After a run of disappointing sequels, Patsy Walker aka Hellcat: Don’t Stop Me-ow, was a welcome break of the pattern. The fun and action with a little drama combo of volume one is back in volume two.
The main villainess action was a little dumb again but that’s ok. Black Cat is a stereotypical megalomaniac, much like the villainess Casiolena from the first volume, with her minions doing a lot of the work, generally not very well. Nevertheless, they still manage to get Patsy and friends where they want them, and to be continued, in traditional comic book fashion.
New bitchiness in the form of Ian’s ex-roomie Zoe, and the return of Hedy makes up for the lack of strong villainy. It’s great to see Hedy lose the royalty thing, and her attempt to get back at Patsy using ex-husbands is pretty ingenius and a little evil. Zoe is great to hate, and I look forward to seeing you lose. Bringing her in also adds a little complexity to Ian.
New characters and old return to help Patsy keep working on living her life as normally as she can, while others still try to interfere. Hedy’s attempts at vengeance for losing the royalty struggle are nasty and a little brilliant, although how Daimon and Mad-Dog both fall for such an obvious lie is beyond me. I also find it unlikely that the son of Satan and a genetically modified street fighter would so easily apologize for getting tricked. But, it’s comics, so we don’t need to think too hard about that.
Also, Tom and Ian, way to go you two. Especially with seeing what was wrong between Ian and Zoe, it was great to see Ian a little happy with a partner. Tom is so cute about it, and there had better not be any serious drama between these two. They’re just too sweet together.
I also have to wonder if it’s me being juvenile or does Jubilee’s vampire mist form look kinda like a pink fart cloud? That said, her characterization is both fun and a good addition to the team, particularly with Jen out of commission for the time being.