Maybe it’s because of Queen of Shadows. Maybe it’s because I still haven’t managed to enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses enough to finish reading it. Maybe it’s bad Internet buzz, tainting my own opinions. Whatever the reason, however, I can say one thing for certain. I approach Sarah J. Maas books with caution, even though her hits far outnumber her misses in my eyes. And so, with that caution, I picked up this book. And somehow managed to be surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
Like the other titles in the DC Icons series. Catwoman: Soulstealer focuses on a famed DC comic character in her youth. Unlike the other DC Icons titles, this one does not a character that fits under the name of Soulstealer. Wonder Woman had a Warbringer. Batman had Nightwalkers. Where is the literal Soulstealer?
Per usual, I cannot speak to the accuracy of this portrayal of Selina Kyle. With the exception of a few Captain Marvel titles, I do not read comic books. My strongest imagination of Selina Kyle will forever be of Anne Hathaway in Dark Knight Rises. This Selina is quite different from the movie version, but I still loved a lot about her.
The real star of this book, however, is something I did not see much of in promotion for this book. There’s a Gotham Girls team up! I was unprepared for such strong appearances from a soft-hearted Poison Ivy and an unhinged Harley Quinn. The partnership is a thread that spreads throughout the book, and kept me interested even when the plot took a turn for the convoluted.
I suppose, at its heart, this is a comic with pictures. That means some weird stuff happens. The last few chapters reveal a lot, in a very short period of time. The build up to this ending isn’t entirely earned, considering that the story’s focus was usually on other relationships and plot threads.
Even with that rushed ending, however, Catwoman: Soulstealer impressed. It’ll be interesting to see what direction Superman: Dawnbreaker goes in. Will I love it like Wonder Woman and Catwoman, or will it dull me like Batman? Guess I’ll find out next year…