By: Dan Slott (Writer), Humberto Ramos (Penciller), Victor Olazaba (Inker), Edgar Delgado (Color Artist), Chris Eliopoulos (Letterer)
In case you missed it the first fifteen times the Black Cat says it, she wants revenge on Spider-Man.
The Black Cat moves from subplot to main plot as she directly engages Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the first time since her encounter with the Octopus version turned her life upside-down. As with any good Amazing Spider-Man issue, there’s much more than that going on, too, with other subplots percolating along and some pretty significant reflection on Spidey’s extended cast.
Also included is a makeover for the Cat, albeit a subtle one. Her “catsuit,” pun intended, is relatively unchanged, but she’s now sporting a fur-lined collar pinned by a cat’s-head brooch at the neck, yellow cat-eye designs on the front of her shoulders, and her usual white furry trim has been changed to black. Another addition is her wide metal, chain-linked belt, which doubles as a wicked looking barbed whip in battle. It’s a good example of trying to update the look while not reinterpreting it, but it falls short from being a perfect one, in particular due to those cat-eye shoulders. Thankfully, the way Ramos draws the cat, they are rarely seen, but if they are really that dismissible (or maybe, forgettable, and they just didn’t get drawn in) then maybe they shouldn’t be included in the redesign.
Ramos similarly is “okay” for the rest of the book, with a few more misses than hits. There are a couple of panels with Anna Maria where his layout choices are improved, but in general they continue to be more confused when dealing with her height relationship. One example that works well is when Anna Maria looks over her shoulder at Octavius’ old robot behind her. Other than that, there are some serious distortion of characters’ bodies and faces that are more distracting than effective. At least he never loses his characteristic dynamism in his art, which really helps to sell the chaotic battle between the Cat and Spider-Man.
What I’m still not sold on is the Black Cat’s reasons for her vendetta in the first place. Yes, I’ve read everything that led up to this, and yes, the Cat repeats her reasons many, many times in the course of the issue. But rather than clearing things up, it feels like the comic is trying out the old adage of “say it enough time and it becomes true.” This might be enough for newer fans to accept, but longer-time fans (like me) will be saying this is “writing out of character,” and I hope it doesn’t become the Cat’s new status quo. (That said, I will point out that it’s nice to have a character in this series fail to accept Spidey’s explanation of a brain switch so readily. He explains it as if saying “brain swap” is enough, and Black Cat literally shouts “I don’t care!”)
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