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Catwoman #40

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2005
By: Jason Cornwell

"Three Piece Suit, Part Three of Three"

Writer: Scott Morse
Artists: Diego Olmos (p), Jimmy Palmiotti (i), Giulia Brusco (colors)

Publisher: DC Comics

Plot: As Wooden Nickel returns to the offices of the Three Piece Suit firm, he discovers Cattleman is waiting for him, and she has come prepared to take him out, as she's armed with a nail gun and a chain saw. However, as Wooden Nickel makes a narrow escape he discovers his employer has packed up and left, and he's left to face the heat, as a squad of police officers are waiting for him. As the issue ends, Wooden Nickel is taken into custody.

Comments: Frankly, this issue was a weak climax to what started out as an engaging adventure, as pretty much the entire issue is devoted to showing how easy a time Catwoman has when it comes to defeating the big bad villain. One would think if a writer who had come up with a new villain, the first rule of thumb would be to make sure that the character exits stage right in a blaze of glory, as leaving fans wanting more would seem to be the easiest way to convince them that they had just witnessed an enjoyable show. I mean Catwoman's resume is already quite impressive so having her wipe the floor with your new creation, and spend pretty much the entire issue lamenting the idea that the character really wasn't up to the task of being a viable threat, seems like a rather self defeating approach to take, and frankly it left me rather disillusioned with this final chapter. One also does have to wonder what was the point of coming up with a wood themed villain if the entire climax emphasized who stupid this villain was making weaponry out of easily damaged material. There's also a lack of knowledge on display in this issue during the final battle, as I've never come across a nail gun as powerful as the one Catwoman uses in this issue, especially given it's not connected to a compressor unit. It's also pretty clear that Scott Morse has never used a chain saw before, as no matter how sharp you make the chain, the saw isn't going to slice through hard wood that quickly. In the end though, this was a rather weak climax, because it devoted too much attention to downgrading the threat that the villain posed.

Diego Olmos has a style that is quite impressive at times, but there are also moments when the art looks a bit rough around the edges, and I'm left a little disappointed by the lack of variety on the faces of the characters. In one scene Wooden Nickel is supposed to be delivering an angry rant, and his expression is almost comical in its inability to express the character's rage. Now I will give the art credit for its work on the battle, as there's a nice sense of energy to the various attacks, and there's a lovely reveal shot as we discover the source of the sound-effect. I also enjoyed the scene where Wooden Nickel arrives at the offices of his employers to discover that they've packed up shop and moved, as the image nicely captures the sense of betrayal. I also have to give the art full marks for its cover image, as it provides a very exciting image that nicely sells the idea that Catwoman is done messing around with this villain.

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