Black Cat is a series I didn’t expect to like, but it has a way of luring you in. Vol. 1 offered a great heist comic book collection with superheroes littered in and the second issue does that and more. While the first story arc gave us a new caper nearly every issue, this second volume delves into Felicia’s family and the origin of the Thieves Guild quite a bit. Don’t worry, there’s a great Wolverine team-up to Madripor too.
Collecting Black Cat #6-10, this volume opens on a date between Black Cat and Batroc. It’s a great one-shot thanks to the well-written dialogue and unique take on Felicia with her hair down. This date leads to the next issue via Black Fox being attacked by the Thieves Guild intercut with the date. What makes this first issue work so well is how the captions over Black Fox’s action-packed escape are from the date. We get sound effects and such, but it helps amp up the action and reminds us Black Fox is in danger and Felicia is going to be really pissed about it.
This flows right into the next issue, which focuses on Odessa Drake after kidnapping Black Fox. He’s tied up, but too old to torture according to Odessa, so she ends up telling him her entire life story more or less. It’s a fun story within the story that reveals the Thieves Guild’s past. This story could stand on its own, though Black Cat fans might miss the lack of the title character who only pops up here and there and then in the end. This issue pairs well with the following issue titled “Girls Night Out”, which is a one-shot style story as well. This one has Black Cat teaming up with The Beetle to steal something. This story intercuts with Felicia hanging out with her mother, which again ties well into the mission since it’s really bugging her. It also helps us understand Felicia and her family more too.
The book wraps up with a two-part story called “Sleight of Hand” which has Felicia on a new job thanks to the Black Fox. She’s off to Madripoor and she’s quickly teaming up with Wolverine to snatch a valuable painting. This issue is all about having fun and the energy of Felicia in the action scenes is electric. Kris Anka draws these two issues and the quality is exceptional. The action is intense, fun to read, and there are plenty of little character moments to enjoy too. There are even surprising guests.
Black Cat Vol. 2: On The Run holds a lot of quality Black Cat personality traits across its stories. You get the flirty Black Cat on a date to start the book, the serious Black Cat that is pissed off, and fun and fancy-free Black Cat too. Overall it shows the complexity of the character and the richness of the world writer Jed MacKay has woven into the series.