Review: CATWOMAN #20

Review: CATWOMAN #20

 

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

Writer:  Joëlle Jones

Artists: Fernando Blanco

Colors:  Eco Plascencia

Letters:  Saida Temofonte

 

Reviewed by: Carl Bryan

Summary

“My self-pity must have really pushed you guys to the limit.  Don’t worry! I get the message loud and clear.  I’m going and I’m going to trust you lot to look after my sister till I get back.?” – Selina

Raina Creel’s thugs are making a move on the pawn shop where Catwoman has set up headquarters, and if Selina can’t stop them, it could cost the lives of the allies she has working there. Luckily, none of them will go down without a fight; unluckily, Raina’s biggest bad may have more fight than any of them can handle.  This is Catwoman #20.

Positives

Joëlle Jones  as made for this book.  Ever since she has taken over, the stakes have gotten higher and the dialogue has gotten better.  Raina Creel has become a very formidable enemy to Catwoman.  And this formula she has created….whew.  Part Lazarus Pit Water and Part Narssistrine – all narcissistic and all “walking dead”.  Apparently, it is the drug of choice for the rich, but an overdose gets you on the set of the Walking Dead.

Only Raina Creel has the control over these new types of zombies that she has created.  Talk about an undead army!

No wonder Zatanna played a key role in Catwoman’s story…with all those corpses walking around.  Speaking of Zatanna…what about Selina finding the Rabbit’s Foot again courtesy of a cadre of stray cats.  Shades of Dr. Doolittle, Selina really communicates with cats and they know who they are beholding too.   These cats are purrfect in that they provide her that nine lives charm as well as look after Selina’s sister in a crucial time of need.

 

But in a very serious nod to Alfred, Selina finds an old costume design from him.  Alfred’s fingerprints on the Bat Family resonates across the board.  Come on Selina…marry Bruce!

I am all about gambling on this comic and next issue is a coveted Issue #21.   Black Jack!  Raina Creel is frustrated and Selina is ready to finish this chapter she is involved with!

Negatives

Catwoman is walking into some JLA Dark territory.  I want more guest stars.  Not that she cannot handle the title on her own, but Selina needs to have a girls night out with Lois every once in a while.  Or at least speak to Diana Prince in the near future!

 

Verdict

To see how Raina Creel has evolved into a very important player in the Batman Family landscape, you’ll need to pick up several past issues of Catwoman.  But to truly appreciate the writing of Joëlle Jones you need to grab every issue you can of Catwoman.  Besides, we all love Alfred and the few pages he is remembered is worth the purchase!

 

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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!