death of Damian-but is Catwoman here to help Batman or take advantage of his vulnerable state?

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jul 19, 2013

    If the ending of this issue is any indication, then there may be a light at the end of the tunnel for Bruce and his sadness. Tomasi and Gleason continue to make readers reach for some tissues on a monthly basis, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The last issue of this Stages of Grief storyline is to feature Nightwing, and I've never been more excited and anxious for a comic book in my life. I expect tears, lots and lots of tears. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jul 19, 2013

    Audiences haven't gotten to see much of Bruce's interaction with the fan favorite Bat-family and between Tomasi's deft interaction and Gleason's unique and dynamic visuals, a book like Batman And Catwoman is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 20, 2013

    Again, there's not much in terms of plot going on,* but the studies in character are more than engaging enough for the issue, especially with some outstanding art behind it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jul 23, 2013

    It's a must-read if you love the Batman/Catwoman dynamic and a nice done-in-one issue but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't ready for this grieving process to be over so we can finally get to the Two-Face arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 24, 2013

    Catwoman helps break Batman out of his funk as does Carrie Kelley whose continued perseverance at talking to Damian forces Batman to go to extreme lengths to continue the pretense that his son is still alive. I'm not sure where Carrie will eventually fit in, but any comic with her instead of Harper Row has to be counted as a win. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 20, 2013

    I liked this issue. It was cute, and it was good, quality Batman. The banter between Batman and Catwoman was pretty fun too. Their relationship is kind of up in the air in the New 52, but here it was just fun. Batman isn't one for flirting, but Catwoman can easily support the two of them. He's gruffly entertaining in his own right. Then Batman saving the little girl, and taking her for a ride, was just fantastic. Batman isn't in this business to frighten children, and Tomasi gives us a moment that elevates the whole issue. And considering I've been growing bored with this story, I'm happy for anything that makes this comic fun to read again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jul 17, 2013

    It's no secret that I've thought the last three issues of this book have been pretty off the mark, but this arc finally managed to produce an issue that didn't make me utterly dislike Bruce by page 20. With that, and seeing some quality interaction between both him and Selina, which has been sorely lacking, I found this issue to be rather enjoyable from start to finish... Well, aside from random Two-Face. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Mike Miersen Jul 21, 2013

    Batman and Robin #22 is an issue worth checking out. It meets the bar set by the New 52 Batman titles and is a fitting appetite sate-r while Batman works through "Year Zero." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jul 17, 2013

    Emotions still run high and are plentiful across the book, dont get me wrong, and I love a good superhero scrap as much as the next fellow, but the one in this feels like wasted potential. Its a very small part of the book, which IS part of the problem, but it absolutely doesnt wreck it or make it difficult to recommend. This is one of my favorite entries into this stages of grief storyline and absolutely worth picking up, if for no other reason than the beginning and the ending. Theres also a very interesting tease on the final page that makes me very, very interested in whats down the road for Batman and his partners. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jul 24, 2013

    With Batman and Robin #22 Peter Tomasi shows masterful skills in using everything that has been going on in the New 52 DC Universe to enhance this team-up between Batman and Catwoman. These two characters are natural foils for one another, which is one of the reasons why this relationship is so special within the Batman lore. Their unique chemistry makes the moment that Batman smiles for the first time since Damian's death feel special. Batman smiling was made even better with the prior interaction between Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelly helping to build up that moment. With that said, I hope that Tomasi can use Nightwing's upcoming appearance as a way to get the Two-Face sub-plot back on track. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 17, 2013

    There's an interesting story brewing here as Batman is lying to Carrie and doing a very immoral thing. This is due to being blinded by grief most likely, but seeing Batman exuding a weakness is fascinating stuff. The Catwoman/Batman teamup in this issue is fun to read and looks great, but seems so disjointed from the Carrie stuff it reads like filler. This is a good issue, but it won't blow you away. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jul 21, 2013

    Most of "Batman and Catwoman" #22 is a home run, with a nuanced look at Batman and Catwoman's very complicated relationship and a successful done-in-one story for the two characters. However, Carrie Kelly's very presence as written and illustrated feels like a garish blemish in an otherwise smart and subtle book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Dark Knight News - Gilbert Rivera Jul 21, 2013

    Batman and Catwoman #22 is a very disappointing issue. While it is important to give events like Damian's death breathing room, it is also important to have a story that doesn't just feel like filler. Tomasi has proven he can be a good Batman writer but this team up book is clearly creating problems for him. The smaller plot with Carrie Kelley is nice, but the Catwoman portion just feels very tacked on. Next month will feature Nightwing and should cover the final stage of grief, acceptance, so let's hope this series can stop treading water after that. Read Full Review

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