Batman Rebirth 1 – 17

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Batman (Volume 3) #1
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

In the first issue of this new Batman solo series, Batman prepares to give his life to save a plane full of people that almost crashes into Gotham. Spoiler Alert…he ends up not dying although he prepares to say goodbye to Alfred in a touching scene. The plane is actually saved by two Superheroes calling themselves Gotham and Gotham Girl. The idea of heroes showing up in Gotham with actual powers is an interesting thing. Would this make Batman feel useless? I guess we will see. I enjoyed the art in this. Finch knows how to draw Gotham City and its world well. Also, who is this new Batman protege Duke Thomas? I don’t know anything about

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Batman (Volume 3) #2
Written by Tom King
Art by David Finch

I love how Duke asks Batman if he trusts these new heroes of Gotham and Gotham Girl, and he says “I don’t even trust Alfred.” That made me smile. I thought this would make Batman jealous to have super powered heroes but I should have known better – Batman is a true hero and wants what is best for Gotham City. These heroes could stop things he cannot stop and he knows that. I loved how the Gotham Man is confused when Batman dissapears when talking to Commissioner Gordon. But who are these two heroes and how do they have powers that are almost Kryptonian in nature? I do not like how skinny Finch draws Amanda Waller. She is way too thin in this. But that is my only complaint about this issue.

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Cutting Wires

Catwoman (Volume 3) #61
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez

Like all issues of Catwoman since Pfierfer took over the book, this was good. I am sad to see that Film Freak will be gone for a while (I imagine he will be back someday like all great villains.) He was a really fun villain, even though he was an evil fucked up bastard. During this issue, I couldn’t help but thinking, does Catwoman work best as a hero or a villain? And I think she works best as in the middle, I feel like she is being portrayed too much as a super hero of late. Maybe she should try to steal and stuff more often. I know people think oooo but she can’t, that would be like taking the character back a step. Naw, I think that she could steal once in a while and not be going backwards. Oh and I think that she should start acting like a cat more, like Michelle Pfiefer did in Batman Returns. Maybe I am prejudice because Michelle was the reason I ended up liking Catwoman in the first place. I don’t know. Will and the artists still, besides my little rant, created a good issue here. The art is great, and the finale to this storyline was pretty good. I was glad they didn’t do the which wire is correct type of thing with the bomb, it was refreshing to see that not happen. I wonder if Selina is right, in real life does it really not matter which wire you cut?

Catwoman 57 – 60

Catwoman (Volume 3) #57
Written by Will Pfeifer

Art by David Lopez

Ah…this is the Catwoman I know. She certainly kicks the Film Freak and Angle Man’s ass this issue and the Catwoman I know wouldn’t put up with the bullshit that they have put her through. As you can tell, I enjoyed this issue. The art is fantastic. The meeting between Holly and Alan Scott is classic and the cliffhanger ending is perfect because, let’s face it, Zatanna does owe Selina.

Catwoman (Volume 3) #58
Written by Will Pfeifer

Art by David Lopez

This was a fun issue. We get to see how Zatanna does her little mind warps. I think this was a fine ending for now, but if too many comics include Zatanna altering minds of villains who find out secrets then it will get a little repetetive and cliche, but for this issue, it works. I was surprised when the cop put Black Mask’s skull on the table while interrogating Holly, I have never seen a cop do that in any type of fiction. Crazy. Anyways, this was just another great Catwoman issue. No complaints here.

Catwoman (Volume 3) #59
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez

Cover by Adam Hughes

Once again Seliana is acting like the Catwoman I know and love with her plan to break into the East End Jail. If anyone could do that, it is Selina. The Film Freak is one crazy bastard, Pfeifer manages to make him both fun and scary. The cliffhanger made me smile and the art continues to impress. That blonde cop is also a real asshole and I love the mention of Commisioner Gordon and how the war against capes in Gotham are over. Great Issue.

Catwoman (Volume 3) #60
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez

Cover by Adam Hughes


Wow, I must say I am really enjoying seeing what the film freak does next. What a great character! And I actually know the last one, it’s from Dr. Strangelove! I had to watch that it my film study class, it was pretty funny. And seeing Selina kick ass and get Holly out of Jail was fantastic. I feel bad for Slam though. His son has a kid with the love of his life. Selina really screwed Slam over in that respect.

Adrenaline

Catwoman (Volume 3) #56
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Cover by Adam Hughes

I just finished reading this issue and my heart was actually racing at the end. I really hope the baby is going to be okay. I felt my adrenaline pumping when Selina was racing to her apartment. Now that is a good read. This issue was full of shocking moments and this storyline is really coming to a great conclusion. I really hate Angle Man and the Film Freak and real villains, you are supposed to hate. These are two characters who could be really lame if brought under the wrong writer but Pfieifer makes them scary and dangerous. Besides the whole baby mess, the moment where Holly and Wildcat were fighting and Holly accidentally said her name made me happy, simply because I always wondered why heroes didn’t ever accidentally say the other heroe’s real name during combat. This shows that Holly is a rookie and needs work at being Catwoman. So yes, get this issue, it is suspenseful and exciting.

Three Felines in One Issue

Catwoman (Volume 3) #55
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Cover by Adam Hughes

This issue was good but it didn’t accomplish much. We still don’t know who is the father of Selina’s baby. Is it Bruce or is it Slam? I do hope it is Bruce but I have my doubts. Although I guess this is a great hook for the writer, the longer Pfeifer keeps the suspence going, the longer people will stay with the book. I am still really digging the film freak and all of his movie references. The Angle Man is just a bastard this issue and Pfiefer does a good job of making you hate him. There were also some funny moments when Selina puts on the costume and moments that show how Selina really is a good mother to the baby. The art was a little strange at times. For example, why does Selina have brown hair in some scenes? Doesn’t she have jet black hair? Also, she is shown with a blue costume in part of the issue. Her costume is black! I suppose that this is the fault of the colorists. Anyway, not much happens but I still enjoyed this issue and will be sticking around for more.

PS: Holly makes it seem like Wildcat is a better fighter than Selina. I just have to say if they were in a fight, I’d bet on Selina.