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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Reader's Diary #1436- Kate Leth (writer), Brittney L. Williams (artist): Patsy Walker AKA HellCat! Hooked on a Feline Vol. 1

First diving into Hellcat! Hooked on a Feline I was taken aback. My only knowledge of Patsy Walker prior to this collection was through Netflix's Jessica Jones. If you've seen that show (or Luke Cage or Daredevil) you'll note that, despite traces of humour here or there, it's the more serious side of the MCU. It's all gritty-stuff. So I was expecting the same.

In hindsight, the pun in the title and the bright, cartoony cover should have made it more obvious what I'd be getting. And after looking a little more into it, I understand what Kate Leth had set out to do and it was largely based on Patsy Walker's history in Marvel Comics. It seems that she began in a teen rom-com series back in the 50s (without having read it myself, it sounds like an Archie sort of thing). Later, however, she became more integrated into traditional superhero stories. I believe Leth had be trying to balance the two.

For the most part, I'd say she succeeded. The romance stuff certainly isn't a big focus, but the comedy is, though there's plenty of action as well. There's a lot of great cameos (She-Hulk, Valkyrie, and yes, Jessica Jones) and some pretty unique villains (there's one guy who can control bed bugs-- um, ew?). Patsy herself is confident, open-minded, and positive (even when she seems to have a lot of strikes against her at times). I was never quite clear on what age she was supposed to be though...

Brittney L. Williams' art really fits the mood of the stories, bright and whimsical, plus with a lot of manga style incorporated throughout to set it apart from a lot of generic superhero art.

1 comment:

Loni said...

Another comic to add to my ever-growing list...