Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Catwoman #13 Review

Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Writer: Joelle Jones
Artist: Joelle Jones, Fernando Blanco, Hugo Petrus, John Kalisz, Laura Allred, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2019

I was really into this series when it started, but I've been slowly losing interest in it since.  The overall story has been dragging and really isn't that interesting overall and while Joelle Jones has done some really good character work with Raina Creel, most of the other characters are just forgettable at best.  So, does this issue get things going in the right direction?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with a bunch of scenes playing off each other.  Selina gets some rooftops time with James, Carlos is in hot water and Raymond Creel approves of this message.  It works out well, building up some decent tension before settling down a little to tell the bigger picture story.

As a quick aside, I saw some people very angry about Selina flirting with James...something that didn't bother me at all.  Sure, we all know that she will be back in Gotham soon enough (I mean, there is a Bat Cat book coming out) and this doesn't change that in the least.  It's a moot point anyway as Selina nips it in the bud...which doesn't bother me either, but why does Selina have to come off like a cold-hearted jerk?  I mean, I kind of want to like her in her solo book.

The big part of the story is Raina forcing Carlos to hand over the mysterious relic in exchange for his Aunt Linda.  There is a twist when he bleeds all over it, but it still remains a mystery even as the Creel Family becomes smaller by the end.

In the meantime, Adam continues to be scary as hell, Selina gets stabbed and the issue ends with the (beginnings of) the offer.  I have been yelling about these so-called "offers" enough by now, but they are just dangling the carrot which sucks.

This issue doesn't's just a bit boring and continues to show that with the lack of any real character work, it's hard to get invested in the story going on here.  Is there anyone out there that really cares at all whether or not Raymond wins an election and I am pretty sure there aren't any huge Dr. Fonick fans out there.

With three artists on the book, there are some jarring transitions, but overall it's okay.  When Joelle Jones finishes things up, however, I was just sad realizing how great this book would look if she could do it all like she originally was going to.

Bits and Pieces:

This book needs some injection of character and story stat!  For me personally, it is on life support and I am very close to pulling the plug.  There are some really interesting things going on in this series, it just seems like every month, the focus ends up on something else.


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