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Catwoman #31

Posted: Monday, June 7, 2004
By: Jason Cornwell



Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti

Publisher: D.C. Comics

In this issue, Catwoman is whisked away to a fairy tale like realm, where she finds herself being courted by a Prince Charming, who is convinced that she is his bride-to-be.

Toss in a evil brother who is looking to grab the reins of power and you have pretty much the complete package, except for one fairly important detail, and that is Ed Brubaker fails to include a single moment where Selina is even remotely tempted by the offer made to her, which makes this entire idea pretty much a non-starter. Really, Selina is more than ready to jump back to the unending misery that is her current life, rather than consider the "happily ever after" life that is being presented to her in this issue.

Now, I realize that the readers would be upset if Ed Brubaker abandoned the grim and gritty confines of Gotham City for this fantasy realm where Selina is pampered like a princess, but it would have been nice to get some moment of doubt when the offer was made, as all things considered, Selina's life back in Gotham hasn't exactly been all that pleasant.

If nothing else, it would've been nice to see her openly wonder if the healing magic that was used on her wounds could be employed on her sister, however, instead of making the place into a tempting environment, this issue brings in the evil villain figure who tries to strong-arm Selina into a shotgun style wedding, which in turn requires an escape back to reality that basically has Selina clicking her heels together three times.

The month that has passed since her departure in the previous issue should make her return to Gotham interesting, though.

As for the art, Paul Gulacy is still delivering faces that look a little bit awkward when it comes to conveying the character's emotions, but he's a very solid artist when it comes to the action sequences, as the movements of the characters are deftly laid out on the page.



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