Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: Catwoman, Vol. 6: Keeper of the Castle by Genevieve Valentine


Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: DC
Source: Library
Author Links: Goodreads | Website
Meet Selina Kyle – Crime Boss of Gotham City! Spinning out of the events in BATMAN ETERNAL, Selina has accepted the family mantle and embraced her true criminal side, but is Gotham City ready for her reign? And with the Cat away, who’s the stranger haunting the empty rooftops of the city? Don’t miss the start of a bold new direction for Selina Kyle from CATWOMAN #35-40 and CATWOMAN ANNUAL #2.



Wow! Ok, first off, this is leaps and bound above whatever crap they were peddling in the last few volumes!
I only wish Jae Lee was doing more than just the cover art...

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Selina Kyle is finally getting decent treatment in her title!
Genevieve Valentine is doing her justice, and writing her as the smart, street savvy character that she should have been all along.
Bless you, kind woman!

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Ok, having said all that, I wasn't actually in love with the story.
I know, right?! What's wrong with me?
Well, someone compared this to Gotham Central, and I think they're correct. Now, Gotham Central, Vol. 1: In the Line of Duty is a much beloved series about the Gotham police force. I believe it has even won awards for its awesomeness, unless I'm very much mistaken.
And wouldn't you know it? I wasn't crazy about Gotham Central, either.

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To me, this was a bunch of wah, wah, wah jabbering, and not enough Catwoman! actiony style stuff.
So, I kinda zoned out a few times during this one.

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That doesn't mean I think this is a bad comic!
It just means I don't think it's a good fit for me. I thought the art was dark and scratchy, and the panels felt a bit crowded with words some of the time. And while it was not interesting to see the diary entries (letters...whatever!) of Queen Elizabeth I, Lucrezia Borgia, and Cleopatra in the panels, it started to take a toll on my patience mid-way through the book. Again, just not my cuppa.
But, hey, it's not a badly written crime drama. If you're a fan of those things, then this will be right up your ally!

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The gist is that Selina, in order to save Gotham from being torn apart by the crime families, has stepped up and taken over the Calabrese family.
Why, you ask?
Because her (long-lost) father was the head of that family, and he named her his heir.
Does that make sense?
Doesn't matter, doesn't need to. That's what happened.
She's in charge, and her goal is to work from within to keep Gotham as safe as she can.
There are a few hiccups along the way.

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Bats does make a few appearances, and those were probably my favorite parts of the book. I enjoy seeing these two interact, so for that reason alone, I'll be back for more.

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Also, there's this for those of you who thought Selina was too hetero.
Again, it's not my cuppa (Team Batman!), but whatever.

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I thought, overall, Keeper of the Castle was a great step in the right direction for this character. If this were just non-superhero stuff about any other character, I'd drop it like a hot potato. But...Selina's my favorite, so I'm coming back for seconds.


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