Comic Review: Catwoman #38 (DC Comics)

This month, there is a ton of Catwoman reading we can do. Three new issues! So I am reading them. Catwoman #38, with Ram V on writing duties and Caspar […]

This month, there is a ton of Catwoman reading we can do. Three new issues! So I am reading them.

Catwoman #38, with Ram V on writing duties and Caspar Wijngaard on art and colours (lettering by Tom Napolitano, yay for legibility!) centres around the questioning of Selina Kyle at the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) building in Alleytown.

Kollak and Rigs are interrogating Selina, while a crowd protests outside the police station. It’s just Selina and her lawyer against the two officers, so a game of wits. What does she know, and what does that mean for them?

Ram V gets the dialogue right, plays the drama well, escalates the room full of tension to the breaking point, and generally gives us an entertaining issue for our money. It’s cat and mouse, and all of the other parlour games rolled into one.

Wijngaard contributes able renderings of the characters, understands body language and positioning, and makes the story easy and informative for the reader. And I mean that with respect; the drawings are clear, we know what is going on, we know who is who, and where the story beats are. The action is dramatic and visual; the quiet scenes still percolate with mood. The colouring is well handled too; Wijngaard uses some unusual combinations of colours to add interest and contrast, and it all works.

Great fun.

DC Comics, Catwoman #38, $3.99 for 23 pages of content 13+

Alan Spinney

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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!!