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Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats

(Catwoman (2018) #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  961 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Coming off of the wedding of the century to Batman, Selina Kyle stars in an all-new solo series written and illustrated by Eisner Award nominee Joëlle Jones!

The wedding night's barely over, but Catwoman's back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who's pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she's attracting unw
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Published April 16th 2019 by DC Comics
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If I had to pick an artist that I wanted to draw Catwoman, Joëlle Jones would be at the top of the list.
But the fact that she's an excellent writer, as well?
It's not fair to the other kids, Jones.


So this story picks up Selina's story after she leaves Bruce at the altar. <--you know, for the good of the world.
And since she's still in love with him (because they are PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER) you get to see her struggle with the way they left things. *sobs*


The gist is that Selina moves to a new town
Joe Valdez
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm not a consumer of comic books, but when Gabrielle alerted me that author and illustrator Joëlle Jones had been put on the DC Comics payroll for a Catwoman book, I ordered it sight unseen. Jones is creator of the thrillingly retro Lady Killer for Dark Horse Comics and is the first woman to both write and illustrate Selina Kyle, who prowls Gotham City as the masked burglar Catwoman and forms a complicated relationship with Bruce Wayne dating back to Batman #1 in 1940. Jones' take on the intell ...more
Sam Quixote
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Spinning out of Tom King’s Batman, specifically #50, the wedding issue, is this new Catwoman series - and, if she’s going solo now, you can probably guess how well the wedding went!

Joelle Jones, the artist of some of King’s best Batman issues, writes and draws this new run, which I was initially pleased about as Jones is a very capable writer (I highly recommend her excellent Dark Horse series Lady Killer) and an always fantastic artist. Unfortunately though, while a good-looking book, this fir
Dave Schaafsma
This volume follows immediately after Tom King’s Batman series. And not to spoil the story, so if you really want to know what is going on, and what Selina is really about in this story, read Batman, Volume 7: The Wedding. Then you will have an idea why she is visiting Villa Hermosa, where she at one point encounters a bunch of copycat Catwomen, but it's not really clear why, and then every issue is named Copycats and the conceit no longer has anything to do with anything else in the story. It's ...more
MissBecka Gee
What a fantastic start to a new run!
Back to the Selina Kyle I know and love after many moons without.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc, comics, best-of-2018
Joëlle Jones is a brilliant artist and a solid writer, so I was excited to read her solo Catwoman series that follows up on the climactic events of Tom King’s Batman #50. Jones doesn’t disappoint — her Catwoman series is exciting, well written and wonderfully characterized. The villain of the book is delightfully bizarre and disturbing, and it was a lot of fun seeing their conflict unfold. Jones also deals with Selina’s emotional state after that big thing from Bats #50 which was important to se ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley-2019
Selina Kyle is reeling after the events of Tom King's Batman #50 and skips town to Villa Hermosa (basically Gotham in California). She tries to punish herself by gambling away her possessions until she is framed for two police officers murder. So she goes after the Catwoman copycat, ultimately getting drug into a conflict with the local mob family. I like that Jones dips into Catwoman's origins from Batman: Year One and some of the backstory Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Crooke gave her. I love the Aud ...more
L. McCoy
This really... should have been better all things considered.

What’s it about?
Catwoman’s life has been all kinds of fucked up lately... like more than usual. Well, it’s about to get even more fucked up. That’s all I can really say without spoilers.

The story (there is more to it than what I said above but ya know... ain’t just gonna give spoilers) is pretty interesting and well done.
Jones seems to write the Catwoman character very well. She’s all the things that Catwoman is meant to be (from
Oh, Joelle Jones, please write and draw all the comics!

We were in Buffalo last week and I always stop by Gutter Pop Comics ( This time, I asked the clerk to give me all the Joelle Jones he had, and I was thrilled to get my hands on her sexy, dark take on Catwoman.

I haven't read Tom King's Batman series (yet!), but this new story begins right after Selina Kyle pulls a runaway bride on Bruce Wayne and relocates to Villa Hermosa. But she doesn't even have t
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
First of all, I really like the art style and coloring in this book. It gives it a distinctive look that I'd like to see more of. As for the story itself, this is Catwoman on a rebound trying to start a new life in a different city. The villain is interesting at first, but the resolution of the story arc was just OK. However, I'd be willing to try the next volume for the art alone. ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Super cool! The artwork/colouring was really pretty. Engaging and interesting characters, even though the story was wishy washy in areas, especially with that lacklustre ending
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fantastic artwork and, since the artist also took on the writing duties, she knows how to let the pictures help tell the story. In other words, you don't feel like you are reading a freaking novel as you breeze through this volume. ...more
Wing Kee
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5. A lot of potential but a bit of a janky start.

World: The art is fantastic, it’s beautiful, it’s moody and sets the tone for the new series wonderfully. There are some minor issues with characters looking sometimes similar but over time I think the art and the reader will mesh better. The world building here is good, I am very impressed. Following Batman 50 readers were wondering where Selina would end up and Jones has done well to put her into a new little slice of the DCU all for herself s
Chris Lemmerman
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reeling from the events of Batman #50, Catwoman strikes out on her own in her new ongoing series by writer/artist Joëlle Jones, taking Selina across the country as she hightails it away from one set of problems and right into another.

These first six issues dance around the problems that haunt Selina quite a bit, and it can be a bit frustrating at times. We're thrown into the world of Villa Hermosa quite rapidly and are really meant to care about their corrupt politicians and creepy women with th
Paz R.M.
Quick impression/rambling:
Okay, I re-read issue #1 through 5 and then issue #6 for the first time and I was loving it! I was ready to rate this a 4.5 stars (with a 5 on GR) because it does work so well all together (single issues is not my thing apparently), but the last couple of pages were rushed af. And, cliché. And, it was a bit disappointing because the first half of issue 6 was gold. Selina was kicking ass and taking names, but the fight stops and the ending is so... meh?
Anyway, I really
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: batman
Spinning right out of the tumultuous Batman/Catwoman wedding, Selina Kyle decides to take a break from Gotham and spend some time in Villa Hermosa to take her mind off things and of course gets caught in the middle of some criminal shit involving crooked cops, a crime family, and their creepy-ass matriarch.

This first volume of Joelle Jones's run on one of my favorite comic book characters is a fun start, led by Jones's sharp, contrasty artwork, and her noir-infused writing, which has always
Rod Brown
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Spinning out of Tom King's Batman title, Catwoman finds herself heartbroken in Villa Hermosa, California, where she immediately finds herself athwart the local crime boss, a badly aging serial killer and drug kingpin who happens to be the wife of the state's governor. So, you know, pretty silly comic book nonsense. Looks nice at least.

The second volume may be more interesting as Selina becomes involved again with her sister and maybe has a minute to catch her breath.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an eARC of this title from the publisher thought NetGalley.

The artwork was fantastic, but the story was merely decent and predictable. Still, not a bad way to spend a little time on a Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Stewart
The art is really captivating, but the story itself feels like it’s missing something. Also the story went some unexpectedly very dark places that caught me off guard in a Catwoman comic. Joelle Jones is really talented, so I’ll continue on hoping this is a springboard to better things.
Adam M
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really quick read and I actually liked it a lot. I haven't read a lot of stand alone Catwoman titles so I didn't really have much in the way of expectations coming into this. The story picks up right after her and Batman should have gotten married (which I missed because I'm woefully behind on Batman monthly-s) and I had no problem jumping into the story here.

Catwoman got out of Gotham for a bit and ran afoul of one of the darker villains I've seen from a mainstream DC title that wasn
While the story is good, the artwork is the thing that really made like this. Selina Kyle has never looked better. Gorgeous design by Joëlle Jones. Very much the Audrey Hepburn style and feel. Perfect for Selina Kyle.
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
This solo venture of Catwoman has an engaging story and excellent artwork. I look forward to reading more about her life after Batman. Recommended!

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Stay Fetters
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Beautiful art. It was bright and colorful.

The story seemed to be everywhere at once. It jumped too quickly and the story didn’t hold my attention.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Dial back the Batman flashbacks, explain the weird villain a bit better, and you have a great read. Still solid as it is, and hopefully a sound basis for sequels.
Glen Farrelly
I have loved the Catwoman character since I was a little kid and I would rush home daily from school to watch reruns of the 60s Batman show. (BTW, I loved Newmarr, Meriwether and Kitt performances, but my favourite live-action performance will always be Pfeiffer.) I've followed Catwoman's adventures in Batman comics and in her own monthly series (particularly loving fellow Torontonian Darwyn Cooke's awesome crime caper Catwoman stories).

So I was quite excited to learn that my daughter recently
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
With a pretty good conclusion to the first story arc this was a very pleasant surprise for me. I haven't been much of a Selina Kyle follower since Ed Brubaker left the character a long time ago (as an aside if you like the character I do recommend Brubaker's run). So I indulged in some digital floppies, and you know what?

My first exposure to Joelle Jones' writing was a positive experience. What begins as a crime/caper story, which is an easy out for anyone writing the character, becomes more tha
May 08, 2019 rated it it was ok

After almost 20 years of Darwyn Cook's iconic redesign, Jones has disappointingly returned Selina to her days of vinyl fetish gear and high heels. There are so many ridiculous layers of cowl, half gloves, corset, stilettos, and other extraneous trappings that Jones spent more time drawing shiny highlights than writing a coherent story.


There's not a single two-dimensional character in Selina's new town and plot points happen 'because' rather than for any real reason. Selina's minding her own b
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-the-art, comics, 2020
I’m so glad a spin off from the Wedding issue exists but I wish they tapped into that more, there is so much potential for exploration and depth and just so much!!.. but knowing Catwoman’s character, avoiding emotions is her MO.

Also, it’s been a while where the villain arc didn’t bore me. Villains are rarely what I focus on even when they are the main part of a story but it was okayish. I hope we get more depth as the series continues because for some reason her character is always one of the o
Shannon Appelcline
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
The new Catwoman is a bit of a muddle, with moments of strength. She's mourning over her disrupted marriage and not sleeping, which is some nice characterization. And she's delving back into her past and her greatest failure (which remarkably is still in continuity). But then there's an evil politician's wife and copycat Catwomen and drugs and it's all a muddle that just doesn't come together.
Dr Rashmit Mishra
[Read as Single Issues]

This is a straight continuation from the Bat-wedding and is promoted as the aftermath of the wedding and Selina's new adventure. In all honesty though , the promotion feels a bit click-bait , as not much aftermath is addressed in this .

I'd say it's 2.5 out of 5 . Average book that is

In fact the story just shows that Cat is struggling to cope with her departure and has just shifted to a new place where a bunch of copy cats are taking her catwoman gimmick to do crime.

In t
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Joëlle Jones is an Eisner nominated artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, CA.

Since attending PNCA in Portland, OR, she has contributed to a wide range of projects and has most recently has worked on Batman for DC comics. She also wrote and drew the series, Lady Killer, published by Dark Horse comics.

Jones has also provided the art for fashion designer Prada, and various projects fo

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