There’s about 5 ways to skin a cat and Joker knows them all. “Death of a Family” continues in Issue #14 of Catwoman. Click the jump to read the review.
PLOT: A “DEATH OF THE FAMILY” tie-in! Catwoman is caught in The Joker’s trap as he toys with her mind. But The Joker should beware because Catwoman always comes to play!
RATING: Enjoyable Issue, this issue is second to Batman #14 this month!
REACTION: Catwoman #14 makes Catwoman #13 look like child’s play. The writing has definitely improved in this issue. Ann Nocenti (writer of Catwoman) has really found her own in writing Catwoman. This issue feels like Catwoman from when Judd Winick (former writer of Catwoman) run on the comic book, but with a zany plot twist.
PRAISES: Nocenti has found her place in writing Catwoman. Since Issue #0,
Rafa Sandoval (current artist of Catwoman) has brought tasteful sexiness to
DISAPPOINTMENTS: Towards the end, Nocenti allows Catwoman to speak in this issue. However, Catwoman sounds more like a whiny chick trying to declare independence from Batman. Catwoman may not be the most intelligent person, but she doesn’t whine. Even when she is pissed off, she can sometimes compose herself and keep her bad ass attitude. In this issue, she just whines and states the obvious about Joker’s plan.
Sandoval’s version of Joker didn’t even resemble Greg Capullo’s Joker. Every artist has their own version of the Joker, but Sandoval was a bit off. Joker’s face skin still looks like it’s attached to his face, instead of the face skin being worn as a mask. This is the only missed opportunity on Sandoval’s part to make his version of the Joker scary.
Catwoman #14 is Ann Nocenti’s best writing by far since the beginning of her run on Issue #0. There has been much improvement in both the artwork and the writing. However, Nocenti might be lacking in Catwoman’s dialogue where Nocenti has to find Catwoman’s bad ass nonchalant attitude. Catwoman is a person who cares very little about things and does what she wants at a moment’s notice. Maybe since The Dark Knight Rises readers want Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of the character, but the comic book version of the character is subtly different from the movie version. What readers are looking for in this character is a grounded realistic version. Will we ever get that? Maybe from another writer who wants to portray this side of Catwoman.
Check out some of the panels that I thought were cool.