For some reason Sholly Fisch has taken over writing duties for Ann Nocenti with Catwoman #29. Will the new writer help this title rise from the depths of mediocrity or will Catwoman remain doomed to its sad existence. Is it good?
Catwoman #29 (DC Comics)
Catwoman has a job. She has to break into Taylor Pharmaceuticals during their big company party (said company is being bought out by WayneTech and everyone is getting bonuses) and steal the prototype for MR-40, a special chemotherapy drug that has minimal side effects. A simple job for a master thief like herself. However, not every job is exactly easy as it appears.
What’s your problem dude? It’s perfectly natural for women to bring black leather to events like this!
Of all the Catwoman issues I have read, I have to say that this one really gets who she is. She is a professional thief who is very competent at what she does and loves what she does, but also has her own moral and standards. This issue captures all of that perfectly well and feels like a real Catwoman story. It’s basically just her dong a heist and not much more than that, but it doesn’t need to be more. The story is perfect as it is and gives us the kind of tale that we have been missing for a while with our favorite femme fatale.
The writing by Sholly Fisch is well done and rather enjoyable. While the story is simple in scope, again, it does the job well with capturing the character of Catwoman and making the heist a lot of fun to watch, especially with the twist that happens during it. Dialogue and narration is also good, especially with the banter between the characters (though Catwoman’s narration got weird at one point where she is thinking about what is happening to her, suddenly starts speaking out loud, and then goes back to inner narration). It’s decently paced, the story flows well from page to page, the ending is enjoyable, and it honestly makes you want to read more about her and her adventures. I just kind of wish the rest of the series was more like this issue.
Oh, the irony! Haha.
The artwork is by Pat Olliffe again (I believe he is taking over for the run now) and the work he does is good. Having the same colorist, the book still has the same look as it did with the previous artist in a way which is fine. Characters look decent with no bad or wonky facial expressions. Layouts and backgrounds are good, though nothing too notable. Action and movement looks good, especially when Catwoman maneuvers around the electric eyebeams. It’s just a decent looking book all together.
Is It Good?
Catwoman #29 is a lot of fun and great issue. It gives a great depiction of Catwoman, an enjoyable and exciting heist, and with desire to see more stories like this. While we may not be getting any more stories like that for a while, we can at least have a good story to keep coming back. Definitely recommended.