Review: CATWOMAN ANNUAL #1
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Joëlle Jones
Artists: Elena Casagrande, Le Beau Underwood, Hugo Petrus, Scott Godlewski
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Saida Temofonte
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
This is the type of Catwoman story that she deserves every month. To close out the comic year via this Annual provides either the perfect ending or the perfect beginning to Catwoman. To use her as a home for “strays” and a teacher for thieves is perfect! And to give Catwoman a rationale as to what her “trophy room” is like provides the link to her motivation. It also gives the fans a link to Batman and why he may keep some trophies of his own in the BatCave.
Selena as a thief mentor is perfect. However, you always have that one student who screws everything up! And that opens a can for murder and mayhem and an Immortal Man appearance.
I loved the angst in enlisting Lois’s help via a phone call. And if you get Lois, you know that Superman is not far behind. The web of connection between the power couples gets thicker. And I am clearly rooting for a Cat and Bat reunion. And that road leads through Lois and Clark!
Catwoman runs into detectives more than any character. The line she walks between the law is so thin! I like this about the character development she is being provided, and Joelle Jones should be commended for this story!
Kudos to Elena Casagrande for the “video interview” renditions of frames. It works in this type of story telling!
After last issue’s fiasco, Catwoman is right on track! No negatives to report as this annual provides Catwoman the story she deserves. Here is hoping that Jones writes a strong story from here on out on this run and the guests keep popping or in this case “swooshing” in!
The annuals are always a great read. Each DC reader needs to purchase them, but more importantly, Jones provides a great Catwoman story that is worthy of this character! You would be wise to buy this one! It’s purrrfect!