This week brings a new (or is that, temporary? Chuck Dixon returns afterwards) writer and a new story arc that will take up all of this week’s three covers/issues. It also brings the start of what I find to be a decline in Balent’s art and the end of a lovely continuous run of solved and not previously posted covers. It also apparently brings long sentences with it too. 🙂 So, head below the cut for “Family Ties” (and not the sitcom either. unless that had a deadly, cursed dagger in it) and a teaser of what’s to come in the next installment. 🙂
I do want to note here that the decline in the art I’m noting with this arc is nowhere near as bad as the problems and disappointments I’ve already (heavily) exposed you to via the latter part of Balent’s run. But I did notice, flipping through the image files for this post, that the art isn’t quite as well done and isn’t quite so playful and dynamic as before. It’s nowhere near the plastic-y looking Catwoman from near the end of Balent’s run on the series, but she seems a little less expressive and I’m starting to notice Escher Girls style problems that aren’t simply Balent popping a leg out of joint to get a more dynamic pose for story and character purposes. Which, well, once you see the cover for issue #24, you’ll understand.
But, first, Catwoman #22, 1995, written by Deborah Pomerantz and drawn by Jim Balent:
The first interior page of this issue kind of has me questioning what exactly Selina’s suit is made out of at this point in time, given that she’s stashing a vey sharp stolen dagger in the top of her boot (which, until Balent drops it later on, is the classic storage spot for he whip and something he would include even on very small panels and distance shots). So, for your shared puzzlement:
Next up is Catwoman #23, 1995, written by Deborah Pomerantz and drawn by Jim Balent:
Aaaand the cover for Catwoman #24, 1995, written by Deborah Pomerantz 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 brings us to the end of this week’s post. I was going to include the last issue in this chain of solved covers, but it’s a stand-alone issue with a cover that I think may interest some (Catwoman + Robin bondage-esque imagery, anyone?) and an interesting back-up story that I may put as its own post or just include as a bonus at the end of next week’s post. Also, Catwoman ends up in a weird spooky with, well, spoilers. 😉
As always, all images belong to their respective copyright holders and are used for fun review purposes only.