Catwoman #25 ties in with the Joker War. Plus, it’s more pages than usual and sells for $5.99.

In this issue, there are three stories. First, Catwoman returns to Gotham City to get even with the people who stole her plans and used them against Batman…

It’s also of sepia-toned dreams of Spanish dancing with bonus tigers. Seems like a circus atmosphere, this Duende.

Ram V writes, and Fernando Blanco illustrates, with FCO Plascencia on colours.

It’s all break-ins and money stealing, double-crossing above the crosswalk, banking on twisting around the laser beamed alarms. It’s sepia after full colour, with Catwoman working for and against the baddies, exploding into green atmospheres of dancing betraying steps. Nicely atmosphered for fear, the night illustrated as the perfect cover for the feline line of crime. This one’s got loads of drama, great pyrotechnics, and a solid plot.

There are two bonus tales: Catwoman goes back to her home turf of Alleytown, as written by Ram V, illustrated by John Paul Leon, colours by FCO Plascencia. It’s a bit of a walk on the wild side, as Catwoman encounters young baddies on the make; but does the energy of youth overcome the treachery and cunning of the elder?
This one has strong graphics, kinetic moves with large areas of dramatic masses of black. The inner city doesn’t always give up its dead, but instead, the Artful Dodger-influenced antics are really colourful and eye-candy-catching.

Finally, a short short, with Ram V on writing, Juan Ferreyra illustrating, and FCO Plascencia on colours. What does the life of Catwoman look like as seen from a low point of view? This one has a hint of voyeur, a sprinkle of mystery, a hint of jealousy. Nicely composed, with a different character voice, and quiet colour, rich in sunset glows and lightshades drawn by expert hands and paws.

DC Catwoman #25, $5.99 for 38 pages of content.

By Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!