“Dust, Sweat, and Blood”
Writer: Joëlle Jones
Artists: Geraldo Borges, Aneke and Inaki Miranda
Color Artists: Laura Allred, Fco Plascencia and John Kalisz
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Review by Adam Ray
The Cat returns in Catwoman #19. Selina, having learned much after her meeting with Zatanna, now she’s battling horrors back at home. Creel has revealed her insidious plans and Villa Hermosa is no longer safe. We now follow Catwoman’s valiant defense of the town and the people she has allied herself with. We root for our anti hero in the chaos of the issue. All the while, more danger may yet be on the horizon. There’s much to wonder in this high action issue of the series.
Jones is making strides into the real pulp, heart racing action of an attacking horde. Her stories, though, also contain a nice healthy share of action, and are very thoughtful, as we see the battle of wits between Catwoman and Creel. This issue is all high pace action, with pages that are silent but rich with the clash between the hordes of zombies and those inside the pawn shop.
We watch with wonder as the stacked art team handle the emotions and the strain of the fight, coupled with Catwoman’s efforts to scale the rooftops. This issue pulses with pulp struggle, making it very memorable.
With artists and colorists split into three sections, it’s rewarding to fans of the character as we see an all-new Catwoman look. This outfit’s only missing a cape., as we see Catwoman charge through the issue in classic purples of the 1950s. It’s a treasure when a classic look’s made wonderfully modern, especially with it being handled so consistently by three different pairs of artists and colorists.
Catwoman #19 teases the enigma of what’s to come. Creel’s motives are unclear, and hard to trust. A villain keeps us on edge and is easy to fear. Only time will tell what she still has in store.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
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