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  1. wwayne says:

    I just finished to read Katana # 3, and I would like to summarize what happened in there in order to clear up some things I didn’t fully understand.
    Katana starts working as a waitress in a restaurant attended by Yakuza members, and by listening to what they say she gets to know that a meeting of the whole gang is about to happen on a ship.
    She goes there, and she finds out that it was a trap: all those gangsters wanted was to put their hands on Katana, and they had drawn her on that ship on purpose. This leads to a 1 vs 100 fight (obviously based on Kill Bill Vol. 1), and of course Katana beats them all.
    At this point, there is a totally unpredictable event: Killer Croc comes out of the water and jumps on the boat. He tells Katana that he had concocted the trap she fell into, because he wants to rob her sword (every single villain she faces has exactly the same purpose, now that I think about it).
    2nd unpredictable event: He manages to rob the sword.
    3rd unpredictable event: He breaks it with his teeth.
    At this point the soul trapped into Katana’s sword comes out, but (4th unpredictable event) it isn’t the soul of Katana’s dead husband, but the soul of an old Superman’s supporting character, the Creeper.
    Miss Nocenti goes on filling Katana with a lot of umpredictable stage tricks and I appreciate that, but this issue left a bad taste in my mouth, because there were 2 events that don’t make any sense:
    1) Basically, Killer Croc is a “100 % muscles, 0 % brain” villain. He’s not smart enough to concoct a complex plan like the one I described you before.
    2) Why did he break the sword? I figured he wanted it in order to sell it, but he broke it, so obviously my hypothesis was wrong. I hope miss Nocenti will manage to make this apparently illogical narrative choice plausible in the 4th issue.

    • Ok, so I actually just read issue #4 early tonight, and after reading your comment I paged back through 3 and 4 so I could properly address your points here.

      Unpredictable event #1: Croc actually appears in the first panel of #3 so we can’t really call this on that unpredictable. Him showing up to confront Katana was pretty inevitable. And just jumping back to the “1 vs 100” fight, Katana actually lost that one, or it appeared so, as the Daggers had her on her back when Croc shows up.

      Unpredictable events #2,3: On the other hand, Croc actually get his hands on Soultaker and breaking it was surprising. Your grievances here seem pretty spot on. To my knowledge Croc has never really been portrayed as a criminal mastermind or even anhing more then a ruthless killer. And through issue #4 his motivations, both for coming after Katana and for breaking Soultaker aren’t really addressed.

      Unpredictable event #4: The Creeper coming out of the broken sword was surprising. You did better then me in recognizing him as an old Superman villain, I wasn’t aware of that. You’ll see in issue #4 that he wasn’t the only soul released. Presumably the reason he was the soul focused in in issue #3 rather then Katana’s husband would be that Ann Nocenti appears to be setting The Creeper up as Katana’s primary antagonist at least through issue #5, and considering how collected editions tend to work, probably issue #6 as well.

      I don’t know about you, but this series is starting to lose me a little bit. I want it to be good, on the surface Katana is a cool character, and her appearances in Birds of Prey and Judtice League of America have certainly served to make me interested enough to pay attention to her solo book, but issues #3,4 in particular have felt rather disjointed. SMS Nocenti seems to be trying to put too many scenes into one issue and that’s causing her to rush through them before what’s happening in them or why can be made all that clear. But maybe that’s just me.

      • wwayne says:

        No, you’re right: she throws in so many events in each issue that she doesn’t manage to justify properly each narrative choice she makes.
        Anyway, I hate decompressed storytelling, so, if some plot holes are the price to pay for getting a fast paced series, I’ll turn a blind eye to Katana’s flaws. At least for now. Thank you for your reply! : )

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