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Catwoman (2002 Series) #29

March 30, 2004

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Under Pressure

Wildcat drops by to spar with Catwoman – just as the ninjas show up.

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: Paul Gulacy
Inks: Jimmy Palmiotti
Colors: Laurie Kronenberg
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Matt Idelson
Cover Art: Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti
Publisher: DC Comics

As Catwoman continues her search for the man who almost killed Slam Bradley, Wildcat shows up to give her friend Holly some pointers on self-defense. Neither of the feline furies is aware, however, that something is stalking them in the night.

This was a solid issue, although the Catwoman/Zeiss storyline is beginning to feel somewhat stretched. Hopefully, if the last page is any indication, next issue will close it off. Wildcat’s appearance was a surprise but, for a big JSA fan like myself, a welcome one. It’s odd to think that a member of the Justice Society would have trained such a notorious criminal, but if any of them would, it’s definitely Wildcat. Ed Brubaker also spends some time developing Catwoman’s relationship with Bradley, who isn’t taking recent events as well as one might like.

Although I’ve generally been a fan of Paul Gulacy and Jimmy Palmiotti on this title, the artwork this issue didn’t thrill me. Holly’s face looked oddly stretched, as though they had copied it onto a piece of Silly Putty and played with it, and a lot of the posing was awkward, especially in the early fight sequence. Laurie Kronenberg’s colors helped this issue a lot, though, setting off scenes like the sparring match and the rooftop dance through the rain. (Anyone ever notice how much it rains in Gotham City? People’s flood insurance premiums must be murder there.)

This was a solid issue and seems to have set up the finale of this storyline. I have no doubt that Brubaker will follow through with a knock-out punch. I just hope by next issue the art team is back up to speed and manages to follow through with him.

Rating: 7/10

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