Catwoman #51 is published by DC Comics, written by Tini Howard and illustrated by David Nakayama and Sami Basri.
Issue #51 is available 25th January 2023 either directly from DC Comics online or from your local comic book store, digital copies will be available to download from the usual content providers.
Never cage her. Never chain her. Never try and keep her down. After the explosive events in Alleytown… the Cat wants out.
But with Selina Kyle locked up while under investigation for murder, there still has to be a Catwoman on the streets of Gotham to keep the mob families behaving under the Cat’s claws… it’s a good thing Eiko Hasigawa has a Catwoman costume in the back of her closet that’s just waiting to be put on again!
In this issue we catch up with Selina as she is now languishing behind bars, but as we know you can’t keep Catwoman caged, Selina has a plan and needs to buy herself some time to get the plan in place but being a big name that is know to pretty much every character in the Gotham underworld laying low is going to be pretty much impossible but Selina is built different to most and she can handle her self in most situations.
As Selina or Catwoman is otherwise engaged a new “Catwoman” must take over the legendary mantle and Eiko Hasigawa feels she has what it takes to step up and I don’t just mean the costume, it takes a certain person to become “Catwoman” and Eiko feels she can do it, the transition is beginning and a new anti hero could be about to step up to the plate.
As ever this book of Catwoman is punchy and strong albeit told in a fresh way, Tini Howard opens up the mantra of Catwoman as she explores maybe a new style of portrayal as Eiko Hasigawa could take the Catwoman character and give it the fresh shake up it needs. The writing of this book is top class, I found the words flowed well and the story was impowered you get the feeling that this issue may well have been a cross road for the story heralding a new direction, one thing is for sure is that this new direction is exciting to see where it all is going.
For a powerful story you need illustrations that are just as powerful and that is exactly what you have here, David Nakayama and Sami Basri combine their talents to elevate the story with vibrant tones creating a powerful punch alongside the written story, each panel draws you in with dramatic images that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
For me this issue was faultless. An empowering story which is taking the Catwoman character to new heights, the creative team have come together to create a masterpiece and that’s what they have done.