Black Cat #5 Review

Writer: Jed MacKay
Artist: Michael Dowling
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 14, 2021

I am so glad that we got Black Cat back. Sure, we had to deal with some King in Black nonsense, but it was worth it. Plus, that’s over now, so we can get back to the good stuff. That means the New York’s Thieves Guild heist. So, is it as good as I’d hoped? Let’s find out…

The issue opens with a flashback that gives a little recap but mainly shows that Black Fox cares for Felicia. We get the first mention of the Black Cat name, and while it’s a big moment of growth, I did feel a bit sorry for Black Fox.

Back in the present, we get Felicia and Fox underneath New York, and while Fox keeps adding new information to the supposed plan, there is a bit of physical comedy going on with Bruno and Korpse. It’s hilarious seeing them dealing with a security guard while still following Fox and Cat’s dialogue.

The big thing going on, though, is the changing nature of the heist. We find out some sad news about Fox, and from there, the rest is a bit predictable. It’s still big and could end up screwing over Odessa and the Guild even more, so I am down with it. However, it could put Felicia in an odd position with her mentor and her crew.

This issue gets us back to what most fans wanted, but something felt a bit off. I still liked it enough, but the push towards the twist felt rushed, and I was hoping for a “regular” heist after all the setup. Still, this is more personal, and the art looked fantastic.

Final Thoughts:

We finally get to the New York City Thieves Guild Heist, and while it becomes more personal, it felt a bit forced. I am still a fan of This book, but this issue was disappointing after the long wait.


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