Graphic Review: Catwoman Volume 2: Dollhouse

Against the better judgment of her fence, Selina Kyle teams up with a new partner-in-crime. He calls himself Spark because of his electro-powered metahuman capabilities. With barely any time to enjoy the fruits of their thievery, the two come face-to-face with a dangerous killer targeting the street kids of Gotham City, a motivated cop, and a deadly assassin of the Court of Owls. It’s a good thing she has nine lives to work with.

Judd Winick spins multiple tales that weave in and out of each other. He successfully grabs a reader’s attention and strings them along, only giving them what they need to keep the story moving forward at a brisk pace. He definitely knows how to elevate the suspense and get you hooked.

Artist Adriana Melo tackles the drawing duties for most of Catwoman Volume 2: Dollhouse. Melo’s work is precise with an animated style. Guillem March jumps in for two issues with his signature handiwork. His style is a little harder-edged than that of Melo’s. Both do a wonderful job bringing Winick’s words to life in pictures.

As usual, we get some bonus material in Catwoman Volume 2: Dollhouse. There are 8 pages of cover sketches and character designs. The black and white and color works are provided by Guillem March and Greg Capullo. It’s always interesting to see different points in the process of bringing a character to life or realizing a vision in art form.

Catwoman Volume 2: Dollhouse is a great example of Judd Winick’s talent as a storywriter. His work is a shining representation of the road of mystery and intrigue Bob Kane originally paved for the Dark Knight Detective over 70 years ago. We have a real gem on our hands when Winick’s tale is paired with the magnificent artwork of Adriana Melo and Guillem March.

Catwoman Volume 2: Dollhouse is available now in paperback and Kindle editions.