Monday Morning Comic Book Reviews: Week Of 7/21/21

Happy Monday! Its time to start new week with a fresh batch of comic book reviews. This week we are taking a look at Catwoman #33, Moon Knight #1, and Power Rangers #9. Each of these comic books brought something different to the table. What does that mean for their quality? Let’s find out.

Before we get to the reviews you can check out our reviews for Captain Marvel #30 and Nightwing #82 that include full synopsis recapping the events of those comic books.


Creative Team

Writer: Ram V

Artist: Fernando Blanco

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10

Art Rating: 7 Night Girl out of 10

Overall Rating: 7.5 Night Girls out of 10

The Good: With how much is going on in Gotham City it is fitting that the citizens would revolt against the current government. Ram V taps into that with the current Catwoman story arc. A protesting Gotham City community in Alleytown gives more character to the entire setting of this series. It gives the characters that are not directly working with Catwoman in taking on Father Valley directly.

Speaking of, with what Selina Kyle as Catwoman has been dealing with when it comes to Father Valley it shows a lot of growth that she would recruit Clayface, Cheshire, Killer Croc and others to help her out. Doing this actually elevates the threat Father Valley poses to Gotham City that Catwoman and other Gotham City villains would work together to take him on. This leads to a stronger ending for why we would see Batman appear to help out Catwoman at her time of need. That ending creates a lot of questions for how the Father Valley threat would be taken on and where Batman and Catwoman stand after promising not to meet for at least a year.

Fernando Blanco did a very good job in getting over how chaotic things are currently in Gotham City. The way the setting was portrayed helped get across how much Selina Kyle as Catwoman is taking on. The battle with Father Valley was equally chaotic as we saw how deadly the villain is.

The Bad: Nothing.

Overall: Catwoman #33 delivers on getting over the current chaotic situation in Gotham City and how it enhances what Catwoman is up against with the new villain named Father Valley. The fight at the end of this issue got over Father Valley as a credible threat with the final page immediately creating excitement for what Catwoman will do next.


Creative Team

Writer: Jed MacKay

Artist: Alessandro Cappuccio

Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg

Story Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10

Art Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10

Overall Rating: 7 Night Girls Out of 10

The Good: Jed MacKay and Alessandro Cappuccio do not waste anytime establishing who Moon Knight is in the first issue. We see the different sides of the character through the personalities that live inside his head. Adding in how we see both the classic Moon Knight superhero and the more business-like Mr. Knight throughout this issue worked to establish these two personalities as the current ones running Marc Specter’s character. MacKay did enough with the dialogue to get over how different the personalities are and that it is not just a visual change that makes them different.

The Moon Knight scenes with the character dealing with the latest vampire threat to New York City also worked to establish how the character deals with supernatural threats. This has been even more emphasized recently in the Avengers run where Jason Aaron has dug into the Moon Knight legend. MacKay continuing this with the new villain that is introduced fleshes out the mythology that exists around character.

The Bad: Moon Knight has always been a tough character to get into right out of the gate. That is no different with Moon Knight #1 as there is a lot of continuity that goes into how MacKay portrays the character. It does take several issues for new readers to fully get the character and it is apparent with this first issue. The question is if new readers will take that chance with a character as complicated as Moon Knight.

Overall: Moon Knight #1 was a solid debut for the latest series in one of the most complicated characters in the Marvel Universe. Jed MacKay showed a strong understanding of the character with Alessandro Cappuccio enhancing the narrative through the artwork. The only thing that keeps this issue back is that the complicated nature of the character is still something that makes him tough to get into as a new reader.


Creative Team

Writer: Ryan Parrott

Artists: Francesco Mortarino and Moises Hidalgo

Colorists: Raul Angulo and Jose Enrique Fernandez

Story Rating: 8 Night Girls out of 10

Art Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10

Overall Rating: 7.5 Night Girls out of 10

The Good: After the events of the first two arcs of this series it is good to see Ryan Parrott take a step back to focus on the individual Omega Rangers. Jason, Zack, and Trini all get a chance to shine in scenes were they are on their own interacting with people on the latest planet they are visiting. Trini’s scenes in particular stood out most as we see her developing her Omega Ranger powers in ways we haven’t seen from a Power Ranger in the past. It all continues the elevation of Trini’s character that we have been seeing in Power Rangers as she is working hard to get better. It further positions the Trini as coming into her own as a leader even though Jason is still the one leading the Omega Rangers.

At the same time, we continue to see how Parrott is slowly building Drakkon back up as an antagonist. Drakkon still is not letting go of how he likes to get on everyones nerves. In the process we are getting a better idea of how he is developing his own endgame after everything he did in Shattered Grid. How he continues to be developed as a threat is something that keeps me coming back for more of the Power Rangers series.

Francesco Mortarino and Moises Hidalgo work well together as a team of artist. They matched each other’s styles so that there was a sense consistency when the artist change happens at certain points in the issue. It all makes the story in Power Rangers #9 come across as strong as it can with all the different things the Omega Rangers are up throughout this issue.

The Bad: Nothing.

Overall: Power Rangers #9 delivers on the consistency that this series has been known for. Ryan Parrott has a strong handle on each of the Omega Rangers as Jason, Trini, and Zack shine in their own scenes throughout Power Rangers #9. The developments build further anticipation on what Parrott is planning with he various things that the Omega Rangers are dealing with.

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