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Catwoman: Soulstealer Review

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 384 pages

Published: August 7, 2018

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9780399549694

2 out of 5 stars

Disclaimer: While I like Catwoman, I’ve never been much into the DC comics. Because of this, the following review does not reflect on its position in the already established world and backstory of Catwoman, and the review will be written for the stand-alone book.

Catwoman: Soulstealer is the story about Catwoman, Selina Kyles alter ego. After escaping Gotham city two years ago, Selina returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees where she teams up with Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy to steal enough to pay for her sister’ss medical bills. Meanwhile Batwing, Luke Fox’s alter ego, is trying to prove while Batman is off on a vital mission.

This story was tough to get through. The story starts with an exciting and quick pace to build up the city of Gotham but after 100 pages take a turn for the worse it wasn’t able to recover from until the very end. Despite this, I still feel like Sarah J. Maas was able to give a backstory of both Catwoman and Gotham that was expansive enough to get an unknowing reader in the setting without info dumping all the lore that probably has been build up in the comics over the past years.

While Selina is incredibly tough and loner woman, but working hard to pay for her sister’s medical bills, I couldn’t help but feel she was lacking in a lot of order areas that prevented her to be really fleshed out in this book and was heavily dependent on the comics for her character building. I also couldn’t appreciate the romance between Selina and Luke, which suffers from the same issues as Selina of being incredibly dependent on the comics for character building. I get it’s tough to work with pre-existing characters, but as someone that’s never been much into the DC comics, I’d loved to see these characters a bit more fleshed out. Right now it feels like some character traits and mental issues were only there to get Selina and Luke together.

It didn’t do much for me, and sadly I can’t help that Catwoman: Soulstealer doesn’t have enough information to appeal to newcomers to DC comics, but is also not for the hardcore Gotham fans. I really wanted to like this, but sadly I can’t recommend this book.