Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Diego Olmos and Jimmy Palmiotti
Publisher: D.C. Comics
I'm not as impressed by this issue as I have been by previous stories, as for the most part the issue felt like it was simply following a well worn path rather than telling a new story. I mean the idea of a woman widowed by the actions of criminals is a very familiar plot, and the story doesn't even manage to make much of the main draw of this plot device, as there wasn't a single moment where I actually believed the woman would exact her revenge on the criminals that killed her husband. So instead we have an issue that spends most of it's time and effort reaffirming the idea that Catwoman is willing to get her hands dirty in her war against crime in Gotham's East End, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who could see the writing on the wall that the criminals wouldn't walk away from this fight.
In fact given the hard hits that Catwoman has taken in the previous arcs, including her near death in her latest clash with the criminal element, I have to say I'm a bit disappointed that the character doesn't seem to have learn her lesson. I mean the exact reason why she's made herself a target is that she's given the criminals every reason to want her taken down, while not doing enough to convince them that their actions against her would result in a serious payback. This issue would've had more impact if the widow had made an attempt at exacting her revenge, as at least this would given us a moment to consider that Selina might've crossed the line, but instead the issue simply reaffirms the idea that Catwoman has entered a bare knuckles brawl unwilling to cast aside her boxing gloves, and this in turn begs the question of how many times she's going to have to learn the same lesson.
Diego Olmos is a new name to me as I don't think I've ever seen his work before, but I will say that I was somewhat impressed by the sense of energy that it managed to infuse the action scenes with, while at the same time I was a little disappointed by the loose, somewhat distorted grasp the art had on the human form. The art also isn't the best when it comes to conveying the emotions of the characters, as the internal grief of the widow as she faces her husband's killers simply wasn't as powerful as it needed to be. However, the opening sequence where Catwoman takes down the thugs makes for a powerful visual introduction to the character.
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