Leaky bowels … this one has it all.
As a good Catholic girl, the Huntress is attracted to bad boys. And one in particular, Catman, who shows up just as she’s chasing down a gang who have captured a hostage with medical problems. Will he help Huntress, or take the side of the villains? After all, he is a member in bad standing of the Secret Six, the DC Universe’s favourite band of mercenaries.
It’s been a while since the sparks between Helena Bertinelli and Tom Blake have been addressed, but author Gail Simone makes up for that this issue. In spades. The race against time through Gotham allows for perfectly paced characterisation and by the end of the issue we’re in no doubt as to where each stands on the matter of a possible relationship. It’s not often we see such chemistry between two characters, but the pull Catman and Huntress feel towards one another is palpable.
He’s a bad guy and she’s on the side of the angels. She tells herself that she’s in a grey area, more like a villain than a hero, but she’s fooling no one. Yes, they’re very alike, but it’s a matter of him being more on her side of the line than he admits, not of her being anything less than a grade-A hero.
Plus, they’re both a little warped: she’s packing Catholic angst, he’s full of self-loathing. If they’d just go a little easier on themselves they’d have a real chance.
While this is the Catman and Huntress show, Oracle and Black Canary have a lovely scene as they fear and cheer the idea of a relationship (no prizes for guessing who takes which position). I also like that Dinah’s still making Green Arrow’s super-hot chili – there’s hope for those two yet.
Artist for this issue is Pere Perez, who’s been doing sterling work filling in across the DC line over the last couple of years. And here he is again, helping a book hit a deadline with dynamic, attractive art and still no word of a regular gig. It just ain’t right. His Huntress and Catman are suitably dark creatures of the night. Babs Gordon, in her Bat-pyjamas, is an altogether cuter propositition.