Batman/Catwoman #5

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 2, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 34
7.0Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

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Batman’s two loves collide, and the smash-up could be dangerous not just for the Caped Crusader, but for The Joker as well. In order to prove her mission is righteous, Phantasm takes Catwoman out on a hit against one of the men responsible for the disappearance of her son. Unfortunately for Selina Kyle, this isn’t the first time she’s gone behind Batman’s back to try to do the right thing, so she’s far too aware of how bad a turn this whole affair could take. Also, in the future, it’s Harley Quinn, ready to avenge Mistah J!

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 2, 2021

    This series is only getting better and I look forward to where we are headed! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jun 1, 2021

    BATMAN/CATWOMAN #5 shows the cracks that are forming beneath the surface. From its first issue, this story has been about the scars a life of crimefighting can bring about. Now we're actually beginning to see where those scars came from. King, Mann, Morey, and Cowles continue to do some of their best work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 1, 2021

    This title somehow delivers both more and less than it was promised. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 1, 2021

    Clay Mann deliver some beautiful art throughout this issue. Everything from the characters to the backgrounds is filled with beautiful details. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jun 1, 2021

    Overall, the way that Batman/Catwoman #5 focuses on interpersonal tension may or may not have a ton of mileage, depending on the readers' taste. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jun 4, 2021

    For those readers expecting an action packed series, then I am afraid you will probably be disappointed. Kings run on Batman and Heroes in Crisis are examples of how action scenes break the pattern of the ongoing diatribe of conversation and emotion. Whilst this may work on other characters, maybe not so much with Batman; but what the hey, Bats barely appears in this anyway. Five issues in and I am not sure that anyone is wholly happy with the pace and at this point, does anyone care what happened to Andrew? Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jun 3, 2021

    Batman/Catwoman has been one of the more frustrating reading experiences because of how the story is battling itself. Batman/Catwoman #5 is no different as the biggest thing holding it back is the three time period structure Tom King has chosen to go with for the narrative. Even when two-thirds of this issue grab your interest as a reader the other third is there to stop all that momentum. Now that we are getting into the second-half of this series hopefully King can find a way to resolve the narrative structure problems that are becoming more noticeable with each passing issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Jun 1, 2021

    Batman Catwoman #5 is yet another beautiful issue where not a lot happens. We dive deeper into who Catwoman is as this story reaches Hamlet levels of psychoanalyzing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 1, 2021

    While the majority of this issue felt like filler with strange characterizations, the present-day story added some intrigue to the comic overall, and the art remained being the thing I look forward most to out of this series. Hopefully, with the Phantasm bit of our story here, this will lead to more interesting things for her as the rest of the series progresses..... and maybe it will lead to Batman actually doing something in this book.  Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Jun 1, 2021

    The three headed monster of a narrative actively hurts the book at this point, keeping themes simplistic and the narrative stale. However, on an aesthetic level, the series is strong as ever, even if it does lack the usual amount of truly impressive compositions. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jun 1, 2021

    So at best I can call Batman/Catwoman #5a mixed bag. While its art continues to deliver many gorgeous panels, the story continues to confound me. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jun 2, 2021

    Batwoman/Catwoman hasn't been living up to the hype that preceeded the series for a while now, but Batwoman/Catwoman #5 might be the weakest issue yet. Read Full Review

  • 1.0
    Merlyn Jun 1, 2021

    I congratulate DC for cancelling King's run, even knowing Tynion's mediocrity came after him, this is the cringest of the cringe.

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  • 3.0
    Afre Jun 1, 2021

    Clay's art is still good. The only good thing about this series.

    I know it's very common to dislike King's work these days. But this? It really isn't worth it. It's too bland. Too bland to be bad, too bland to be good, too confusing to be bland.

    I really hate this 3-stories-at-once -structure. It just doesn't work. It ruins the pacing, as each story moves so slow because you have to keep track on what happens in other two.

    This is what, part 5? And Phantasm hasn't done anything? Like seriously.

    There is a reason why people don't usually watch three different seasons of one show at the same time by changing the season every 5 minutes. Because it is confusing, stupid and doesn't work.

    And more

  • 1.0
    fearUhavemeisenough Jun 2, 2021

    A beautiful art in a comic without a good script, it's like a horrible movie, with a terrible performance where the protagonist is beautiful. It is still bad. Like this comic, incredible art and a less than mediocre sad narrative.

    The poor wretches who tend to attack people because their mental capacity does not give him to attack ideas since they have no basis, can continue to crying.

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  • 9.0
    deen Jun 3, 2021

    I've been enjoying this series, as I have enjoyed the Tom King run of Batman, even the parts that clanged for me. There are some things as presented by Tom King I find tough to accept, but I appreciate the challenge nonetheless. The art is fantastic with moody colors and good facial expressions that convey inner emotions really well.
    I generally enjoy this comic's vibe, and I don't really give much importance to other elements others have lambasted in their reviews. We finally get to see more of Andrea/Phantasm, with her proclamation of doom, "Your angel of death awaits", which sent a genuine chill down my spine.

    Good creepy somber vibe conveyed very well by writer and artist alike. I've found that the key to enjoying King's more

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  • 7.0

    I'am a fan of most of King's work, but this serie is not working at all. Crearly he's triying some new narrative style but that made everything confusing and it ruins any drama o suspense. Clay Mann's art, however, is awesome.

  • 4.0
    Quinn Jun 1, 2021

    We are almost halfway through this story and nothing has really happened. Harley is mad that Selina killed the Joker in the future, when that was something Harley wanted to do. Andrea is torturing Joker goons while Selina watched in the past.

    That's it. King goes back to his bad habit of letting other writers, through their poems or song lyrics, do the heavy lifting. Yet again, there is a page filled with the words of other writers.

    But the real downfall is characterization. There is none. King has told us nothing about Andrea, or why her son was in Gotham. All we know is what we remember from a cartoon movie that's almost 30 years old. We have Catwoman saying that Batman doesn't believe he's a good man, but that he is more

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  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jun 4, 2021

    King continues to show that he cannot write a decent book. I've tried to stay with this, as I love the Batman character, but I'm done with this one.

  • 9.5
    UxasIs Jun 17, 2021

    Absolutely phenomenal. I love King's writing and the time jumps, and the artwork is beautiful.

  • 8.5
    ComickerPerson Jun 1, 2021

    I wonder if that terminally online "professional" reviewer is going to get butthurt at everyone who disagrees with him again.

  • 8.0
    Toonstrack Jun 9, 2021

    This is a solid issue with incredible artwork. Clay mann is so good.

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Jun 3, 2021

    In and of itself, it wasn’t bad, but I’m tired of issues that, if you skipped them, the next issue would seem like you missed nothing.

  • 4.5
    Psycamorean Jun 6, 2021

    Man, I wish I liked this. I just don't find it compelling. Even the art is starting to get worse; there are pages here that feel unfinished.

  • 4.0

    The Decent art and the fact this is only 2/3 as bad as City of Bane are the only positive things I can give this series. If King would get to the point and spare us the pointless 3 different points in time B.S. he could've got this series wrapped up by issue #3. What is he trying to prove? That he can write a 12 issue series that's 92% pointless and confusing hodgepodge?
    I guess what keeps me going is that I dislike getting half a story and passing on the rest, no matter how poorly made. I should learn to be patient as I'm sure in coming years issues of this series will more likely be in the $1 bins of comic stores than with the more sought after stuff.

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Jun 6, 2021

    Insufferable Drek. It doesn't deserve more than that for a review.

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