CATWOMAN #4 by Joelle Jones, Fernando Blanco, Laura Allred, John Kalisz, Josh Reed, Stanley "Artgerm" Lau, Britanny Holzherr, and Jamie S. Rich
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CATWOMAN #4 does well with telling a quick story, however the plot struggles to make certain situations clear to the reader. Selina and Magdalene's story together is interesting and shows their opposing personalities well. The art is consistent in vibrance and color with offering different perspectives on Selina and Magdalene. Overall, it's well constructed.
95 %
Generally Good

DC Entertainment returns with CATWOMAN #4 telling the tale of Selina Kyle and her sister Magdalene (Mags or Maggie). Joëlle Jones (writer and artist), and Fernando Blanco (artist), Laura Allred (colorist), and John Kalisz (colorist) bring us a quickly developed story of the girls together in different periods of their lives.

The sisters are a symbol of yin-yang; completely opposite, yet related by blood. Art in the past and present tense of CATWOMAN #4 remains consistent and vibrant in color while providing notable differences.

A Continuation Of CATWOMAN #3: Selina Introduces Magdalene

CATWOMAN #4 begins with a one-sided conversation between Selina and Maggie (since she cannot speak). We see them endure a tough childhood while their parents arguing. They meet again as adults when Maggie’s a nun for a pagan church (I didn’t know the pagan church had nuns so I was a little thrown off by this). Maggie sees Selina in her Catwoman alias and it seems Selina reveals her identity, though it isn’t entirely clear.

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CATWOMAN #4 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Later, Selina meets Maggie’s husband, Simon. Unfortunately, he ends up dead with a mutilated face at the hands of Black Mask, a psycho doctor. Black Mask also harms Maggie to the point where she is today. We cut away from the past to a man named Dr. Finick. He comes in to give Maggie a syringe filled with an unknown fluid for the purpose of making her a whole new person.

How Selina & Magdalene Stand Out

In CATWOMAN #4 during a flashback of the sisters going out for Halloween, we see a big difference in action. Selina sees a kid being picked on by a group of guys. The kid’s candy is hanging from a rope held anvil and the group of guys threaten him with a pocket knife in hopes of continuing their mischief.

However, young Selina in a cat costume stops the situation by holding a handgun and firing a shot in the air. After the kid’s saved, you see where the girls differ. Selina believed her actions were justifiable while Maggie thought the cops could have handled it just fine. Thus differentiating the future anti-hero from the civilian by illustrating the girl’s reaction to a kid getting bullied. Selina wants to do the right thing, even if that means putting herself in danger. On the other hand, Maggie wants to do the right thing, but without getting physically involved.

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CATWOMAN #4 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The opposites concept in CATWOMAN #4 is interesting. Selina having a sister already blew my mind in CATWOMAN #3 and them being completely different from one another takes the cake. It’s sad that bad things happen to Maggie just because she and Selina see each other again. It would have been nice to see them happy for a longer period of time. It’s a bit disappointing to see little details left out in the plot that would’ve made certain situations clearer. For example, when Maggie sees Selina in the Catwoman suit it would’ve been better with a couple more squares showing that Selina revealed her identity or something to make their encounter as adults clear and even a little emotional.

Past & Present Art In CATWOMAN #4

Joëlle Jones and Fernando Blanco divided the artwork into past and present with Jones handling the present and Blanco the past. Jones continues to amaze with her gorgeous portrayal of elegant women. Her style is timeless and easily recognizable. Blanco offers a new perspective on Selina and Magdalene. Selina has much darker skin as a child while Magdalene has blonde instead of red-ish hair. You can tell the difference in style just by looking at lines. You can clearly see well-blended age lines in Jones’s work while Blanco keeps everything smooth (besides natural furrow and smile lines), bringing out the youth needed in the illustrations.

Colorists Laura Allred and John Kalisz do a wonderful job in strategically showing maturity in our characters. In the present (Allred), the color choice is vibrant, yet muddy to show age. The best example of this is Magdalenes’ hair. It’s kind of a dark, worn out copper in the present and in the past (Kalisz), colors her hair blonde as a possible symbol of youth. Even in Selina and Magdalenes’ youth, their skin and facial features have darker tones.

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CATWOMAN #4 Variant Cover. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Maybe this choice by Kalisz is a small symbol of their forced maturity due to their childhood. One last thing, Stanley “ArtGerm” Lau has done his best variant cover yet. This cover is so well done that it looks like a DSLR photograph with Selina being a beautiful, regal, and elegant as ever. I’m living for the CATWOMAN #4 variant cover.

Feeling Suspicious

Does Dr. Finick seem oddly familiar? I’m thinking he’s Black Mask and that the Creel family worked out a deal to where he’s allowed to have access to her again. Of course, I’m jumping ahead of myself, but my suspicion’s strong. Will Selina see any similarities? Will Magdalene be used against Selina?

Find out more in CATWOMAN #5 coming soon!

3 Comments

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  3. DC 4 Life

    October 25, 2018 at 12:56 am

    The Flashbacks are all from Catwoman’s past continuity – all those scenes already happened in past books. It’s not a Pagan Church, by the way

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