Written by Judd Winick.
Drawn by Guillem March (#10), Adriana Melo (#11 on pencils) and Julio Ferreira (#11 on inks).
First two issues of the Dollhouse arc. Catwoman, who’s feeling out this whole “hero” stuff, investigates the kidnappings of hookers and kids hanging out on the streets. The Gotham City Police Department, in fact, is more interested in bringing Catwoman in than finding the kidnappers.
The villain takes the victims and cleans them to the point that they become stiff dolls. Two of Catwoman’s allies are thief Spark and Detective Alvarez. However, someone is working with the GCPD to get Catwoman. Anyone reading only #11 may not know that plot point because it isn’t addressed. Our Cat may not play the heroine of the streets for much longer.
Winick handles the stakes of the plot well. Both issues were a quick read for me. The Dollhouse arc isn’t deep in philosophy but provides some entertainment. I liked the art of both issues overall and the use of color by Tomeu Morey and Brian Reber to set the atmosphere of the grungy Gotham streets.
I don’t have issues with the art other than March’s trying too hard to contort Catwoman in some scenes and Melo/Ferreira slightly silly-looking fight between Catwoman and Detective Alvarez. There’s also a contrast between the classic superhero-inspired art of #10 and the slight anime/manga influence in #11.
These issues make an adequate Catwoman adventure as long as readers aren’t expecting too much.
Tags: DC Comics