The post-coital issueAfter last month’s infamous debut, which ended with Catwoman and Batman in their most…er…intimate tussle yet, Judd Winick keeps the kitty (mostly) clothed in this second issue as part of DC’s New 52.
By and large, it’s all the better for it. After last issue’s over-eagerness to try and shock to sell copies, this month sees Catwoman in more familiar territory: using her feline athleticism and gymnastics to get the better of Russian mobsters whilst ensuring she’s kept in the manner to which she’s accustomed (i.e. loaded with ill-gotten gains).
As she leads two rival gangs in a double-cross at a function organised by a certain millionaire playboy, Winick has fun with Catwoman and Bruce Wayne: with Selina thinking he’s just another rich and handsome celebrity after a good time, unaware that Wayne is scoping her every move.
Guillem March‘s artwork is again strong – still with a fondness for cat-like curves, but capable of depicting action and some quite graphic violence with aplomb too.
Towards the end of the issue, things take a much more serious turn as we see Catwoman facing a remorseless and brutal enemy who looks like he’ll be a bit harder to beat than the Russian goons she toyed with earlier.
Here, Winick shows a defter touch than previously, and it will be interesting to see what tone dominates in the issues of Catwoman to follow.
For that reason alone, it’s a title still worth sticking with.