In Review: Convergence Catwoman #2

Enjoyable, though one character's design bothered me.

The covers: This is another fantastic Main cover on a Convergence crossover, this time created by Claire Wendline, as the Kingdom Come Batman meets the Catwoman of the 1990s. I love the sharp lines on the work, but the colors also make this incredible, as if this encounter were happening just at dusk. Love his wings and her whip. Everything about this cover is working sensationally. However, I’ve been completely taken by the Variant covers designed by Chip Kidd, and this features two of my favorite Catwoman illustrators: Jim Balent and Ande Parks. I had to go with the variant. Overall grades: Both A+

The story: Catwoman’s got the doctor, but Batman from Kingdom Come has arrived on the scene and the two heroes don’t know what to do. Writer Justin Gray knows, because he has a bunch of hoods show up on the roof with guns blazing. Selina takes the doctor and jumps off the roof to safety, while Bruce stays on top, making mincemeat of the villains. He’s trying to get help from his built in AI, Alfred, but the system can’t find any satellites to support it; it realizes this is not their earth. With the hoods taken out, Batman goes after Catwoman, and that’s when things get interesting. I like the circumstances that allow the two to have their conversation, and Selina’s banter is perfect–this is the Catwoman I prefer! I’m not a fan of this Batman, but he grew on me as the issue progressed. I liked the big threat that the pair have to deal with, and the reveal on Page 15 was an excellent escalation of the situation that had both heroes scrambling for a solution. I was really enjoying this story until the final two pages. It came too quickly and seemed really forced to get a reaction out of readers. An ending had to be put in place, as this is only a two-part series, but this was too much. I enjoyed the book until this pair of pages. Overall grade: B

The art: I grew up reading Ron Randall’s run on Airboy, so I was more than happy to see his art on this book. I liked his Catwoman, with her drawn from several angles, including the dramatic at the bottom of Page 3, and the teaser on 8. She’s sensational when fighting, such as in the full paged splash on 16–that’s a butt kicking image! He also does criminals well, and there are several in this book, with the chief villain being particularly greasy and evil. The device that causes so much consternation for the heroes in the ending looks exactly like something from the location it originated from. The settings are also nicely done, from the tops–and sides–of buildings, to the streets below. Batman is not working for me, though. I’m not a fan of the Kingdom Come armor (Blasphemy, I know…) but it’s just too simplistic looking. Slightly tweaking its design might have improved how I felt about it, but then Randall isn’t being true to the character’s look. I thought he looked clunky, and that hurt my enjoyment of the images, considering he’s such a huge portion of this book. Overall grade: C

The colors: I did enjoy the colors by Gabe Eltaeb, and he does a sensational job in putting depth into the characters, especially on Catwoman. I like the highlighting done on her at the top of Page 6, and the highlights in her hair are terrific on every page she’s on. And though I’m not thrilled with Batman, there’s no denying that he looks sensational on Page 9. Something should also be said of the sky used in the background for this book. It’s a cloudy green that creates an otherworldly feel to the book that makes this Convergence crossover more believable. This work reminds me that Eltaeb never does a bad job. Overall grade: A

The letters: Narration, dialogue, computer scans, opening title and credits, Alfred AI speak, four sounds, and the closing word are wrought by Pat Brosseau. This issue’s title looks sensational, as do all his contributions, but I wish he had been unleashed to supply more sounds in the final battle. Overall grade: A-

The final line: Enjoyable, though one character’s design bothered me. Overall grade: B

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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