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It's been two years since Selina Kyle last set eyes on Gotham City...and now that Batman is gone...Selina is back! Or at least, Holly Vanderhees is. As Gotham's newest socialite, she'll put her old talent for picking pockets to new use while rubbing shoulders with the city's finest citizens. But her past is catching up to her, and she is running out of time... Luke Fox has It's been two years since Selina Kyle last set eyes on Gotham City...and now that Batman is gone...Selina is back! Or at least, Holly Vanderhees is. As Gotham's newest socialite, she'll put her old talent for picking pockets to new use while rubbing shoulders with the city's finest citizens. But her past is catching up to her, and she is running out of time... Luke Fox has been looking for just the right opportunity to show Batman he can protect the city from Gotham's worst as Batwing. When several high-profile fundraisers are disturbed, Luke's clandestine activities clash with his parents' expectations. As a scion of one of Gotham's finest families, he's expected to attend these events with pride. As Batwing, he's trying to stop a new team of villains from ruining his mother's plans. Now he feels permanently one step behind... Will Selina have what it takes to outsmart Batwing before it's too late? Or will she be the final victim of her greatest heist yet?


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It's been two years since Selina Kyle last set eyes on Gotham City...and now that Batman is gone...Selina is back! Or at least, Holly Vanderhees is. As Gotham's newest socialite, she'll put her old talent for picking pockets to new use while rubbing shoulders with the city's finest citizens. But her past is catching up to her, and she is running out of time... Luke Fox has It's been two years since Selina Kyle last set eyes on Gotham City...and now that Batman is gone...Selina is back! Or at least, Holly Vanderhees is. As Gotham's newest socialite, she'll put her old talent for picking pockets to new use while rubbing shoulders with the city's finest citizens. But her past is catching up to her, and she is running out of time... Luke Fox has been looking for just the right opportunity to show Batman he can protect the city from Gotham's worst as Batwing. When several high-profile fundraisers are disturbed, Luke's clandestine activities clash with his parents' expectations. As a scion of one of Gotham's finest families, he's expected to attend these events with pride. As Batwing, he's trying to stop a new team of villains from ruining his mother's plans. Now he feels permanently one step behind... Will Selina have what it takes to outsmart Batwing before it's too late? Or will she be the final victim of her greatest heist yet?

30 review for Catwoman: Soulstealer (The Graphic Novel)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    I don't know who this is but it certainly isn't Catwoman. A few of the trappings are there, but far to much of the her background has been changed for no good reason for it to be enjoyable. And the subtitle makes no sense at all since it is never referenced even incidentally in the text, so poor work all around. I don't know who this is but it certainly isn't Catwoman. A few of the trappings are there, but far to much of the her background has been changed for no good reason for it to be enjoyable. And the subtitle makes no sense at all since it is never referenced even incidentally in the text, so poor work all around.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Snow

    This has the exact same plot as the novel, which I still absolutely love, but I just don't get as much emotion when reading graphic novels so it wasn't quite as good for me. I really enjoyed the art style though and would recommend it. This has the exact same plot as the novel, which I still absolutely love, but I just don't get as much emotion when reading graphic novels so it wasn't quite as good for me. I really enjoyed the art style though and would recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    Thank you NetGalley, DC Comics and Sarah J Maas for giving me the opportunity to read and review this title before publishing. I have a lot to say, beginning with: I ADORED this story. The scene: this is an off-canon Selina Kyle/Catwoman story that essentially takes a “what if Selina Kyle was never up against Batman, but one of his protégés? And what if she trained with the league of assassins?” and let me tell you, this was a wonderful idea. I am a Batman and Bat-family fanatic. I’ve read almost Thank you NetGalley, DC Comics and Sarah J Maas for giving me the opportunity to read and review this title before publishing. I have a lot to say, beginning with: I ADORED this story. The scene: this is an off-canon Selina Kyle/Catwoman story that essentially takes a “what if Selina Kyle was never up against Batman, but one of his protégés? And what if she trained with the league of assassins?” and let me tell you, this was a wonderful idea. I am a Batman and Bat-family fanatic. I’ve read almost every major Batman story written at this point, and a number of Catwoman led stories as well. I’ve never seen this particular approach. It does something different with her origins and her story in Gotham while still staying very true to the roots of who she is. Sometimes creative liberties taken with “what if?” stories end up seeming like an entirely different character, and sometimes that works, but I certainly don’t always prefer it. This story takes the Selina Kyle we know and love and puts a new spin on her. Not to mention: gives her a new love-to-hate rival and love interest. This story was thrilling and captivating, and I had no trouble finishing the entire book in a day. The team up with Poison Ivy and Harley is kick-ass and full of girl power, without getting anywhere near campy. Selina is morally grey (but I’ll always maintain that she’s closer to the lighter side,) and she cares for her own those she knows have suffered first and foremost. The art: for the most part, I was dazzled by the art in this novel. The gala scene, at around page 100, with Selina in the red dress and dancing with Luke with the lanterns in the background: this whole scene was completely swoon worthy. I don’t always like the style of mostly black and white coloring with artistic splashes of color, and I wasn’t sure about its use here at first, but I think this is my favorite I’ve ever seen it. My ONLY qualm: particularly during fight scenes, which tend to be darker in coloring and have a lot of movement going on, the darkness of the coloring made it much more difficult to tell what was happening that I would have liked (ie. Who just kicked that person in the gut? Who did the gut kicking? Who just went flying backwards? Did someone just leave the scene? Did that guy get knocked out, or is he still up?) It is hard to confidently assert this qualm, though, as I think it may have been a consequence of the device I was reading on. All in all, I LOVED this book. I’ve already purchased the hardcover of the regular book version of this because of how much I enjoyed it. I wholeheartedly expect to purchase a physical copy of the graphic novel when it releases. I will absolutely be recommending this to friends.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    I really liked this story, but also.. I'm kind of surprised. I thought they originally wanted this "series" (and I use that term loosely) to be able to cross over eventually? I don't think this book and the Batman one could cross over, but.. who knows. Still, good story, though. I'll have to read the actual book eventually. It's on my list. I really liked this story, but also.. I'm kind of surprised. I thought they originally wanted this "series" (and I use that term loosely) to be able to cross over eventually? I don't think this book and the Batman one could cross over, but.. who knows. Still, good story, though. I'll have to read the actual book eventually. It's on my list.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Nepolello

    Such a great adaptation! I do think the novel is overall better (and more people seriously need to read it, I love it SO MUCH), but I still loved this graphic novel version of the story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    bugreadbook

    it was good but the book was better

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julia Pika

    Thanks to NetGalley & DC for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. Disclaimer: I never read the original Soulstealer book. Soulstealer follows Catwoman who is struggling to raise her younger sister with a plethora of hospital bills to pay off. She gets in trouble with the police but is rescued by Talia al Ghul and taken to the League of Assassins for several years of intense training. She returns to Gotham in disguise as Catwoman...but why is she back? Soulstealer also focuses on Luke F Thanks to NetGalley & DC for the early copy in exchange for an honest review. Disclaimer: I never read the original Soulstealer book. Soulstealer follows Catwoman who is struggling to raise her younger sister with a plethora of hospital bills to pay off. She gets in trouble with the police but is rescued by Talia al Ghul and taken to the League of Assassins for several years of intense training. She returns to Gotham in disguise as Catwoman...but why is she back? Soulstealer also focuses on Luke Fox who is Batwing (Bruce/Batman is out of town) and dealing with PTSD and Catwoman's rise to infamy. I am a long-time fan of DC and was pleased to see Luke getting more of a focus since he's pretty much forgotten within the Batfamily lore for some reason. He's fleshed out very well here and I like the PTSD addition and how it is incorporated in the story. This is a very stupid nitpick but I couldn't understand why he was paired off with Selina. It's hard to take this pairing seriously since Bruce/Selina have been dating since the 50s....how do you compete with that? That said, it was well-written here, it's just my nit-pickiness not letting me really enjoy the relationship. I especially LOVED the Gotham City Sirens (Harley, Ivy, Selina) misadventures in the book, they were my favorite parts! Their banter was great and I liked that Harley was still having trouble being 'free' of the Joker. They were all very human characters which I loved. The artwork was fantastic and fit the story very well. I especially like how the style was 'gritty' which is befitting of Gotham. Great graphic novel and a great introduction to Gotham City and its various criminals while fleshing them all out.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    This version of Catwoman gives her an interesting origin story. She’s a poor girl, one of two daughters, poorly cared for by an abusive, indifferent mother and forced to engage in petty crimes and illegal underground matches to earn money. She desperately needs it to save her little sister, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis. It’s incurable but Selina fights to give her sister the best life she can. It’s not enough. Sadly, it’s not enough to redeem this Selina Kyle, either. She grows up to b This version of Catwoman gives her an interesting origin story. She’s a poor girl, one of two daughters, poorly cared for by an abusive, indifferent mother and forced to engage in petty crimes and illegal underground matches to earn money. She desperately needs it to save her little sister, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis. It’s incurable but Selina fights to give her sister the best life she can. It’s not enough. Sadly, it’s not enough to redeem this Selina Kyle, either. She grows up to be tough, agile, independent, cunning, shrewd and calculating. But there’s an iciness at her core. She seems to care only for Maggie and, in a cold way, the underdogs of Gotham. She maintains a rabid dislike of the wealthy and monied, a kind of idiotic hate-the-rich attitude I’ve never condoned and dislike for its envious pettiness. She comes off as being a truly superior villainess especially when contrasted against Nightwing. This is where the story turns very sour for me. Nightwing isn’t Batman and, boy, does it show. Luke Fox, like Bruce Wayne, is monied, tough and smart. But he keeps getting bested by Catwoman and her two cohorts, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Time and again, Catwoman runs rings around him, making him look incompetent and stupid. She’s twelve steps ahead of him at every turn and has no trouble letting him know it. On top of that, Nightwing suffers from PTSD, a holdover from his stint in a war. That’s all we needed, a Batman knockoff with psychological issues. Bruce Wayne saw his parents killed as a child. That’s got to mess up a little boy. Does anyone ever suggest that Bruce get therapy? It’s a shame that we can only see Catwoman looking good by besting the Batman or his second-rate stand-in. It renders the whole tale rather unpleasant reading. But, apart from that, Selina comes off as one of those chilly, calculating figures that make it hard for you to find sympathy for them. Like Artemis Fowl, Severus Snape or Sherlock Holmes, her intellect casts an icy pall over her actions. Even her rare moments of revelation seem more calculated to soften others than genuine moments of opening up or sharing. In the end, you don’t know whether she entertains any warm feeling towards Nightwing or her two accomplices in crime. Poison Ivy actually wonders whether Catwoman’s “friendship” was all an act or whether she and Harley Quinn were simply means towards a rather elaborately plotted end. This graphic novel left me with a frigid feeling at my core. In spite of Nightwing and Catwoman forming a tentative alliance at the end, I remain unconvinced of her ability to bond with others. Nightwing had better watch his back.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yasmine

    4 stars. This is very much a direct adaptation of the book of the same time, but this time in graphic novel format. Therefore if you enjoyed the book you will most likely enjoy this. If you haven’t read the book, there may be some things that feel less fully explained or it may be harder to get the gist plot wise, but it’s still an enjoyable story. The emotional beats definitely hit harder in the book rather than the graphic novel, for example Selina’s relationship with her sister, Luke’s PTSD et 4 stars. This is very much a direct adaptation of the book of the same time, but this time in graphic novel format. Therefore if you enjoyed the book you will most likely enjoy this. If you haven’t read the book, there may be some things that feel less fully explained or it may be harder to get the gist plot wise, but it’s still an enjoyable story. The emotional beats definitely hit harder in the book rather than the graphic novel, for example Selina’s relationship with her sister, Luke’s PTSD etc. I love the colour palette in this novel - the dark purples and grayscale is really nice. It’s also dual perspective so Selina’s parts have purple thought bubbles and Luke’s have blue. It’s pretty long (just under 200 pages) and there’s a lot art packed in there, so definitely good value for money. It does speed through the story quite quickly (the book is much longer) so some bits you do miss out on or get less detail with, this particularly feels true for the fight sequences eg. The fight with tigress that goes by a lot quicker and has less tension built too. Overall, the story is compelling but as I say it is a direct adaptation from the book, so you won’t find anything new here. Overall I enjoyed it, and I love all these DC characters so I’m definitely glad I picked it up.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the graphic novel version of Maas' Catwoman: Soulstealer novel. It has been a while since I read the novel, but this version seems accurate to the original as far as I can remember. Selena Kyle fights in the underground to earn money to care for her sick sister. Then, her mother is arrested on drug charges and social services comes for them. Selena fights the police that come to take them and earns her third strike. Rather than go to prison, she is offered a place in the League of Assass This is the graphic novel version of Maas' Catwoman: Soulstealer novel. It has been a while since I read the novel, but this version seems accurate to the original as far as I can remember. Selena Kyle fights in the underground to earn money to care for her sick sister. Then, her mother is arrested on drug charges and social services comes for them. Selena fights the police that come to take them and earns her third strike. Rather than go to prison, she is offered a place in the League of Assassins. Over the next two years, Selena uses the League to gain information about Lazarus Pits, a cure-all, so she can cure her sister's condition. She returns to Gotham after stealing money from the League and starts setting up her own Pit. Meanwhile, Luke Fox, aka Batwing, a veteran is doing his best to serve Gotham while Bruce Wayne is away. He must discover where a new villain called Catwoman will strike next and how to stop her. #CatwomanSoulstealerTheGraphicNovel #NetGalley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Random House - DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Wow this is seriously one of the best DC renditions I have ever read in my entire career. Everything from the clever dialogue, brilliant plot, and the breathtaking artwork was such an honor to read. Batman and Gotham City is my favorite comic series and cat woman is seriously one of my favorite female villains and having Selena play This book was received as an ARC from Random House - DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Wow this is seriously one of the best DC renditions I have ever read in my entire career. Everything from the clever dialogue, brilliant plot, and the breathtaking artwork was such an honor to read. Batman and Gotham City is my favorite comic series and cat woman is seriously one of my favorite female villains and having Selena play a more dominant role seriously had me smiling wider than the Joker. I know our young library community will love this book just as much or if not more than I will . We will consider adding this title to our Graphic Novel collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Timperio

    I saw this book on the shelf at my bookstore, saw Sarah J. Maas, saw it was a comic of one of her books that I adored, and immediately bought it. I saved it for my long car trip and powered through. It’s always amazing to me, being able so see right in front of me, a world I envisioned in my head. That’s goes for moves, TV shows, and, of course, comics/graphic novels. Once again, I loved this story. My only thing, was that it felt like it was missing a lot of what the original had. Such as, deta I saw this book on the shelf at my bookstore, saw Sarah J. Maas, saw it was a comic of one of her books that I adored, and immediately bought it. I saved it for my long car trip and powered through. It’s always amazing to me, being able so see right in front of me, a world I envisioned in my head. That’s goes for moves, TV shows, and, of course, comics/graphic novels. Once again, I loved this story. My only thing, was that it felt like it was missing a lot of what the original had. Such as, details, details, and more details. Which, I suppose, is just what happens with this kind of book adaptation, so it’s forgiven. The story was still amazing and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pratyu

    I think anyone who's read any batman in the past would know what a travesty this whole book is. I haven't even been involved with the whole batman circle in years and I'm offended by how badly characterized everyone was lol. SJM really read 1 or 2 articles about selina kyle and winged it. I think anyone who's read any batman in the past would know what a travesty this whole book is. I haven't even been involved with the whole batman circle in years and I'm offended by how badly characterized everyone was lol. SJM really read 1 or 2 articles about selina kyle and winged it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I found this generally well done in terms of a graphic novel of the book, but there were a lot of gaps that required you to have read the book which I find a bit disappointing in any graphic novel re-imagining. The artwork was also a bit disappointing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I already knew I liked the book, but seeing this in a graphic novel was amazing and such a great read. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good story mixed in with some great art work! This was a great read. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Antonio Jose

    Adaptación de la novela del mismo nombre. Donde tendremos una nueva historia de Catwoman con un background diferente al conocido en los cómics y que tendrá como protagonista a Batwing y no ha batman. Dibujo muy bonito y la historia muy divertida e interesante.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Enjoyed this adaptation but I didn't care for the dull color palette, although I suppose it does match the gloomy, smog-filled Gotham atmosphere. I liked the Harley and Ivy character design and the overall look of Selina's costume. Some action sequences felt clunky but nothing too bad. Enjoyed this adaptation but I didn't care for the dull color palette, although I suppose it does match the gloomy, smog-filled Gotham atmosphere. I liked the Harley and Ivy character design and the overall look of Selina's costume. Some action sequences felt clunky but nothing too bad.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    An amazing adaptation of the actual novel!!! I loved this story when I first read it and I loved seeing it in graphic novel form.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Riki

    Love the art!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Really enjoyed this. Maas's novel was an instant favourite for me so it was cool to see a graphic adaptation. Great art style that really suited to story too. Really enjoyed this. Maas's novel was an instant favourite for me so it was cool to see a graphic adaptation. Great art style that really suited to story too.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joyousmoi

    Sarah J Maas does not disappoint as usual!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  22. 4 out of 5

    Soniru

    wow

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan Cheang

    Why can't there be more colors in the comic. It's practically black and white. Why can't there be more colors in the comic. It's practically black and white.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

    I did nnot enjoy this 😢

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I’m just not really a graphic novel person, but if I still had a classroom library, I would have a copy of this GN. It was actually pretty good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas

    I felt like I was missing half of the story. If anything it just convinced me to read the book...

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Bergland

    Thank you to Netgalley and DC for an arc of the Catwoman: Soulstealer graphic novel! I read the novel version of this story two years ago and really enjoyed it (no surprise--I love anything Sarah J. Maas writes), so the story wasn't new to me, but I always love a graphic novel, and I especially love seeing how a graphic novel can bring a new light to a story. I honestly forgot how much I love this story--I love how Selina is willing to do anything to protect her sister, and how that motivation d Thank you to Netgalley and DC for an arc of the Catwoman: Soulstealer graphic novel! I read the novel version of this story two years ago and really enjoyed it (no surprise--I love anything Sarah J. Maas writes), so the story wasn't new to me, but I always love a graphic novel, and I especially love seeing how a graphic novel can bring a new light to a story. I honestly forgot how much I love this story--I love how Selina is willing to do anything to protect her sister, and how that motivation drives her through the entire book, I love the dual perspective with Luke and the relationship that builds between them, and I love the allies Selina makes and seeing their characterization. The graphic novel did a fantastic job of bringing this story to life. It kept all of the important storytelling elements and showcased them in a new way. Highly recommend checking this out when the book is released, whether you've read the original Soulstealer book or not!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Kinsey

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Griffin

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