#6 claims top spot, for it not only places Catwoman in the power position, but also visually transforms two Gotham personalities into one Gotham gargoyle. Genius, Guillem!
#7 and #8 mark the departure of Guillem and the arrival of Adriana Melo (pencils) and Mariah Benes (inks). Goodbye grey, hello #7! Your colors make me long for cotton candy and candied apples. #8’s all shattery-glassy action. Catwoman’s face — especially the screaming red lips — draws eyes down-doobie-do-down-down, in the same direction Catwoman is falling.
INSIDE STORY: Catwoman has the police’s dirty money and the dirty police have Catwoman. They can’t ID her — someone’s wiped computer systems clean of all evidence of her existence — but they can beat her. Or have evil giantess-for-hire Reach do it for them. If there are ways to talk about biting off ears without mentioning Mike Tyson, you can pretend I’m using them … NOW.
Catwoman pulls a Mike Tyson, biting off Reach’s ear before running out the open door being held by Detective Alvarez, conflicted in the face of his boss’s dirty copitude.
Catwoman’s old friend/new fence Gwen Altamont helps her break into automotive thievery, which is all fun and games and cars and cash until Detective Alvarez catches Catwoman. Who is immediately saved by yet another spark-shooting Gothamite with a one-syllable name, this time male and regular-sized: Spark. He’s cute and he likes to steal stuff.
Spark and Catwoman plan a heist involving the Penguin, but while performing recon they see a hooker being drugged and dragged. They save her and talk to her trick-turning buddies, who say the perp is doing this to women all over Gotham. Catwoman vows to save the streetwalkers, thereby turning a neat little trick herself: transforming from bad guy to good.
RAMBLE: Okay, I just read three issues of Catwoman and then wrote about them. Also, during this same time period, I folded laundry, washed 3 dishes, liked 17 FB status updates, wrote 1 FB status update, ate >afew chips, had a conversation about electronic devices in elementary schools, replied to a sad Tweet, and cut up two apples for two children who really just wanted to delay bedtime.
I got nothing left.
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
The Batman: The Batman, alter ego Bruce Wayne
Gwen Altamont: Selina's old friend and new fence, introduced issue 4
Detective Alvarez: Clean cop who has recently realize his co-workers are dirty
Reach: Giant bad-guy for hire, can shoot electrical shocks from her fingertips
What the Hell is Going On?
Catwoman's long-time fence Lola is dead, so she's working with old friend Gwen Altamont. Gotham Detective Alvarez is pursuing a string of robberies he thinks he can link to Catwoman, but when he discovers the cops are crooked and Catwoman has hidden some of their stolen money, he grows conflicted. For a moment, and then returns to his mission: Capturing Catwoman. Batman shows up on occasion, sometimes to mack, sometimes to lecture.