Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart

Title: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
Author: Lauren Myracle
Art by: Isaac Goodhart
Colorist: Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2019
Source: Review copy from Netgalley and Publisher / Physical Copy from Library

Synopsis: Selina Kyle is fiercer than she knows. For 15 years, she's put up with her mother's string of bad boyfriends, but when Dernell, her mom's current beau, proves crueler than the others, Selina reevaluates her place in her home. There's no way Selina and Dernell can live under the same roof, and since Dernell won't leave, Selina must.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl) and artist Isaac Goodhart comes a story about learning how to survive the world when you've been forced to abandon your home and finding allies in the most unexpected moments. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Thank you to DC Comics and Netgalley for providing me with an early e-arc for honest review.
My favorite thing about Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale was the art. The art is beautiful. Isaac Goodhart did a fantastic job. I enjoyed the tones of blue and purple. It was just really pretty to look at. The story itself was just kind of mehh, ehh, it's all right.
Trigger Warnings for: self-harm, animal cruelty, domestic abuse, and suicide. Sheesh, that's a lot. I wasn't expecting this story to contain all those things. I mean, some of them fit the story, but some of them just seemed kind of randomly thrown in. So if any of those things bother you, this might not be the story for you.
Selina has a bit of a man-hate that goes on in this book, which is understandable considering the losers her mom brings home. One thing that I noticed that really bothered me is that it is never brought up that her mom is just as much at fault as her mean boyfriends are. Selina's Mom doesn't stand up for her, which makes her a bad mom in my book. She cares more about getting and having a man then her own daughter. The men that her mom dates are jerks, but that doesn't mean her mom should be let off the hook for letting them treat her daughter badly.
I didn't really like Selina in this book. She makes some pretty dumb decisions. She doesn't confide in people that could help her. She just does some pretty stupid stuff. She's also very prickly. I didn't enjoy her, and I don't really feel like the story gave me any reason to like her or root for her. She's also very cavalier about stealing, which I think sends a bad message. Sure, sometimes she's stealing to survive, but she also steals just for the fun of it.
The best thing about this graphic novel was the art. The story was just one big meh.


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