The only thing I don’t like is the word “Dollhouse,” which brings to mind Joss Whedon’s short-lived flashes-of-brilliant “Dollhouse,” which brings to mind Joss Whedon’s short-lived all-over-brilliant “Firefly,” which makes me sad. Although that brings to mind Nathan Fillion, and that makes me happy. So thanks, cover people!
INSIDE STORY: Catwoman and her thieving/snogging sidekick Spark team up with Detective Alvarez to bring down the Big Bad who’s been kidnapping street kids and street walkers.
What we know that Catwoman doesn’t: The Big Bad is harvesting their organs and turning their corpses into dolls.
What we also know that Catwoman doesn’t: Spark is working with the dirty cops of Gotham to take Catwoman down. He’s also working to get inside her catsuit.
Much action follows, between Spark and Catwoman and on the mean streets of Gotham. By issue’s end, the Big Bad has tranquilized and kidnapped a slew of kids and hookers, plus one Detective Alvarez.
Catwoman sums it up: “I lost the ones I was trying to help. And the one who was helping me. Yeah, I screwed this up royally.”
RAMBLE: FavoriteCoverFavoriteIssue. The lame boob-ish pose on page one might have dampened my enthusiasm were it not for the wham-bamming action pulling me quickly forward through the book.
Catwoman and her comic book are at their best when moved by passion and empathy, and as we’re starting to learn in tiny narrative bits, Selina has reason to empathize with lost people like the street children and whores being grabbed from the streets.
She’s driven, and it’s not her usual flippant pluck, it’s a deep-seated, passionate determination. The personal tensions — between thieving Catwoman and good cop Alvarez, between lonelyhearts Catwoman and hottie traitorous Spark — bring the narrative excitement up a coupla notches.
As for the Big Bad: Creeping me out like no other comic book villain has to date. Shivering in my shorts.
Actually my husband’s shorts. Actually my husband’s boxer shorts. A snazzy orange-and-brown plaid. And while we’re talking boxer shorts, remember that brief spot in sartorial history when we women donned them? Round about 1989.
Why did we stop? These things are comfy.
There. Having digressed myself out of the shivers, I can end.
Who the Hell are These People?
Catwoman: Selina, a hooker-esque thief with a heart of pawn-shop gold and a weakness for the Batman
Detective Carlos Alvarez: Good cop amid a dirty slew in the Gotham PD; he knows they're dirty, and he's in the odd position of wanting to stop Catwoman's thieving ways and also to save her from the bad cops
Spark: Catwoman’s new thieving partner; he’s working with the dirty Gotham PD to capture Catwoman
What the Hell is Going on?
Catwoman is trying to save a slew of hookers and street kids being kidnapped by a freaky someone who kills them and turns them into corpse-y playthings. She’s also being pursued by a handful of dirty Gotham police officers because she stole their dirty money.