[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Colors: Kelly Fitzpatrick
The duplicitous Catwoman begins the greatest heist of her career, with Dick Grayson and Kara Gordon caught in her crossfire!
There was quite a bit going on this issue. What I’ve really enjoyed about these issues so far is that you get a different POV each time, all linking into the main story. We’ve seen issues that were Kara-centric, Barda-centric, Harley-centric, and now Catwoman-centric. And I love that. This gives the audience a chance to really connect with each character, before, presumably, putting them all together in their fight against Lex.
Catwoman here, just like in the normal DC Universe, is such a badass. However, this isn’t quite the Catwoman that we all know and love, as revealed in the big twist at the end. I was legitimately shocked when they revealed her to be Mercy Graves, Lex Luthor’s right hand woman. This never even crossed my mind as a possibility. And that sort of surprise is something you don’t get all that often in comics these days, at least not for me.
Once again, Aneke’s artwork is stunning. It’s one of the many things I always look forward to in these books. And it’s only made better by Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colors. They pop with vibrancy at times, and are subdued just enough when needed. These two artists work perfectly together.
I love seeing Kara in these issues, however, she really didn’t do all that much here. It felt a little like she was put in there just for some page time. The same goes for Nightwing. It was awesome seeing him here, and learning a little about him, but I really wanted more from him. Hopefully we’ll get to see him do more and be more integral in later issues.
Also, I was bummed at the use of Cyborg here. He was literally just there to house the Motherbox that Catwoman needed to steal. It seemed like a bit of a waste, and was placed in there for little more than fan service.
Overall, I enjoyed this issue, but there were definitely a few things that could’ve been changed or fleshed out to make it better for me. But still, a solid entry in this fantastic story that everyone should be reading.