NINE LIVES PART FOUR
Catwoman has completed three of her “impossible” heists, but her nine lives are running out faster than she thought! Little does she know, someone with a particular use for disposable lives has been paying attention to her new mission – and that someone is none other than AMANDA WALLER!
Welcome to the Suicide Squad, Selina Kyle – hope you survive the experience!
Comic Watch"Nine Lives" continues to be an exciting arc with it almost serving as an anthology to some of DC's darkest corners being explored with an exciting character who is creating her own history. Catwoman has been developing into a fun series with a lot to say for readers who can read between the lines.
Geek DadCatwoman has been using her nine lives to tie up loose ends and pay debts—and it turns out she owes one to none other than Amanda Waller. After being caught years ago, she promised Waller one Suicide Squad mission and now the debt is up. She’s sent on a mission into Khandaq to steal something precious of Black Adam’s, along with Ravager, Black Adam, Sportsmaster, Clock King, and Jeanette (formerly of the Suicide Squad, who knows things Selina is wondering about Scandal Savage). What ensues is a high-intensity chase with some surprising magical twists, as Selina’s journey to becoming an odd cosmic hero maybe with some common DNA with her Burtonverse version continues apace. However, it suffers from one major issue—this is very much the current version of Waller, without even the slightest sense of honor, which leads to some dark turns towards the very end.
ComicBook.comThe proverbial shot in the arm provided by last month's excellent Catwoman issue seems to carry over to this installment, delivering a jam-packed and largely satisfying chapter. Once again, Tini Howard's script finds a way to cleverly utilize Selina's extra lives, placing her on an adventure with the Suicide Squad that balances fun characterization and a new otherworldly gimmick. Carmine di Giandomenico suits this series' energy very well, providing a sleek but lively approach to even the most mundane of sequences. Once again, this "Nine Lives" arc appears to be brimming with promise and meeting a fair amount of it.
COMICONPotential that never pans out is the name of the theme for ‘Catwoman’ #62 and the entire storyline so far. A mighty fall for a title that was previously a top-of-the-list type of read, now accompanied by shrugs and yawns.
Dark Knight NewsCatwoman #62 brings us a heist story that’s vastly different from those that came before it. The greatest thief in DC Comics has such range, and when handled by a creative team this strong, the stories could go anywhere! I’m eager to see if she spends her remaining lives in vain, and if there’s going to be anything other than the cosmic tug-of-war that unites these intriguing stories.
Batman on FilmDespite some criticisms, I did enjoy the issue. Black Adam feels menacing and a true threat to Catwoman. I enjoy Selena’s narration, too. The art is enjoyable, but it did feel slightly different under Gandini’s colors, compared to Ivan Plascencia’s work on The Knight. While not a cliffhanger, the ending left me eager to see the next chapter. I recommend this arc, despite any shortcomings I felt with this entry. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!
Batman-NewsI absolutely do not recommend this issue and I’m shocked that we could go from such a strong story last month to this. The only explanation I can give is that this issue may have been rushed but that’s no excuse for how sloppy everything here feels. At least each issue of this arc is a standalone complete story, so next month may bring something better to the table. Well, let’s hope.