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"Black Cat #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Jed MacKay
Illustrated by C.F. Villa
Colored by Brian Reber
Lettered by Ferran Delgado
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 20th, 2021

Review:

You know what this big horrifying event needs? A heist! Knull has taken over the planet and he's snuffing out any remaining hope, but that doesn't mean Black Cat can't pull off a job in the middle of all this. She's not after jewels or money though. Her target is the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange. If she can break him out of his symbiote prison, they might be able to stop this madness.

Felicia Hardy is on the side of the angels with this particular adventure. She's taking on this job not to get rich, but to help fight Knull. This makes her an unlikely hero, but a fun one. She's not used to all this kind of stuff. It shows how much this invasion has shook her.

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This is the next step in writer Jed MacKay's story with Black Cat. She references some of the people she's robbed in recent adventures like the Fantastic Four and Iron Man. She's definitely ready for this. I do wonder if her previous series couldn't have just continued without being restarted a few months after it ended to tie into King in Black.

It wouldn't be a heist in the Marvel Universe without some great gadgets and Black Cat #2 definitely has its fair share. Felicia needs to break into a symbiote prison and to do that, she needs something that will make her invisible to the aliens' vision. This is a limited use Anti-Venom suit that just looks so cool. Artist C.F. Villa uses a great design for Felicia in this suit as it coats her over the course of a few panels. It's sleek and sharp, reminiscent of the original Anti-Venom while also putting a Black Cat spin on it.

Since it has a limited shelf life, it's basically corroding over time. This gives the suit a fluid texture as pieces bubble off. This whole sequence is framed in a suffocating manner by the dark symbiote tendrils. It creates a tense and unsettling scene that's only amplified by the tension of the heist itself.

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Colorist Brian Reber makes Felicia's Anti-Venom suit shine against this darkness all around her. She's like a beacon of hope. There's a nice contrast between her and the imposing nature of the symbiote-controlled world around her. It's super dark and dreary, yet she soldiers on.

The rescue of Dr. Strange is just part of the action in Black Cat #2. Felicia and the rest of her crew have to escape to complete this mission, holding off a horde of symbiotes to survive. Letterer Ferran Delgado captures the feelings in this run perfectly. There are some screams that carry across the entire page as this group flees in the Spider-Mobile (Spider-Man's car that sticks to walls).

Reading Black Cat #2 made me realize how much we need a horror heist movie. Has that ever happened? This King in Black tie-in mixes the fun of Black Cat's heists with the horrors of Knull's invasion. It shows that this event isn't all doom and gloom.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
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Buy from Amazon UK.
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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