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Review: Shadow of the Cat #2

Shadow of the Cat

The thing about heist movies is that a heist has to occur. You spend a large amount of the movie getting to know the logistics. You also find out about the characters and the many obstacles they have to face. An example is my favorite heist movie, Gone in 60 Seconds.

We know our protagonist had been retired for more than a few years. He gets out of retirement so that his brother doesn’t owe a debt for a job he committed to. The actual heist is the most exciting part of the movie. Geoff Thorne jumps right into the heist with the second issue of his comic, Shadow Of The Cat.

We find Kit, in the middle of the heist, as she stares in awe for what seems like a few hours, at the crown jewel she came for. Before she could put it away, a crew explodes the diamond exchange and it is not of her doing. She soon finds out it is a rival crew, for the same thing, The Poachers. By the issue’s end, Kit tries to think on her feet, calculating how much time before the Poachers get there and how fast before she can escape, but not before a rival appears out of nowhere.

Overall, an engaging second issue that is wall to wall action. The story by Thorne is engrossing. The art by Thorne is dazzling. Altogether, a story that drops the reader in the middle of the action.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Shadow of the Cat #1

Shadow of the Cat

When I first read Alias, all those years ago, I thought that Brian Michael Bendis was a genius. It was one of the burgeoning titles at the just started Marvel Max. Max was an imprint from the House Of Ideas, which sought to create comics that spoke to its readers who were becoming parents, and wanted material that spoke to them. Bendis heard that call and answered, as the book traversed the superhero genre while dealing with sensitive issues like sexual trauma.

The book became the line’s most recognizable title, it also made Bendis one of the line’s most sought after storytellers. He would set off a wave where creators looked at female protagonists differently. His run inspired the show Jessica Jones which furthered his narrative as they explored many toxic relationship archetypes. Geoff Thorne introduces us to another complex female protagonist with the first chapter of his comic series Shadow Of The Cat.

We meet Kit, our female protagonist, as she training to fight blindfolded, as she relies on her muscle memory when she used to be a ballet dancer. As her senses are so quick, that she outmaneuvers her opponent, and partner, Cal. Cal, we find out, is an experienced warfighter, and gives his partner a tiny bit of leverage. By the issue’s end, Kit and Cal complete their training for the day as Kit ponders her fate.

Overall, an engaging debut issue that is pure action. The story by Thorne is absorbing. The art by Thorne is stunning. Altogether, a story that palpitates with mystery.

Story: Geoff Thorne Art: Geoff Thorne
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy