Catwoman is on a heist and, given the reveal of the last issue, there’s a very important thing to take off a train filled with baddies. Ram V and Otto Schmidt are telling a key story in Batman’s journey, but also showing how far Catwoman will go. Future State: Catwoman #2 wraps up a two-part story and fits in nicely in the narrative.
This issue opens in the future where this story takes place. Check out a preview to see the start, which has Catwoman with her back literally to the wall with few options. She’s stuck on a train that’s filled with bad guys who want to kill her, and with her is Onomatopoeia. We already know what she’s after in this train robbery, but it’s starting to look bleak.
If you’re a fan of the Batman and Catwoman romance you’re going to like this book. Ram V and Schmidt utilize flashback to fill in blanks, but there are some touching beats between the characters you won’t want to miss. Some of the intrigue of the story is lost due to the other Batman books already telling us Bruce Wayne is gonna make it out of this one, but it’s still nice to see how he escaped. At some point, DC Comics would be smart to collect Future State titles in the right order as this story could use a little mystery in not knowing if Batman makes it out alive.
The book also takes a while to get going. It opens in a dire situation that lacks immediate conflict, dips into a flashback, and takes a good eight pages to get on with the story.
That said, there’s a good collection of characters here and Onomatopoeia is always good for a few awkward and unique moments. Batman looks grizzled and wartorn thanks to Schmidt’s work on the beard and cowl. He’s almost like a cowboy. Much of this book is cast in red hues, which enhances the sense of danger. Catwoman’s futuristic costume is also on point and we get to see her do some cool fight moves too. The choreography works throughout. Tom Napolitano does fabulous work with sound effects, which expand the train robbery further than the tight space should allow.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Liam Sharp’s cover, with its glossy futuristic stylings and clean look. It features main characters galore and is well worth framing on your wall. The cover begs for this story to be 12 issues instead of a measly two!
Future State: Catwoman #2 is a satisfying conclusion, albeit if you’ve read the Batman books the ending is a bit spoiled. That said, there’s a colorful collection of characters, good fight scenes, and an important look at Batman and Catwoman’s romance. This has all the attitude of La Femme Nikita and the smokey romance of a Bond flick.
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