This book tells us what Selina Kyle’s life was like before she became Catwoman. The publication of this story (and the other books belonging to the DC Icons series) arises from a collaboration between DC Comics and the corresponding authors, however, these standalone versions of the origins of the characters are not related to the universe of comics itself.
I haven’t had the opportunity to read the other two books in this series because, to be honest, I didn’t know about them. But I am very happy to have heard on time about the publication of this version of Catwoman written by Sarah J. Maas, as I have been pleasantly surprised.
The only concept I had of this character was strictly based on the comics I’ve read since I was a little girl, so there were some passages of the book that was difficult for me to assimilate. In the beginning, I had no problem because the author did not break apart from the true origin of Selina, and that was excellent for me, since it is precisely that stage of her life in which she has to look after the welfare of her sister, which forces her to enter Gotham City’s underworld. Up to this point, everything is in line to what I more or less expected.
However, the arrival of Talia al Ghul just to recruit Selina into the League, Batwing’s co-starship and not Batman’s, and Selina’s request for working together with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, triggered an internal debate within me that led me to read the following chapters with some disgust. Part of me felt that Catwoman had been ruined and on the other hand there was my rational side that kept telling me that I should respect the author’s point of view.
All it took was a conversation at the comic store for me to have a new perspective. It happens that the characteristics that I had in mind of Selina/Catwoman had been conceived by men. It is the first time that this complex character is described and analyzed from the feminine point of view and this undoubtedly modifies everything one hundred percent. After this conversation, I was able to better understand the story, which greatly differs from the original Gotham Sirens series.
As far as the characters are concerned, I don’t have any criticisms about them because they were very well developed. Selina was excellent, and imagining a young Ivy passionate about science fascinated me, as I assume that’s how she must have been before she became the captivating and sexy villain we’ve always known. I also loved that Sarah could capture the complex love relationship that exists between Harley and Ivy for what it is. Regarding the Joker, this character is very complex, and that’s why I understand that in the novel they didn’t work on him as it should be, they just portray him as an insane, cruel and selfish villain.
The only thing I find difficult to assimilate so far is that Catwoman’s love interest is Batwing and not Batman, but that is only because I am very fond of the relationship between Bruce and Selina.
I hope you give this book a chance, especially if you’re Sarah J. Mass fans because in that case, you’re going to love reading it.