Catwoman #43

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Bengal Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 18, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 16
7.8Critic Rating
5.7User Rating

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VROOM VROOM! We all have that friend we call when we want a wild girls' night out-and for Catwoman, that friend is Harley Quinn. It's a night of hip whips and hot laps at the roller derby, complete with a little road-trip crime. It might even be the type of girls' night that gets sealed with a kiss, if Catwoman's allies back in Gotham can hold down the fort while the Cat's away...

  • 10 - Jenna Anderson May 18, 2022

    This might be the best Catwoman-related issue I've read in a while, and it's the perfect jumping-on point for anyone who loves Selina, Harley, or just fun comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff May 18, 2022

    Howard throws in quite a few sharp, little details as swift and lightly fun as the issue is. Her treatment of Harley is clever. Its been established that the character knows the reader is there. Theres more than one instance of her subtly brushing up against that wall in the course of a really, really enjoyable issue. There isnt a whole lot of thematic depth to whats going on, but its a fun, little journey that Howard is embarking on in Catwomans latest. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke May 17, 2022

    Catwoman #43 is a lot of fun thanks to the well-written dynamic between Catwoman and Harley Quinn. They're going on a side adventure from the main quest, but the real adventure is the bond and friendship they share. Paired with great art, this is a thrill ride of an issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond May 25, 2022

    Catwoman takes Selina out of Gotham proper for a compelling, fun, and dangerous road trip that allows for great action but also all the same deep emotional character development and fun that makes this book a delight month after month. The addition of Harley Quinn is perfect and brings a different look and life to the book with Bengal stepping on board for this leg of the trip. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray May 19, 2022

    As far as I know, the issue closes with what may be the first comic book appearance in canon DC continuity of one particular character. It'll be exciting to see how their place in the rest of the story plays out, as I expect it to mirror their first appearance in that “other” Batman media. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 17, 2022

    Overall, it's a fun issue that makes for a good break from the regular noir action. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Comic Watch - Clint Theron May 17, 2022

    I love a good gal pal story, but this issue felt like a completely different series from what Tini Howard and Nico Leon created a few months ago. I'm not sure if DC Comics pushed Harley Quinn onto the creative team or if Howard chose to bring in ol' Killer Quinn herself, but it didn't work. The cliffhanger brought my excitement back for the series, however, as it features the first appearance of a villain who originated in Batman: The Animated Series, much like Harley Quinn did. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte May 21, 2022

    Catwoman #43 is a decent comic book, especially as a jumping on point. Some weirdness in the pacing can be overlooked due to the fun banter and unique style. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller May 18, 2022

    An abrupt change of pace from the intense shadows and pain of the opening arc of Tini Howard's run, this brief interlude with Harley Quinn gives some enjoyable thrills and continues some of the weaknesses of the run far. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante May 17, 2022

    Catwoman #43 is a strange issue that longtime readers may want to skip if they lack an interest in either Harley Quinn or roller derby. Similar to a recent Nightwing arc, the issue's only relevance to the series overarching narrative is that Black Mask is now sending assassins after Selina. I'm not opposed to exploring Harley and Selina's relationship to each other, but the sudden shift in tone and focus may turn away readers who are more interested in Selina's ongoing war with Gotham City's underground. Read Full Review

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