Catwoman #54

Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Nico Leon Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 19, 2023 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 14
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You know what they say: two's company, but three's a crowd! The Royal Flush Gang joins Selina Kyle behind bars, and while the other inmates are team Selina, the Queen remains loyal to Punchline. It wouldn't be jail without the ladies clawing each other's eyes out, especially when Catwoman makes a special appearance just to kick some clown ass. All this chaos and distraction may just be the break-out-of-jail-free card Selina needs. Meanwhile, Tomcat finally deals with his ex-boyfriend who tried to take the Tomasso heir...

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - kcscribbles Apr 18, 2023

    Final ThoughtsCatwoman #54 continues Selinas story, as well as secondary characters Eiko Hasigawa, Punchline and Marquise. Ive been loving this little corner of the DCU and Gotham City, and this issue has some very intense moments complemented perfectly by action and moments of dark humor. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Apr 25, 2023

    The Royal Flush Gang forces Selina Kyle's hand as ‘Catwoman' #54 brings about the end of the vigilante's prison stint, bringing some huge character moments and some great foundational elements for the stories to come. This run has done so much work to continue to build upon what others have done to keep Selina in her own fleshed out ever-deepening world that just happens to be adjacent to Batman, rather than centering upon him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Apr 21, 2023

    Catwoman #54 is a solid transitional issue. We've seen our heroes make their way to the next big dramatic arc and there's much to look forward to. At this point, her feud with both Punchline and Black Mask are up in the air and can be handled a number of ways. Anything can happen to our leading lady, which is what keeps this title so exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Russ Bickerstaff Apr 26, 2023

    Selinas been Catwoman for so long that its kind of disappointing to see her slide back into the role at issues end. With things shifting back in the direction of the status quo, Howard and company can get back to more traditional Catwoman stories, but Kyle has been drifting quite a bit over the course of the past few years, and there doesnt seem to be a whole lot of momentum in her adventures of late. Eiko seems a lot more captivating. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 18, 2023

    It overall works, but I would have liked a little more time with Eiko and Dario this issue, as everyone seemed to be in a holding pattern waiting for Selina's return. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Jenna Anderson Apr 19, 2023

    Selina Kyle's status quo continues to shift in this issue, an installment that has entertaining moments, but still feels bogged down by the sense that something more compelling is on the horizon. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Michael Escalante Apr 18, 2023

    Catwoman #54 has a strong concept to wrap up Selina's stay in prison while also addressing the growing tension between her and Punchline. Unfortunately, Howard's narrative relies on too many contrivances, which denies the big moments of the issue of their emotional resonance. Nico Leon and Veronica Gandini make the book visually appealing, but the visual gloss can't fully make up for the book's inherent faults. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Apr 20, 2023

    Muddled plotting, incoherent face turns, pointless action, with a few interesting bits of character thrown in - Tini Howard's Catwoman run continues on form. Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Apr 22, 2023

    Catwoman #54 is a complete mess of unbelievable situations setting up more of the same.  Most of the characters feel more like props than actual characters, and the ones that readers might know, are written out of character.  Hopefully, getting Selina out of prison will help this book, but I doubt it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    KittyNone Apr 19, 2023

    The prison arc picks up nicely at its end, but ultimately didn't add up to much as a whole and I'm glad to be seeing the back of it.

    (Also, weird marketing choice to advertise a Catwoman/Punchline fight on the cover of an issue that didn't even have Punchline but not mention it five months later when they actually do fight.)

  • 7.0
    Psycamorean May 8, 2023

    I'm glad this arc is done. This whole prison arc has been underwhelming, and it doesn't really make sense with how much or how little the villains know about Selina and Catwoman. Hopefully things get back on track from here.


  • 6.5
    Screaming Enigma Jul 19, 2023

    While this was a bit of a rushed ending to this prison storyline, I'm not really mad about it since I wasn't really feeling it all that much in the first place. It was enjoyable, but not up to the standards set by Howard's first arc on this title. It feels like a prison break should have been a bigger deal, but we don't really see it here until we get like a couple pages towards the end of the issue. Also, I'm not really sure why Selina trusts anyone there enough to reveal she's Catwoman, but whatever. The stuff with Eiko and Dario was minimal this time, but I think that's for the best. I just hope that, with the prison storyline out of the way, we can get back to the quality this series was at when Howard initially took over.

  • 4.0
    fzanca Apr 21, 2023

    This just keeps getting worse and worse. The whole prison thing makes no sense at all. Tini didn't think this through. First of all, she's helping criminals escape prison, which is wrong. Once she escapes, it would be Batman's duty to capture her and bring her back along with the other escapees. Plus, the Royal Flush gang just got arrested, they would be brought to jail, not prison. They would have to go through trial before going to prison, which could take months. This whole thing is screwed and I think I'm going to drop it until they bring on a new writer. They should have kept Ram V, since he's not good with Detective, but he was good with Catwoman. However, nowadays if you're not a woman you supposedly can't write female characters. Wh more

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  • 4.0
    darkknight of steel Apr 18, 2023

    I just cant beileve how the dialoges be this bad its unbeilevable this issue had a bit more story proggression than the whole prison arc but still not much happened well now that selina is out i am really more worried about her future and we cant catch a break from valmont and his memories as well i wish it just could end

  • 3.5
    StarKnight May 3, 2023

    Just... the dialogue.

  • 3.5
    DomesticatedGiraffe Apr 20, 2023

    There's just so many questions I have because this whole prison arc is just so dumb, but at the same time I don't even care enough to write them. Please, please, please get a new writer.

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  • 3.5
    ItsJess Apr 19, 2023

    Still stupid. Still cringe. Still selling terribly. All of the escapees would have been peppered full of bullets but everything goes swell because... the plot demands it, and whatever's convenient is what goes under howard's 6th grade writing capabilities. Will likely only get worse now that Selina's out of jail and howard can continue whatever dumbass plot she has in mind. Oh, and the art sucks, too. Not as much as the writing, but still.

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  • 2.0
    GiantSlayer Apr 18, 2023

    A few notes:
    1. Can people please stop pretending that Tini Howard is a competent writer?
    2. The dialogue continues to be atrocious.
    3. For the love of Christ, give up Valmont. Stop trying to make him a thing. He's not even a has-been; he's a never was.
    4. Tini's knowledge of the prison system must have come from a children's book.

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