I loved DC’s Night of the Owls cross-book series earlier this year, so I am excited to see a Talon back in action. I assumed they all were frozen.
(Talons, for those who didn’t lovingly pore over my 1-2-3-4-post set on Night of the Owls, are strong-arms set to task by the power-hungry Court of Owls, who attempt to rule Gotham from behind the scenes.)
The black-latexed trinity promises much in the way of superheroics and quippery.
I’ve floundered with Catwoman this year – should I stay or should I go? – but here, she is everything I want her to be. Recklessly fearless. Sexy-smart-strong, not sexy-slutty-silly. Straddling the moral divide between good and bad, with one boot on each side and the agility to hop across the gap without missing a beat.
I’d vote “stay” if Gail Simone took over Catwoman. But I don’t want Simone to desert Barbara Gordon, because she’s the superheroine with whom I’d most like to get cocktails.
Though what would Babs talk about at Moms’ Night Out?
“I’m so psyched, I got the entire pantry cleaned, every last decimated Cheerio bit.”
“Today was crazy! Sally’s karate class, Billy’s baseball practice, and Jo’s clarinet lesson were all at 3!”
“I hear you, mamas. I got attacked by, like, 73 hammer-wielding bad men and I had to tear all of them new ones before saving this baby from the flames licking at her heels. Plus, Catwoman.”
The Batgirl-Catwoman duo couldn’t help but succeed: They are similarly witty, fierce, and possessing of a strange inner mix of self-doubt and self-assurance. The best moment comes at book’s end, when Catwoman’s street-code smacks up against Batgirl’s my-dad’s-the-commish rule book. Should they turn in the Talon (Mary) as law demands (Batgirl), or should they offer her a shot at redemption because she’s been ill-treated and she saved their lives (Catwoman)?
That Batgirl cedes to Catwoman is testament to the strong character of both.