Book Review: Catwoman: Soulstealer

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Title: Catwoman: Soulstealer
Author:
 Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult
Version: ARC – Paperback Uncorrected Proof
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Random House LCC
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: I’m trying but I’m really struggling to think of some…
Recommended Readers: No one, especially not DC fans
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I won this ARC of Catwoman: Soulstealer from a giveaway on Tumblr, but I still want to thank the publisher for providing this for early-ish reviews.

The bad cover aside, I think some part of me was still hoping that Sarah J. Maas could at least pull off a standalone book, especially since it was a book featuring characters that aren’t her own. That being said, DC is my preferred comic book universe, and Batman especially means so much to me, so Maas was really going to have to work to impress me.

To put it simply, she did not. Maas exhibits the same flaws and bad writing quirks here that she does in her two main series. The repetitive sentence fragments, the exposition of backstory and actions to retroactively explain why present actions are possible, the attempts to manipulate the reader toward her Perfect Ending–she truly hasn’t grown as a writer at all, and no one on her team seems inclined to push her towards trying, which is super disappointing to say the least.

I wish I could say that this book gradually declined, but the truth is, it failed from the start. Selina Kyle is represented here, not as an independent, quick-witted jewel thief, but as a young woman whose agency is at the mercy of others and whose identity as Catwoman is solely created by everyone except herself.

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Book Review: Batwoman, Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death

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Title: Batwoman, Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death
Author:
Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, Steve Epting, Stephanie Hans, Renato Arlem
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes
Version: ARC (eBook)
Page Count: 168
Publisher: DC Comics
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: Gay, female-led superhero title
Recommended Readers: New and veteran comic fans
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Thank you, DC Comics and NetGalley, for providing me with an ARC of my first ever Batwoman comic in exchange for an honest review.

Kate Kane has intrigued me ever since I first learned of her a few years ago. Up until that point, I’d had no idea she was one of the first gay female superheroes, who was once a soldier, expelled from the army due to her sexuality and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Her story and the reasons she put on the cowl instantly became memorable and important to me.

Other than the Batman: Bad Blood film and DC’s Bombshells run, I had not experienced that story in any kind of comic book form before, so I was delighted to begin her Rebirth origins, The Many Arms of Death. I was both relieved and pleased to see many of her origin details left not only intact but also emphasized here. I’m very much beginning to trust Marguerite Bennett, especially, for how she’s handling so many female superhero-led projects. She clearly knows what’s up!

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