“Dangerous Liaisons” – Part Two
Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Nico Leon
Colour Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Review by Adam Ray
It’s always very exciting to get a new creative voice writing a character you know so well. Catwoman #40 is the second issue of Tini Howard’s run writing the greatest thief in DC comics. The change of tone in how she speaks gives us a much more light-hearted character, particularly in her narration and the change is refreshing. Nevertheless, this honest take still feels very true to the veteran and beloved DC character.
As we saw in the previous issue, Catwoman’s set herself the goal of removing some very dubious individuals from the Gotham underworld. We see Selina’s new uncompromising choice highlighted in the writing and see that she’s going on with this quest without having to keep updating the reader. I love the faith that Howard has given us to be able to follow the ongoing plot.
Throughout this issue, we get the perfect mixture of intrigue, and our anti-hero figuring out the politics of the Gotham criminal scene. This is offset by a masterful use of light, shadow, and color in the combat scenes. We get amazing action points, multiple times in the issue. I can always count on this art team to bring vibrant action that’s true to our anti-hero to these pages. The balance is met perfectly in this issue, leading to a great mixture of story tones.
The enigmatic characters alongside Catwoman and the intensity of her rivalry against the criminal elements are on full show in Catwoman #40. We have many mysteries and elements of tension building up across the plot, with many figures that are both dangerous and intriguing. This title is a treat to those who appreciate a layered, rich storyline set to detailed and stylish artwork, which elevates it even higher.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment