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.
I … think I am just going to open with this, because a) I’m having trouble focusing b) I burst out laughing when I realized ‘why’ Selina’s pose is aiming for a place on Escher Girls.
I do enjoy Balent playing with the borders of individual panels and working various close-up/reaction shots of Selina and I don’t think he’s actually trying to be particularly exploitative with his anatomy breaking (I have a tear-inducing familiarity with Balent drawing Catwoman and her comic at this point so I can tell pretty well when he’s doing something for dynamic posing/character expressiveness/other art and/or character reasons and when he’s trying to contort someone for “sexy” pose reasons), but this is a mess. A hilarious, horrifying mess. And all because Balent was trying to do something neat with the layout.
And now that I have given a thorough tour of the art and main added character for part one of the storyline, on to the covers and solutions. No special feature for She-Cat because I already posted a lot of pages and also because her outfit is at least just fabric.
So, without further delay, Catwoman #42, 1997, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Jim Balent:
And Catwoman #43, 1997, written by Doug Moench and drawn by Jim Balent:
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. 🙂 I wanted to get the other post up today but this one has taken longer than planned and I have other work still to do, so head injury recovery and work-work hour recovery willing, I’ll have the next Sunday Fun Day post up on an actual Sunday again. 🙂 And, as always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only.
Also, as slight note-keeping/blog-keeping for me and information for everyone else, right now I have Catwoman #46-57 left to cover in groups of three for this feature. Everything else, barring having missed an annual or other not in the regular numbering of the comic issue, is either already solved and posted or is an unsolved cover that may or may not have been posted as the “read more” image. So, uh, I’ll probably be sobbing and shaking my fist in frustration at some early run Catwoman issues and a few No Man’s Land ones in about a month. Provided my personal circumstances allow for it, of course (the head injury was ‘really’ inconveniently timed and my partner was ultimately turned down for the only job he actually heard back about).