A long time ago, when Ann Nocenti was announced as the new writer on Catwoman
, I had a look around to see what else she had written to see if I liked her stuff. I think I only read a preview of her Catwoman (where Selina hisses No parents! I'm a bastard child! Can't you tell?
) and then decided it wasn't for me. It was a good decision, as it really wasn't for me.
Better value though was her 2004 work with John Van Fleet
on Poison Ivy: Cast a Shadow. I haven't seen anything like his work in my time of reading comics, except a little bit of Johnathan Hickman's early stuff. Fleet is very moody and dark, but uses light and shadow well, especially in this story which is all about light and shadow.
Because it's Ann Nocenti, it's absolutely barking. It's a clear enough story, and follows the standard things you'd expect from a Poison Ivy tale, but everybody involved goes around chewing the scenery.
The synopsis is pretty standard tooA rash of bizarre deaths Batman has been investigating is somehow linked to a new tower that has been blocking out the sunlight to Poison Ivy’s cell in Arkham Asylum.( Let's begin )
I like this story, because it's beautiful, and it has something
to say, but Nocenti is quite overblown with what she does and how she does it that some things get lost a bit in the shuffle.