The biggest worry going into the 8th issue of “Catwoman” was the introduction of a new character called “Spark”, a wisecracking thief with electrical powers. Well, I have some good news: he actually wasn’t annoying. Do I still hate the idea of Catwoman pulling heists with a guy who shoots lightning from his fingertips? Yup! But Winick played it safe and basically gave him the exact same personality as Selina so he’s not too grating (yet) and I didn’t have to suffer a character who acted like he was too-cool-for-school, or some sort of Jar-Jar Binks comedic-relief type of character.
Instead, what I got was a pretty fun and energetic failed caper, a cameo by Penguin (who looks like he’ll be handled way better than he was in “Detective Comics” recently), and more from the mysterious prostitute murders that were barely touched on in the last issue. There’s quite a bit going on here and it’s clear that there are big plans for the future (including a nice tie-in to the Night of the Owls which will be the focus of next month’s issue).
As for the art…well, it looks nice for the most part. Really nice. The amount of detail put into the mansion armory was particularly nice. Adriana Melo does an incredible job drawing the settings. Gwen’s apartment, the pool area, the mansion armory, and more are all rich in detail and it’s worth gazing at the panels a little longer just to take in the minutia. What isn’t handled quite so well are the faces. Particularly Penguin and Catwoman who look different from frame to frame. It’s a much bigger problem for Catwoman, obviously, who sometimes looks…
Ew. And if that wasn’t enough…
Quite the, er…handsome woman, eh?
Overall it’s an alright book. Catwoman’s changing face is a bit of an annoyance, but at least Spark wasn’t! And the story Winick is cooking up appears to be going places, unlike the last arc which was basically just a bunch of stand-alone adventures that were incredibly fun but lacked depth. He’s even found a way to blend the Court of Owls into the current plot quite nicely. It’s not a must-have issue, but it was definitely an enjoyable read.