Black Cat

Black Cat #9

by Alan Rapp on February 12, 2020

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Black Cat #9 comic reviewI have no idea what is going on any any of the X-Men books right now so I’m not sure if the events of this issue conflict with what’s happening elsewhere, but Black Cat #9 takes Felicia to Madripoor for an unlikely team-up. Looking for another item on the list necessary for Black Fox‘s big score leads Felicia in search of a man named Patch (who the Marvel Universe isn’t helpful in identifying and turns out to be anything but what she expected to find).

The events presented here could have gone very definitely. I enjoyed Felicia breaking in only to find out she’d been beaten to the punch by the juvenile Kade Kilgore. Rather than adversaries, the plot throws Logan and Felicia together as partners with shared interests (the first of which is pissing of the teenage genius).

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Black Cat #8

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2020

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Black Cat #8 comic reviewBlack Cat #8 features a guest-appearance by the Beetle who Felicia recruits as back-up for her latest thievery of a Marvel hero. The pair have a fun patter as Beetle repeatedly attempts to sell the Black Cat on joining a group primarily made-up of all Spider-Man villains. I do think the Black Cat works best when there’s room for dialogue and the art by Dike Ruan proves to be an equally nice match for the tone of the issue.

As for the job, the comic keeps to its format with Hardy targeting Iron Fist who is legitimately amused by the entire situation, finding it refreshing to deal with a thief rather than the regular type of villains who usually target him.

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Black Cat #6

by Alan Rapp on November 13, 2019

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Black Cat #6 comic reviewBlack Cat #6 moves away from the previous issues as it doesn’t involve Felicia Hardy breaking into a well-known location within the Marvel Universe. However, it does continue to follow-up on various threads introduced in previous issues. One of these includes Odessa Drake and the Thieves Guild going after the Black Fox.

As for the Black Cat, she’s given the night out with a surprisingly good first date with Batroc the Leaper which involves dinner, some late night breaking-and-entering, burglary, and other carnal pursuits. While Felicia doesn’t expect much from Batroc, I was surprised by his inclusion here (and, like Felicia, surprised to discover how charming he can be when he isn’t bouncing around in a ridiculous outfit).

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Black Cat #4

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2019

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Black Cat #4 comic reviewAfter making it out of Doctor Strange‘s home with her prize, Felicia Hardy pushes her luck as the next address on the list of targets turns out to be the home of the Fantastic Four. My favorite moments in Black Cat #4 are Black Cat’s inner monologues involving the top two reasons no one in their right mind would ever break into 4 Yancy Street (while, of course, doing just that).

It helps that Felicia manages to sweet-talk an invitation from Johnny Storm, hoping to make out with one of Reed Richard’s books without the Human Torch noticing (and before the Invisible Woman returns). What doesn’t help is, for the second job in a row, all hell breaking loose as first Sonny Ocampo shows up and then Blastaar opens a door from the Negative Zone into the FF’s living room. Oh boy.

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Black Cat #3

by Alan Rapp on August 14, 2019

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Black Cat #3 comic reviewBlack Cat #3 wraps up the heist of the Sanctum Sactorum as Black Cat an her team struggle just to make it out alive of Doctor Strange‘s home after losing control of their wizard Xander. Getting out of Doctor Strange’s home is challenge enough without a crazed power-mad wizard trying to kill you.

Even with Felicia and her henchmen in survival mode for the entire comic, there’s still plenty of fun to be had including the unlikely help of Doctor Strange’s ghost dog (yes, I said ghost dog) who mistakes the intruder for Silver Sable (an error that Black Cat does nothing to rectify and quickly enlists the mutt’s help in her escape).

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