Sadly, I think this issue could have actually had a pretty cool cover (or at least a pretty decent one) if She-Cat’s “come at me” fighting pose hadn’t been turned into an “oh gosh I think I broke all the bones in my lower body” pose. Not that that would have really enhanced the story, but an improvement’s an improvement.
Even though her villain name is literally She-Cat, I think this is still a case of wasted potential hurt by lower quality art than the artist’s previous output. It’s also interesting that the dynamic underpinning Cyber-Cat’s interactions with and antagonism towards Catwoman are later reflected (in broad strokes, of course) by the plotline with Sylvia in Ed Brubaker’s run on Catwoman.
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.
Seriously. I don’t think Balent is solely to blame for the … logistics of Cyber-Cat’s armour. And the dialogue justification for it. And She-Cat is … something. And I don’t think her cat tattoo is the hidden cat on this cover, so it’s still unsolved.