Two cat-themed characters, one town, and no time. Patsy Walker has seen better days and now we ask of issue #12: is it good?
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #12 (Marvel Comics)
So what’s it about? Read our preview to find out!
Why does this book matter?
Last issue set things up well but moved too slowly for my tastes. With the set up out of the way it’s time to have at thee!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
If you like social drama you’ll dig this issue.
Patsy’s telekinetic roommate Ian steals the show in this issue as writer Kate Leth reveals Ian’s tumultuous backstory with his ex. This backstory is one I’m sure many folks can relate to as Ian wasn’t respected and taken advantage of. These scenes reveal the anger and frustration Ian must be going through and help make sense of the fighting that’s going on in the current timeline. The thorough fleshing out of the character makes the subsequent superhero costume reveal matter that much more.
The rest of the issue involves Patsy, Ian, and Jubilee kicking butt and attempting to thwart Black Cat. The question of why Black Cat is using the characters is brought up which raises a good point and the magic bag gets some resolution after the cliffhanger of the last issue.
The art by Brittney L. Williams is endearing and cute giving the characters a Scott Pilgrim feel that suits the comedic aspects. The social dramas also have a nice feel with expressive expressions. I mean, how can you not love the pink cloud that is Jubilee with sunglasses!?
It can’t be perfect can it?
There’s a death near the end of the issue that’s confusing, mostly because not a lot is made of it. Most likely there’s nobody actually dead, but it left me confused and unsure if it actually happened.
Comparatively, this is a slower sort of comic book and by its end I felt like I wanted a bit more. Though the social drama between Ian and his ex is compelling, the Black Cat story is moving forward too slowly to care about what’s going on. There’s not enough shown to interest the reader for a full length comic. Here’s to hoping there’s more to it next issue!
Is It Good?
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #12 is a fun and endearing experience. The characters are animated and the drama, especially in this issue, compelling. The plot moves along a bit too slowly though and you’ll be wishing there was more to chew on.
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