Title: Catwoman (2018-) #2
Words: Joëlle Jones
Art: Joëlle Jones
Colors: Laura Allred
Letters: Josh Reed
Publication Date: August 8, 2018
“Gotham’s a toxic litter box for Selina Kyle of late, so she hits the road looking to clear the air, change her look and clear her name, too—there’s a copycat burglar swiping her M.O. who needs sorting out. In her hometown, Catwoman runs afoul of a crime boss who’s also hunting this impostor. Can the two declare a truce to hunt a mutual enemy, or will Selina end up just more roadkill?”
After she ripped the figurative heart out of the Caped Crusader, this series begins with the post break up Catwoman trying to find herself. And so she does, literally, sort of, but it is merely a murderous imitation. Now she has more than enough on her mind to keep her from sleeping, but the cop killing impersonator has made her insomnia much worse and, as it turns out, there is a whole pack of them, and their nefarious purpose has yet to be revealed.
Joëlle Jones presents a version of Catwoman who is all capable and thoroughly unrelenting when it comes to protecting what is hers, especially her carefully crafted identity, as well as her freedom. What Jones gives us is a marvelously three dimensional character that never loses her roguish and criminal ways, but is entirely sympathetic and emotionally recognizable.
The art, too, has a similar depth to it. Each copy of the Cat, for example, has unique characteristics. Ultimately they may be flawed and dull reproductions, but they are still well thought out and rendered on the page.
The Bottom Line:
Catwoman is a fascinating exploration of a heart broken anti-hero, who, as we have seen in the recent Batman arc, is by her very nature a solitary criminal. That doesn’t mean she’s all bad and she certainly is a strong enough character to carry her own series.