About a year ago, when DC revamped the Batman line, I looked at all the different titles and decided which books would fit into my budget. Gotham City Sirens did not make the cut. To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of Catwoman or Harley Quinn, and the art didn't wow me. After I read a couple of reviews on the interwebs, I wondered if maybe I was wrong and that this was one of those good books that just happened to not sell very well.
One year later, I finally picked up an issue to see what the fuss was about. And that issue...is a fill in issue. And what a fill in issue it is! Cat killing! Nuns with swords! Connotations of Angel Sex! Other bland uses of Catholic symbolism! Hey, let's have Catwoman beat up on an archbishop. Because she's an antihero! And no one likes Catholics anyways! (The real irony is that the penciller, Peter Nguyen, shares his name wtith a well-known Vietnamese Catholic priest and human rights activist.) But I digress.
All of my kvetching aside, this isn't the worst comic I bought today. Tony Bedard (who I'm convinced is DC's go to guy for fill-in story arcs) does a decent job of getting the main characters' voices right. And the art is no worse than that in War of the Supermen (which is really more of an insult towards War of the Supermen, btw). The main plot is lame as hell, featuring Selina's little sister (apperantly a former nun), preparing to fight a cat demon that's apperantly taken up host in Selina. (I'm presuming she made this up because she's crazy enough to kill a cat and a nun on the same page). The subplot, featuring Ivy and one of her subordinates at her new job, is only slightly more manageable.
So all in all, forgettable plot and forgettable art make for a forgettable fill-in on a forgettable title.
PS: I find it funny that in three seperate titles that came out today, we had three instances of cat abuse and an instance of dog abuse. I'm pretty sure that this is the REAL New Apartheid at DC Comics. Someone inform Rich Johnston.