In the wake of Future State and the dawn of Infinite Frontier, new titles have emerged as DC’s strongest reads. Catwoman is definitely right near the top. Writer Ram V has created a formidable villain for Selina with Father Valley and it’s time for their big showdown.
As the cover implies, Batman makes a cameo. Ram V has smartly avoided any Batman interaction as the two have largely stayed away from each other following the end of their engagement. The reunion is short-lived, but memorable, allowing for welcome reconnections in the future. Still, this is Selina’s book and Batman is just a guest star. The main focus is this showdown with Father Valley, who’s been awaiting this chance to put Catwoman down for good. Given all the build up for this moment, this fight needed high stakes and a personal issue as well. Ram V does an excellent job creating a landmark moment in this rivalry.
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Fernando Blanco’s artwork didn’t seem quite as refined as usual, but Blanco’s strengths in properly framing his characters and setting up dynamic action sequences weren’t impacted. One scene in the big showdown is a little unclear until going back to a smaller panel a few pages earlier in a nice bit of artistic foreshadowing.
Jordie Bellaire’s color work remains impeccable capturing the flame engulfed Gotham as Fear State starts to set in.
Catwoman keeps bringing the goods and this was an important issue for the next arc following the Fear State tie-ins.
Rating: 10 out of 10