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In the aftermath of "The Joker War," Selina Kyle has taken up residence in Alleytown. But when she finds that her old stomping grounds have been taken over by drug-running mobsters, she hatches a plan to take the town back! But unbeknownst to her, she's being tracked by a terrifying new foe: a hit man in priest's clothing known only as Father Valley, who carries a bag of b In the aftermath of "The Joker War," Selina Kyle has taken up residence in Alleytown. But when she finds that her old stomping grounds have been taken over by drug-running mobsters, she hatches a plan to take the town back! But unbeknownst to her, she's being tracked by a terrifying new foe: a hit man in priest's clothing known only as Father Valley, who carries a bag of bibles around as trophies from each of his victims. Will she be able to loosen the mafia's stranglehold on her new hometown or become another victim to Father Valley's sacred oath? Plus, Selina heads to the jungle to steal a diamond from a supervillain auction! Collects Catwoman #14-15 and #22-28.


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In the aftermath of "The Joker War," Selina Kyle has taken up residence in Alleytown. But when she finds that her old stomping grounds have been taken over by drug-running mobsters, she hatches a plan to take the town back! But unbeknownst to her, she's being tracked by a terrifying new foe: a hit man in priest's clothing known only as Father Valley, who carries a bag of b In the aftermath of "The Joker War," Selina Kyle has taken up residence in Alleytown. But when she finds that her old stomping grounds have been taken over by drug-running mobsters, she hatches a plan to take the town back! But unbeknownst to her, she's being tracked by a terrifying new foe: a hit man in priest's clothing known only as Father Valley, who carries a bag of bibles around as trophies from each of his victims. Will she be able to loosen the mafia's stranglehold on her new hometown or become another victim to Father Valley's sacred oath? Plus, Selina heads to the jungle to steal a diamond from a supervillain auction! Collects Catwoman #14-15 and #22-28.

30 review for Catwoman Vol. 4: Come Home, Alley Cat

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Starts off with a bunch of one and two issue filler stories that were actually quite good. Then The Joker War brings Selina back home to Gotham. Afterwards she decides to stick around Gotham and set up her own crew of thieves. It's a lot like a return to Ed Brubaker's run. I really like Ram V.'s writing. He's very talented. So is Fernando Blanco on art. Starts off with a bunch of one and two issue filler stories that were actually quite good. Then The Joker War brings Selina back home to Gotham. Afterwards she decides to stick around Gotham and set up her own crew of thieves. It's a lot like a return to Ed Brubaker's run. I really like Ram V.'s writing. He's very talented. So is Fernando Blanco on art.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    So, to start off, I must mention that this Catwoman installment has a Joelle Jones cover, but the art in the actual issues is by Fernando Blanco, so the way it’s advertised is a little misleading. It continues the Catwoman story previously drawn by Jones, but I guess she has other projects now. Honestly, this was a bummer, as I had been drawn to this new Catwoman series because of Jones’ distinctive style, which I absolutely love. I worked hard on keeping my disappointment from spoiling the read So, to start off, I must mention that this Catwoman installment has a Joelle Jones cover, but the art in the actual issues is by Fernando Blanco, so the way it’s advertised is a little misleading. It continues the Catwoman story previously drawn by Jones, but I guess she has other projects now. Honestly, this was a bummer, as I had been drawn to this new Catwoman series because of Jones’ distinctive style, which I absolutely love. I worked hard on keeping my disappointment from spoiling the reading experience. After the Raina Creel finale of the previous volume, Catwoman still has a little unfinished business in Villa Hermosa, but really, she longs from home. And not simply Gotham, but the neighborhood where she first cut her claws: Alleytown. This volume see Selina still trying to figure out who she is after leaving the Bat at the altar, but really, it sees her kicking ass and taking names as she makes her way back to her old haunts, with a few exotic interludes in the middle of the book. Despite not having the amount of Jones artwork I was craving, I must say that this is a pretty good collection of Catwoman stories, well-written, with a good balance of character development and action. And Blanco’s art, while not as sexy as Jones’, is still awesome: he captured Selina Kyle very well, and puts her in gloriously grimy settings. 4 stars, despite the disapointment!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: After leaving Villa Hermosa, Catwoman continues to work on the question of who she wants to be. Solid short stories in here after the previous, longer arc wound down. The art was good, but I already miss Jones' work. I love her style the most. Out of all the things I like here, the one thing that confuses me is why Catwoman is being drawn in her old school costumes instead of the current one. It's a bit odd. Still enjoying the series tremendously. Basic plot: After leaving Villa Hermosa, Catwoman continues to work on the question of who she wants to be. Solid short stories in here after the previous, longer arc wound down. The art was good, but I already miss Jones' work. I love her style the most. Out of all the things I like here, the one thing that confuses me is why Catwoman is being drawn in her old school costumes instead of the current one. It's a bit odd. Still enjoying the series tremendously.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    This volume of Catwoman is a little all over the place, but that's to be expected since it's mostly a collection of placeholder stories for the main part. It actually includes issues 14-15, and 22-28, rather than the solicitation material. #14-15 are a short two-part heist story by Ram V, with art by Mirka Andolfo. This is definitely a placeholder, but it's also I think kind of an audition for V, since he has since taken over the title properly. It's fine - it does Catwoman-y things, and she look This volume of Catwoman is a little all over the place, but that's to be expected since it's mostly a collection of placeholder stories for the main part. It actually includes issues 14-15, and 22-28, rather than the solicitation material. #14-15 are a short two-part heist story by Ram V, with art by Mirka Andolfo. This is definitely a placeholder, but it's also I think kind of an audition for V, since he has since taken over the title properly. It's fine - it does Catwoman-y things, and she looks good doing it thanks to Andolfo's artwork. Issue 22 is another fill-in from Paula Sevenbergen, with Aneke on art. Also a fine story, if a bit daft since it's about a maid service that steals things. I've heard worse ideas? This flows into issues 23-24, which see Blake Northcott and Sean Murphy pen a tale that brings back Snowflame of all people, a cocaine-powered psycho. This story seems to want to do far too much in only two issues, with Selina stealing from an auction and rescuing a country and dealing with a panther god (?) as well. Probably could have done with an extra issue here. It's the final issues of the book that really shine though. Ram V and Fernando Blanco take over full-time, and are able to really start building something. The fallout from the Joker War ties nicely into Catwoman's appearances in the main Batman book, while the move back to Alleytown reminds me of Ed Brubaker's run on the title way back when, with Selina looking to carve out a piece of Gotham for herself and make it somewhere safe, if not entirely legal. Blanco's art has been a Catwoman mainstay since it became clear Joelle Jones wouldn't be able to draw every issue, and he slips into a main artist role very easily. I love his slick style, I really do. Catwoman's latest collection is okay, with hints of something greater. If you can muddle through the opening issues and get to the actual meat of the book, you'll find something worth sticking around for.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Sure. Catwoman wanders home and finds a part of Gotham that isn't already controlled by the mob or an Arkham escapee to claim for her own. That's NOT believable. And to double the disappointment, nothing really required the story to take place in Gotham, so a completely unnecessary head scratcher to boot. Sure. Catwoman wanders home and finds a part of Gotham that isn't already controlled by the mob or an Arkham escapee to claim for her own. That's NOT believable. And to double the disappointment, nothing really required the story to take place in Gotham, so a completely unnecessary head scratcher to boot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    A stronger second half to this volume. Selina's adventures in Villa Hermosa end rather dully, bit issues 22, 23, and 24 are quite good. A stronger second half to this volume. Selina's adventures in Villa Hermosa end rather dully, bit issues 22, 23, and 24 are quite good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Catwoman: Come Home, Ally Cat picks up where the previous trade paperback left off collecting nine issues (Catwoman #14–15 and 22–28) of the 2018 on-going series. The trade paperback has Selina Kyle as Catwoman continues her soul-searching adventures in Villa Hermosa. However, everywhere she turns, she finds troubles – in particular Raina Creel's criminal crew. Later on, Selina Kyle has taken up residence in Alleytown. However, when she finds that her old stomping grounds have been taken over by Catwoman: Come Home, Ally Cat picks up where the previous trade paperback left off collecting nine issues (Catwoman #14–15 and 22–28) of the 2018 on-going series. The trade paperback has Selina Kyle as Catwoman continues her soul-searching adventures in Villa Hermosa. However, everywhere she turns, she finds troubles – in particular Raina Creel's criminal crew. Later on, Selina Kyle has taken up residence in Alleytown. However, when she finds that her old stomping grounds have been taken over by drug-running mobsters, she hatches a plan to take the town back and confronting a new antagonist, while doing so. Ram V (Catwoman #14–15 and 25–28), Blake Northcott and Sean Murphy (Catwoman #23–24), and Paula Sevenbergen (Catwoman #22) penned the trade paperback. For the most part, it is written moderately well, mainly because 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. It just felt like a hodgepodge of stories thrown together. Fernando Blanco (Catwoman #25–28), Mirka Andolfo (Catwoman #14–15), Cian Tormey (Catwoman #23–24), and Aneke (Catwoman #22) penciled the trade paperback. For the most the pencilers are rather distinct with each other, which make the flow rather disconcerting. Overall, this series of Catwoman (2018) has been a mixed bag of stories. It started out rather strong as it gave a new direction and new city for Selina Kyle as Catwoman. However, it slowly went downward from there and eventually leveling off with mediocrity. All in all, Catwoman: Come Home, Ally Cat is a mediocre conclusion to an equally mediocre series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    This is a collection of short stories, mostly written by Ram V, but with a few guest writers added into the mix. As a collected edition, it ends up feeling disjointed in a way that the individual issues might not have - some are good, some less so, and there's not really a consistent style or theme to it. It also doesn't help that the first story is out of chronological order with what follows - taking place (and originally having been published) before the final material in the previous volume. This is a collection of short stories, mostly written by Ram V, but with a few guest writers added into the mix. As a collected edition, it ends up feeling disjointed in a way that the individual issues might not have - some are good, some less so, and there's not really a consistent style or theme to it. It also doesn't help that the first story is out of chronological order with what follows - taking place (and originally having been published) before the final material in the previous volume. On the other hand, some of the stories are strong, and V is obviously aiming for a gritty crime drama feel, rather than something that's more obviously superheroic. The last few installments, once a plot starts to come together as Catwoman takes up her old haunt in a slum district of Gotham, are the best part, and bode well for the future, now that the placeholder shorts are out of the way.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Why DC decide to change writers halfway through a run is beyond me. I really miss Joelle. The first few issues were quite good and the art was amazing but after that my interest totally waned. I found myself skimming through the last few issues. The art and story was completely lacklustre. Really hoping this run improves.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    After Jole Jones fantastic run there just isn't much life in the stories Ram V is trying to tell. The one highlight was Fernando Blanco's remarkable art from the last three issues in this collection. After Jole Jones fantastic run there just isn't much life in the stories Ram V is trying to tell. The one highlight was Fernando Blanco's remarkable art from the last three issues in this collection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I wish Jones had done more than covers, but I loved this. Ram V is a new favorite, and Blanco is still great too.

  12. 4 out of 5

    RG

    A combination of one shot and smaller issues then Ram Vs run kicks in. Great writing. I'm loving his style and slowly becoming one of my fave writers. The artwork really works for me A combination of one shot and smaller issues then Ram Vs run kicks in. Great writing. I'm loving his style and slowly becoming one of my fave writers. The artwork really works for me

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    This book leads off with some short stories before shifting to a new, Gotham-based story. Not sold on moving Selina back to Gotham, but otherwise the story is pretty solid.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Drew

    A fun and engrossing read with tons of great artwork. Def recommend. #catwoman4vida

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cyrielle BloodyCy

    Goodbye Villa Hermosa. Ending of #21 was maybe a bit underwhelming, but it doesn't do anything against that great run, in my opinion. I really appreciate the characterization of Selina in these volumes and they will forever have a place in my heart. Reading #22, I miss Joelle Jones already with all that male gaze in the art but in the words as well (makes it even worse that it's written by a woman, don't know abt the artist, Aneke, but poses are... a problem as well in that issue). Added malus: Se Goodbye Villa Hermosa. Ending of #21 was maybe a bit underwhelming, but it doesn't do anything against that great run, in my opinion. I really appreciate the characterization of Selina in these volumes and they will forever have a place in my heart. Reading #22, I miss Joelle Jones already with all that male gaze in the art but in the words as well (makes it even worse that it's written by a woman, don't know abt the artist, Aneke, but poses are... a problem as well in that issue). Added malus: Selina mocking -even gently- what is basically sex work simply is bullshit. Laura Allred's colours do help a lot to maintain a link between this and what we've seen before, though, so kudos to her.

  16. 5 out of 5

    the lateadopter

  17. 5 out of 5

    David

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wasan Syananondh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jourdain

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lance Lubelski

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brian Garthoff

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott Waldie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sans

  26. 5 out of 5

    Spolk

  27. 4 out of 5

    lgaostpa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nebojsa

  29. 5 out of 5

    Avi Grundner

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ben Dorris

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