Gotham City Sirens #26A comic review article by: Karyn Pinter
And so it ends. Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn all go their separate ways. Too bad it’s not under happier circumstances, both for the characters and the readers.
I followed Gotham City Sirens from issue one, being both a fan of Catwoman and Paul Dini, the series was a must read for me and in the beginning I thought it was a must read for everyone else. Sure, it may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but it was a fun book. Pure fluff and cheesecake. Hell it was one excitable pillow fight away from being softcore porn. It was about the three girls living in an awesome hideout and getting into their predestined trouble. It was the freakin’ Golden Girls in Halloween costumes and 30 years younger.
You wouldn’t think writing something about three costume ladies kicking it across Gotham would be hard, but apparently it is. After Dini left, the comic became lack luster and not fun. Dini had pop, and he’s a damn hard act to follow. The only thing to look forward to was the cover art by Guillem March (and it still kind of is). It wasn’t until these last few issues that the comic got back to basics, in a way.
What was lost, then suddenly found again, was the sense of friendship. Yeah, the girls where always together throughout the two-year run, but since Dini left, that tight-knit -- albeit sometimes stressed -- friendship was missing. Here now, in the end, the friendship is ultimately broken. The Sirens part ways, but not before one final act of kindness is shared. Yeah, so they kinda-sorta screwed each other over more than once and in fact have been doing so since the beginning, but this one final act of kindness at least clears some of the muddy waters. It’s a vague testament to sisterhood and such nonsense.
You know, for the end of the series, and for a series that was never meant to be taken as serious as others, it wasn’t bad, but what was with the cut to black? Sorry, Gotham City Sirens, I liked you, but you’re no Sopranos. I felt a bit cheated that it came to a 99% complete ending. I guess it finished up in Batman? I don’t know. That bugged me a little that there was the parting of ways and Catwoman is left to face Batman, and we don’t even get to see what happens. That’s my one major problem with the issue.
Other than that missing last panel, the comic was worth it. Now with everyone getting renumbered it’ll be like none of this happened... or will it? I guess we’ll see when Catwoman #1 hits in a few weeks.
Karyn Pinter has been writing for Comics Bulletin since 2008. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and was one of those kids who was raised by TV, babysat by the likes of James Bond, Mary Poppins and Darth Vader. In college she spent her days critically analyzing Dorothy’s need to befriend a lion, scarecrow and man of tin and writing papers on how truth, justice and the American way ultimately lead to Superman’s death.
Karyn gladly accepts bribes in the form of carnitas burritos and/or Catwoman paraphernalia.