johnkmccubbin91's Catwoman #14 - To Skin a Cat review

The Jokes on Us

I have enjoyed the better part of this series but it's not been brilliant and since Ann Nocenti joined as writer it has dropped even further down in quality.


This issue sees Catwoman at the mercy of Joker who has strapped a bomb to the chest of a child Catwoman was was trying to save. Joker continues to play with Catwoman telling her that all he wants is for her to play her part in his scheme.


Showing Too Much Skin

This issue was bad and probably the worst Catwoman issue I have read so far whether in this series or any other. I just wish someone besides Nocenti would write this comic as she clearly doesn't understand the characters as much as she should. I also thought that with Nocenti coming onto this series that we would see less of Catwoman revealing herself as most woman have complained about that. I personally don't mind it from time to time but this series has been doing it far too often and it seems that when the writer can't think of something to add to the story they'll just add a scene were her cloths come off to fill a few pages.

The art from Rafa Sandoval is in this issue is good and the only thing positive I can probably think about this issue. I don't however like the way he draws peoples hair or the Joker. At certain points during this issue Catwoman's hair is all over the place and the way it is drawn it looks like one huge clump, which is very unrealistic. The facial emotion throughout this issue wasn't bad and I liked how you could easily tell whether the character was happy, upset or in discomfort.

Catwoman Clobbers Joker

I didn't like the way Joker was written in this issue as although he's very unpredictable he seemed out of character for the most of this issue. I did however like that Catwoman tried to fight Joker at certain points but it seemed a bit too much like she was desperately trying anything she could to get away or get the upper hand. I don't understand why Catwoman doesn't just try and beat the living hell out of Joker. I understand that she wants to find out why he's tormenting her and if he knows anything about he but I'd still have though that she would have had a proper go of beating him up first.

I like how Joker's been involved in all the crossover issues so far but don't understand how he's been able to do all the things he's been doing. Okay you could say that all these events are happening at totally different times and that some of the events will be setting up others. It however appears that all these things are happening at the same time however and it just makes me question where Joker gets the time to do all this.

I also didn't like how Catwoman appeared to not know who Joker was. I know that things are different since the New 52 started but even of she hadn't met Joker before it's already been established that Batman has had numerous run ins with the Joker in the past and she was bound to have at least heard something about it, whether from Batman himself or someone else. I also found it a bit silly that Catwoman didn't just admit to Joker where she stands with Batman, and even if she was wanting to hide her feelings towards Batman from Joker it couldn't be more obvious what she truly felt.

Joker's Secret

There was also a secret about how Joker sees Batman near the end of this issue which I won't spoil. I will however mention that what was revealed was not only stupid, it made no sense. I know that Joker has a twisted mind and that it always appears that neither Batman nor Joker truly want to see the other dead, as they wouldn't have a big enough opponent, but what was revealed in this issue went way beyond that.

Final Verdict

This was a bad issue and unless you are wanting to read everything related to Death of the Family or don't want to miss a Catwoman adventure I would recommend not buying this comic. It is ridiculous and is just degrading the character, as well as this storyline.

Rating: 2/5

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

It's not even a matter of Nocenti not knowing the characters, based off this and Green Arrow I think Nocenti just doesn't know how to write comics. She consistently has glaring problems with pacing and plot structure.

Posted by pingclang

My sincere apologies that Nocenti is on the book. Judging by the way she wrote Green Arrow, her run on Catwoman will be a nightmare.

Posted by BatWatch

What big revelation are you talking about at the end? Joker loving Batman?

There was something else I wanted to say, but now it has escaped me. Oh well.

Posted by The Mighty Monarch

See, the thing is, Joker loving Batman is completely obvious, as he said. It's not like he's a lovesick schoolgirl or he wants to go hump him in the batcave; 'love' is just another context to an already definitive core aspect of Joker; Batman is his entire reason for living. Batman is just about the only thing that is interesting enough to him to keep him going. So many of his plans ultimately have the endgame of trying to break Batman. Without Batman, The Joker would just completely shut down.

The Joker is in love with Batman, just not by the normal definitions of love.

Posted by johnkmccubbin91

Fair point, I still think it came across the wrong way and that's what I don't like about it. As I mentioned Batman and Joker not wanting to kill each other as they don't have anyone else big enough to compete with is one of the things I like about their feud, just felt that the way it was talked about in this issue made it feel more like the way Catwoman loves Batman. Just the way I saw it.

Other reviews for Catwoman #14 - To Skin a Cat

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.