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The Year of the Cat Selina Kyle came to Villa Hermosa to get away from the chaos of Gotham City. But chaos has a way of catching up, even to Catwoman. Lex Luthor is prepared to give Selina a gift that could change her life forever--as long as she leaves the path of righteousness behind and bares her villainous claws once more! If Selina accepts, Lex's gift could give her the The Year of the Cat Selina Kyle came to Villa Hermosa to get away from the chaos of Gotham City. But chaos has a way of catching up, even to Catwoman. Lex Luthor is prepared to give Selina a gift that could change her life forever--as long as she leaves the path of righteousness behind and bares her villainous claws once more! If Selina accepts, Lex's gift could give her the advantage over her top criminal rival in Villa Hermosa, the diabolical Raina Creel. With an offer that tempting, how could Catwoman resist sliding back into her old ways to once again be a cat whose path you never want to cross? Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist Jo�lle Jones (Lady Killer) weaves together every plot thread she's created since the start of Selina's saga, joined by Fernando Blanco (Batwoman) and Laura Allred (iZombie). Collects Catwoman #16-21.


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The Year of the Cat Selina Kyle came to Villa Hermosa to get away from the chaos of Gotham City. But chaos has a way of catching up, even to Catwoman. Lex Luthor is prepared to give Selina a gift that could change her life forever--as long as she leaves the path of righteousness behind and bares her villainous claws once more! If Selina accepts, Lex's gift could give her the The Year of the Cat Selina Kyle came to Villa Hermosa to get away from the chaos of Gotham City. But chaos has a way of catching up, even to Catwoman. Lex Luthor is prepared to give Selina a gift that could change her life forever--as long as she leaves the path of righteousness behind and bares her villainous claws once more! If Selina accepts, Lex's gift could give her the advantage over her top criminal rival in Villa Hermosa, the diabolical Raina Creel. With an offer that tempting, how could Catwoman resist sliding back into her old ways to once again be a cat whose path you never want to cross? Eisner Award-nominated writer/artist Jo�lle Jones (Lady Killer) weaves together every plot thread she's created since the start of Selina's saga, joined by Fernando Blanco (Batwoman) and Laura Allred (iZombie). Collects Catwoman #16-21.

30 review for Catwoman, Vol. 3: Friend or Foe?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Joelle Jones closes out Selina's time in Villa Hermosa along with any dangling plot threads. The Year of the Villain issues are told in such a nonlinear fashion that it's hard to tell what happened in them. I'm still not sure if she accepted Lex Luther's offer or not. Selina also fights a whole lot of zombies which I didn't really get why. The art by Jones and Fernando Blanco is pretty grand.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I continue to love Joelle Jones' "Catwoman" series: her artwork is simply stunning and while her stories sometimes suffer from uneven pacing, they are still loads of fun! This third volume wraps up Selina's stint in Villa Hermosa, and brings to a conclusion her fight against the disguting Raina Creel. The non-chronological narration was a touch confusing at first (did I miss something between volume 2 and 3 or did I just need to re-read volume 2?!), but I eventually figured it out and then it all I continue to love Joelle Jones' "Catwoman" series: her artwork is simply stunning and while her stories sometimes suffer from uneven pacing, they are still loads of fun! This third volume wraps up Selina's stint in Villa Hermosa, and brings to a conclusion her fight against the disguting Raina Creel. The non-chronological narration was a touch confusing at first (did I miss something between volume 2 and 3 or did I just need to re-read volume 2?!), but I eventually figured it out and then it all made sense. Lex Luthor finds Selina and tries to convince her that she must make a choice between being a good cat or a bad cat. But Selina has always walked that line like a talented aerialist, and she isn't so sure she's about to choose a side. She wants to go back home to Gotham, where being a little of both worked for her. But before she can pack her bags, she needs to make sure Raina won't use her access to a Lazarus pit to turn all of Villa Hermosa into zombies. I was a bit disappointed that Jones hadn't produced all the art in this volume: Blanco is a great artist, no doubt about that, but I prefer Jones' touch. The way she draws eyes and mouths make her characters truly pop, and I wish it had been consistent through the whole book. Besides that small "meh", I was very pleased with this latest installement of "Catwoman", and I'm looking forward to volume 4!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Actually collecting issues 14-21 (because solicits are never right anymore), this is the end of the first phase of Joelle Jones' Catwoman story, bringing her time in Villa Hermosa to a close. We get Catwoman's Year Of The Villain tie-in, which Jones manages to weave nicely into her ongoing plot featuring Raina Creel and some Lazarus Pit zombies, but then things begin to fall apart a bit. Jones is juggling a lot of balls, and some of them crash down as the series starts telling the story in a non- Actually collecting issues 14-21 (because solicits are never right anymore), this is the end of the first phase of Joelle Jones' Catwoman story, bringing her time in Villa Hermosa to a close. We get Catwoman's Year Of The Villain tie-in, which Jones manages to weave nicely into her ongoing plot featuring Raina Creel and some Lazarus Pit zombies, but then things begin to fall apart a bit. Jones is juggling a lot of balls, and some of them crash down as the series starts telling the story in a non-linear fashion, which makes it extremely hard to follow at times. Maybe re-reading it in trade will make more sense, but single issues with a month between wasn't the best way to experience the story. Otherwise, when it does make sense, it's pretty great. There are also some fill-in issues by Ram V which give Catwoman some stealing to do (she doesn't seem to do that quite so much under Jones), and the ending of the volume is a real triumph as Selina manages to save the day and herself, and her friends, and it's such a hard-earned victory that you can't help but smile. Jones draws some of these issues, but the main bulk of the artwork is handled by Fernando Blanco, whom I've sung the praises of numerous times before. His unique line gives his art a really different feeling to it, and the shadows of Villa Hermosa have never looked as good as when he's drawing them. A few timeline issues aside, Joelle Jones' Catwoman continues to impress. You just might have to rip some pages out and put them in the right order first. (Or maybe I'm just dumb. That's always a possibility.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Catwoman: Friend or Foe? picks up where the previous trade paperback left off collecting six issues (Catwoman #16–21) of the 2018 on-going series. The trade paperback has Selina Kyle as Catwoman taking a dip in a Lazarus Pit, lead there by Lex Luthor – a tie-in for the Year of the Villain event. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle is trying to stop the mad Raina Creel and save her new adopted city of Villa Hermosa. Leaving aside any established information about Lazarus Pits, the pool produces a seemingly pow Catwoman: Friend or Foe? picks up where the previous trade paperback left off collecting six issues (Catwoman #16–21) of the 2018 on-going series. The trade paperback has Selina Kyle as Catwoman taking a dip in a Lazarus Pit, lead there by Lex Luthor – a tie-in for the Year of the Villain event. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle is trying to stop the mad Raina Creel and save her new adopted city of Villa Hermosa. Leaving aside any established information about Lazarus Pits, the pool produces a seemingly powered-up Catwoman. Continuing to seek Creel, Selina then solicits the help of one Zatanna Zatara. Joëlle Jones penned the entire trade paperback. For the most part, it is written mediocrity well, but the trade paperback is being pulled in so many different directions that it's tough to find a core story, which makes it seem directionless. The crime noir elements were done rather well and surprisingly the Year of the Villain tie-in was done better. However, it did not overcome the directionless of the trade paperback. Furthermore, this trade paperback skipped many issues to jump into the Year of the Villain tie-in and it makes me wonder if I missed anything important between issues. Joëlle Jones (Catwoman #16–18), Fernando Blanco (Catwoamn #18, 21), Geralod Borges, Aneke, and Inaki Miranda (Catwoman #19–20) penciled the trade paperback. For the most the pencilers are rather distinct with each other, which make the flow rather disconcerting. All in all, Catwoman: Friend or Foe? is a mediocre continuation to what would hopefully be an equally wonderful series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    Yet another mixed bag from Jones, although the story is rather more straightforward than we've had so far, and actually makes some progress. The artwork's mostly good, and Jones' writing skills are on display, getting inside Selina's head and providing some good material. The Year of the Villain arc intrudes on the story, and doesn't really help much, although one can't really blame Jones for that one. The weakness, at least for me, is that the main story concerns a lot of zombies going around s Yet another mixed bag from Jones, although the story is rather more straightforward than we've had so far, and actually makes some progress. The artwork's mostly good, and Jones' writing skills are on display, getting inside Selina's head and providing some good material. The Year of the Villain arc intrudes on the story, and doesn't really help much, although one can't really blame Jones for that one. The weakness, at least for me, is that the main story concerns a lot of zombies going around smashing things and killing people... and I'm no fan of zombie stories. There's visibly an attempt here to make a dark, gritty, Catwoman story that keeps away from the trappings of Gotham, but if what that means is a bunch of mindless zombies getting trashed... well, it's well written, with some well-drawn fight scenes, but it doesn't do much to grab my interest, either.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I was glad to see more of Jones’s art here, and loved the purple aesthetic. The Blanco/Plascencia fight scenes were jarring, but a bit more palatable when they got their own issues. In several frames, Blanco made Selina’s angry face look very odd and out of proportion. I would’ve been pretty dissatisfied with a few of these single issues, but as whole they work well together. I can’t wait to see what happens next in, presumably, Gotham.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Wrapping up Jones's run with the character, volume three takes the story to some unexpected places, but Jones's writing takes some risks with style and structure that I think largely play off well. The art is excellent throughout, and the core of this story blends well with King's co-current run of Batman, bringing Selena to her own moment of reckoning of where she has come from and who she really wants to be.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erica McGillivray

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The ending and the beginning were by far the best parts of this book. Reading in single issues this book dragged due to DC's insistence on publishing two issues per month, and when Jones couldn't keep up, they had random stories by random guest authors, which is frustrating for anyone subscribed. The cat ending was purrfect.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    No idea why this has such a low rating! Incredible art from Joelle Jones. Absolutely blew me away and was great to see some of her old costumes emerge. I wasn't a huge fan of the zombie/Creel story line though so I'm glad the run is moving on from that.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Again, good art and decent story. This particular volume feels a little rushed though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    There's a lot to like here, but also a lot that has fallen apart. One of the things that made the first issues of this arc so wonderful was the serious, character-driven crime storylines. Some of the stuff in this book has wondered into weird territory that doesn't feel very "Catwoman" anymore. Hopefully there will be some course-correction moving forward.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Jones’s artwork is stellar and there are some real cool/fun/exciting moments, but they felt too few and far between. Just felt more drawn out than was needed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    hyacinth

  14. 5 out of 5

    Terje Fokstuen

  15. 4 out of 5

    David

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Reeve

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cerrig

  19. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Payne

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael DaBronzo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Autymn

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ward

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  24. 4 out of 5

    Øydis

  25. 5 out of 5

    electrum

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tokio Myers

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steph

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian

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