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.
Since I already gave the title page for it (and is Giz’s squirrel wearing its own tiny set of gear for dropping out of the plane in that art?? I think it might be!), first up this time is Catwoman #30, 1996, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Jim Balent:
Next up is Catwoman #31, 1996, written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by, of course, Jim Balent, and Catwoman has yet again been sucked into an event/ crossover.
And, finally, Catwoman #32, 1996. Written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Jim Balent, this finishes out Catwoman’s participation in Contagion (at least in her own title) and gives us a good example of less than stellar art. I think part of it is a problem I’ve noticed before, where Balent has trouble trying to do certain overhead angles and shots, and part of it is using a pose that lets us clearly see Selina but which doesn’t make sense for what she’s actually doing.
And now for the answer key …
Make sure you’re ready …
Are you done looking and trying?
Okay, here you go!
And that’s it for this time. Next week (or next post, given what’s happened to my schedule for this), Catwoman’s foe from Catwoman: Year One (well, the foe who isn’t the corrupt, uncaring authorities at the youth home and elsewhere) is back. So prepare yourselves for more Hellhound and his very 90s impulse to fit as many knives as possible onto his costume. And, as always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only.
Note: I just realized that next post, due to the mix of unsolved and already solved and shared covers, gets into Catwoman: Year Two, which is three issues long, so I am going to have to reconsider when Hellhound will appear, since I’d rather not split Year Two between posts.