At a party, Raymond Creel & Detective Sam Yilmaz lead Selina to a private room, where Raymond explains to Selina that the Creel Family run Villa Hermosa. They are prepared to offer her a place in the city, for a cut in her business. Obviously, our heroine declines, and has to fight her way out of the building. Crashing out a window and onto her car bonnet.
In this issue, we finally learn a whole lot about Governor Raina Creel and her past, which is very dodgy and heinous, on top of her ability to remove her face (Issue #1.)
We also discover why Selina has truly travelled to Villa Hermosa; it’s not just because of her split with Bruce. I won’t spoil it, but I will say it goes into Selina’s past and brings out an old character who’s been there from the start. This character is much needed to ground Selina in this environment, while also giving her something very dear to lose, should the bad guys want ammunition (and they always do.)
This issue is pure gold, it seems like a double feature because we get so much information, especially after getting so little in the last issue. I want to know what on Earth all the old people are dropping into their eyes etc. – it’s some sort of drug (obviously) that Selina doesn’t want to know about, but it gives them strength and aggression (bad version of Cocoon.) Whatever Governor Creel is up to, I don’t think it’s going to be long before she meets the wrath of Catwoman; because it has something to do with Catwoman. And Governor Creel is insane.
The artwork by Joélle Jones again is worth the price of the comic alone, but this has finally upped it’s game for me, at least, as far as the storyline is considered. It’s come on leaps and bounds from the slow second issue. Jones art is amazing again, she can easily tell you a story with that alone. She’s a master at her craft. Though in this issue she gets some help from other artists, Fernando Blanco, while telling Raina Creels backstory. His work is also nice, especially for a back story vibe. This was a brilliant issue and I can’t wait to see where we’re going next with these characters. Highly recommend you pick this issue up kittens, plus the Catwoman and Looney Tunes special is a really fun read also.
Writer: Joelle Jones
Artists: Joelle Jones and Fernando Blanco
Colourists: Laura Allred and John Kalisz