Escher Cats! – Catwoman #37!

That feeling when your sweet score turns out to be in a lab with weird science going on. Really weird science.

From dogs to cats, eh?

Seriously. Angry lab experiment leopard and angry lab experiment leopard woman.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #36!

Why can’t this just be a Catwoman-Umberto roadtrip, or – more Hellhound! more deathtraps! more pages lost to explaining plot elements for the Batman story going on!

Ain't nobody holds a grudge like Kai holds a grudge. And Brother Umberto joins the Catwoman fan club.

Seriously. I was having a grand time and then the book got taken over to deliver a special Bat-message. And then got two pages to wrap up its own story.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #35!

There was too much Hellhound for just one month so have … an issue with barely any Hellhound! Plenty of exasperated Catwoman though.

Seriously. She goes above and beyond to protect him. Although he's also the one who knows what the traps are. But it's also true to her character to try to save every life it's in her power to save.

The only thing worse than endless death traps is trying to get through them alive while also trying to save the Order of Dumas member who pinched your butt in the previous issue.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #34!

Never ever speak too soon about a storyline from DC Comics in the 1990s not being involved in a crossover event. At least if any character is at least tangentially associated with Batman.

Plus, she already put in her time with the Gotham hit by virus storyline.

Granted, it is basically a walk-on role and it doesn’t happen in this issue, but can a girl not even have a story arc alone with her best villain?

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #33!

The only thing more numerous than the number of times Hellhound comes back to have the last word is the number of knives he has strapped to himself.

I don't know how many knives he actually carries or how he manages to sit down in that costume. Maybe he doesn't.

Seriously. Catwoman’s longest-standing, most personal enemy is jealous grudgy misogyny personified. As a guy whose costume is peak 90s comic-ness.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #32!

Catwoman Contagion. Or, Catwoman shutting guys in small spaces.

I'm not sure if guy-stuck-in-the-trunk wants to catch Catwoman or catch a bathroom break more. Oh, the downsides of villainy.

There was also the guy from the previous issue that she now has shut in a car trunk, but this page has the better attempt at swearing without swearing in it. Plus, I don’t think this guy is going to have the luck of a random stranger walking by that he can offer a grand to in exchange for freeing him.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #31!

It’s snowsuit season in Catwoman land! Unless you’re Robin. Or Azrael. Or Alfred. Or Batman. Still plenty of all-white winter wear to go around though, and the start of what is pretty clearly a crossover event (or, rather, Catwoman’s participation in it in her own book).

Wait, you mean that isn't what that is? Could've fooled me.

Batfamily assemble? Also, I’m not sure how in touch with reality this cover actually is. But having a hoverboard made of snowy mountainside is pretty cool.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #30!

Part three of three of the team-up adventure and somebody got a mech-suit! Or, rather, the team got someone with a mech-suit foisted on them.

Balent seems to be getting a hold of his cover art again here, although Catwoman and Slyfox are suffering a little sideways torso. Maybe it's all the air and gravity they're fighting against on their ways down.

So it goes when you’re in a semi-forced team-up to begin with. Although this team actually has really good chemistry and skills … aside from Slyfox. Except for when you need someone loud and brash as a distraction. Then he’s perfect.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #29!

This is a continuation of the previous issue and once again the story quality (and quality of the interior art for the story) do not match the quality of the cover.

And I can't tell if Catwoman has her mouth twisted in concentration from cutting through the vault door or if it's twisted because she's in close proximity to Slyfox.

Derive from that what you will. Although other than the obvious anatomy whoops, my big thing with this cover is that it’s just not that interesting, especially knowing what Balent is capable of. Although Slyfox’s expression is pretty priceless (as is the fact that he has the biggest money eyes out of the four of them).

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #28!

I’m Nick Fury and I’m here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative. I mean …

Wait til you see the cover. And the team.

I really love the panel with the close-up of Catwoman’s retractable glove knives/claws and the panel after that, with the backlit glowing silhouette of her. Plus the whole not-Avengers-Initiative thing.

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