Batman Catwoman #3
Written by Tom King
Art by Clay Mann
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Selina’s complicated relationship with Batman and Joker continues as Bruce’s past comes back to haunt her.
There’s been a murder in Florida and all evidence points to the Joker being the victim. With the investigation just beginning, Batwoman meets with Commissioner Dick Grayson to discuss the case before she heads back to Wayne Manor to have dinner with her mother Selina Kyle. Helena confronts her mother about the news and the former Catwoman thinks back to her confrontations with Joker and how he manipulated her relationship with Batman.
After Helena heads to Florida to investigate, Selina confronts her memories about not only her relationship with Bruce, but a confrontation with Phantasm prompted by Joker leaving the grieving woman a clue that puts the couple in her murderous sights.
The Story: King continues to make this a compelling mystery that spans across time and generations. What makes this issue so interesting is how Joker emotional and physical blackmail of Selina is as insidious as his back and forth with Batman. Making Selina the focus of the story adds extra drama and emotion to the plot. It’s engaging to see her deal with the moral and ethical dilemmas of who she is versus who she wants to be in her relationship with Bruce. A great issue full of awesome action and intrigue.
The Art: Clay Mann delivers some beautifully detailed and impressive art throughout this issue. There is a dark beauty to the visuals in this story and the art plays into the tension of the story especially in the scenes between mother and daughter.