BRUCE WAYNE THE ROAD HOME CATWOMAN #1

Review by: ComicBookGuy37

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Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS
Art by PETER NGUYEN
Cover by SHANE DAVIS

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

And so we come to the next issue of the rollercoaster ride that is Bruce Wayne: The Road Home. This week, the number of one-shots focusing on the topic of the Insider and his illusive and somewhat pointless quest were sliced in half; only two issues, the first focusing on Catwoman.

Catwoman has been something of an elusive character for quite a while now; Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke had a fantastic run on her solo book in the early part of the last decade, and then she fell in love with Batman. Properly, this time; there was actual unmasking on the part of the Caped Crusader and there was some genuine affection shared between them. Then, she had her heart stolen by Hush, Batman saved her, professed his love to her, and then died in another storyline, and that thread was very hurriedly wrapped up to avoid any complaints about lingering plot.

This issue, penned by Derek Fridolfs, seems to be set in and around the world of Gotham City Sirens, the series Selina Kyle and her feline alter-ego currently inhabit. And it also manages to develop some of the recent Vicki Vale plot thread from Red Robin and the previous issues of this one-shot/mini-series. There’s also a great flashback to the era of Bruce Wayne as Batman, as he encounters Catwoman in the middle of a heist. These scenes show us nothing we haven’t seen before, but it’s great to see Bruce as Batman again, in a situation we know we’d find him in before long. The biggest plus: the Insider only shows up for a handful of pages at the end. Long enough for Catwoman to work out who he is (have you folks at home worked it out yet? It’s a doozy).

The art chores in this issue are handled by Peter Nguyen, who has a really solid style. He’s not the greatest artist working today, by any stretch, but he gets the job done. Particularly in the aforementioned flashbacks, the characters of Batman and Catwoman seem to come alive with vibrant energy, while the scenes set in the present suffice, but lack any real solid integrity.

The final page of the issue seems to tie everything back to the Gotham City Sirens world, almost completely removing us from the story that’s actually been told within. The implication that the Batman-Catwoman relationship will be dealt with in the near future, though, is a welcome one, and bolsters this issue above its otherwise standard entertainment level.

To be continued in “Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Commissioner Gordon”

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 4 - Very Good

Comments

  1. Out of all six The Road Home books, I didn’t like a single one of them.  There are two left.  If I don’t buy those ones, then I’ll probably end up missing out on the best parts of it.

  2. So far I’ve really enjoyed the Batgirl and Red Robin ones, but all the other ones have been either really bad or very average. I’m looking forward to the Ra’s al Ghul one, though.

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