Where we interview the stars, write about comics, TV, movies, books, music, games and anything fandom related.
Review: Catwoman #3
"Copycats" – Part 3
Writer: Joëlle Jones
Artists: Joëlle Jones, Fernando Blanco, Laura Allred & John Kalisz
Review by Adam Ray
We left last issue with Selina at the kind of soiree she’d normally be comfortable in. It seems more like she’s in a nest of vipers. Creel the younger is kind enough to give us the shocking reason why the actresses in Catwoman cosplay abound. After hearing a cruel ultimatum, Selina has to wonder what’s keeping her here. There’s also a satisfying moment in the issue, that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Trying to get a quick getaway, it’s embarrassing for smoke bombs not to go off. Selina must have learned it from her ex-fiance, a master of the craft. Any time a trope or convention is thrown over its shoulder and forgotten is a satisfying surprise for me.
Jones has been able to masterfully make this Copycats storyline about two powerful and very different women. We see the turbulent rise to power of Mrs Creel in a flashback. The difference in art styles between Jones and Fernando Blanco really show the then-and-now differences. The softer, blended colors of Kalisz really make her past seem hazier and more calm than the muted but contrasting colors Allred has applied to the Copycats storyline so far.
Silent moments in a comic book are as big a storytelling test as they are for silent moments in film or TV. The characters moving through the situation needs to be able to convey a lot. The last few pages of this issue really shows off Jones’ ability to quietly tell us a story. Seeing Catwoman leap from roof to roof, cringing at her injuries keeps pace and show the skill level of the character.
Catwoman’s reasons for being in town are a sudden but shocking surprise. As we continue, I’m starting to wonder if Mrs Creel has any measurable, sinister plan other than corrupting people and politics. What I’m interested most in seeing is how Selina herself will respond to the changing world she’s in.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on September 13th 2018)
SUBMITTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL… The Twilight Zone , a television series that shows no signs of letting up, is still going strong 60 years since it first debuted on CBS in 1959. Created by the already popular writer Rod Serling, the show became a series with an infinite lifespan. The Twilight Zone is now 60 years young and still has a massive appeal to those who love a bit of twisted, comedic, moralistic and, at times horrifying, science fiction. I have been a fan of this show for many years, from the original to the latest version by Jordan Peele. It was probably in the 1980’s that I first came across this show and I was amazed. Back then, just a teenager, I thought black and white shows were old and ‘fuddy duddy’ (as my kids would say nowadays). That was until my late mam (who was always there when I found my love for various things as a youngster) turned on the tv and an episode of the TZ was showing. I always remember the first episode I saw being "Ti
“ Off The Clock “ Writer: Katie Cook Artist: Butch Mapa Color Artist: Protobunker Letterers: Christa Miesner and Valeria Lopez Review by Steve J. Ray Some of my favorite comics are those that honor and follow the style of movies and TV shows. Comics like The Batman Adventures , for example. So, you can only Imagine my delight when a knock on my door resulted in my being handed the latest package from Penguin Random House. The box contained a copy of Marvel Action: Avengers : “Off The Clock”. This gorgeous little trade paperback collects issues #1-#3 of Marvel Action: Avengers , and is one of the most fun comics, both in terms of story and art, that I’ve read featuring these particular characters, in a long, long time. Synchronicity Strikes Again Recently I helped promote a couple of fan films which gave us a day, and a night, in the life of a superhero trying to get some time off. By some amazing quirk of fate, this book shows six Avengers (at first… ) trying to cope with some H.R.
First Degree: A Crime Anthology , is a book that puts the spotlight on crime noir and features dozens of short graphic stories from a variety of talent from around the globe. Here's the full press release, courtesy of Humanoids and Superfan Promotions: First Degree Acclaimed Graphic Novel Publisher Humanoids Assembles A Thrilling Team of International Talent Including David F. Walker David Aja, and Dozens More for a Crime Noir Anthology Humanoids, the acclaimed graphic novel publisher, has assembled a thrilling roster of international creators, including David F. Walker (Bitter Root) and David Aja (Hawkeye, The Seeds), for an anthology that puts the spotlight on crime noir. FIRST DEGREE: A CRIME ANTHOLOGY will feature dozens of short crime noir stories from a variety of talent from around the globe, as well as art by Michael Lark (Gotham Central, Lazarus) and cover art from Aja. A woman lures her husband and his secret lover to an abandoned house. Something sinister is happening i