Sunday Fun Day: Where’s Waldo, Jim Balent Catwoman Style (Week Three)

Low energy this week (insert joke about how that’s what every week is like for me here) and really in need of donations to get through August, but I have a special treat for everyone this week in the form of Catwoman Annual #2. With a potential bonus page showing the 90s comics glory that is Catwoman’s rival and enemy from her (martial arts – Catwoman never got as far as a high school education) student days, Hellhound. You have been warned. There may or may not be mullets ahead, but there are definitely knives. Plenty of knives. Because it was the 90s.

The decline isn't so bad here but it has started on the covers. Also, she's also horrified by all the giant Bat book events she's dragged into.

There’s nothing quite like the horror of your long-time artist’s slow decline and eventual decision to give up on drawing you with personality and without a plastic feel. Catwoman on the cover of Catwoman #56 (1998), written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent.

I admittedly had a bit of fun this one and got caught up in a long string of successful cat-finding covers and might have stopped to skim most of an issue (because Catwoman fighting Scarecrow and winning is just plain awesome), but here is this week’s slightly larger selection of covers and answers for find the cat on Jim Balent’s Catwoman covers. 🙂

First up is a three-part story arc from Devin Grayson’s run as writer that pits Catwoman against the Scarecrow. I think you can guess who wins. 😉

Catwoman #58, 1998, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent:

And, uh, sets things up so he gets arrested at the end of the story arc. She really does not like less than clever, very persistent, teenage admirers.

This cover doesn’t bode well for Catwoman, but I promise the story arc turns out well in the end (which is … two issues later). Also, Catwoman gets a would-be sidekick in this issue. She doesn’t take well to the idea.

Catwoman #59, 1998, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent:

Like, really not amused. She'll eventually burn his notes, along with his lab.

In case you can’t tell, Catwoman isn’t amused by Scarecrow trying to experiment on her.

Catwoman #60, 1998, written by Devin Grayson and drawn by Jim Balent:

Balent is still pretty good on the cover here, though.

I think Catwoman might hurt herself if she does the splits any further, but there is a gigantic, horror-Batman busting through the wall behind her.

And now, the promised Catwoman Annual #2, also known as Catwoman: Year One, 1995, written by Jordan Gorfinkel and drawn by, of course, Jim Balent:

Also, pissy misogynist dressed as a dog.

I did technically share this already, in my “So You Want to Read Sexworker Catwoman” guide, but you can experience the 90s all over again right here. Remember what I said about knives? Yeeaah.

With the promised bonus page (no hidden cats here though):

90s. So 90s. All he needs is a mullet.

Hellhound hates cats and women. Also Catwoman. You could probably get him to fall and injure himself on his own weapons though.

And now for the answer key …

Make sure you’re ready …

Are you done looking and trying?

Okay, here you go!

Yeah, that was a little tricky to write out. :P

This one was slightly tricky since sometimes Balent includes live cats as the hidden cat on the cover, but this time there are both live cats and a line illustration hidden on the wall between the two windows that are behind/to the right of the Catwoman scarecrow.

Seriously. Balent was kind of ... overly clever sometimes in hiding the cats.

Yes, the cat is part of the jagged edge of a broken beaker below Scarecrow’s arm. I’m surprised I found it too.

Still not as bad as they get later though.

The cat is hidden inside an air bubble in the steam rising up from the broken beakers full of fear serum next to Catwoman. Comparatively easy by Balent standards, but I’m still worried Catwoman’s going to slip and hurt herself. Balent’s dynamic poses are starting to mutate into dangerous poses.

It's like bullets and bracelets with Wonder Woman, except minus the bracelets. And the Amazonian durability.

This one is live cats only, folks, so pretty darn easy. Also, Catwoman can deflect blades away from herself using just the sides of her wrists. It’s awesome. You’ll have to read the issue to see though. 😉

And, as a bonus page, here’s the conclusion to Catwoman’s direct interactions with Scarecrow in that three-parter (there is more to the issue, but it’s Catwoman taking revenge on a rude security guard who just keeps on showing up at the different places she tries to rob, plus on the teenager who kept trying to attach himself to Catwoman as a sidekick):

Dude. Do not imply bad things about her mother. Or about Selina being working class.

The art is starting to get a bit wonky on interiors here but it is a pretty darn awesome conclusion. Especially given Scarecrow’s negative comments about Catwoman’s identity and background.

As always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for review purposes only.

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