Batman/Catwoman #2

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 20, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 50
7.8Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

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Phantasm has come to Gotham City! Andrea Beaumont, the one-time love of Bruce Wayne, is looking for her lost child, and she’s pretty sure The Joker is involved. So, who better to have as an ally than Batman? And what better way to get to Batman than through Catwoman? It’s a knotted history for this costumed quartet, spanning past, present, and future. What The Joker did to Selina Kyle at the beginning of her career will have deadly consequences at the end of their lives. Tom King’s ultimate tale of the Dark Knight kicks into high gear as the story roars down the avenues only hinted at in the pages of Batman.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Jan 19, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #2 is another impressive issue of King and Mann's stellar series. There is a lot of interesting things happening in the world of Batman right now. But in my estimation, Batman/Catwoman is the most exciting of the lot. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 20, 2021

    The two of them are just doing an incredible job on this book. I am looking forward to seeing where this creative team takes us from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jan 19, 2021

    DC Comics' Batman Catwoman #2 might be predictable, but it will still keep you on the edge of your seat. It's no less chaotic for its predictability. King, Mann, Morey and Cowles are writing a love letter to comics and they're not letting twists or tropes get in the way. They're writing a quality story that takes its own consequences seriously. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 19, 2021

    Overall, aside from some slight confusing shifts when switching timelines, this is one of the best DC books at the moment and the strongest King Bat-story we've gotten in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Jan 20, 2021

    A fun, exciting revenge story told with truly wonderful art. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 19, 2021

    Clay Mann delivers some beautiful imagery throughout this issue. Not only are the action scenes well done and filled with energy, but the interpersonal moments are brilliantly staged and executed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Jan 18, 2021

    Batman Catwoman #2 is available today at your local comic shop as well as digital download from your preferred retailer. Make sure you add this one to the top of your reading pile because it is one you are not going to want to wait on. Make sure you guys let us know what you thought of the issue by leaving your comments down below! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 19, 2021

    When all is said and done, Batman Catwoman #2 delivers a solid continuation of its storyline. Things are happening in the book at a greater speed than I expected, and hopefully, they will come together to pay off in the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Jan 19, 2021

    While frustrated with the all the time jumps, I am enjoying the story that King is telling " especially the one revolving around The Phantasm. While issue #1 focused more on Andrea Beaumont, Batman/Catwoman #2 gives us just enough of Phantasm to get excited for what is to come without revealing too much. Seeing her systematically going after Joker's henchmen has me very excited as to where this story is going. Additionally as expected, we get some call backs to King's initial run on Batman that ultimately ends Batman/Catwoman #2 with a stunning visual that will definitely raise some eyebrows. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Jan 19, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #2 utilizes many of the same tricks as last month's issue, but with lesser results. The premise of the book is clear, but King's narrative structure has drawn battle lines within his own story. It's near impossible to not prefer one of the three competing plotlines at play here, especially since it's not clear how they'll all click together. I have faith in King and Mann to deliver the goods on an aesthetic level, but King's scripting should be wary of focusing more on form than function as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 19, 2021

    While Batman/Catwoman #2 boasts beautiful art and promising plots, it's also is a frustrating comic. The pacing and the confusing timeline transitions dragged down my enjoyment level, and also made it difficult to judge the comic on its own merits, instead of as a whole when the entire story's completed. This certainly feels more like a chapter in a book rather than an individual issue that stands on its own. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jan 19, 2021

    This series continues to give me stories that I'm legitimately interested in and that I'm looking forward to seeing more of. In addition, the art in this book is top tier and might be one of the prettiest books in DC's lineup. That said, there are blatant mistakes when it comes to continuity and one of the three stories in this issue becomes stale and uninteresting. It is offset by the good parts of this book, but the mistakes are so glaring that I cannot bring me to ignore them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 19, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #2 isn't a bad comic but on its own, it doesn't stand out. What should be major moments fall flat. The art is muddled in some ways though individual panels are beautiful. The comic could be so much more with some minor tweaks and changes. As is, the hype and high profile of the comic works against it. It should be so much better. This is one you might want to wait until its collected to dive into. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jan 19, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #2 delivers some of the most incredible, intimate, and unsettling art in any Batman book currently on the shelves, despite it coming up short with thin plotting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jan 20, 2021

    Not a bad book, but certainly not a great one, Batman/Catwoman #2 is enjoyable enough but that only holds if you remain on the surface. Any real scrutiny just weakens the whole issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 19, 2021

    Maybe King can pick up the pace soon, but with 10 more issues to go it seems like this is going to be another long delayed Batman arc payoff. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Jan 19, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman is a strange experience, one that likely will not be worth it for people who aren't already heavily invested in Tom King's Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Nihilist Jan 19, 2021

    At this point King's Batman seems like nothing more than self indulgent gibberish. As I said while reviewing issue #1, his Batman/Catwoman suffers from every single critical flaw known from his long running Batman series, but amplified significantly.
    In a way King reminds me of other famous writers and creators, artists, who lost themselves in their work. Chrisopher Nolan with Tenet, Quentin Tarantino with The Hateful Eight, Nicolas Winding Refn with Drive, The Wachowskis with Speed Racer. You get what I mean? You can love results of their work, but I feel like every single of them tapped themselves on their shoulders every day of the work, admiring their craft, self congratulating every decision they made along the way and doing their more

  • 3.0
    AsgersWeb Jan 19, 2021

    -Pros

    The art is amazing

    There is a scene towards the end that feels genuinely scary, props to King's script and Mann's art

    ...
    That is what's good

    -Cons

    The structure of the narrative is way off. There is no resemblance of an actual ongoing story. It just jumps from this to that to this and to that, it's insane and not in a good way.

    In traditional Tom King Batman fashion the dialogue is incredibly stilted. No one talks like actual people.

    Another problem that doesn't only have an effect on this book but a good portion of Black Label books is that this shouldn't be a black label book. Nothing about this book is R-Rated, which I'm perfectly fine with, if it more

  • 9.0
    FuzzyCracker Jan 19, 2021

    Not for those who need everything to be spoonfed to them.

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  • 8.5
    vivek Jan 19, 2021

    I liked most every part, I have no problem understanding the timeline like others, except the portrayal of Selina which I did not like at all.

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  • 4.0
    Afre Jan 19, 2021

    Maybe I shouldn't read King's comics, I never am happy after that but every time I pick one and read them...

    And it doesn't hurt that I really enjoy Mann's art here, it is excellent.

    As for the story? Well, the best I can summarize it: it's like 4 different tv shows are going at the same time, you watch each one of them and just switch channels after 2 minutes to another show just so that you can keep track on what is happening. Surprisingly, it doesn't work.

    Well, I usually don't get that kind of experience when reading a comic but King makes it happen. And because he does, I don't care about anything that happens in any of the stories. It's hard to start even investing in this. The word messy is thrown a more

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Jan 19, 2021

    My main issue is that this is not a book about Batman at all, DC just inserted him in the title for sales, it's a Catwoman book. And Catwoman just owns the Bat, King continues the trope of the submissive man and the dominating woman, I guess he really is into that. The art is splendid, Mann is just great. It would also be really great if King would stop inserting songs into every single comic he writes, I know he thinks it's clever but it's really not.

  • 5.0
    KFuqua Jan 20, 2021

    As usual, Tom King's writing is terrible and he still doesn't know how to write Batman.

    The art is great, though!

  • 9.0
    BatSlayer Jan 22, 2021

    Excellent issue! The art of Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey is just outstanding! I love the narration of 3 timelines that Tom King is using for the serie. Like the previous issue there is an atmosphere in this book abstolutly amazing.

  • 7.5
    Crimson Knight Feb 10, 2021

    I feel like there's something own the horizon but this barely got us anywhere. I enjoyed it for what it was and the arts fantastic but I expected more. Again I enjoyed but was still disappointed.

  • 7.0
    Psycamorean Jan 19, 2021

    This will probably read better in trade, but as its own thing, it's just... Messy. Sure, these things do line up. There's an overarching narrative. But I feel like the capitalization of the three timelines thing isn't worth the messy feeling it produces. If it were handled better, if each story managed to work in tandem to produce a whole greater than the sum of its parts, it wouldn't be a problem. And this issue is definitely trying that, I recognize. But I'm kinda left just shrugging my shoulders. Not exactly excited for what comes next, but not disliking what I've read so far. It's fine. Which is an improvement over last issue... And the entirety of King's Batman ongoing series... So, I guess you could call this a positive review.

  • 6.5
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 25, 2021

    This is great. I am glad King gets to finish his Batman story the way he wants to.
    The Joker innuendos are cringy as ever,so Catwoman's retaliation on the final page hits paydirt.
    Catwoman's posterior never looked better by the way, hats off to Mann.
    The only drawback is the lack of Batman in this title, at this point this should have been called Catwoman/Joker , but only time will tell.

  • 5.0

    Better than issue #1, but since #1 wasn't very impressive that isn't saying much. Mann's art is well done enough but the story really just doesn't have too much to offer. I've always enjoyed the animated "Mask of the Phantasm" movie, but never felt it should have any part with comic continuity since it was really just "Year 2" told in a different manner (Like Andrea being the Phantasm instead of her father or Joker being involved as Beaumont's killer instead of Joe Chill, the man who killed the Waynes). There's no detail to the version of the story in this continuity, adding to the confusion (Like a character that was never part of anything but animated continuity till now).
    I'm also confused as to when the present installment of this more

  • 3.0
    fenixalasnegras Jan 19, 2021

    I thought this number was going to improve but the abuse of flash back is too much, not concrete, we see a selfish and lying Selina and a Batman who does not happen to suspect.
    The subject of the relationship between the Joker and her is annoying, that codependent relationship does not really attract, first Joker with Batman and now with Selina who ends up murdering him.

  • 3.0
    Talon1load Jan 31, 2021

    The art looks great. The story, continues to be bullshit. If you enjoy Kings schizophrenic storytelling then you'll probably enjoy this. If you prefer any sort of coherent story though,don't waste your time.

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