Review: CATWOMAN #2

Written by Joëlle Jones
Art by Joëlle Jones, Laura Allred, Josh Reed and Stanley Lau
Edited by Brittany Holzherr and Jamie S. Rich
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: August 8, 2018

The Missing Cat

Selina Kyle Post-Gotham City life consists of heartache, but this doesn’t stop her from being the dynamic and sleuth Catwoman. In Part Two of “Copycat”, Joëlle Jones and Laura Allred have put together a Bond-esque atmosphere riddled with Selina’s usual elegance all wrapped up in a tantalizing story any reader looking for a good detective tale can appreciate.

The Calm, Cool Cat

As Selina aka Catwoman tries to track down why she’s seeing more than double, there’s schemes behind the scenes of Governor Creel’s administration that can be deadly for our illustrious Cat. Joëlle Jones’ writing is so personal, it goes beyond the typical action adventure read. When Jones pens Selina’s dialogue, it constantly embodies the calm, cool and perhaps not so collected nature of the femme fatale that’s been around for 78 years. While this issue isn’t as face paced as Catwoman #1, each moment took a breather and transitioned smoothly, just like the movements in a 1960s British spy thriller.

There Can Only Be One

I am constantly a fan of Joëlle Jones’ artwork. It possesses a timeliness that I appreciate in the comic book medium. Jones’ spy-like story is sharp imagery paired with soft expressionism. Most surprising to me during this issue was seeing the many nods to Michell Pfeiffer’s Catwoman from Tim Burton’s 1992 film “Batman Returns” which all fans of the Burtonverse will thoroughly enjoy. From the effortless way Selina attacks the poser Catwomans for information to the sleekness of Selina walking in an all black evening gown, Jones’ atmospheric lines and shades make this new series all the more exciting and intriguing for this beloved character.

Moving On

Following the exploits of Catwoman’s journey after the big fiasco of the Bat and Cat wedding is just as interesting as seeing what brooding Batman is up to in Gotham. Jones and Allred are a purrr-fect match up for Selina Kyle and Catwoman #2 leaves readers highly anticipating Part Three of this new world for the Cat.

The Verdict: 10 Meows out of 10


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