Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Comic Shop Comics: November 15th
As per usual, Tom King does some pretty great character work, and while the speeches they give may seem a somewhat artificial way of handling characterization, it's pretty effective.
Joelle Jones continues to handle the art, and while visually it's as good or better-looking than it has been at any other point in the previous 34 issues, the fight choreography left a lot to be desired. A reader has to fill in the blanks between panels to make sense of it.
And this may be nitpicking, but how in the world did Catwoman learn to sword-fight well enough to best Talia? She barely even fights dirty, tripping her once. Maybe. (I couldn't tell because the art wasn't terribly clear as to what happened in that sequence). I also found myself wondering what Denny O'Neil might think of Talia saying her father repeatedly resurrected her in the Lazarus Pits--those things sure have grown in effectiveness and usage over the years--and why Holly ever did what she did. It seems like a pretty big event to have happened off-panel, but then, I suppose it could have occurred in Catwoman or some other comic I didn't read...
If one of the most fun aspects of the book is its character designs and the way it redesigns and reimagines various DC characters--and that is one of the most fun aspects of the book--then this is a particularly fun issue.
Seeley has a very good grasp of the character, and has done a fine job of telling stories featuring him over the course of the last 30-odd issues, even if the book never transcends its genre.