Saturday, May 1, 2010

Gotham City Sirens Vol. 1: Union

Title: Gotham City Sirens Vol. 1: Union
ISBN: 9781401225704

Price: $19.99
Publisher/Year: DC, 2010
Artist: Guillem March, David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez
Writer: Paul Dini & Scott Lobdell
Collects: Gotham City Sirens #'s 1-7

Rating: 4/5

After the Battle for the Cowl, Gotham needed to return to "normal". This began several new titles for DC, including Gotham City Sirens. This is a dream come true for hundreds (possibly thousands) of fan boys all around the world. Bringing three of Batman's femme fatale's together in a team-up.

Poison Ivy (Pamela Lillian Isley), Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle). In my opinion, the only way this series could be any better is to throw artist Adam Hughes in the mix on pencils and covers. I absolutely love Hughes' previous work on Catwoman covers. He has a great eye for making these ladies look smoking hot, while keeping them appearing deadly serious. The combination of March and both Lopez's are an excellent fit for these ladies. There is a cover that has a feel of Adam Hughes work.

Harley was one of my favorite characters from the Batman animated series. You never really get a good understanding of the characters... other than the main character, of course... when you only get 22-minute episodes. This is the perfect avenue for new information about Harley Quinn, including where she comes from. This come in the last issue of the trade. You get to meet her mother, brother and her always on the con father.

The trio make an unlikely, but wonderful, team. If these ladies decide to work towards a better Gotham, I think they could turn themselves around from their former villainous ways. Could you really see Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn helping the likes of Batman? We've already seen Catwoman jump from good to bad, so it's not too hard to see her as a force for good in Gotham.

If this series continues as strong as this trade lets on, I look forward to reading more. I've enjoyed Lobdell's work on other titles, and Paul Dini has a nice touch with his writing skills. I recommend this trade, for Batman fans and those who have yet to step foot into Gotham. In this trade, you even get a little back story on the Joker.

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