Escher Cats! – Catwoman #40!

I’m going to be honest. I got so bored with this story and this issue I gave up halfway through (and then came back, because I do need to be able to write this properly).

And then kind of consumes it, because he didn't have enough comics already.

It is the last issue of the arc at least. And I guess this cover at least does reflect the contents, given that Batman takes over the narrative again.

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Not That Type of Game: Sexualized Queerness and Neutral Heterosexuality in Games and Gaming Communities

What I’m about to discuss is the type of thing you don a full-body hazmat suit for (I kid, I kid … maybe), and that is far from restricted to games and gaming as an issue. However, it’s such a big topic that I could easily lose the discussion for the sake of the examples, so – on with the show!

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #39!

Two-Face and Joker follow up on the coin toss’s decision to kill Catwoman from last issue and Penguin decides he’s done with this whole ridiculous affair. And I guess Catwoman is in this too.

She could be off having jungle adventures or over-identifying with a diamond right now. So much lost fun potential.

They’re coming to take your comic away, Selina! Beware! Or just be bored. One of the two.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #38!

This issue marks the start of Catwoman Year Two, which I can say … is at least not as bad as Her Sister’s Keeper.

I'm not sure whether to be bored or bothered by this issue. But letting out someone like the Joker, especially just as a distraction so she can steal something, does not seem like this Catwoman at all. A different Catwoman maybe, with a different Joker (and Penguin and Two-Face), but not this one.

Seriously. This issue implies that Catwoman gets the idea for wearing a purple costume from the Joker. And has her let the Joker, Two–Face, and Penguin out of prison. Just to distract Batman so she can pull off a heist.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #37!

That feeling when your sweet score turns out to be in a lab with weird science going on. Really weird science.

From dogs to cats, eh?

Seriously. Angry lab experiment leopard and angry lab experiment leopard woman.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #36!

Why can’t this just be a Catwoman-Umberto roadtrip, or – more Hellhound! more deathtraps! more pages lost to explaining plot elements for the Batman story going on!

Ain't nobody holds a grudge like Kai holds a grudge. And Brother Umberto joins the Catwoman fan club.

Seriously. I was having a grand time and then the book got taken over to deliver a special Bat-message. And then got two pages to wrap up its own story.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #35!

There was too much Hellhound for just one month so have … an issue with barely any Hellhound! Plenty of exasperated Catwoman though.

Seriously. She goes above and beyond to protect him. Although he's also the one who knows what the traps are. But it's also true to her character to try to save every life it's in her power to save.

The only thing worse than endless death traps is trying to get through them alive while also trying to save the Order of Dumas member who pinched your butt in the previous issue.

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Catwoman: The Anniversary That Eventually, Kind-of Got Remembered

In case you missed it, Catwoman finally got her own A Celebration of 75 Years hardcover collection. And it is very possible you indeed missed it. I could (rather rightly) blame life circumstances for my missing the book’s release date, but in the course of trying to track down a table of contents to sate my curiosity (and then to write this when I found out a certain comic was included) I found more people surprised to hear that she had one and that it was already out than information on the book’s contents.

This … may speak to the amount of care and effort that went into curating the collection and to promoting its release, even given the spotty nature of collections in general. And it may make it not all that surprising that I have to give a content warning. Over a celebration/best of collection. So, discussion of the selections for the collection under the cut and warning for rape/rape aftermath and domestic violence. And general whorephobia and terrible narrative treatment of women.

I'm also bummed because this collection actually has a good cover, which ... not all of her trades do. To put it mildly.

But mostly warning for the cover and first page of the issue they picked to kick off the post-Crisis, pre-New52 section of the collection/continuity.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #34!

Never ever speak too soon about a storyline from DC Comics in the 1990s not being involved in a crossover event. At least if any character is at least tangentially associated with Batman.

Plus, she already put in her time with the Gotham hit by virus storyline.

Granted, it is basically a walk-on role and it doesn’t happen in this issue, but can a girl not even have a story arc alone with her best villain?

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #33!

The only thing more numerous than the number of times Hellhound comes back to have the last word is the number of knives he has strapped to himself.

I don't know how many knives he actually carries or how he manages to sit down in that costume. Maybe he doesn't.

Seriously. Catwoman’s longest-standing, most personal enemy is jealous grudgy misogyny personified. As a guy whose costume is peak 90s comic-ness.

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