Review: Catwoman : Lonely City #1

by Carl Bryan
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Review: Catwoman:  Lonely City #1

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Cliff Chiang

Artist: Cliff Chiang

Letters: Cliff Chiang

Colors: Cliff Chiang

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“You’re asking me for favors now?  Weren’t we on a break?  Keeping out of each other’s business?” – Selina to Bruce

Catwoman:  Lonely City #1 – Ten years ago, the massacre known as Fools’ Night claimed the lives of Batman, the Joker, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon…and sent Selina Kyle, the Catwoman, to prison.
A decade later, Gotham has grown up—it’s put away costumed heroism and villainy as childish things. The new Gotham is cleaner, safer…and a lot less free, under the watchful eye of Mayor Harvey Dent and his Batcops.
It’s into this new city that Selina Kyle returns, a changed woman…with her mind on that one last big score: the secrets hidden inside the Batcave! She doesn’t need the money—she just needs to know…who is “Orpheus”?
Visionary creator Cliff Chiang (Wonder WomanPaper Girls) writes, draws, colors, and letters the story of a world without Batman, where one woman’s wounds threaten to tear apart an entire city! It’s an unmissable artistic statement that will change the way you see Gotham’s heroes and villains forever!


Cliff Chiang writes a love story of Catwoman that is worthy of Joelle Jones and Ram V’s treatment of the character.  First, the cover art alone is wonderful in that we get to see a retrospective of the character in a shadow that prominently displays everyone from Michelle Pfeiffer to Lee Meriwether to all the noteworthy comic incarnations of the character through the decades.  Brilliant.

Ten years in Blackgate and Selina is now released arguably to be a foil for Mayor Harvey Dent’s election hopes.  From using cash instead of “G-Coin” to old knees and back, Chiang’s portrayal of a lonely Selina is perfect.  

Through visits to old haunts to meetings with Dent, Killer Croc, and The Penguin to an ultimate flashback scene that depicts Bruce’s demise, Chiang hits all the heartstrings.


Positives 2.0

The visit to Wayne Manor and then to Barbara Gordon’s place of work… true genius in writing.  But Chiang handles more than the writing in this book.  His fingers are all over this book in coloring, illustration, and lettering.  In fact, his lettering is so akin to the Ram V series right now.  

Compliments abound on this book…but the best compliment you can provide is to purchase it.  Through the years, she has been a bit of a supporting character at best in the Rogues Gallery.  However, her rise recently in the main series, the new Batman/Catwoman series, and now this gem you should be thumbing through is giving her the deserved time as a major character that she really deserves!



Cats are meowing… or rather crickets are chirping!  How can one person touch on all these aspects of writing, drawing, coloring, and lettering… the lettering??? It’s like different voices by the same person!  I love how he handled all this work perfectly!



Catwoman has another champion.  Black Label is the perfect venue for this book!  Lonely City should be anything but that as you need this on your shelf.  So many Batman books, but you really should start a Catwoman shelf.  Great job Cliff Chiang!


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