Catwoman 2: Dollhouse

catwoman volume 2 dollhouse cover trade paperback new 52
6.5 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 7/10

Light, easy fun

Doesn't develop Dollhouse enough

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Catwoman (Volume 3)

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Judd Winick

Artist:  Adriana Melo/Guillem March

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2013


Catwoman (3) #9

Reprints Catwoman (3) #7-12 (May 2012-October 2012).  Catwoman has a couple of new partners.  With Gwen handling her work and a mysterious superhuman ally named Spark, Catwoman is out to make a profit.  Catwoman finds her quest for rare knives puts her in battle with the Penguin and the mysterious Talon and the disappearance of Gotham prostitutes leads to the horrors of Dollhouse.  Plus, someone is gunning for Catwoman and the enemy might be closer than she thinks.

Written by Judd Winick, Catwoman Volume 2:  Dollhouse is the second collection of the New 52 relaunch of the Catwoman series.  Following Catwoman Volume 1:  The Game, the second volume also contains a crossover with the Batman multi-title event “Night of the Owls” with Catwoman (3) #9 (July 2012).

Catwoman was one of my fringe titles in the New 52.  Though it was rather gratuitous and light, there was also something fun about the character.  This same trend continues through this collection, but it does add some twists to the story.


Catwoman (3) #12

The collection in this volume is rather divided.  The first half involves the stealing of daggers which leads into a “Night of the Owls” tie-in.  The second half really dives into the Dollhouse character, but it doesn’t develop the character enough to truly be interesting.  The character is referenced throughout the first storyline but doesn’t get enough time.

The only theme throughout the whole storyline is Spark.  I can’t say that Spark is a very interesting or original character, but he does provide the only interesting twists in this volume.  Both Spark and Gwen provide depth to the story and actually have me interested in reading the next issue or two to see where it goes.

Catwoman 2:  Dollhouse isn’t the best collection or series, but it is fun.  It feels like a light ’90s comic series that isn’t too heavy or groundbreaking.  Sometimes it is nice to have a break from the heavy handed big story comics, and Catwoman definitely can serve that purpose.  Catwoman 2:  Dollhouse is followed by Catwoman 3:  Death of the Family.

Related Links:

Catwoman 1:  The Game

Catwoman 3:  Death of the Family

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