Issue one of this new monthly series, which focuses on Gotham Girls Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, closed with Selina Kyle purchasing an abandoned animal shelter for the trio to share as their new hideout (for more on how the fabulous threesome got together, pick up issue one). Once the deal is sealed however, the women double cross Selina and spray her with one of Ivyâ€™s powders to put her at â€œeaseâ€ for an interrogation. What do they want to know? The true identity of Batman.
How Catwoman didnâ€™t see something like this coming is beyond my understanding. Perhaps itâ€™s because Ivy saved her earlier in an attack from a thug calling himself Boneblaster (whose sonic pulse affected her heart which was surgically removed by Tommy Elliot aka Hush) or has she lost her focus since the supposed death of Batman? Whatever the reason, itâ€™s clear that Selina is off her game and sheâ€™s about the pay the price. The second issue opens with Catwoman meeting Talia Head in Tibet three years earlier. The daughter of Raâ€™s Al Ghul offers Selina a unique gift; the ability to conceal Batmanâ€™s secret identity deep into her mind where no one can reach, even in the event where drugs may be used. Talia feels it necessary to share this ability with her since they are the â€œwomenâ€ in Bruceâ€™s life and to insure that his secret identity be kept from his enemies.
Back in present day, Selina is reliving painful memoriesÂ (thanks to Ivyâ€™s toxin) she has tried to bury such as her encounters with Jason Todd, Black Mask, Hush and her daughter Helena. She awakens bound to a chair thanks to Pamelaâ€™s vines and Harley holding a gun. Ivy proceeds to question her on the identity of the Dark Knight and Selina gives her a name; several names in fact. She claims there is a legion of Batmen who take turns donning the cape and cowl who play savior to Gotham City. Harley doesnâ€™t buy it but her answer pleases Ivy and she releases Catwoman. As a peace offering, Ivy conjures some fruit trees and plants for breakfast while Harley goes out for some shopping on the town.
At the Gotham CafÃ©, Bruce Wayne (who is actually Tommy Elliot) is speaking with members of the press about his plans to rebuild the city when heâ€™s kidnapped by a car full of gunmen. Tommy as Bruce attempts to escape his attackers but ends up getting pistol whipped when an unlikely hero comes to his rescue. Wanting to thank him for signing her release papers from Arkham, Harley takes out each of the men but canâ€™t stop the car in time before it crashes through a toy store. While Harley is distracted by a doll she finds, Tommy as Bruce considers shooting her dead. Harley helped Catwoman steal the Elliot family fortune and Tommy wants revenge. He rethinks his strategy after spotting the storeâ€™s security cameras. The police arrive and Tommy takes Harley out for lunch.
After receiving a picture on her phone of Quinn and â€˜Bruceâ€™ dining out, Selina drives to the restaurant like a mad woman, Ivy in the passenger seat and explains who Bruce really is. By the time they get there all they find is Harleyâ€™s phone and the doll she got from the store, a steak knife thought its head.
Although I donâ€™t like seeing Selina so vulnerable it is a realistic portrayal. Weâ€™ve all let our guard down at some point and find ourselves in the unfortunate position of being stabbed in the back. Catwoman, Harley and Poison Ivy have a love/hate relationship. When united they work very well together but when they donâ€™t see eye to eye it gets down and dirty. Selina is also still dealing with the anger of being violated by Hush which naturally has had an affect on her health. Coping with the â€œdeathâ€ of the man she loved along with her own inner demons adds up to one big mess. Selina is not what she use to be but she is trying and wonâ€™t give in.. She has flaws and faces hardships just like everyone else. Life isnâ€™t always what we want it to be and we have to work our way through the hard times. Iâ€™m looking forward to her confrontation with Hush in issue three.
The series is off to a pretty good start; not great but good. Iâ€™ve decided to stick with it to see where it all leads and hope things pick up more with writer Paul Dini. I love the idea of having a title devoted to these three characters. The cover and interior art is done by Guillem March and I became a fan of his after seeing his work in the Oracle mini series.Â The colors for the cover of issue two catches the eye but upon closer examination, I decided I donâ€™t quite like the odd angle and facial expression on Selina.
I give this book 3 out of 5 Stars.