Gotham City Sirens, Vol 2: Songs of the Sirens
Written By: Paul Dini
Illustrations By: Guillem March
Publish Date: 2010
When I heard that Paul Dini was the writer for the Gotham City Sirens series, I was ridiculously excited. I have nothing but fond memories of the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series cartoon, which he was one of the writers for. Unfortunately, I forgot that he wrote the awful episode where Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy become gal pals and start living together. After reading this comic, I went back to watch the episode and had to roll my eyes at Poison Ivy’s character (who spends most of her time spouting straw feminist ideologies). Basically, if you loved that episode from the show then you’re going to adore this comic series. Gotham City Sirens: Songs of the Sirens features Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn who are roommates trying to live “normal” lives.
It opens with a darker story centered on Catwoman confronting a ghost from her past, which gets dropped until the very end of the volume. This theme of the women dealing with repercussions from their pasts, while trying to start new lives, would have been great to stick with. Unfortunately, we quickly transition to more hokey stories with a lot of forced humor. Like Poison Ivy getting a job and Harley Quinn looking for someone’s lost dog with Catwoman.
The only section of this collection that I really enjoyed was when the girls recruited The Riddler to investigate a dead body in their home. The ending was ridiculous, but I enjoyed the mock film noir set-up too much to care.
All in all, I’m extremely glad that I managed to borrow this from the library, rather than have spent money on it. This series just isn’t for me. I really prefer to see these ladies with a bit more depth and edge to them. If you were a fan of the tv series and loved how Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy were characterized there, then you’ll probably find something to love here.