Black Cat #1 (Marvel Comics)
While there’s a plethora of Spider-Man related titles out there, there’s not that many who star his supporting cast that aren’t imbued with Spider powers. And there have been fewer still that star Felicia Hardy, his one time lover and sometimes enemy known as the Black Cat. While there have been some small miniseries starring the Cat, they haven’t had nearly the amount of hype surrounding Black Cat #1 from Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman, and so far there’s a lot in this comic that lives up to that hype
As you’d expect, this issue finds Felicia Hardy staking out her latest heist, and Jed MacKay’s script has a lot of fun setting up Hardy’s skills as a burglar. MacKay lays out exactly what makes Felicia Hardy such a great thief, and the way he builds her mystique with the other characters in the issue is really interesting. By having the security guards fill the audience in on Hardy’s skills as a cat burglar, it allows MacKay to fill new readers in on her history, but also plays her up in a way that doesn’t seem boring for long time Spidey readers.
Travel Foreman’s art is stellar as always with this issue, and leaves an indelible mark on this character. Being a part of the Spider-Man mythos for as long as she has, there have been many artists who have drawn Black Cat, but I really don’t think she’s ever looked quite as good as she does here. Foreman’s art is both fantastically posed but fluid, allowing for the book to really move with a great pace that adds to the script that MacKay has created, and he’s even made it a car chase look good, a feat that I thought was almost impossible in comics.
Honestly I wasn’t that interested in Black Cat when it was first announced, but I’m really glad that I ended up giving this a shot. In a lot of ways, this is the book that I wish DC’s Catwoman was, focusing on the character and her heists in a fun, Ocean’s Eleven style series. Here’s hoping that the prerelease hype on this book translates to actual sales, as this book really deserves it.