It’s been six months since the events of DC’s Flashpoint, the crossover series which relaunched the DC Universe’s continuity, and introduced 52 ongoing titles. Some brand new, some simply rebooted with a new issue #1. How are the denizens of Gotham City faring now that this new DCU is well underway?
Batman, along with Green Lantern, is one of the few characters whose recent history was not completely changed or erased by the relaunch (which I believe weakens the whole idea; if you want to restart a universe, then restart everything. Don’t half-ass it.) Luckily, none of that comes into play much in this particular series. Issue #6 sees Batman’s continuing struggle within the underground labyrinth of the Court of Owls, a secret organization older than Gotham City itself.
Although I enjoy writer Scott Snyder‘s introduction of a powerful new organization into the Batman mythos, I think it’s time to move away from them for the moment (the Court of Owls story is still the first arc in the series) and perhaps leave the threat of their return looming over Batman’s head. Unfortunately, issue #6 does not conclude the story, so we can expect to see Batman continue his fight against the Court for at least one more issue. An intriguing (if a little too long-running) story and beautiful artwork by Greg Capullo earn Batman #6 a 4 out of 5.
Month after month, Catwoman is consistently one of, if not my top favorite series of the New 52. Judd Winick, a great writer, is telling a dark and violent story, while still managing to make it feel fun. Artist Guillem March is one of my favorites. If nothing else, Catwoman certainly has the most gorgeous art of all the New 52 titles. March’s style and interpretation of Selina Kyle are absolutely perfect.
Issue #6 begins just after Catwoman’s arrest by a group of crooked cops looking to get back a bag of cash which she recently stole. Luckily, they have no idea who she really is, as all records of her identity as Selina Kyle have mysteriously been erased. Unluckily, these cops have hired some muscle to do their interrogating: a new supervillain named Reach, who is especially pissed off after the beatdown given to her by Selina last issue.
This book is great because it gets inside the character’s head like no other title DC is putting out right now. Readers can really feel for Selina and get a sense of her struggle, both externally and internally. And, icing on the cake: great art! Catwoman #6 gets a 5 out of 5.