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Everything's all right in Selina Kyle's world. As the fabled Catbird of Gotham City, she fights alongside Batman to keep the city safe. So why does it all feel so wrong? Who is behind this twisted--and yet untwisted--version of Gotham City? Find out in Gothtopia! Also featuring an untold tale of Catwoman in this tie-in to BATMAN: ZERO YEAR! Journey back to Selina's early da Everything's all right in Selina Kyle's world. As the fabled Catbird of Gotham City, she fights alongside Batman to keep the city safe. So why does it all feel so wrong? Who is behind this twisted--and yet untwisted--version of Gotham City? Find out in Gothtopia! Also featuring an untold tale of Catwoman in this tie-in to BATMAN: ZERO YEAR! Journey back to Selina's early days as a thief, and find out why she's always worked alone! Collects: Catwoman #25, #27-34.


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Everything's all right in Selina Kyle's world. As the fabled Catbird of Gotham City, she fights alongside Batman to keep the city safe. So why does it all feel so wrong? Who is behind this twisted--and yet untwisted--version of Gotham City? Find out in Gothtopia! Also featuring an untold tale of Catwoman in this tie-in to BATMAN: ZERO YEAR! Journey back to Selina's early da Everything's all right in Selina Kyle's world. As the fabled Catbird of Gotham City, she fights alongside Batman to keep the city safe. So why does it all feel so wrong? Who is behind this twisted--and yet untwisted--version of Gotham City? Find out in Gothtopia! Also featuring an untold tale of Catwoman in this tie-in to BATMAN: ZERO YEAR! Journey back to Selina's early days as a thief, and find out why she's always worked alone! Collects: Catwoman #25, #27-34.

30 review for Catwoman, Volume 5: Race of Thieves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jayson

    (B-) 69% | Satisfactory Notes: Two-thirds absurd, a total turd, a shameful bottom line, though not all bad, it shines a tad: guest writer parts are fine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Urgh. After Volume 4 almost rekindled my faith in Ann Nocenti, this final volume of her run puts things right back where they were before. The stories in this volume are all good ideas once again, but executed horribly, with random scene changes, plot threads that are dropped halfway through storylines, and dialogue that always feels as though half of the words are missing and the other half don't make any sense. The volume opens well with a Zero Year story by John Layman, before heading into a Urgh. After Volume 4 almost rekindled my faith in Ann Nocenti, this final volume of her run puts things right back where they were before. The stories in this volume are all good ideas once again, but executed horribly, with random scene changes, plot threads that are dropped halfway through storylines, and dialogue that always feels as though half of the words are missing and the other half don't make any sense. The volume opens well with a Zero Year story by John Layman, before heading into a 2 issue Gothtopia tie-in which has a random villain with no explanation who disappears after about 3 pages, and a cliffhanger ending that isn't resolved at all. I expect it's dealt with over in Detective Comics, but here it just feels out of place. Then comes the actual Race of Thieves story, which again is a good idea, pitting thieves across the world against each other, but for some reason being the best thief involves an actual car race across the desert, and a load of bickering thieves who are so unprofessional it's a wonder they were ever invited. The villain of the piece has a flaming head for no particular reason at all, yet everyone treats it as if this is normal. I don't understand what was going on here. The final issue of Nocenti's run focuses on Alice Tesla, which is a nice change, but devolves into a fist fight between Catwoman and a Dungeons and Dragons cosplayer, so that was another ruined idea. The highlights of this volume are the two fill-in issues by Sholly Fisch, who writes a great done-in-one halfway through the book, as well as the Future's End one-shot which ties in nicely to the current Batman Eternal storyline. It's a shame Fisch couldn't have written everything else in this volume. The artwork is solid throughout, with Aaron Lopresti on the Zero Year story, and Patrick Oliffe drawing the rest of the volume with no fill-ins, which is a nice change. Catwoman always seems to get good artists; it's a shame about the other side of things.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    This collection is bookended in the front by two stories -- a Zero Year tale and a Gothtopia tale -- and in the back by a Future's End one-shot; all of which are pretty decient stories (if you understand how they fit into the bigger continuity). In the middle are six Ann Nocenti stories -- two stand-alones (within the modern continuity) also bookending a 4-part "Race of Thieves " Arc. The art by Paul Oliffe is pretty darn good -- minimal gratuitious hotness (I thought) and sensible but dramatic l This collection is bookended in the front by two stories -- a Zero Year tale and a Gothtopia tale -- and in the back by a Future's End one-shot; all of which are pretty decient stories (if you understand how they fit into the bigger continuity). In the middle are six Ann Nocenti stories -- two stand-alones (within the modern continuity) also bookending a 4-part "Race of Thieves " Arc. The art by Paul Oliffe is pretty darn good -- minimal gratuitious hotness (I thought) and sensible but dramatic layouts and organization. The story -- well, I always seem to have trouble understanding Ms. Nocenti's plot. And dialogue. And phraseology. (I guess other people get her and enjoy her work, but it leaves me scratching my head).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume of Catwoman had the same problem as the last few volumes: it's too damn confusing! I just have a hard time making sense out of Ann Nocenti's writing, at least her work on Catwoman. It seems to be overly wordy and drags terribly. It feels unending. The art is decent, but not enough to save the confusing story. Only read this if you're a die hard Catwoman fan, otherwise you should probably skip it. This volume of Catwoman had the same problem as the last few volumes: it's too damn confusing! I just have a hard time making sense out of Ann Nocenti's writing, at least her work on Catwoman. It seems to be overly wordy and drags terribly. It feels unending. The art is decent, but not enough to save the confusing story. Only read this if you're a die hard Catwoman fan, otherwise you should probably skip it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    A miss match of stories, but the Race Of Thieves was ok, so I can round up to a three. However, what the heck was up with Gothtopia? I ran into that in Batgirl too, but no explanation there either! Also, Selina taking over the mob... OK, but HOW did she do it?????? So many issues with this...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lewenda

    There's about 3 plot lines that are created and dropped all in the space of half a dozen issues. I don't particularly blame all this on Nocenti, though. Gothtopia wasn't her idea. No one could have made Gothtopia work. It was just awful. Then there's Zero Year, which, while it's decently written, it is jarring when placed within this bundle. The problem with this volume isn't the fault of the writer. It is the fault of the editorial, who decide that crossover events like Gothtopia and Zero Year There's about 3 plot lines that are created and dropped all in the space of half a dozen issues. I don't particularly blame all this on Nocenti, though. Gothtopia wasn't her idea. No one could have made Gothtopia work. It was just awful. Then there's Zero Year, which, while it's decently written, it is jarring when placed within this bundle. The problem with this volume isn't the fault of the writer. It is the fault of the editorial, who decide that crossover events like Gothtopia and Zero Year are a good idea. It's such a huge shame, because I really liked Nocenti's run on Joker's daughter and Death of the Family. It sucks to see her talent being squandered away like this.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Yeesh! You can tell that Catwoman comics are not doing well when there are no other reviews on goodreads for it! A new writer took over and so the comic is all over the place now. Half the time when comics have different story arcs through out I always wonder if there is a comic out there I missed that had the story ahead of this one. For example, there is a story in here about Catwoman's fall from the head of the crime family in Gotham. When did she even become in charge of it???? I wasn't even Yeesh! You can tell that Catwoman comics are not doing well when there are no other reviews on goodreads for it! A new writer took over and so the comic is all over the place now. Half the time when comics have different story arcs through out I always wonder if there is a comic out there I missed that had the story ahead of this one. For example, there is a story in here about Catwoman's fall from the head of the crime family in Gotham. When did she even become in charge of it???? I wasn't even sure if there was going to be a vol. 6 but I googled it and apparently there will be one. I think I am done with the Catwoman comics now though which is really too bad.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    This had, at best, a couple good moments. Mostly I just wanted to be done with this and if I hadn't realized the next volume is taken over by a new writer I'd probably just call it quits with this series. I'll see if the new writer can salvage a plot out of this, but this was all over the place in terms of stories and just felt like a mess. This had, at best, a couple good moments. Mostly I just wanted to be done with this and if I hadn't realized the next volume is taken over by a new writer I'd probably just call it quits with this series. I'll see if the new writer can salvage a plot out of this, but this was all over the place in terms of stories and just felt like a mess.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Meh. (Can we get a new author for this series, please?) *looks at next volume* Hooray, no more Nocenti.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Catwoman: Race of Thieves picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting nine issues (Catwoman #25, 27–34) of the 2011 on-going series and collects six stories: "Before the Claw Comes Out", "Happiness in a Cold Gun", "The Way of the Cat", "Crash and Grab", "Race of Thieves", and "Remote Life". "Race of Thieves" is a four-issue story (Catwoman #30–33) that has Selina Kyle as Catwoman faces off against several of antagonists or rather fellow thieves in a globe-trotting contest that would g Catwoman: Race of Thieves picks up where the previous volume left off, collecting nine issues (Catwoman #25, 27–34) of the 2011 on-going series and collects six stories: "Before the Claw Comes Out", "Happiness in a Cold Gun", "The Way of the Cat", "Crash and Grab", "Race of Thieves", and "Remote Life". "Race of Thieves" is a four-issue story (Catwoman #30–33) that has Selina Kyle as Catwoman faces off against several of antagonists or rather fellow thieves in a globe-trotting contest that would give the title of best thief in the world. Unfortunately, the old adage may prove true, that there is no honor among thieves. In "Crash and Grab" (Catwoman #29) has Selina Kyle participate in a socialite event run by Wayne Industries and in "Remote Life" (Catwoman #34) has Selina Kyle buying a new house with treasure underneath it. "Before the Claws Come Out" (Catwoman #25) is a one-issue story and a tie-in for the Zero Year event that has Selina Kyle as a thief in her early days and the reasons why she always work alone. "Happiness in a Cold Gun" and "The Way of the Cat" (Catwoman #27–28) is a two-issue tie-in for the Gothtopia event and has Selina Kyle as Catbird – a Robin and Catwoman hybrid. With the exception of two issues who were written by John Layman (Catwoman #25) and Sholly Fisch (Catwoman #29), the rest of the trade paperback was penned by Ann Nocenti. Discounting the tie-ins, which disrupt the overall narrative of the series, Nocenti seemed to have a lack of cohesion overall. While "Race of Thieves" is a nice focus point – it wasn’t strong enough of a story to hold the entire trade paperback together. With the exception of two issues who were penciled by Aaron Lopresti (Catwoman #25) and co-penciled by Cliff Richards (Catwoman #26), the entire trade paperback was penciled by Patrick Olliffe. Since he was the main penciler, the artistic flow of the trade paperback flowed exceptionally well. For the most part, I somewhat enjoyed his penciling style. All in all, Catwoman: Race of Thieves is a satisfactory continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    I'm glad to see that Ann Nocenti's span on Catwoman ended shortly after these issues. I don't know if its her writing style in toto or just the way she wrote Catwoman, but the volumes of her stories are painful to get through. I'll grant some of it may be outside influence - There are two issues of 'Gothtopia' in this collection that make absolutely no sense, but that may be because of a crossover and not just Nocenti's writing. But the Race of Thieves story isn't much better; the writing feels I'm glad to see that Ann Nocenti's span on Catwoman ended shortly after these issues. I don't know if its her writing style in toto or just the way she wrote Catwoman, but the volumes of her stories are painful to get through. I'll grant some of it may be outside influence - There are two issues of 'Gothtopia' in this collection that make absolutely no sense, but that may be because of a crossover and not just Nocenti's writing. But the Race of Thieves story isn't much better; the writing feels schizophrenic, the characters often make no sense (it feels like an attempt at Joss Whedon dialog that goes horribly awry), and the plots don't connect at all. The race sequence I honestly can not figure out; how did Catwoman win when the art shows other vehicles in front of her? So why does this title get two stars? Because there are several stories by other authors, each of which is at least a small improvement over Nocenti's work; there's a Zero Year tie-in that is a little too cute in the origin-setting, but still tells a good story. The other two are okay, but not memorable. New 52 Catwoman has not been well utilized, and this volume only highlights that failure. It may not be entirely Ann Nocenti's fault (editorial influence at DC can be responsible for a lot of damage), but having her work able to be read next to other writers shows that she is at least moderately to blame.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Seriously, what is this book? A great character thrown into bizarre situations with little explanation and less development. I have, once more, almost no idea to the motivations behind her or anyone around her in this whole series. So strange.

  13. 5 out of 5

    J. Griff

    Thank the Old Ones I’m finally done with all the “New 52” volumes of Catwoman I bought years ago. There were some decent plot ideas in this volume, but Nocenti’s writing just made it hard to understand or follow. I’m pretty sure I don’t have anything else she’s written in my stacks to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    Though it is a significant step up from the last installment, the quick change in story line without any explanation is quite disconcerting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cyrielle BloodyCy

    I'm just glad I'm finished with Nocenti's run. I'm just glad I'm finished with Nocenti's run.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anniken Haga

    Ok, so this book started out ok, but then fell fast. The whole thing felt a little like a filler, actually. I'm guessing the authors hoped the last thing would catch the readers attention, but it just cemented my wish to not keep reading this thing. They had an interesting story line set up in the earlier albums - the whole ''who is Selina Kyle'' story was interesting, but it was never resolved, unfortunately. There were other stories as well, like the whole Batman romance thing, but it just died Ok, so this book started out ok, but then fell fast. The whole thing felt a little like a filler, actually. I'm guessing the authors hoped the last thing would catch the readers attention, but it just cemented my wish to not keep reading this thing. They had an interesting story line set up in the earlier albums - the whole ''who is Selina Kyle'' story was interesting, but it was never resolved, unfortunately. There were other stories as well, like the whole Batman romance thing, but it just died away after that one encounter in vol 3. Then they started the whole raven-story line in this or the last album, and that could be interesting but they ended up just forgetting about it. This is a trend I see with DC comics in general, switching writers and the previous story-lines just being left to rot. I have to say, I am not a fan. Think I'll just stick with Top Cow or Image from now on, when I finish what DC comics I already haven't read. It's the same with Marvel. I'm kind of done. These ''big names'' are falling apart, it feels like.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tia Garrigues

    This felt like a departure from the Catwoman I know and love. I found it disjointed and strange, while presenting a Catwoman conflicted with herself. The art is beautiful but I just couldn't get through the whole volume. This felt like a departure from the Catwoman I know and love. I found it disjointed and strange, while presenting a Catwoman conflicted with herself. The art is beautiful but I just couldn't get through the whole volume.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ming

    The Zero Year story was okay, the fill-in issue was kinda fun, and the Gothtopia tie-ins were at least readable. But when Nocenti got back to her own stories, it just went off the rails again. Thankfully, the Futures End story at the end was very good.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Damien Cowger

    Really confusing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Not great but still tons better than the train wreck that was the last volume.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lilybeth

    I have to admit I didn't quite follow everything that was going on but I still enjoyed the book. I love Catwoman. She just speaks to my heart. I have to admit I didn't quite follow everything that was going on but I still enjoyed the book. I love Catwoman. She just speaks to my heart.

  22. 5 out of 5

    superhero fan

    Pretty funny and amusing great art

  23. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    I liked it better than vol. 4, particularly the Race of Thieves and fallout afterward. The whole Catbird/Catwoman thing didn't seem to get resolved (maybe done elsewhere). I liked it better than vol. 4, particularly the Race of Thieves and fallout afterward. The whole Catbird/Catwoman thing didn't seem to get resolved (maybe done elsewhere).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annionymo

    No, just no... Only good stories are #25, #29 & Futures End which - go figure - are written by different authors than the rest of this confusing mess of a volume.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    This is the first Catwoman book that I have read, but I have always really liked Catwoman when she has appeared in other stories, so I came into this knowing that I liked the character, but not knowing how she did as the lead. Whereas some trade collections of a part of a comic series are basically one story from cover-to-cover, this one is, instead, a pair of story arcs, written by Ann Nocenti, bookended by one shots (view spoiler)[that cover the “beginning” and “ending” of Catwoman (hide spoile This is the first Catwoman book that I have read, but I have always really liked Catwoman when she has appeared in other stories, so I came into this knowing that I liked the character, but not knowing how she did as the lead. Whereas some trade collections of a part of a comic series are basically one story from cover-to-cover, this one is, instead, a pair of story arcs, written by Ann Nocenti, bookended by one shots (view spoiler)[that cover the “beginning” and “ending” of Catwoman (hide spoiler)] . These two big story arcs were Gothtopia and Race of Thieves. Gothtopia was rather bizarre in concept, and had a story that just sort-of meandered and got nowhere, which made it painfully clear that this story arc was invented more as a way of tying-in with the greater Bat-Family storyline, than it was as a way to truly expand Selina Kyle’s story. In contrast to this, Race of Thieves was a fun story that combined mystery, heist, and a challenge format with a twist of criminality that you always hope to find in a Catwoman story. Overall, a good job is done showing the nuance and complexity of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, even though the stories are sometimes difficult to follow as a result. The dialogue was decent, and the art is quite good, with a keen eye for the costume and body language that conveys the type of person Selina Kyle is in different situations without feeling gratuitous. Although there are certainly instances where she is quite scantily-clad, it never feels incongruous with the position of her character at a given time. Selina is definitely in control of her situation, her body, and usually everybody else in the room, and she isn’t going to hide it. I enjoyed this book. It definitely could have been better had the stories been a bit easier to follow, but I am definitely yearning for more Catwoman to read—perhaps with a different writer who can balance the character and the story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Victor Orozco

    Cool set of stories. It begins at the beginning so to speak as we get an interesting understanding as to what Selina was like. Its not so much of an origin story but I hate how the writer jumps back and forth with all these flashbacks. Just as bad as before. Still Selina learning the ropes makes it so cool. But I really dislike the weird alternate world that Selina lives. But I guess the point was that Selina didn't know everything, I just wish it didn't make her so nihilistic after the past issu Cool set of stories. It begins at the beginning so to speak as we get an interesting understanding as to what Selina was like. Its not so much of an origin story but I hate how the writer jumps back and forth with all these flashbacks. Just as bad as before. Still Selina learning the ropes makes it so cool. But I really dislike the weird alternate world that Selina lives. But I guess the point was that Selina didn't know everything, I just wish it didn't make her so nihilistic after the past issues making her so warm. I have to admit the idea of a contest between thieves into capturing a particularly interesting macguffin was cool. Sounding almost like a Hunger Games for thieves. But that's only what it sounded like. This was a little bit lame. The story with Selina relating the 'race of thieves' with a murder mystery from her past was interesting and understood that Selina in order to become a great thief would be a police employee. I would love it if that was completely fleshed out in an Elseworld's story, maybe even full time continuity. CSI by day, Master-thief by night sounds awesome. Instead we get a story where Selina has somehow become the head of the mob only to leave. Could have been worse. But could have been loads better. C-

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lorien

    This volume was nothing but confusing. Catwoman's been brainwashed? By who and how? No damn clues. No explanation. Nothing about it except it happened somehow, and since I've read all but 1 member of the Batfamily up to and beyond volume 5 this was totally random. It was jarring and as no one else experienced it I call foul. And that was just the beginning. Then we have Catwoman in this dizzying race that made no sense for no real reason. It was flashing and odd and cut back and forth between thi This volume was nothing but confusing. Catwoman's been brainwashed? By who and how? No damn clues. No explanation. Nothing about it except it happened somehow, and since I've read all but 1 member of the Batfamily up to and beyond volume 5 this was totally random. It was jarring and as no one else experienced it I call foul. And that was just the beginning. Then we have Catwoman in this dizzying race that made no sense for no real reason. It was flashing and odd and cut back and forth between things so random my head was spinning. While everything tied up together well by the end, it just felt off. No mention of what the rest of DC went through with Trinity War, which made it feel so...fake. I didn't buy one panel of this, and found it very lame. The final installment matched the sudden flash forwards that don't add up to the twists happening in New 52 was interesting, but I doubt it's the endgame of this series anyways. 2.5 out of 5 stars, and it barely makes that.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Two things to note about this Volume: 1) There is a 4 part story in here called "Race of Thieves" which is a fun action packed ride for Selina, and is usual Cat woman faire. BUT 2) There is also a Zero Year tie-in story, a Gothtopia tie-in AND a Future's End tie-in. When you add those three in, and make almost no indication to the reader that they are going to have a difficult time relating to the issues unless they are reading those storylines, you sow confusion. When that happens, ratings go d Two things to note about this Volume: 1) There is a 4 part story in here called "Race of Thieves" which is a fun action packed ride for Selina, and is usual Cat woman faire. BUT 2) There is also a Zero Year tie-in story, a Gothtopia tie-in AND a Future's End tie-in. When you add those three in, and make almost no indication to the reader that they are going to have a difficult time relating to the issues unless they are reading those storylines, you sow confusion. When that happens, ratings go down and people get a little lost. All that being said, I have read 2 of those 3 storylines, so with a refocus, it came out alright for me. The "Race of Thieves" story is really good though. Recommend, as long as you understand beforehand so you don't get confused.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Richard Rosenthal

    My biggest problem with this is that issue 26 is not collected. I buy a comic collection I expect it to have everything since the last collection or at the very least tell me where the missing issue is collected. On the plus side this is the first collection in the new 52 run where there are no gratuitous panels of characters in their underwear. The futures end issue features a bikini clad catwoman but for the most part we have finally escaped the notion that this is a grown up comic because sex My biggest problem with this is that issue 26 is not collected. I buy a comic collection I expect it to have everything since the last collection or at the very least tell me where the missing issue is collected. On the plus side this is the first collection in the new 52 run where there are no gratuitous panels of characters in their underwear. The futures end issue features a bikini clad catwoman but for the most part we have finally escaped the notion that this is a grown up comic because sexy catwoman is sexy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaila C

    I was kind of digging the whole utopia vibe in this one. It was interesting and Catbird was enjoyable. I also liked seeing the combative side that really showcased why Catwomen makes such a threat.It was also great to see why you don't want to mess with Selina. The dialogue was also witty of course and fun to read. I also like seeing the relationship between Catwomen and Tesla. I was kind of digging the whole utopia vibe in this one. It was interesting and Catbird was enjoyable. I also liked seeing the combative side that really showcased why Catwomen makes such a threat.It was also great to see why you don't want to mess with Selina. The dialogue was also witty of course and fun to read. I also like seeing the relationship between Catwomen and Tesla.

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