There’s a movie premiere in Villa Hermosa, but the real action is a couple of blocks away, where Catwoman is on a motorcycle chasing down an armoured car that has her friend Carlos inside of it. It’s still not entirely clear how Carlos got into that predicament – just that it was part of a plan gone horribly, horribly wrong – but Selina’s determined to save him, even if it means crashing into the premiere of the new film.
Across town, in a limo with a license plate that says “Creel” because subtlety isn’t a word that Raina Creel has ever understood the definition of, Raymond asks his mother what she wants. Raina explains that she wants the reliquary, and she’s certain that Catwoman has it. Raymond wants nothing to do with this mess, but Raina threatens him, along with his pale, zombiefied, creepy-as-all-get-out younger brother. His hand forced, Raymond agrees to help his mother. When they drop him off – away from where he had been picked up – a creepy looking guy whose hair looks like it hasn’t had a style update since the early 1970s gets into the Creel car.
Selina is able to save Carlos from the overturned armoured car, and while someone from Entertainment Today tries to talk to Selina (she pushes her aside) another starlet mistakes Selina for a circus performer, so she uses the woman as a weapon, grabbing her by her hair and yanking her off balance so that her shoe can hit a police officer on the head. Selina explains to Carlos that the move was just a little something for her as they race across the red carpet and…steal a police car. After making sure that Carlos is okay, the two speed away, going to meet James at his apartment, since he’s taken care of everything on his end.
Meanwhile, Detective Yilmaz arrives at the pawn shop that Selina’s been operating out of. After verifying that this is the place he’s meant to be, he tells his companion to sit still and then goes inside. When the woman tells him that they’re closed, he pulls out his gun, and she cowers in fear…
Picking up where the last issue left off, there are still some thing that are left unexplained, and that causes a sort of narrative issue here. We still don’t know how Carlos got into his specific predicament, or what James’ end of the plan is. The book is titled Catwoman, but for a majority of this arc, the reader hasn’t really been in Selina’s head, due to the lack of narrative captions, thought bubbles, or anything, and so it’s a little difficult to stay connected to the character. Sure, she gets the couple of pages of great action shots that she’s been getting since the series started – and here they’re brilliant, showing Selina to be a real daredevil – but it’s getting to be a little bit of a repetitive story telling technique by now, and one wishes for something a little bit deeper. Jones clearly knows and understands who Catwoman is, but it’d be nice if she let us in on that knowledge a little bit too.
Raina, of course, is still hot on Selina’s trail. Whereas Blanco’s Raina in the last issue seemed off-kilter and a little bit looney, Hugo Petrus’ version here is more pulled together and polished – more of a Christine Baranski type to Blanco’s Joan Cusack. It’s an interesting study in differences, and certainly, Raina poses more of a threat in this issue. Her young son Adam is just as creepy, and for a moment it seems like he might actually eat his brother. Unfortunately, where Petrus’ art goes wrong is with Detective Yilmaz – he looks younger under Petrus’ pencils than previously established, and his features are different enough so that, at the end of the issue, it took me a moment to realize the character on panel was meant to be Yilmaz.
All told, this was a light read, but something of a disappointing one, and it feels a little bit like the creative team is dialing the story in instead of giving it their 100%. Selina – and her fans – deserve something a little bit better than that.
Another decompressed issue with some some funny moments, while this is still better than some Catwoman stories of days gone by, it’s not living up to the quality that was put forth by the first story arc, and that’s a disappointment.
Catwoman #11: Troublesome Cat
- Writing - 5/105/10
- Storyline - 6/106/10
- Art - 7/107/10
- Color - 7/107/10
- Cover Art - 6/106/10
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