Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CATWOMAN #1 by Joëlle Jones - Book Review

From the publisher: The wedding night’s barely over, but Catwoman’s back on the streets, this time to expose a copycat who’s pulling heists around Gotham City. As Selina cracks the whip on her former criminal cohorts, she’s attracting unwanted attention from one of Gotham’s most dangerous groups. The mob? Nope. Try the GCPD. And as if the Bat-Bride didn’t have enough problems, don’t miss the debut of an all-new villain determined to make trouble for all nine of Selina’s lives. Don’t miss the start of an all-new monthly series written and illustrated by Eisner Award-nominee Joëlle Jones!

Catwoman #1 by Joelle Jones is the start of a new on-going series for Catwoman/Selina Kyle. Selina has been a major player in Tom King's Batman series over the past several years, with her engagement to Bruce Wayne and pending nuptials. Catwoman #1 immediately follows Batman #50, and the cover warns readers to make sure to read Batman first.

Let me start by saying that I'm not going to provide any spoilers for Batman #50 or Catwoman #1. I will say that Catwoman only appears to mention the events of Batman very briefly. At least initially, Jones looks like she'll be taking Catwoman in an independent direction, much like has been done with Batman in the the other Bat-books besides the main title.

In this issue, Catwoman is trying to keep herself busy but runs into trouble when police confront her about murdering their fellow cops. Selina is stunned, as she had nothing to do with it. In the meantime, Mrs. Creel, the wife of Governor Creel, is more than she appears to be. What do these two storylines have to do with each other? I think that is the story Jones is going to be tackling in the first arc of this new book.

I thought Catwoman #1 was okay. It was definitely an opening act, as there was a lot of set-up and introduction going on. Jones kind of has her hands tied, as she has to further develop the character of Selina Kyle and follow in the footsteps of the excellent job Tom King has done in recent years. Jones appears to be starting off fine, as she has introduced several new characters. This should help her carve out her own path for Catwoman, as there is a delicate balancing act between writing a character's solo book and keeping things in line across the continuity of various other books.

I would recommend Catwoman #1 by Joelle Jones to fans of the character or those Batman fans who are looking to follow her adventures independent of the main Batman book.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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