Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: Catwoman, Vol. 2: Dollhouse (Catwoman Vol. IV #2) by Judd Winick, Guillem March (Illustrator)

Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: DC Comics
Source: Library
Author links: Goodreads | Website

In the wake of her run-in with Batman and the loss of someone very dear to her, Catwoman turns over a new leaf. Kind of. She teams with a new running buddy named Spark, and together they're taking Gotham City, literally! However, when Catwoman runs into Dollhouse, a psychotic who kidnaps children from the streets of Gotham City, a rage awakens in her that nobody
knew existed, not even herself!
DC's sexiest anti-hero continues her adventures here with writer Judd Winick (BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD) and artist Guillem March (GOTHAM CITY SIRENS)!

Does anybody not love Catwoman? I mean, when it comes to anti-heroes I'm not sure if you can do much better than Selena Kyle.
Wait. What?
Did some asshole in the back just yell,"What about Punisher?".
Sit down, dumbass. This is my review!

I've enjoyed Winick's run with Catwoman, but I know it's coming to a close.
Yes, it's very sad.
Please join me in a moment of silence...
I have Catwoman: Vol. 3 sitting beside me right now, but I wanted to review this one before I read whatever fresh hell Ann Nocenti has in store me. I have a feeling I'm going to forget how much I love Selina after Nocenti sinks her gnarled writing skills into this title.
I'm really hoping I'm wrong here, but I doubt it.

In this volume, Selina teams up with another thief called Spark. Not the most original name for a guy with zappy-powers, but I rolled with it because he added something interesting to the story.
While they are out and about stealing stuff, they run across (yet another) Talon bad-guy in a Court of Owls crossover. It's not a bad story, but I'm pretty sure I'd already read it in another book.

Even though I really liked the book, this lame-o villain proved to be a bit much for me.
Dear DC,
Please stop inventing bad guys who like to chop people up and turn them into meat-puppets. It's gross, and you've done it to death.
But the story itself was pretty good. Prostitutes and junkies are going missing, and nobody but Catwoman is in the mood to care. An unlikely source on the Gotham police force may be her best bet to bring down the villain, but convincing him that she's the good-guy proves to be a bit of a challenge. In the end, both he and Spark grudgingly agree to help find the missing kids. Unfortunately for her, the cop still wants to arrest her, and Spark has a secret that just might get her killed.
Dum, dum, dum!
Luckily for Selena, she's got nine lives...and some good friends who are looking out for her.
Speaking of, there's even a little cameo with the Big Bat!

So, yeah. This one is worth reading.


The Literary Darling said...

Catwoman rocks. Not into these kinds of books but I liked reading your review about it. You almost convinced me to read it :)


LOL! Maybe I'll convert you one day!

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