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Darwyn Cooke is best known for his revision of the Catwoman character and his work on Batman: Ego. He has also had an illustrious career in animation including 3 years on The Batman/Superman Adventures and designing the main title for Batman Beyond. Matt Hollingsworth has been colouring comics for years. In addition to his work on Catwoman, he is best known for Preacher and Tom Strong.
Filled with color, camp and melodrama, Cooke's latest is a feast for fans of Catwoman and comic book crime noir. The book sheds light on the series' recent redesign and on Catwoman's shift from superthief to superhero. Forced to fake her own death and disappear, Selena Kyle (Catwoman's secret identity) now needs cash. In the book's explosive opening, Selena resurrects herself after a failed international heist and returns to Gotham in dire financial straits. Swifty, a pawnbroker buddy, tips her off to a Mafia cash transfer using a Montreal-bound train; they plan a new heist that could mean millions. The job requires Selena to reconnect with Stark, her criminal mentor, love of her life and a man she betrayed long ago. After she reignites the flame between herself and Stark, the two assemble a crew and figure out a way to loot the train, all the while dodging Slam Bradley, a pesky old-school private eye who's figured out that the late Selena Kyle isn't quite dead. Cooke offers a clever and complex narrative, weaving flashbacks to Selena's past with riveting action. Cooke's dialogue is a hoot, witty and impressively humane for an over-the-top hardboiled crime yarn. Hollingsworth's full color illustrations are spectacularly stylish-Catwoman has never been so sexy. His bold line is gestural, suggesting form and mood with a vivid, abbreviated authority that captures Gotham City's dark underworld or Las Vegas's gaudy casino life with impressive command. Whether she's pouting at Stark or jumping from a moving train, the new Catwoman is a sight to behold. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Adult/High School-Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman, is down on her luck. Her last job turned out to be a dud, so she reluctantly returns to Gotham looking for something to put her back on her feet. Chantel, a mob moll in search of a better life, provides her with a lead: a train with $24 million heading north for a heroin deal. Selina rounds up a small gang to assist her, including ex-lover Stark, the man who helped her make the switch from prostitution to grand theft. Selina, Stark, and a P.I. assigned to track down the supposedly dead Ms. Kyle narrate the story. The art has strong lines and dramatic color, with a retro vibe. Violence is handled tastefully and Selina's former profession and Chantel's position are treated obliquely. This is pretty much a straightforward noir caper; in fact, Catwoman only appears in a few panels. The main focus is on the woman behind the mask. Teens who liked Ocean's Eleven or similar movies will get a kick out of this novel.-Susan Salpini, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.