Batman/Catwoman #3

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 17, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 53
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It’s been The Joker all along, you see.
Selina Kyle knows this. Early in her career as Catwoman, he was there to mess things up for her. Same with later, when she and Batman were finally getting together...for the third time, but still. That time stuck. No thanks to The Joker. Or to Phantasm, who now has her sights set on Catwoman because she thinks that will be her in to get after The Joker herself. And she has to do it before Batman gets to him first.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 16, 2021

    With Batman/Catwoman #3, the threads are starting to weave together. It's still too soon to see where King is taking this story, but so far it's a fascinating journey. With top-notch work from King and Mann, this book is always goes to the top of my reading list when a new issue arrives. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 18, 2021

    I am enjoying this run so far, but I am concerned that the pace is going to come back and haunt this series. I guess only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 16, 2021

    This is definitely inspired by King's more stand-alone, cerebral work as much as his Batman run, and it's paying off. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 16, 2021

    Clay Mann delivers some beautifully detailed and impressive art throughout this issue. There is a dark beauty to the visuals in this story and the art plays into the tension of the story especially in the scenes between mother and daughter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 16, 2021

    Too much of Future State traded in a sense of anything can happen with a depressing notion that the heroes' work ultimately is in vain. Catwoman helped to prove a reminder that just staying true to the characters can lead to organic fun that doesn't need to get squashed out for the same of high drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Feb 16, 2021

    We are finally getting some real juice to this story "and for the first time, I am eagerly awaiting the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Feb 16, 2021

    DC Comics' Batman Catwoman continues to humanize a mythos that feels huge. King, Mann, Morey and Cowles tell a story of heroism that is tainted by the grit of our day-to-day ethics. It's not black and white, it's not right and wrong: it's complicated and messy. And with every new issue, it promises to get messier. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Feb 16, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #3 finally starts tethering plot points together to create a compelling exploration of Catwoman's dual life as both a vigilante and a criminal. The pull Joker and Batman had on her is similar to the pull her daughter, Batwoman, has on her in the future, which proves to be quite the intense melodrama. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Feb 17, 2021

    Bat Cat #3 is available today so make sure you pick it up and add it to the top of your reading pile as this is my most recommended DC story out today! Let us know what you thought of the issue by leaving your comments below. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jim Malakwen Feb 22, 2021

    While not as action-packed as the previous chapter, this issue adequately sets up the mystery of Selina's connection with The Joker and creates a sense of dread for her encounter with The Phantasm. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Ryan Perry Feb 16, 2021

    King and Mann's contradictory depictions of Catwoman define this otherwise enjoyable step forward in the Batman/Catwoman mystery. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Feb 16, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #3 is another solid, though somewhat languid entry into the series. I want some more blood in its teeth and even what should be a prominent action sequence ends before it really gets going. The texture, detail, and atmosphere remains impeccable, but King's decision to split the narrative across three time periods is starting to show some weaknesses in the approach. When you're trying to tell three stories at once, the entire picture better be worth the price of uneven pacing. Read Full Review

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

    Batman/Catwoman #3 is the start of the plots really taking form, leading to some genuinely intriguing threads. However, the inconsistent pacing of the different plots means that parts of the issue drag, while others really shine. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Feb 16, 2021

    When all is said and done, Batman Catwoman #3 leaves me liking it less than I want to. While each scene is delivered with the classic one-two punch of excellent writing and great art, the narrative never comes together for me. And while a little mystery in a storys presentation can help fuel a sense of drama, too much can leave a reader feeling lost and confused. Sadly, this was how I felt as I put this book down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Feb 17, 2021

    The latest issue of Batman/Catwoman brings us some great things as we get one of the best scenes from Tom King in a long time. We also get to see some fan favorite characters and what they are up to in the future. That said, most of this issue did not do much to move the story forward. There are small things that move the story slightly but nothing really that big takes place in this book. It's a bit disappointing, but overall the book was still very good. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Feb 17, 2021

    The result is an issue that is messy, confusing, and a little overcooked with a story that could have just been a one-shot. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Nihilist Feb 16, 2021

    I try to be as open minded as possible, and even, or especially when I encounter something I don't like, I try to give it a fair chance, and understand why I don't like it if I still don't like it after giving it said chance. It was the case with post I Am Bane Batman series by Tom King, which I grew to dislike only more and more with every passing issue. Enter Batman/Catwoman, which made, to say the least, a very unfavourable opinion on me with its first two issues. And here I am - giving it the last chance to capture my attention and imagination, make me see something more in it, because as of now, I'm completely conscious about what I dislike about it.

    All my good will was gone when Catwoman says "I became a cat. I met a bat". more

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  • 1.0
    fenixalasnegras Feb 16, 2021

    The only thing I appreciate about this number is that I stopped the abuse of flashbacks that made me headache.

    The art is flawless even though the way Helena was presented in that outfit makes her look very vulgar, please it seems the woman forgot to put her the pants along with the panties and came out half dressed, it would have been better if it was just the bat on her chest and her mask. or something worse was the rear. It reminded me of those movies where they dream that they are naked at school and everyone laughs. Nothing aesthetic.

    As long as the story isn't of much interest here, it felt empty. This was definitely a series that I didn't think about or read until there were two immature and intolerant little pe more

  • 3.0
    Merlyn Feb 16, 2021

    I give it a 3 solely for Mann's art which is as great as ever, but the story was pure horseshit. Yes, the usual King fanboys will rate it with 10, 9.5 or 9 but don't believe that, they would rate it the same way if King would fill the book with "Bat", "Cat" and "Mreeeow", they're just brainwashed and want so badly to feel smart. And I've said this before, the title of the book is pure bait, Batman is barely in the book, this is not about him at all. Also while reading it I was wondering if King suffered an aneurysm or something because for several pages he kept having Selina just "mrrow"-ing. But like I said, for some people, that's just great writing lol. :))

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  • 2.0
    Psycamorean Feb 16, 2021

    The only thing about this issue I really enjoyed was the idea of Joker locking himself in a safe and waiting around for Catwoman. That's an effective idea and an effective image. But dude. The dialogue throughout this issue is abysmal. I don't understand why Tom King persists on writing the Batfamily like he does. Other characters don't always talk this way. Unfortunately, they're not the protagonists. Also, holy shit some of the art is just begging for a Tumblr post decrying it. Selina's back has been broken for decades. But ultimately, while the art took me out of the story at points and distracted me (What else would distract me? The plot?), I really think the biggest problem is the three timelines thing. Last issue worked better because more

  • 2.0
    Afre Feb 16, 2021

    It's really hard to enjoy this. I usually enjoy Mann's art very much but I see he was once again horny when making this art. Happens to the best of us and I would let it slide if that was my only problem with this issue.

    But it's hard to say anything good about this. I really don't get what the narrative is that King is trying to write. We have, what, 3 stories going on and I honestly can't remember anything else except the future parts. Nor do I get what is going on in them.

    And I don't get what is the hook King should throw at us to keep coming back. I mean, nothing really happens here. Why should I be interested in the 4th issue now?

  • 10
    Batman Jones Feb 16, 2021

    Tom King is the best writer (and the best Batman writer) in years. I can’t get enough. This is why I read superhero comics.

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  • 9.5

    Smart narrative about morality and revenge that cohesively weaves itself through multiple timelines without missing a beat. If you want a story that holds your hand and treats you like an idiot, I'm sure there are other books out there.

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  • 5.5
    Spacey Medicine Jun 5, 2021

    A little annoying to read tbh.

  • 3.5
    silencecaptif Feb 16, 2021

    😖

  • 3.0

    I hate to say it, but there isn’t much here and it’s a drop for us.

  • 2.5

    Another letdown of an issue. As was the case with the previous 2 issues, the art was the only good part. I think King jumped the shark by the wedding. He should look into writing something else since he's way past his prime on Batman. This series is proof.
    I always loved the '94 Mask of the Phantasm movie. But I always felt it was best it and the Character of the Phantasm were better off having NOTHING to do with DC continuity, and this series is proof of why. It proves a lot of things, too bad none of them are positive. As I said, the only thing I can say I approve of is the art.

  • 1.5
    KFuqua Feb 19, 2021

    Tom King continues to prove he doesn't grasp Batman at all.

  • 1.0
    Sup3rsa1yan1990 Feb 18, 2021

    Fuck Tom king

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Feb 20, 2021

    Just a boring comic book. I'm happy that Tom King is almost done writing any Batman book. He goes out with a the of equivalent of a silent fart in church.

  • 10
    VenomizedTank Feb 23, 2021

    The art is amazing and the story is a great deeper look into the plausible future with a Kyle and Wayne match but a book where phantasm is in it is perfect.

  • 10
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Aug 5, 2021

    10 por este comissário, só por isso.

  • 9.0

    Great!

  • 9.0
    BatSlayer Feb 20, 2021

    Great issue again! Art and writing are so good, I love this book! Can't wait for the next one.

  • 8.5
    TSMack Jun 5, 2021

    I enjoyed King's script in this installment and the artwork is amazing. King's take on the Joker is spot on. The Joker creates a moral dilemma for Selina in order to reveal her true self. Meanwhile, Helena has suspicions about her mother that she really doesn't want to consider. In the present, Selina has to deal with the Phantasm who is out for her blood.

  • 8.0
    GEEKYTIME! Feb 16, 2021

    7,8!

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Mar 21, 2021

    Still interesting and the art is just fantastic, but the plot moves forward so incredibly slowly that it feels like nothing has actually happened in this issue.

  • 7.0
    Ben Reilly Mar 31, 2021

    The cheesecake was a *bit* much in this issue. I don't know why I'm surprised at that considering it's DC Black Label.

    The structure of the conversation between Selina and Helena was a bit weird and kinda not fluid.

    Speaking of Helena... yikes. That costume is very top heavy and nothing much going on in the bottom. It looks like she's not wearing any pants!

    And LOL to the one Joker page towards the end. I wanna know his thought process now. King writes a great Joker, better than Snyder and Tynion in my opinion.

    Fine issue but could've been better.

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    vivek Feb 18, 2021

  • 10
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  • 10
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  • 10
    Æther Feb 18, 2021

  • 9.5
    BitchWitcher Feb 18, 2021

  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
    Linkush Aug 20, 2021

  • 8.5
    Crimson Knight Feb 16, 2021

  • 8.5
    sebastianorellana95 Feb 16, 2021

  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0

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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.0
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