Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Catwoman #28 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by:Patrick Olliffe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

You Know Why, David? Because of the Kids

Gothtopia continues and Selina likes changing outfits.  She also holds cigarettes like she hates the habit and hates when couples kiss on Valentine's Day.  Steeljacket's armor is like a steel jacket and he can fly because he's hollow. Catwoman likes to steal, but also likes giving out band-aids.

It's well known that I'm not a fan of Ann Nocenti.  I also have also been pretty vocal about my dislike of the Gothtopia story.  Mix the two together and what do you get?  Right here is where I wish I could say I was surprised by how much I liked this issue, wasn't good.  That's not actually strong enough to convey my hatred of this issue. but for the sake of the kids, I'll leave it at that.

Selina continues to sleepwalk through Gothtopia, but her world is tearing apart at the seams.  Reality is poking through and she spends half her time helping people and the other half stealing and terrorizing the citizens of Gotham.  This is an Ann Nocenti book so both parts of Selina's life involve over exposition, terrible dialogue and ridiculous story lines.

Nocenti gives us Catwoman versus Catbird and it's ridiculous.  Throw in Steeljacket who is Gotham's version of Mr. Glass and some Gothtopia cameos and you still are left with a horrible book.  Listen, I love a good time and not above  "guilty pleasures" .  One of my favorite movies of all-time is American Ninja. American Ninja for Christ's sake.  Yet, this book is bad beyond being fun.  It's not a train wreck, it's six trains hitting four planes and falling in an erupting volcano.  You see it happen, but it's so horrific that you can't believe your eyes.  Believe it.  Ann Nocenti, ladies and gentlemen.

What makes it worse is how unnecessary it is.  It does nothing to advance the Gothtopia story.  In fact, it muddles it up a bit.  Add in the fact that the whole split personality business was dealt with in last issue and you should not even think of buying this issue.

Well, at least the book looks half decent.  If it wasn't for Patrick Olliffe's art I may have given this book a zero.

Bits and Pieces:

Catwoman #28 is a horrible, unnecessary part of the Gothtopia story.  Ann Nocenti puts in her trademark drivel and Patrick Olliffe's art while good, can't save the day.  Avoid this issue at all costs and don't buy Catwoman until Ann Nocenti is fired.


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