Review: Catwoman #13

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Review: CATWOMAN #13

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

Writer:  Joëlle Jones

Artists:  Hugo Petrus, Joëlle Jones and Fernando Blanco

Colors: John Kalisz and Laura Allred

Letters: Saida Temofonte

 

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan

Summary

“Are you done playing games and ready to accept who you are?” –  Lex Luthor to Catwoman.

Things have come to a head for Selina Kyle in Villa Hermosa. Between taking care of her sister and contending with all the crooks who cross her path looking to give her some bad luck, it’s enough to make a Catwoman go bad herself. So maybe she will?

“Come now, Selina. Still playing the hero? Stop pretending you’re something you’re not.” It’s Lex Luthor’s words versus Catwoman’s will in this chapter of “The Offer”

Raina Creel wants the relic in exchange for Carlos’ Aunt Linda .  It turns out there is more to the relic than meets the eye, especially when blood is dripped upon it.  But Catwoman is not in the giving mood and a fight ensues.  However, Raina’s zombie son gets the drop on Catwoman and draws blood.  Escaping with the relic, Raina makes a blood sacrifice of her other son, Raymond, who has been campaigning for office.  It turns out politics isn’t the plan for Raina.

All this and an offer from Luthor.  What’s a cat to do?

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Positives

Joëlle Jones simply draws the best Catwoman!  As I have stated before, her art is poster worthy and her renditions are perfect of Catwoman.  And Jones’  writing is taking on great form as we are now seeing a whole new side of Catwoman in that she has allegiances to ‘family” but is spread cellophane thin.  She is taking on characteristics of Batman as she is trying to juggle all of the balls in the air of caring for her sister, finding a missing Aunt Linda, fight the Creels and eliminate any potential suitors.

I was glad to see that James is now off the list of any love interests.  She belongs to the Bat!

Lex is assembling a team and I am super glad that Selina received an offer.  DC’s version of The Bachelorette is starting in that the offers are piling up among the heroes and villains.  Batgirl and Red Hood from the Batman family have theirs on the table and it only makes sense that Catwoman has one as well.

DC is doing a great job of tangling and intertwining it all!

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Negatives

Jones has turned a corner.  By intertwining Catwoman with the Year of the Villain, and providing her a nemesis in the Creel matriarch, I think she has stumbled onto something! However, I am not a big fan of less dialogue and more panels of inferred story.  I need more dialogue for Selina Kyle.  She is too great a character to waste on empty panels!

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Verdict

Cover art – superb!  Story line – it’s amping up with Lex in the picture!  Mrs. Creel has her relic and that can spell a lot of trouble for Selina!  This is a great time to jump into all DC titles as the Year of the Villain is taking shape!  Get in while the getting is good!

 

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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!