Batman/Catwoman #4

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 31, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 41
7.4Critic Rating
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The Joker has hidden a bomb in Gotham-but there might be a bigger explosion if Batman proves his suspicions true, and Catwoman actually knows where it is! It’s a dangerous secret that threatens to destroy the couple’s relationship in its early days, and it’s going to reverberate throughout their time together. In the present day, it will affect how Selina handles Andrea Beaumont, a.k.a. Phantasm, who has a vendetta to carry out against the Clown Prince of Crime, fueled by the righteous fury of a mother who lost her son.
And this whole chain of events is what ultimately leads to Catwoman killing The Joker in the future-a secret more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Apr 1, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #4 is another captivating issue of this standout series. Tom King's engaging story ensures that I have to read this book before anything else coming out the same week. And King's writing is beautifully complemented by Clay Mann's artwork and Tomeu Morey's colours. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 31, 2021

    We are a third of the way through this series and it only seems to get better and better. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Mar 30, 2021

    Clay Mann delivers some beautifully detailed art in this issue. Not only are the characters dynamic and filled with energy, but the camera angles in the panels and their progression do an amazing job of keeping the reader engaged in the tone and pace of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Mar 30, 2021

    DC Comics'BATMAN CATWOMANcontinues to deliver. It's a story that feels dangerous. Even some of its own elements seem to threaten one another. But that's because this creative team has imbued this story with a tremendous feeling of stakes. Every scene feels like it could go anywhere, even when future scenes tell us otherwise. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Apr 1, 2021

    Since Tom King has established all the separate plots, it's easier to navigate when he switches timelines. Even better, the plots are all in an interesting place. Despite some minor annoying writer tics, Batman/Catwoman #4 appears to be an indicator that the series will shape up to be an intriguing story, intertwining the three tales from across the past, present, and future time periods. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 30, 2021

    Continuing to take place in three timelines, King and Mann's exploration of the past, present, and future of Gotham's most iconic couple delivers some more fantastic moments in an issue that feels more leisurely than the last. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Mar 30, 2021

    Overall, Batman Catwoman #4 is an exciting page turner that despite having some slower moments redeems itself in full with the corner the story takes and is another exceptional issue from a visual standpoint that helps drive the emotions and tones of the story and brings the issue full circle for its readers. This issue is easily my favorite of the series so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Apr 2, 2021

    This book a this stage, is still style over substance. A third of the way through and it feels that we haven't moved from the starting pont. Does this mean that the final act is going to be rushed? Is rushed even in the Tome King dictionary? I have a nasty suspicion of where this story or at least a key part of it going. I hope I am wrong, as if the backlash of what King put Wally West through was considered harsh, it will pale in comparison if I am correct. I guess time will tell. For the time being, I am sticking with the book, but it I would welcome more substance as despite how gorgeous the art is, my patience could wear out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Mar 30, 2021

    This twelve-issue wrap-up to Tom King's long 'Batman' run is as engrossing and flawed as his monthly issues. But the three-timeline structure lends itself to some pacing problems. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Mar 30, 2021

    Overall, Batman Catwoman has all the elements for a fantastic story. However, King needs to find a way to pick up the pace, or else it's going to be a slog to the finish line. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Mar 30, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #4 is a beautiful issue that builds upon the emotions of the last three entries, despite not really carrying the plot forward. Its momentum lies in how it provokes the emotions of readers who are fully invested in the Bat/Cat relationship dynamic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 30, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #4 isn't a bad comic. It's just a frustrating one. It feels like two of the three plotlines don't really go anywhere and at least one will have you asking what the point is. Any of the three stories would be solid on their own as a trilogy of comics. But, as presented, they're chopped up too much never delivering enough to really satisfy. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Mar 30, 2021

    The book is gorgeous as ever, but the series' ingrained structure leaves readers hanging onto the past when the future is far more interesting. The thematic connections between the three time periods could stand to be more overt and less implied, that is if the narrative continues to be drip fed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Apr 3, 2021

    When all is said and done Batman/Catwoman #4 continues to deliver the same highs, and lows, of its previous issues. I continue to hope that King can bring this story together by its end. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 30, 2021

    This issue didnt flow smoothly at all and was a tough and confusing read. Considering its not even at the halfway point, theres a strong likelihood of more clunky installments over the next eight issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 31, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman #4 doesn't deliver the big moments that this series has been known for. Instead, Tom King and Clay Mann take a more methodical approach to progressing all the different character arcs. Unfortunately the pacing ends up highlighting how difficult it is to get invested in what is going on because of how often we jump between all the different timelines. Hopefully these pacing issues are figured out immediately so we can get into what made King's Batman run so engaging. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Mar 30, 2021

    This issue is a drag and almost completely pointless. Most of the issue involves scenes that do very little if anything to move the plot along and the one scene that does has been done before in this very series (we're only on issue 4 to be clear). In addition, there are some hints of a storyline that could go extremely badly in almost every scenario and I really hope that Tom King doesn't do what I think he is going to do. I know in a series like this, you can't skip an issue, but if you could, this one would be a prime candidate. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Mar 31, 2021

    If this is par for the course for the rest of this series, it's going to be a very long, boring, unsubstantial drag. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Quinn Mar 30, 2021

    What can I say? King's weaknesses as a writer are out in full force in this issue.

    We are now a third through this story line and we know virtually nothing. Andrea Beaumont, for all intents and purposes, is a new character and we know nothing about her, her relationship with Bruce and her relationship with Selina. There is the movie, but this is her comic's debut and it's been a long time since I saw the movie. King is absolutely wrong in having her back story explained in another medium that came out almost 30 years ago.

    We have the new Batwoman, who is Selina and Bruce's daughter and we know nothing about her except that she's gay, like the old Batwoman I guess. Maybe that title comes with certain sexual preference r more

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  • 1.0
    fenixalasnegras Mar 30, 2021

    I think King should read some real literature where real writers show him how to really flashback, Luis Spota, William Faulkner, Juan Rulfo or John Le Carré.

    I don't know who told him that he knew how to write to this man. The only good thing was the art.

  • 3.5
    Psycamorean Mar 30, 2021

    I really don't care for the drama between Bruce and Selina. It shouldn't be a thing. The stuff in the future really doesn't do anything but mechanically inch the plot a little further. And the stuff with Phantasm is extremely boring. Easily the worst part of the miniseries.

  • 3.5
    Merlyn Mar 30, 2021

    I rate this so high (lol) for two reasons: Clay Mann's art which is as gorgeous as ever and the fact that for all his MANY faults, King did try to pay homage to Mask of the Phantasm and I enjoyed that. Now the bad stuff...oh boy, there's a lot to unpack there. Up until the last 6-7 pages the book was bearable, not good, just bearable. And then he went full Tom King. Those last pages were sooo dumb, The Room-level-dumb. But I'm sure King fanboys will extract something "deep" even from those retarded pages. :)) And of course he continues with the already classic King tropes, Batman being submissive and weak, the female is the strong character, "gOtHaM wAs aLwAyS hErS". Also the "relationship" between Catwoman and Joker is gross, it was never more

  • 9.5
    FuzzyCracker Apr 13, 2021

    Problem with comics these days is that whenever anyone does something interesting, all the fanboys who are used to the bland mediocrity of Johns/Bendis/Tomasi start whining because things go over their head. Grant Morrison would have been tarred and feathered today.

    And of course, the top "voted" review is whining incessantly about Batwoman being gay.

  • 8.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Apr 5, 2021

    This is more cohesive than the last few issues. We got gorgeous tapestries of Catwoman in panties, a cat getting frisky over a meal, and a hybrid Huntress/Bat-Girl who looks like she has on a 2030 LFL uniform (please don't let it come to that) why she does rounds questioning Batman's Rogues, which given the time skip, should have looked considerably older.
    At this point, I realize this would read better as a trade, but I'm already locked in for the monthly. Especially when King's writing is this clever with Catwoman dissing Bruce in the final panels going all Freud on him, and the bomb Joker planted having Gematriac code written all over it. This coupled with Mann's gorgeous art makes it to where I am willing to continue to watch the more

  • 7.5
    Toonstrack Apr 1, 2021

    This doesnt deserve all the 1 star reviews but this also probably the weakest issue yet. Kings writing in this is VERY slow moving, and sometimes not very clear. Dialogue from different timeliness are dispersed throughout with the art and scene not always matching the timeline. It could be done well but in this issue it just isn't. The narrative here is still intriguing though and the art remains this books strongest point. Clay Mann is absolutely god tier and the colors are fantastic too.

    Also I really like Helenas costume.

  • 7.0
    Ken b Mar 31, 2021

    Artwork 10/10

    story 5/10

    Don’t know why King keeps pushing this relationship between Catwoman and joker. A lot of other issues with the story, pretty boring read. Would have gave this a much lower grade but Clay Mann has really put this mini series on his back.

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Mar 31, 2021

    Is this series over yet? Just end it, it goes on and on about nothing. Yeah, whatever pandering, I get it. NEXT!

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  • 1.0
    KFuqua Apr 1, 2021

    Once again, Tom King proves that he is not a good writer and should not be working for DC. The nice art can't save this one at all.

  • 8.0
    TSMack Jun 13, 2021

    A little light on the story in this issue but I still enjoyed the read. The artwork is impeccable. I like this series better than King's current Strange Adventures run.

  • 7.0

    Idk why Tom Kink, usually great, choose this type of storytelling, in this series.

  • 7.0

    EDIT: I decided to drop this book due to the wait between #4 and 5. While Tom King's other book, Rorschach, has been engaging month-to-month, this has not been so engaging. I'll pick this story up again when the collected edition comes out.

    I didn't dislike this issue nor did I felt that it was a waste of money. But I do have some gripes with it.

    Maybe I'm not so familiar with Tom King as most people, but I found it odd having the songs in the background while dialogue is happening like the Selina/Penguin scene.

    Another thing to note. Um... this is DC Black Label. Why are swear words being censored yet we also get sexy Selina in this series? I don't know. I think it's odd.

    I thought the art was re more

  • 7.0
    F.T. Wolf Apr 1, 2021

    1st issue that manages to juggle the different narratives in a way you can follow well. It's intertwined in such a way that the jumps aren't jarring and you can quickly understand in which narrative you are.
    The art remains very good, though still poor in its depiction of women. The imagery is particulair strong in this one.
    Issue got some implications regarding Selina & Joker that I hope are a misdirect, because otherwise... that's going to cause quite a stirr and honestly? It would be quite icky.

  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Apr 18, 2021

    Seems like less and less is happening each issue. I'm still enjoying this, but my god is King dragging this story.

  • 5.5

    Another bland take it or leave it issue. 4 issues down, but will the remaining 8 fare any better? Frankly I highly doubt it. Though this has been the best issue yet, that's still not saying much. Bringing in the Phantasm was a mistake I think. It could have been any of the numerous women from Bruce's past we do know of or even someone King just created that we never heard of, and she could be spared the poor role of vengeful vigilante and this whole thing would be 98% the same. I think the ONLY reason they used her is because King just hoped an Animated series character would bring in fans more than an original creation. Believe me, If you are a fan of the '93 animated movie but not checking this out, you're not really missing anything.

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