Oh the cliche of a fixed marriage gone wrong. Can’t say that you didn’t see this coming. Sadly I found this to be very predictable. The execution was fine, but since the very start it felt as if this was something I’ve seen done many times before and with the exception of a few twists it was nothing new.
The one quality that you see taking shape is Catwoman’s nature. In terms of walking that line between thief and hero, Catwoman seems to be acting more of a hero as of late which is something refreshing. While this was supposed to be all about delivering Tinkerbox, Ann Nocenti took liberties to look at it from a different perspective as if she wanted you to feel that there was something more than what you see on the surface. It allowed Catwoman to make use of the gadgets given to her and show her skills in deduction.
Despite a decent progression, I have to say that I still find myself not caring all too much for Catwoman’s thoughts throughout the issue. I can get that Ann wants to show a side of Catwoman which is cunning and calculating, but a lot of it I could easily ignore and understand her intentions. This also makes it distracting when it’s on every panel.
Aside from this, what this all comes down to really is the lead up to the introduction of the Joker’s daughter. She is that element of this story which remains unknown and given she shares the same appearance of Joker during Death of The Family, she could come with some twists of her own worth seeing. While there is nothing too exciting about what’s happening in this issue, you are at least set up for something worth your attention in the end.