Joelle Jones, writer, and artist of Eisner-Award nominated comic Lady Killer, first started working on DC Comics’ Catwoman character when she was doing art duties for Tom King’s epic Batman saga. Notably, Jones was the first woman who did interior art and covers on Batman. Given her stellar work on books like Superman: American Alien and Supergirl: Being Super, it was a no-brainer that she would take the reins of DC’s latest Catwoman series, which sees the feline fatale leave Gotham City after dynamically un-duoing from Batman and striking out on her own, building a new network of allies and taking care of an old, familiar face.
With the first arc of Catwoman wrapping up this Wednesday, December 19th, SYFY WIRE had a chat with Jones about her first arc on the book, what to expect next, and her rapport with colorist Laura Allred.
On the things that she wanted to establish in the initial arc of Catwoman, Jones explained, “It was really important for me to get her out of Gotham and give her some time away from Gotham in a new city to explore her without the other looming characters around her, at least in the beginning. After this first arc, I can settle into Villa Hermosa and bring in some more characters, but establishing her the way I did gives her more ownership.”
When asked about Raina Creel, a brand-new character created specifically to be a villain for Selina, she said, “I’ve had so much fun playing with Raina and it was really important to me, that instead of using a villain that has come before, to use someone who was tailor-made to be a Catwoman villain, and that would be someone with a similar upbringing but through her choices went a completely different path.”
Now that the first arc is wrapping up, and Jones has gotten to set up who Selina his in her post-Gotham City life, she’s planning to bring some very familiar faces to Villa Hermosa to play Selina a visit, starting with none other than the Penguin, which should surprise no one who has noticed the many visual shout-outs to Batman Returns in this volume of Catwoman. Jones says that he’s a lot of fun to write, and she can’t wait to draw the bird-themed Gentleman of Crime.
Catwoman isn’t the first time that Jones has worked with master colorist Laura Allred either, the two having worked together on Lady Killer. Calling Allred a genius, Jones expands by saying, “[W]hen Catwoman came up, she was my first choice. I just adore working with her and I don’t tell her anything with the color palette. I just tell her whether it’s night or day and let her go.”
Catwoman #6 releases this Wednesday, December 19th and concludes Jones’ first arc on the acclaimed series.
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