Catwoman #5 Review

by Hussein Wasiti on November 14, 2018

Writer/Artist: Joelle Jones
Colourist: Laura Martin
Letterer: Josh Reed
From a plotting point of view, this issue was entirely uncompelling. From an artistic point of view, the story we get here is told extremely well and very gorgeously. I just wish this meant more to me so I could truly get behind it.
I'm frustrated with the plot. I don't really care about Villa Hermosa, and Selina's personal anguish is derived from her relationship with Batman in Tom King's run on the character, but the problem is I never connected with that whole story at all so this doesn't ring true to me. This is the fifth issue of the series and there's not a single defining moment yet that I can point to that made this entire thing worth it. A new reader of Catwoman would be better off reading Darwyn Cooke's stories, or even Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee's take on the character in Hush.
But the art certainly is pretty. Joelle Jones is essentially telling two stories on every page, and I like how the layouts reflect each storyline and how the layouts in general are… well, laid out. It's pretty impressive, and bounces off of something Jones was doing earlier in the series. This is a more full and complete version, since it was done much more uniquely here. Laura Martin's colour work also helps express the difference between these two stories, and she remains a master of colour whose work on this series shines.
I find it hard to find the motivation to keep reading this. If I wasn't reviewing it I would have dropped this after the second or third issue, but I'm here so that's that. This book has a strong artistic identity but not much in the way of a solid plot.

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