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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens - Paul Dini

Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens is the combined work of talented writers Paul Dini, Tony Bedard, Guillem March.

Catwoman #83 "Night and the City" - While out on the job, Catwoman comes face to face with a former nemesis that should be dead. When Black Mask threatens Selina's Sister, Maggie, she has no choice but to go after him. With the help of her roommates Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, she manages to get a handle on Black Mask; however, her sister is now lost in the dangerous Gotham City.

While Ivy's been trying to live the straight life, somebody's been busy producing a series of killings that point to her as a perpetrator. With an uneasy with Commissioner Gordon, she sets out to discover the real killer. After Poison Ivy doesn't return home, Harleen and Selina start to worry. With a little help from Edward Nigma, the Riddler, they set out to rescue their friend.

When the trio discovers that they are being stalked, they enlist Edward Nigma to assist in putting together the "Pieces of the Puzzle". When he gets caught in the trap set for them, they have to jump in to save them.

Ivy manages to find herself a regular employer. The first day "On the Job", she decides to establish her place by firing a few employees. Unfortunately, it appears that one of the ex-employees has figured out her former identity and uses the tools in the plant-based research facility to get the upper hand.

Maggie, Selina's sister, went missing after a second encounter with Black Mask. Convinced that Catwoman is actually a demon that's taken possession of Selina, Maggie seeks out the assistance from one of the Sisters in her former convent. When she let's loose a strange substance in the Nun's possession, Maggie transforms into "Sister Zero". Determined to rid Selina of her demon, her sister attacks Catwoman with her new found powers. Somehow Selina has to find a way to free her sister from possession and return her to the real world.

Harley's and Ivy's relationship is well-established in the Batman series. Throwing in Catwoman makes for a change in dynamic. The interactions between characters feel natural and I could hear the characters speaking in my head. All of the stories in this collection were interesting to me, and I look forward to reading the next two volumes.

Books in this series:
Strange Fruit

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