In celebration of making it through all of the solved Jim Balent-era Catwoman covers I’ve shared and discussed in this feature, here’s all of the unsolved regular issues in one place. If nothing else, at least y’all can get a decent mix of Balent’s varying cover art styles on the series. 🙂 Although hopefully someone can solve those gosh darn lingering No Man’s Land covers for me. 🙂
This should be a bit more momentous, but here’s the final (regular) Jim Balent Catwoman post for 2014 and one of the very last ones in this format period. 🙂 I’ve really, really enjoyed doing this feature even if the scheduling for it has gotten badly thrown off at times by, well, bad things happening. ‘And’ I do have some ideas as to what to do in a Catwoman-y vein once I finish up with the non-regular series Jim Balent drawn covers I missed putting on my list, but those are for the new year. For now, head below the cut (and the last two unsolved+unposted covers). 🙂
I’m not really refreshed enough to be commenting too much on these, but I will say that I’m glad this post will finish off the Doug Moench-penned issues. Even just flipping through them for this feature, they seem a tad … flat and not quite Selina-enough. Plus, and I think I’ve said it here before (or elsewhere), I think who Jim Balent is teamed with really makes a difference in the quality of his art work and … the Moench ones do not tend towards the impressive. There is Balent’s increasing slippage on anatomy and posing, but there are also overall problems with the art looking odd, unimpressive, and/or “dirty”/hard to read. But, enough of that. At least til we get under the “read more” cut. 🙂
As I work through the last of the solved but unposted covers, it seems as though Balent’s art work has really, solidly hit the start of its decline. And also more of a weird phase where the covers seem to want to be rather terrible, somewhat nightmarish (if you did not enjoy the spiders in the previous post in this series, I’d suggest you skip this one) lesbian erotica. Also, Catwoman does have covers with her characteristic expressiveness that earned Balent deserved praise but … she’s making those faces at her anatomy, not her antagonists.
Sooooo, I’ve had a heck of a month (granted, I’ve been having a lot of those, but December decided to send 2014 out with a nasty bang) but I wanted to try to get as many of my normal planned posts in as possible still. 🙂 Not sure how well that’s going to go given that I’ve been trying to catch up on an inadvisable amount of work at my regular job in a very short amount of time, but hopefully typos keep to a minimum and everyone at least enjoys getting a few select Two-Face panels. Trust me, they’re good. Or bad. Or … something. It was the 1990s, Two-Face had/has a gimmick, and I’m mostly faking consciousness and functionality at this point anyways. 😛
Recovering from a head injury (and the resultant damage to my ability to work) and trying to even up the number of solved-but-unposted covers I have left, so only two covers this time. However, they involve She-Cat, Cyber-Cat, and, well, I think you can already tell that there is going to be some very … special 90s-ness going on this time. And Balent seriously pushing a pose … for the sake of a cool layout (and it is cool – he just ends up making Selina’s stretch resemble what a ball-joined figure would do, not a person, so all of her fits within a certain part of the page). Also some wobbles on his art and badness that I think may be down to the writing he’s paired with and what designs were asked of him.
Trying to push through and salvage a bad chronic pain day by catching up on this feature for the month so far, so, finally, it’s time for Catwoman: Year Two. And for Batman to say, “Cat-nap chop.” I think a less than stellar comic (especially a three-parter that’s trying to follow up to the actually quite good although still very 90s Catwoman: Year One and cache in on the general pattern of Year One issues) can be forgiven a little if it throws something like that in. Especially when it’s an annoyingly serious and stiff Batman saying it. So, head below the cut for Catwoman, Two-Face, and not leaving a good thing alone by stopping at one.
I think the week numbering on these posts is now shot, other than as a way of keeping them organized, but I am going to try to make up for it (key word try) by doing a double set of posts in one day, starting with a special one that only covers one issue. Only one issue you say (that I say)? Yep, only the one issue because I’ve already posted the other three issues of that arc (and there are two additional ones in it that are not a part of Catwoman’s own comic) and because this first issue of the arc has some great interactions between Catwoman and a major player from Catwoman: Year One. So, head below the cut to find out who it is and to get some great character bits with, and information about, our hero.
The week numbering on these isn’t quite accurate anymore (at least in terms of one of these posts coming out each and every week til I run out of covers), but I am back with another installment and, unfortunately, we are moving into the middle part of Balent’s run on Catwoman. As I’ve already noted in previous posts, the art does stay mostly solid, especially on the interiors, but Balent starts to slip on the covers and the pizzaz with which he executes both covers and interiors can get a bit inconsistent in application.
This week brings a new (or is that, temporary? Chuck Dixon returns afterwards) writer and a new story arc that will take up all of this week’s three covers/issues. It also brings the start of what I find to be a decline in Balent’s art and the end of a lovely continuous run of solved and not previously posted covers. It also apparently brings long sentences with it too. 🙂 So, head below the cut for “Family Ties” (and not the sitcom either. unless that had a deadly, cursed dagger in it) and a teaser of what’s to come in the next installment. 🙂