We open with Carlos, Selina’s friend, in the back of an armored truck. It’s not clear whether he’s stowed away or captured, but he’s speaking to Selina over a wireless ear piece, asking her to save him. The narrative then goes back a few hours, going to an auction that Selina is attending with a man named James, a friend of Carlos’. Selina is there to steal a rare mask, but before she does that, she drives up the price of the mask, hoping to start a bidding war. After all, the more expensive it is, the more fun it is for her to steal.
Carlos’ narration then takes us back to the end of issue 8, where Selina was surrounded by the Penguin and his goons. Selina asks Penguin for Holly Robinson’s letter – the whole reason why she agreed to help Penguin in the first place – and Penguin admits that he lied about that. Selina then makes a deal with the Penguin – she’ll give him the green relic from the reliquary, while she keeps the rest of the mystical possession for herself. It takes some convincing – and some gunshots – but Penguin agrees and Selina gets away.
Across town, Raymond Creel is running for mayor, because of course he is. Detective Yilmaz drops by unannounced, to tell him that his mother and his brother wish to speak with him outside. Raymond meets them in his mother’s car, where Raina looks absolutely unhinged and his brother is a greyed out corpse covered in purple goo. It’s a charming family reunion, truly.
Back at her storage facility apartment, Selina’s trying to get her sister Magdalena to eat while Carlos speaks to a contact on the phone. Feeding Magdalena doesn’t go well and something Selina says triggers her sister into screaming. Before Selina can do much about it – though it’s suggested that maybe Magdalena would be off somewhere where more attention can be paid to her – Carlos tells Selina that it’s time for them to go meet his contact. Carlos’ contact – James - was going to help them steal the real relic that was going to help them use the reliquary. In retrospect, Carlos realized he should have known something would have gone wrong as soon as Selina and James met, just by the way they were looking at each other. He wasn’t horribly wrong – after all, the whole plan did end up with Carlos in danger. Of course, as he notes at the end, things could always get worse…
After the brief respite that was issue number nine, we’re back in the thick of things with this issue. Selina gets rid of Penguin all-too-easily and it turns out that he wasn’t as big a part of the story as it seemed he might have been. If anything, Penguin was just the inciting incident to get Selina interested in stealing the reliquary. Even if Penguin’s part wasn’t big, though, it was a nice piece of world building. It makes sense that Penguin would reach out to someone as accomplished as Selina for her help.
Despite that, though, this issue felt a little light. Yeah, there were a couple of important plot developments regarding the reliquary and Maggie and Raina Creel, but nothing really happens, and that feels like a missed opportunity, especially after the breather fill-in we had the previous month. There’s no doubt that Raina’s going to come after the reliquary as soon as she realizes that Selina has it, and as much as she wants to use it for her son, Selina probably wants to use it to fix Maggie. It’ll be interesting to see who’s able to win that battle, and if it will help either character at all. Raymond running for mayor is an interesting nugget. One wonders if Raina will be able to control him the way that she controlled her husband. Currently all sights point to no, but Raina’s a formidable force in her own right and anything could happen.
Fernando Blanco does well with keeping up the world that Jones has created intact – Villa Hermosa feels like the city introduced at the beginning of the run, and he does well with keeping Selina’s home base feel and look the way it did before. It’s an important detail because a lot of artists tend to create their own background settings, and it can mess with the way a world feels, especially when it’s one that’s as specifically drawn out as Villa Hermosa. His Selina may not have the sharpness and attitude that Jones imbues her with, but he’s good at making Selina seem like a tough, capable woman – he doesn’t give way to unnecessary cheesecake, which is important.
While it's good to be back on the main story, the issue ultimately feels a little light and, therefore, unsatisfying.
Catwoman #10: New Friends, Old Enemies
Writing - 6/106/10
Storyline - 7/107/10
Art - 7/107/10
Color - 8/108/10
Cover Art - 8/108/10
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