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
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.