The plan is to steal a Painting, sounds like a simple heist right? Not if you’re the Black Cat!
When it was first announced I was excited to learn that Felicia was getting her own series, now that it is here we are going to review the first issue, Written by Jed MacKay (known for writing Comics such as Spider-Geddon, Spider-Verse, and Daughters of the Dragon) and the art team of Travel Foreman (Civil War II (Amazing Spider-Man, The Ultimates.), Michael Dowling (Judge Dredd Magazine, Unfollow, Death Sentence, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.) Nao Fuji (Thor, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Daredevil.)
Felicia Hardy was many things over the years, a villain, Spider-Man’s Love interest, Adventurer and of course a Cat Burglar! At the beginning of our first story, we find that Felicia is attending an event at The Frick Collection, one of the things you have to remember is that Felicia will have a hard time going undercover because she is wanted by the NYPD and of course the New York Thieves Guild. But does this worry her? No, like any good thief she has a plan. Usually, with First issues, there are cases with it being hit or miss, but Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman does a great job of showing off Felicia’s intellect and her beauty (She has been over-sexualized over the years like most of the heroines in Comics but there has been an improvement the past few years for Female Heroes.)
Another thing that worked well was the humor; if you want a good story you need to balance the seriousness of a situation that involves a character such as Black Cat, she can fight and think on her feet but she also has to try to blend in when pulling a job such as stealing a painting. Now we move to the other story that involves the Black Fox and.. Dracula? Crazy as it sounds, this did happen and it isn’t every day you see a Mortal stealing something from a powerful creature such as Dracula.
Another story that was included in this was Nao Fuji’s story “Black Cat and her Purrloiners!” It was a story that didn’t have a dialogue but actions speak louder than words as the old saying goes, but Nao did a great job in his short story.
One of the books I recommend if you’re a curious to learn more about Black Cat then I would suggest this book, it collects the first six appearances of Black Cat which are from Amazing Spider-Man #194, 195, 204, 205, 226, and 227. You can pick it up at Amazon!