Review: Catwoman: Lonely City #2
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Cliff Chiang
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Letters: Cliff Chiang
Colors: Cliff Chiang
Reviewed by: Carl Bryan
“Orpheus was one of his secret projects. Bruce never even told me…I stumbled across a reference to it after Alfred’s funeral.” – Barbara to Selina
Cliff Chiang writes a love story of Catwoman that is worthy of Joelle Jones and Ram V’s treatment of the character. His current timeline references Alfred’s demise as well as an homage to the 1989 Batman movie (custom sneakers…how great!), this is a cool alternate universe/what might happen/what could happen comic.
How does Selina retool to accomplish what she wants to do? Old connections become current connections as Rowena is hooking Selina up… the Cat is back after ten years!
The rapport between her and Killer Croc is excellent writing… the discussion about why he cannot attend a function with her is classic. Her conversations with The Riddler over drinks… cerebral. Chiang writes a near-perfect Catwoman tale!
We can shower Chiang with writing compliments, but Chiang handles more than the writing in this book. His fingers are all over this book in coloring, illustration, and lettering. In fact, his lettering is so akin to the Ram V series right now.
Compliments abound on this book… but the best compliment you can provide is to purchase it. Through the years, she has been a bit of a supporting character at best in the Rogues Gallery. However, her rise recently in the main series, the new Batman/Catwoman series, and now this gem you should be thumbing through is giving her the deserved time as a major character that she really deserves!
Cats are meowing… or rather crickets are chirping! How can one person touch on all these aspects of writing, drawing, coloring, and lettering… the lettering??? It’s like different voices by the same person! I love how he handled all this work perfectly!
Catwoman has another champion and the Black Label imprint is the perfect venue for this book! Lonely City should on everyone’s shelf. The flashbacks and homages to costumes and eras gone by are so worth the price of admission. There are so many Batman books, but you really should start a Catwoman shelf.
Great job Cliff Chiang!