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Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats

(Catwoman (2018) #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  134 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
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by DC Comics
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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
David 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
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, 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, 2019-netgalley
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
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.
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
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
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.

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
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
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.
Stacy 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.
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.
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
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basic Plot: Catwoman is finding her place in a new town, taking care of her traumatized sister, and dealing with the corrupt wife of the governor.

The art in this series is absolutely phenomenal. Seriously. I caught myself just staring at some of the panels because they impress me so much with their style and overall composition. Jones does a great job with both the writing and art, honestly. The story is being revealed in drips and drabs to the readers, and we still don't have every single detai
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.
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
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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2018
The story arc in this comic book was so unimpressive and dull that I even felt convinced to write a review.
I will start with the advantages.. unfortunately, there is only one and it is the graphic side, particularly the way Selina is drawn. As for the disadvantages I highly discourage anyone whose favourite character is Catwoman to read this arc. I personally failed to understand her motivation for the move from Gotham (that may be due to the fact that I haven't read the wedding arc), furthermor
The Library Ladies
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book!

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved Catwoman and Selina Kyle. I’ve mentioned before that I had Batman Returns sheets, I was Catwoman for Halloween the year it came out, and I had my Catwoman trapper keeper that I held dear to my heart. My love for Selina is a double edged sword, however. Because i love her when her character is done justice it gives me all the happy feels. But,
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Even though Catwoman is one of my favorite DC characters, I hadn't read any of her solo comics before this. However, I knew I had to read this run when I saw that it was by Joëlle Jones, whose artwork I absolutely fell in love with in Tom King's Batman. And of course, in regards to the artwork of this volume, I was not disappointed. The dialogue and text is actually somewhat scarce in Copycats, but it works- Jones is just really good at showing movement and telling a story using only pictures.

Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Love the art, not sure about the story.

Unfortunately, I did not have a good introduction to the series. I was so excited for Batman issue 50 and the Bat and Cat finally getting married. BUT as you can tell, things didn't turn out that way. Its strange though because in the Batman series, Batman is tore up and constantly thinking about Selina while in this series, Selina is trying not to think about it at all. If you know the current Batman stuff then you'll get the full story here. If not I ca
Adam Fisher
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
About time for Selina Kyle to have her own title again! The storytelling and art style of Joelle Jones is phenomenal and works so well here.
In this post-wedding break up era of Catwoman, she has moved on to the town of Villa Hermosa, but there is a problem... that town already has a Catwoman! The imposter is running around killing cops, which has Selina on the run, till she solves what is really going on. Her primary opponent is Raina Creel, wife of the current Governor, head of her own crime or
Jammin Jenny
I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this graphic novel about Catwoman. In this novel, she's in a new city trying to get over her affair with Bruce Wayne, and taking care of her sister who was terrorized by the Black Mask. But a governor's family wants her out of "their" city so goes after her. Great visuals and dialog. Highly recommend this book.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, dc-comics
beautiful! beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i want to scream at the top of my lungs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! finally a good catwoman run! almost as good as ed brubaker, all we now need to do is wait for it to progress! thank you so much for bringing catwoman back!!!!!!! i'm actually so so so in love with this!!!!!!!!! ahh!!!!!!!
Ben Truong
Catwoman is an on-going series published by DC Comics and is the Rebirth reboot of the character that was established during the New 52 reboot known as Selina Kyle as Catwoman. Catwoman: Copycats collects the first six issues of the 2018 on-going series and covers the titular story.

"Copycats" is a five-issue story line (Catwoman #1–5) with a finale (Catwoman #6) and has Selina Kyle as Catwoman takes on several copycats that have been committing crime in her name. Behind these Catwomen is Raina C
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
For timeline purposes, this graphic novel takes place after the events of Batman Vol 7 the Wedding. Catwoman is in a new city, where she has a lot of imitators getting her into trouble. Where the corrupt wife of the governor is going to be a new powerful enemy that will shake up her plans for the future. I enjoyed the story line, although it somewhat reminded me of the Halle Berry Catwoman movie with Sharon Stone. Even the graphics seem to hearken back to that title. But not in a truly bad way. ...more
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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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