Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Batman/Catwoman #10 Review

The Joke's On Us

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Clay Mann, Tomeu Morey, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 8, 2022

Our three-tiered story continues this issue with the past, present, and future all converging on Selina and the Joker..... which is weirdly one of the big problems with this book. It should really be called Catwoman/Joker at this point as Batman has taken a backseat the entire time and the big Phantasm push into main continuity went nowhere before she was possibly killed in the previous issue. Let's continue our path and see how the timelines converge as Catwoman continues to pummel the Joker and Huntress of the future chases after her murdering mother. Let's check it out.

While you might be looking for a clear direction of this series at this point or a revelation that would make this maxi feel worthwhile, what you ultimately get is our three timelines simply acting as fight scenes as Catwoman beats the crap out of the Joker in the past and present and Selina and her daughter battle it out in the future.... and ultimately, this makes for a bit of a dull comic as the main beats for the past and present seem to be that you may think that Selina will eventually kill the Joker since we know what happens in the future, there's really no stakes in these battles.  

The main point of this issue is the reveal of what Selina knows about the motivations of the Joker and what really lies within his mind and while I won't spoil it here, the idea really doesn't matter all that much and doesn't bring much to the story. The Phantasm bits of this book seem to be gone now and I'm just wondering what direction this series can take in its final two issues but if this issue is any indication, it won't be anywhere great.

All in all, I'm happy as hell to have Clay Mann back on this book, since his art was the main draw for me, but beyond that this issue is broken up into three fight scenes that aren't all that interesting from a story point of view and drag you along with the hope that you'll get a better understanding to what Selina knows about the Joker and why she eventually killed the Clown Prince of Crime. Her insights aren't that insightful to me and ultimately I left this issue wondering if there's anything of interest left to tell here beyond making Selina feel even more off than she has throughout this book.

Bits and Pieces:

While I love that Clay Mann is back on this book because I love his style, the story itself doesn't bring much beyond some fighting and a revelation behind Joker's motivations that don't make me very excited at all and won't have any lasting effects on his mythos throughout other Bat-books. There's not much here, but at least it looks nice.


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