Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Batman/Catwoman #5 Review

Senior Struggle

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 1, 2021

Our three-story format continues with our saga of Catwoman throughout the years...... where Batman shows up sometimes, where previously we saw Catwoman letting Batman down in the past since she was about to let a bomb go off without telling the Dark Knight, in the present time Phantasm and Selena hang out in her World of the Future hideout from the Mask of the Phantasm movie and in the future Helena Wayne shakes down elderly criminals to find out what her mother and the Joker's connection really was. Let's jump into this issue and see if we get some more story and possibly some more Batman as this series progresses. Let's check it out.

Alright, just off the bat, let me tell you there's little to no Batman in this issue, but if you're a fan of an elderly Catwoman and Harley Quinn fighting it out, while Harley talks about how she loved the Joker but still wanted to kill him herself...... before just saying "Die, die, die, die" over and over again then maybe this issue is for you. If that aspect isn't peaking your interest, maybe you're more into the idea of the past storyline where Selena is drunk, arguing with a cat, and planning on robbing something from the Gotham museum..... There's some excitement... huh?

Ultimately the best part of the story in this issue is our present-day story where Phantasm plans on killing a guy for helping out the Joker and after explaining what this guy would do for the Clown Prince of Crime, it seems that maybe Phantasm has gotten Catwoman to start seeing her side of things. Still though, there's not a lot of progression here.

All in all, Clay Mann's art continues to be amazing here and the greatest part of the series in my mind. As for the three stories that Tom King throws into each issue, the past and the future story did nothing for the series overall, but I am glad that we focused on something interesting during our present-day stuff because the inclusion of the Phantasm in this was originally a big hype point for this series and recently its seemed she's taken a backseat. Here though, it's not much, but you do get an interesting twist of how things may play out for our story that at least keeps me interested in this book overall. I just wish there was a better balance to the three stories that Tom King needs to throw in because ultimately, there's always a stinker.

Bits and Pieces:

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. 


No comments:

Post a Comment