Writer Jed Mackay
Artist Travel Foreman
Color Artist Brian Reber
Letterer Ferran Delgado
Cover Artists J. Scott Cambell and Sabine Rich
Variant Cover Artists Travel Foreman; Artgerm; Phil Noto; Kris Anka; Skottie Young
Felicia Hardy, Black Cat, has her own book. Black Cat has always been one of my favorite on-again off-again villains/super heroines. She’s witty, very good at what she does, drop-dead gorgeous, and seriously drop-dead gorgeous. I was looking forward to this book and the art inside it due to the cover being so great.
I have to tell the truth, I didn’t like this issue. I’m hoping the second is better.
The book opens up with Felicia entering a swanky party in an upscale building, taking a glass of champagne and radiating feminine glory. A private security-type in security control immediately recognizes her and determines to escort her from the building. Which he does shortly after Black Cat has a brief conversation with the leader of the Thieves Guild of New York City, who lets Felicia know she needs to pay the Guild back because of Black Cat ripping them off in the recent past.
Soon after Black Cat is out of the building the security guy realizes a painting has been stolen, and most of the rest of the issue is Felicia being chased by members of the Thieves Guild, who won’t let her profit until they’re paid back, and the security guy from the party.
The big reveal at the end is The Black Fox, who trained her father, without Felicias knowledge or permission, entering her hideout, and informing Felicia and her two crew members of his meddling in their recent heist. Also, that he has more plans for them.
The main story, for there were two mini-stories at the end, was mostly average and a let-down for me. The dialogue was so-so, the actual elements of the story were all things we’ve all read a thousand times. I’m aware that most stories have been done a thousand times, but the fact that I was thinking that while reading it goes to show that for whatever reason, this one wasn’t doing it for me.
The art in this book was something that wasn’t doing it for me either. Felicia Hardy, Black Cat, is a beautiful woman, and the art only implied that, it did not show it. The style of the art itself, though done well and professionally, didn’t do anything for me either. Nor did the colorwork or the color palette itself.
The issues cover on the other hand, was the complete opposite of what I previously stated above. Great artwork with great colors and colorwork, and Black Cat looking beautiful.
The second story in the issue, “The Black Cat and Her Purrfect Purrloiners!” was OK. I mostly enjoyed it because the artist and writer, Nao Fuji, illustrated Black Cat as befits her, beautiful and feminine. There is no dialogue in it, unless you count cats meowing.
The third story “The Black Fox in Leaving Miami,” was a quick one as well, but longer than two pages like in the previous one. It has the Black Fox, along with his two students, one of which is Felicias father, stealing from Count Dracula. This one was my favorite of the book in regards to the story, writing and dialogue, it was fun and silly with some laughs as well. I wouldn’t say it’d make buying this issue worth it however.
I’ll be reading the second issue to see if the book gets better for me but I have small hope.