Review: Catwoman #12

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Review: CATWOMAN #12

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[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer:  Joëlle Jones

Artists:  Hugo Petrus, and Fernando Blanco

Colors: John Kalisz

Letters: Saida Temofonte

 

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan

Summary

“That’s not exactly how it happened.  So I’ll give it to you straight from the horse’s mouth.  The tricky part is that you are going to have to trust me.” –  Catwoman being interviewed by detectives.
The Creel family is reeling from their latest setback. But as Raina Creel’s dark plot to resurrect her son comes to a gruesome crescendo, Catwoman may finally be able to put her foe down once and for all.  However, new distractions appear, and its possible she is letting her guard down.
We begin with a car chase…what is it with car chases and this comic lately?  Carlos, Selina’s friend du jour, is the connection that everyone wants.  If you owe him a favor, he will eventually collect to benefit his cause as well as Selina’s. However, Selina’s work on this heist is complicated with an immediate crush on an art forger named James Thien.  This is not going to fare well!
This issue is part “Sneaky Pete” with an art heist and the old “too many drinks” trick and part “Pet Cemetary” in that Mrs. Creel is looking as bad as ever as she is focused on resurrecting her son.
Another car chase, an abandoned wheel chair bound Maggie, and Aunt Linda is missing (oh that naughty Mrs. Creel).  This is not where Selina thought it was going!

 

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Positives

Joëlle Jones and Laura Allred…. their cover art is part Halle Berry and part Julie Newmar, but all Catwoman.  Each cover they produce is poster worthy.  And the Variant cover featuring a purple adorned old school Catwoman is is wonderful.  Stanley Lau provides us a “glove shot” honoring Batman and Robin.

Joëlle Jones has been placing Selina in some great art schemes lately to connect the dots of her life from Batman.  As these issues have been building, we see a Selina with more of a purpose and a Robin Hood type mentality.  However, she is also gaining more and more liabilities in her friends and connections.  Once an aloof character (ie a cat), Jones is tangling her in a web.  It will be some time before Selina is gone and paired with Batman again.  At least this reviewer hopes so!

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Negatives

Do we really need another car chase (or in this case two in one issue) to know that Selina is pretty adept at handling a car?

And let’s give Selena more credit than the old” I’ve had a lot to drink” trick to pull a mask switch.

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Verdict

Cover art – superb!  Story line – it’s getting better.  New love interest for Selina – I’m not a fan as I’m still holding out for her to settle down with Bruce after the Year of the Villain.  We can all dream….right?  Damian needs a little brother to take his edge off.

 

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Carl Bryan

Doc B is a college physical education instructor that has coached numerous sports on the rec, club, and collegiate level. He has a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and remembers when Kryptonite came in a lot of different forms. He also has learned not to utter "Mxyzptlk" backwards!