Batman/Catwoman #1

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 2, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 68
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At last, Tom King returns to the rocky, romantic saga of Batman and Catwoman with his Heroes in Crisis collaborator, superstar artist Clay Mann!
Echoing plot points from King’s epic Batman run, this sweeping tale is told across three timelines: the past, when the Bat and the Cat first fell in love; the present, where their union is threatened by one of Batman’s lost loves; and the future, where the couple have a happy life and legacy-including their daughter Helena, the Batwoman. And as the story begins, after a long marriage, Bruce Wayne passes away-which frees Selina Kyle to settle an old score.
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  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 1, 2020

    Tom King has shown us that he can work wonders with the 12 issue maxiseries format in Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon, and Strange Adventures. Batman/Catwoman #1, makes it clear that he's about to do his magic yet again. I look forward to seeing where this story takes us over the next year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Dec 2, 2020

    Seriously though, this is a great book and a fantastic example of the quality of maybe not cannon storytelling that the Black Label can deliver. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Dec 2, 2020

    I had high expectations going into this book. I'm happy to say that this issue exceeded them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Dec 1, 2020

    DC Comics' BATMAN/CATWOMAN #1 is a meditation on the interlocking lives of crimefighters, and the scars they leave on one another. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 1, 2020

    Clay Mann's art is sublime. The imagery is sophisticated, beautifully done and filled with glorious details. A fantastic looking issue from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Dec 1, 2020

    Strong art, a smart premise, and a few surprises lead to this being the rather explosive start to a promising series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 1, 2020

    It's not a perfectly smooth read, but it's a fascinating launch that sets up what's sure to be a year-long classic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Dec 1, 2020

    This series very much feels like it will be the ultimate coda to King's Batman run, for good or for ill. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Dec 4, 2020

    Batman/Catwoman #1 is not without flaws, but its strong foundation and character work more than make up for them. I think if the team can successfully build upon this groundwork, and the transitions become a bit more definitive, this has the potential to be their best work with the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Dec 1, 2020

    Batman Catwoman #1 is available today so make sure you pick up a copy at your local shop and let us know what you thought of the first issue by leaving a comment below! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Dec 1, 2020

    Batman/Catwoman #1 is my kind of comic, but I do understand how some fans could find it frustrating. There are enough breadcrumbs dropped in this first issue to whet a reader's appetite, and, if you can wrap your head around the time hops, I'm sure you'll be hooked. Of course, this means that this book won't be for everybody, but fans of Tom King's Batman run will find plenty to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Harvey Moreno Dec 1, 2020

    Whether or not you loved King's run on Batman you should give this one a go. Heck, give the first two a go. If there's one thing he knows how to do, it's turn a story on its side. With a bit of distance between his run and this story, coupled with the flexibility of a Black Label imprint, we should expect some interesting things from this arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Dec 1, 2020

    Batman/Catwoman #1 is a great opening issue that plays with memory and non-linear storytelling, but also manages to establish an intriguing mystery with a dash of romance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Dec 1, 2020

    I feel that there is a great foundation here for King to tell a fantastic story. Early on, we are introduced to a character that definitely raised my eyebrows. Combine that with the accompanying story line, and I'm excited to see where this story takes us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Dec 2, 2020

    The much anticipated Batman/Catwoman #1 is finally here and while it's not a perfect book, it's one that lives up to the hype. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dom Berardi Dec 6, 2020

    Fans of Batman and Catwomans romantic relationship, Batman: The Animated Series, Tom Kings run on Batman, and just Batman mystery lovers will surely enjoy Batman Catwoman #1 thoroughly. There are plenty of nods and references to the other Batman stories before but this certainly feels like its own story and one that will likely be enjoyed by fans for years to come. Be sure to get this issue and follow along with the story! Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 2, 2020

    Comic fans, this is merely a bad story masked with some of the best art around and fluffed up with bells and whistles. But, there is no story here. Just a ton of fanfare for BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES and the BAT-CAT relationship groomed so well in King's own BATMAN run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 1, 2020

    Batman/Catwoman #1 is a bad start, it's just not as engaging as it thinks it is. There's some great ideas and each era could be a hell of a story by itself. The issue is that there's too much attempted in the first issue with not enough time spent on each. It makes for a beginning that sets things up but doesn't feel satisfying by itself. It's the teaser before a film's credit. It can catch your attention but rarely is it good by itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 8, 2020

    Mostly set-up, the first issue jumps from story to story (at times more effectively than others). Although teased, we don't get the Phantasm here, although there is plenty of foreboding about how tragically events will unfold. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Dec 1, 2020

    This was a very odd read for me. After Batman 50, I'm not sure where my heart is with this. Do not fret, for I will be here to tell you EXACTLY what I think of this. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 2, 2020

    For better or worse, Tom King picks up directly where he left off with Batman/Catwoman #1. The pacing of this issue was a reminder why I was left so conflicted with how King ended his run on the main Batman series. There are certainly plot elements to be intrigued by as someone who read all of King's Batman work. Unfortunately, the way King told the story in Batman/Catwoman #1 was its own worst enemy as notable character moments ended up falling flat. Unless you read all of King's Batman workI recommend waiting for this series when it comes out in trade format to see how it is receive as the story develops. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 7, 2020

    The structure of this issue is almost incomprehensible, and after multiple readings, I'm still unclear as to what happened when. That said, it's a really good looking comic book that makes me think I don't need to read the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Dec 1, 2020

    This book is really only for people who already like Tom King. If you don't, this book will drive you through the roof! I cannot recommend this book if you disliked Tom King or were on the fence about him. I like Tom King, and even I think this issue is a bit much. However, despite its sloppy execution, the actual stories in this book are very interesting to me. Each of the three interwoven stories are intriguing. I just wish they were a bit more concise. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Dec 1, 2020

    When all is said and done, Batman Catwoman #1feels Ike a bit of a stumble coming out of the gate. While there is certainly enough here to build on, it isnt the strongest start Ive read. Hopefully, the story will deliver a worthwhile payoff as it continues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Dec 1, 2020

    Batman/Catwoman #1 is too clever for its own good. The story juxtaposes sexuality and death, offering up a bewildering story that leans on two entirely different Batman canons. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 1, 2020

    Tomeu Moreys color work is striking with the death pale skin tone of a Joker victim to the subtle traces of blood and dirt.If this first issue was an indication, Batman Catwoman is going to be a lot of style over substance. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Dec 4, 2020

    A lifeless story is held together by a competent art team that arent bringing their A game. Only those heavily invested in Kings take on Batman should read this. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Dec 1, 2020

    As much as Batman/Catwoman wants to be a summation of everything Batman can be, it serves too many masters to accomplish much at all. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Nihilist Dec 1, 2020

    I've had displeasure to follow King's Batman run since #1, and I admit, I enjoyed first two story arcs of it. That's the reason why for such a long time I've been giving him a second, and third, and fourth, and nth chance, hoping this time he's going to lead the story... somewhere, anywhere, really. But nope. His run was a hollow and meaningless soap opera with plotline after plotline getting cut halfway, to either be picked up in a lazily written half assed crossover like The Button, or be forgotten for good with no resolution.
    Sufficed to say, I've been there, and seen what King does to pretend he has a story to tell. His use of repetition, public domain poems/songs, disjoint sequences, retrospections and out of character dialogues h more

  • 4.0
    Psycamorean Dec 1, 2020

    Uhhh, this was something! I really didn't think much of it. I found that the constant switching of the timelines was more annoying than interesting. Not a ton happens in this issue, even still. I know it's only issue one, but there's no hook here for me. Maybe if I had seen Mask of the Phantasm, I'd be more interested in what's happening in the present timeline? I don't know. The only part of this issue that I really think was worth the read was seeing future Joker pop out of his makeup and wig. That's it. The rest, unfortunately, just feels like more of Tom King's Batman, which I found unbearably vapid. I was hoping, for some reason, that his writing would change or be better. Something about the constraints of having 12 issues may have he more

  • 2.0
    Foxter Dec 2, 2020

    Omg Tom King can’t write to save his life. He thinks that making a character LGTB ( I am myself btw) is good characterisation or invalidate all criticism.

    Btw, what if the headlock in cover were the other way around....

  • 1.0
    Bat-ears99 Dec 1, 2020

    Hate this interpretation of The Joker with a passion. Involving his character in the story at all was a bad idea.

    The character is so overused as of late. Just stop writing him for a couple of years, see if there’s any way to recover from the overwhelming edginess of what he’s become. He's my favorite villain, but I dread his every appearance in current comics when you just know he's gonna be this unfunny scumbug. I wish we can go back to actual fun Joker stories.

    King gave the Joker the worst, the most boring future I can think of. There are so many different directions he could go with Joker and he chose the worst possible one. (Plus it reminds me of that horrible version of the Joker from the cringy Harley Qui more

  • 10
    Swift Planet Dec 1, 2020

    As someone who loved Tom King's run on Batman and had to be disappointed by the decision he wouldn't get to tell his full Batman story, and honestly I have been very indifferent with Tynion IV's take on him so far... I loved this. The presentation was amazing, from the way the chapters are introduced, to the great looking art and costumes.

    I already know a common complaint is going to be how convoluted it seems with all the plots happening at once, but it really is simple. Since it is a Christmas story, remember there is a Past, Present, and Future... kind of like A Christmas Carol. I have no idea if that was intentional.

  • 1.0
    fenixalasnegras Dec 1, 2020

    No please, I thought I thought I was going to vomit because of the dizziness with all those flashbacks to the past, the future without explanation, I completely hated this number, I think this series will be put aside.

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  • 3.0
    SONOFBATMANN Dec 2, 2020

    This is not good.

    I personally have no problems with disjointed, nonlinear, or triptych storytelling. What I do have a problem with is when an incompetent writer makes a mockery out of the technique.

    Clay Mann's art is wasted on this series. Just a clip-show of ass shots and Bat/Cat tongue hockey.

    I like Mask of the Phantasm and BTAS but they've never been the "greatest Batman adaptation" in my eyes (I save that for The Brave & The Bold). I could really care less for Andrea Beaumont, but I do think that King will end up butchering her and other lifts from BTAS.

    Regardless, King's Batman is not for me and in general far from what the Caped Crusader should be. I'm still sticking with Strange Adventu more

  • 1.5
    Wildmercy Dec 2, 2020

    This is not how you write a nonlinear comic book. The cartooning was amazing along with the colors.

  • 10
    GTMay Dec 1, 2020

    Gorgeous art and fantastic writing.

  • 9.0
    Skyrotic Dec 1, 2020

    Most of the negative reviews seem to be fixated on the writers previous work on the character rather than focusing on the issue that their reviewing.
    This was a pretty good issue on it's own merit and much better than the majority of King's Batman.
    The fast transitions between different timelines was a bit jarring but other than that - I liked this issue.
    Interested to see where Andrea's path takes her now that she's officially debuted in mainline DC canon.

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  • 9.0
    Linkush Dec 1, 2020

    A bit confusing at times but extremely beautiful and complex way to start.

  • 8.0
    Crimson Knight Dec 1, 2020

    I liked it. As far as intros to a story goes it was pretty solid but knowing King this will get better (hopefully). I really enjoyed Tom King's Batman and I'm really hoping I enjoy this book just as much.

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Feb 26, 2021

    I found the hopping around in time to be a little annoying I’ll be real with you.

  • 4.0

    What the H was this? It made so little sense, provided so little amusement. What's with all the animated series characters who were never part of the regular continuity before? Does Tom King even know the difference? The man lost his touch with the pitiful wedding story and has gone downhill since. This shows he hasn't gotten it back either. Why not try another hero? From what I see DC themselves are his biggest fans. I already ordered the next 2 issues, but doubt I'll get any more if it stays this poor. I don't know how they expect to keep this boring plot going for 12 whole issues. But if things don't improve I doubt I'll even bother to finish it. Definitely NOT worth $5 an issue, that's for dang sure. May this be Tom King's final Batman more

  • 3.5
    JBL Reviews Dec 4, 2020

    WTH was that?

  • 2.0
    tgrealy Dec 6, 2020

    I created an account just to review this. This book is dreadful. Avoid at all costs.

    Summed up in one word: incoherent.

  • 1.5
    fearUhavemeisenough Dec 3, 2020

    love art and hate the puzzle, the writer visibly does not know how to make a story catch you giving fragments and pieces, I have READ books where these types of scenes are made, it is difficult, therefore not everyone has that ability and that that is captured.
    The cliche of the worst young enemy, the hero who dies before and the life that is not known why it now turns out to be his BF. This dropped this job a lot.

  • 1.5
    RedKSuperman Dec 6, 2020

    Meh...Pointless fan fiction at best. Thank God they stuck Tom King on this book though to finish out his contract obligation.

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  • 1.0
    prettythief Dec 3, 2020

    what was this excuse me, I see many neuroticized people because there are quite a few others who did not like the book. But seriously, what was this? He has no head or tail and I'm used to non-linear stories, but what cat is going to give the bad news to Batman's Joker ?????? And this is not the first story where they put Selina and old woman and Bruce dead, as if nobody likes them together. I just don't understand it and please respect the comments of others so don't come trolling, thanks.
    pd the art is impeccable, it is the only redeemable for me in this story.

  • 1.0
    PeteRick Dec 6, 2020

    Just the same level of garbage you'd expect from King!!

  • 10
    JSaucedo Dec 1, 2020

    Delightful art and interesting story.

  • 10
    Darknight Dec 18, 2020

    I loved 🦇🐈♥️. It is a fully recommended read for all comic book lovers and a must read for all Bat / Cat fans.
    The art is extraordinary, each panel is perfectly drawn and colored, I already wish I could do something at that level, it would be a dream.
    King's writing for me is brilliant, from everything I have read to this day, Tom King, is in my opinion, the author who best develops the relationship between Bruce and Selina. the way he tells the plot is glorious, it feels so natural and the characterization of the characters is brutal, the story that it tells us from the Batman series that continues now in Batman / Catwoman has become one of my favorite stories of all time, it really paid off every second of waiting.

  • 9.5
    FuzzyCracker Dec 1, 2020

    Best start to a Batman series all year, and finally a Joker story that isn't cliched drivel. Nice to finally get a good Batman story after how comically bad Three Jokers ended up being.

  • 9.0
    BatSlayer Jan 22, 2021

    What a great introduction! A lot of surprises and of course the art of Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey is absolutly magnificent. Tom King narration is really instresting, and the atmosphere of this book is amazing.

  • 8.5

    A good start.

  • 8.5
    Toonstrack Dec 2, 2020

    I didnt follow Kings run but I know aboht the mixed reception its gotten. What I have read from King which is little, I quite enjoyed. Clay Mann whoever is one of my favorite comic artists working right now. All things considered I decided to give this a shot.

    Not sure what all the hating reviews are about honestly? This issue isn't gonna blow anyone away, but as set up I really, really like what they are going for here. It hops all over the place in time, with only the art to que you in. Its daring but at works, at least this issue.

    Its a straightforward plot thus far but you can tell its going to be very complex as it goes. Also Phantasm will be in this book but you knew that. I havent seen Mask of the Phantas more

  • 8.0
    OldAgeWarrior Dec 1, 2020

    It should have been called Catwoman/Batman lol

  • 8.0
    BronzeAgeHuman Feb 2, 2021

    This takes the "three time periods" device that King is currently using in the highly praised Strange Adventures, and applies it to Batman, Catwoman, and the Joker. Like Strange Adventures, the time jumps here are a bit jarring at first, but you get used to it and it helps to build a sense of mystery about the events of the issue.

    Admittedly, it's a lot of mystery, and so it's a little hard to know if the story is moving in a satisfying direction at this point. However, the relationships depicted are interesting enough to keep me reading, and it doesn't hurt that the art is gorgeous I don't love the way Mann draws Selina's face in a few scenes, but there are multiple panels that could easily become iconic depictions of their s more

  • 8.0
    YeeHaw McGraw Mar 31, 2021

    Clearly this is a setup issue but it's a good set-up to me. Great to see Phantasm in a DC Comic. Looking forward to what King/Mann/Morey have in store!

  • 6.0
    Triseult Dec 1, 2020

    As excited as I am to return to Tom King's Batman, the time jumps were too jarring and made a pretty straightforward tale confusing. I'm also a bit annoyed that we're spending time in the future, because, as lovely as that future was in the Annual, we all know it will never survive the whims of future writers. As such, it feels like a bit of a waste of time.

  • 6.0
    Liem Duong Dec 2, 2020

    The latter half of this story doesn't make any sense. Its switching too much to quickly that I can't catch on what its trying to do. Also, enough with the sex on the roof.

  • 5.0
    Afre Dec 3, 2020

    I used to like King's writing but that changed after issue 50. Now? Well. It is not bad. But King likes to show multiple timelines at the same time, it makes reading this a very annoying thing to do. "Good" to se he hasn't changed.

    I actually liked some of the things we had there. But it was so annoying to read. And the writing on the Joker was... eh. Not good.

    The art is great and having Phantasm here is not a bad thing. But please King, focus on one time and if you are hellbent on showing flashbacks, make on issue focusing on them.

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