Monday, January 18, 2010

Catwoman #83

“Night and the City”


Writer: Tony Bedard

Artists: Fabrizio Fiorentino, Ibraim Roberson, Marcos Marz & Luciana del Negro

Editor: Eddie Berganza


Synopsis


Black Mask has risen and seeks to take his revenge on Catwoman. But when Catwoman proves to be too strong for him, he goes after her sister Maggie, the woman whose life he ruined. Only the timely intervention of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn can help, but they may be too late…


Notes


Page 1: Catwoman (second series) began with issue #1 in 2002, and ran until issue ##82 in 2008.


This scene is a brief recap of the Black Mask’s life and death. It wasn’t pretty by any means.


Page 2: Black Mask I, real name Roman Sionis. First appeared in Batman #386. Killed in Catwoman (second series) #52. A master criminal strategist known for his sadistic torture techniques.


There is a new Black Mask running around Gotham City as seen in the current Batman titles, but his connection to Roman Sionis, if any, has yet to be revealed.


Page 3: Catwoman, real name Selina Kyle. First historical appearance in Batman #1, first modern appearance in Batman #404. Highly-skilled hand-to-hand combatant and burglar who wields a variety of bullwhips and cat o’nine tails as well as retractable claws in her gloves.


Catwoman currently appears with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in the pages of Gotham City Sirens, hence her concern about what those two would think if the police caught her.


Page 4: The last time Selina and Black Mask saw each other, she blew his brains out. They don’t have a very good relationship, to say the least.


Page 5: Selina is feeling rage, will and fear.


Wait, did Selina just rip the tongue out of his mouth with her bullwhip?


Ew.


Page 6: “First I pull your ticker out of your ribs --” Selina just had her heart surgically removed from her body by Hush back in Detective Comics #846-850. She’s probably not in any hurry for it to happen again.


Selina is expressing will, which, in this instance, is a good thing.


Page 7: “Oh, this won’t do. This won’t do at all.” Black Lanterns need their victims to feel an emotion – any emotion – in order to kill them. By strengthening her willpower, Selina has pretty much become invulnerable to Black Lantern Black Mask.


“The only man I ever loved is dead…” That would be Bruce Wayne, who is dead. Or maybe he isn’t. No one’s really sure.


“…I gave up my daughter -- don’t even known where she lives…” Selina gave birth to her daughter Helena in Catwoman (second series) #53. After much contemplation, she decides that the life that she leads is not good for a child; she gives Helena up for adoption in Catwoman (second series) #71. She has no idea where the child is.


“Maggie” refers to Magdalene “Maggie” Kyle, Selina’s sister.


Page 8: Poison Ivy, real name Pamela Lillian Isley. First appeared in Batman #181. Immune to all toxins and can control and manipulate plant life.


Harley Quinn, real name Harleen Quinzel. First appeared in Batman: Harley Quinn. A skilled gymnast with superhuman strength and agility,


Page 10: This is the Adams Psychiatric Institute, presumably named after comic book artist Neal Adams.


Page 11: Black Mask is using his Black Lantern power ring to transform the Institute’s hallway into a recreation of his torture room.


Page 14: “Animal crackers!” Gotta love Harley…she’s facing off against a sadistic zombie that wants to rip her crazy heart out, and she can come up with fun little zingers without an afterthought.


Page 15: Black Mask kidnapped Maggie and her husband Simon to get back at Selina’s interference in his criminal operations in Gotham City’s East End. Black Mask ripped out Simon’s eyes and fed them to Maggie, which drove her insane. These events transpired in Catwoman (second series) #12-16.


Page 18: Black Mask wants to wear Selina down and break her will so that he can then kill her.


Page 19: I have to say that, thus far, this is one of the more imaginative ways in which a Black Lantern has been incapacitated.


Page 20: A pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant with a prey-trapping mechanism that features a deep cavity filled with liquid. The liquid drowns and then dissolves the prey.


Slaughter Swamp” is located several miles outside of Gotham City; it is notable for being the birthplace of Solomon Grundy.


Page 22: Before she married Simon Burton, Maggie Kyle was a nun. She mugged the volunteer from Sisters of Mercy and stole her uniform in an effort to get back to a simpler time in her life, before the man she loved was taken from her.


I’d expect that an even crazier Maggie Kyle will be appearing at some point in the not-so-distant future to go after the demon that destroyed Selina -- Catwoman.