A new Catwoman for a new DCU

DC described this series as “Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good.” And the truth is the book doesn’t stray far from this copy.

I’ll be surprised if this stays quiet, so I’ll just throw it out there:

Batman and Catwoman don’t know who each other are under their masks anymore. Oh and they well, like, did it.

I’ll say it again—Batman and Catwoman got it on, and it wasn’t a fanfic. It was a printed DC comic. It’s kind of a shame that they got it on too. Besides what sure to be an awkward morning, and questions that Robin may have about his new mommy, the graphic (for a T+ rated book) depiction of this act is what must people will take away from an otherwise, T&A heavy (Catwoman appears in her bra 7 out of 20 pages), but well enough crafted start to reintroducing Catwoman to the DCU.

Judd Winick wrote a story filled with characters that sound and act different from another. This isn’t a world of cookie cutter looks or personalities. A lot of people are going to say this is portrayal is a huge step back for the progression Catwoman made in the past ten years, and those people are right. But I think what Winick is going for in his arc is a story that will show Kyle moving from an impulsive woman, to one closer resembling the character we knew from before Flashpoint. Winick is too good a writer to be doing a simple one-dimensional sex crazed cat burglar.

Guillem March was on the art chores for this book. His style is unique and polarizing. A lot of people seem to hate the look of his art, but others, like myself, think his art is one of the best things to come out of the post-Batman RIP comics. Every page, every panel of March art looks distinctive. Everyone has a different body type.  There is no artist like March out there currently, and that’s what I love about him.  I was hesitant to buy this book when I knew Winick was writing it, but I was definitely going to buy this book when I heard March was drawing it.

So is this worth it? Despite these positives, those last four pages made me worry about what others would say if I left it around the house and saw them. Last time I felt like that I was 17, living with my parents and regularly buying Maxim. I’m not sure if I like having this feeling as a thirty year old or not.

If you asked me if its worth picking up issue two after the first 16 pages, I would have said, ‘sure, let’s see if this book is going to achieve its potential or not’. After reading all 20 pages, my answer is pretty much the same, but now it’s coming from a place akin to a roadside attraction curiosity.

I’ll check out issue two, buts it’s going to have to work hard for three.

The above was written for Geekscape.net

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