Catwoman #53

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Nico Leon Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 22, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 12
7.1Critic Rating
3.7User Rating

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The Gotham mob bosses suspect that their very own leader, Eiko of the Hasigawa Clan, is betraying their code by putting on a Catwoman suit. Is Gotham big enough for two Catwomen? Catwoman doesn’t play well with others, but this cat is gonna need the help of Tomcat to stay out of the mob’s crosshairs. Meanwhile, Selina makes a few enemies of her own in jail, especially the inmates her ex Batman put there.

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Mar 30, 2023

    Things take a huge leap forward for the two cats of Gotham as ‘Catwoman' #53 moves the current storyline closer to its next chapter, as Selina Kyle must make a pretty huge choice for the future. Deep rich character exploration, solid dynamic action, and a whole lot of sexy fun is the hallmark of this great series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Mar 22, 2023

    As nice as it is to have Kyle punctuating the action throughout the issue, her inevitable prison break seems kind of dull next to all thats going on in Eikos life. A new face working under the auspices of Kyles prison presence just feels more interesting than the Catwoman comic book has managed over the course of the past couple of years. Now that its up and running, there are a lot of different directions that things might move in once Catwoman emerges from prison in the months ahead. With any luck, Eiko and Dario can find a place once Kyle is out of prison.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 21, 2023

    The two stories often feel a little disconnected, but there are a few more links in this issuebuilding to a surprise twist in the end that may be bringing an end to Selina's time behind bars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Mar 22, 2023

    The action in Catwoman #53 grips us from the first pages. The character-building and drama we get from this expanding cast is what brings avid readers back to this excellent storyline, featuring one of DC's best characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Mar 22, 2023

    This is easily the snappiest, most comprehensive issue of this Catwoman arc, balancing the series' various status quos with an entertaining ease. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Mar 21, 2023

    While it suffers from a languid narrative, Catwoman #53 offers high quality art and an endearing set of side characters. Selina is finally proactive in her own escape plans and her growing army of former villains are given a way forward without resorting to their evil ways. Thematically, Tini Howard's scripts are strong, but locking up your main character for a full arc is a risky endeavor. It remains to be seen if Selina will be imprisoned for an entire arc, but Howard has created a solid foundation for a prison escape that should come sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Mar 22, 2023

    Incompetent dialogue, structuring, and character writing combine with improved art for a continued misery of a read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    KittyNone Mar 24, 2023

    Nice to see Leon back on art, but this storyline definitely has me more interested in Eiko, Onyx & Dario than Selina, whose motivations in the current arc seem to change in response to little more than the demands of the plot. So far I'm really feeling like the Selina-in-prison direction was a misstep and I'm pretty ready for it to end

  • 7.0
    Screaming Enigma Mar 22, 2023

    A bit of a step up from the previous issue. I’m still interested in Selina’s prison storyline the most out of the two ongoing stories, but Eiko & Dario’s was just a bit more interesting this go around (especially with Onyx getting involved). The interaction between all three over the phone was done well, and I’m hoping Eiko & Dario’s story continues to get better as times goes on. As for Selina, I enjoy seeing the relationship between her and the other prisoners develop and I’m interested to see what comes next with Regina now joining them.

  • 7.0

    The pacing definitely needs to speed up.

  • 4.0
    ItsJess Mar 21, 2023

    Nothing happens which is still better than the rest of howard's agonizing run. Eiko and howard's fat OC continue to be utterly uninteresting and the prison plot remains nonsensical. Read this if you don't like Catwoman or want to suffer narcosis.

  • 3.0
    fzanca Apr 8, 2023

    I'm sure how this book is still going or why I'm still buying it. The dialogue is horrible. At this point it would be a better book if Selena left the title completely until she left prison. I prefer reading the parts about Eiko and Tomcat. Tini has no knowledge of prison life and apparently refuses to do any research. Selena somehow knows exactly where the plug is behind the wall. Tini openly writes that one of the characters forgets she has superpowers and that it "happens a lot." WTF. I can't believe she actually wrote that. The dentist also should have a full file on the patient and doesn't realize she has superpowers either. And where's the damn guard? The inmates are literally running the prison. This is so garbage. She should not be more

  • 2.0
    Watchtower022 Apr 1, 2023

    Nico Leon deserves a better story than Tini Howard is writing.

  • 2.0
    GiantSlayer Mar 21, 2023

    Just. So. Boring. I want to shake the characters and scream "DO SOMETHING!"

  • 2.0
    darkknight of steel Mar 21, 2023

    Nothing happened and i didnot even enjoy the art much

  • 1.0
    hesfkshgf Mar 22, 2023

    Please get a new writer fpr Selina!

  • 6.5
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Jun 26, 2023

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