Batman/Catwoman #7 from DC keeps it dark and dramatic.

It’s a splendid many-panelled affair, this one. Twelve panels per page? Sure, but why stop there, why not go for 19 panels? What IS the world record, I’m not sure, even after the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics!

Tom King writes this continuing saga, and it is fascinating to follow. Leave your chronometer aside for this one, where King explores the love between Bat and Cat, moving stealthily from decade to decade, the ebb and decay, the kind of love that gets crazy good and then just crazy. Back and forth, like a cattail, swishing from time to time, the past and future blurring as if King is hypnotizing us into a catnip stupor.

The artwork is as rich and meaty (filled with everything that cats and bats would enjoy) as always, with Liam Sharp in command of art and colour. (Clayton Cowles is letterer) The darkness, the hugely exaggerated body of Bruce Wayne (many heads taller and many heads wider than usual) contrasting with Selina’s slim profile. Panel after panel of them, lying in love. It’s muted in tone, much blackness, and with a black and sad heart, but it’s compelling and entertaining nonetheless.

DC Comics, Black Label, Batman Catwoman #7, $4.99 for 25 pages of content. 17+

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!

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