Review: Catwoman: Lonely City #2

by Carl Bryan
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Review:  Catwoman:  Lonely City #2

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

Writer: Cliff Chiang

Artist: Cliff Chiang

Letters: Cliff Chiang

Colors: Cliff Chiang

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan


“Orpheus was one of his secret projects.  Bruce never even told me…I stumbled across a reference to it after Alfred’s funeral.” – Barbara to Selina

Catwoman:  Lonely City #2 – 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.  She now returns to the city after ten years in 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.
Mayor Harvey Dent faces stiff competition in his upcoming election bid – Councilwoman Barbara Gordon.  He needs a big PR move.  His plan?  Capture Catwoman.
Haunted by Batman’s dying words, Selina plans for one last score.  She will break into the Batcave on Election Day…but she cannot do it alone!
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. His current timeline references Alfred’s demise as well as an homage to the 1989 Batman movie (custom sneakers…how great!), this is a cool alternate universe/what might happen/what could happen comic.

How does Selina retool to accomplish what she wants to do? Old connections become current connections as Rowena is hooking Selina up… the Cat is back after ten years!

The rapport between her and Killer Croc is excellent writing… the discussion about why he cannot attend a function with her is classic. Her conversations with The Riddler over drinks… cerebral. Chiang writes a near-perfect Catwoman tale!

Positives 2.0

We can shower Chiang with writing compliments, 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 and the Black Label imprint is the perfect venue for this book! Lonely City should on everyone’s shelf. The flashbacks and homages to costumes and eras gone by are so worth the price of admission. There are so many Batman books, but you really should start a Catwoman shelf.

Great job Cliff Chiang!


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