Escher Cats! – Catwoman #43!

Sadly, I think this issue could have actually had a pretty cool cover (or at least a pretty decent one) if She-Cat’s “come at me” fighting pose hadn’t been turned into an “oh gosh I think I broke all the bones in my lower body” pose. Not that that would have really enhanced the story, but an improvement’s an improvement.

Sylvia doesn't have a tech suit though. Or so much fur trim. She does have a grudge as wide as a continent and a villain willing to exploit her grudge and her situation to his own, also Catwoman-ending, ends though.

Even though her villain name is literally She-Cat, I think this is still a case of wasted potential hurt by lower quality art than the artist’s previous output. It’s also interesting that the dynamic underpinning Cyber-Cat’s interactions with and antagonism towards Catwoman are later reflected (in broad strokes, of course) by the plotline with Sylvia in Ed Brubaker’s run on Catwoman.

Can we just call this story arc "Meow, What Wasted Potential"? That pun hurts less than mediocre story with characters who could be really interesting.

This cover is somewhat of a relief after the checkbox party going on with the last one, but the problems with it really do boil down to not posing She-Cat’s personality filled “come at me” fighting stance as that. So she ends up with broken legs and oddly posed feet and a tilted chest instead of looking like she’s ready to brawl. Even her outfit would be improved if it looked like this is actually a character who doesn’t give a damn and is ready to brawl in boots, tights, and a cat mask.

As always, Catwoman’s distored body, and any cat else’s, belongs to DC Comics, and Escher Girls is the creation of the awesome Ami Angelwings. And the Escher Girls bingo card belongs to the Escher Girls fan who created it.

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