Escher Cats! – Catwoman #24!

We’re really starting to hit some art that makes me go “Jim, Jim, what happened??” ‘but’ we are also at the emotional (and bloody) end of the Family Ties story arc. So, without further ado … a cover even worse than the last one.

Also, the one guy seems to be possessed. Or his eyes rolled aaaallll the way back in his head, showing the whites.

At least she’s wearing an appropriate expression for the amount of pain she must be in. And the guys are getting much the same treatment. Seriously. Don’t try to figure out which legs belong to who or what they’re doing.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #23!

Finally back with the continuation of the cursed dagger story and … I really have no explanation for this cover other the ladies having developed anti-gravity powers in between issues.

There are pose problems but it's also just oddly boring for a cover that should play to Balent's (at least at one point) strengths with dynamic poses and very expressive faces, especially for conflict scenes.

Seriously. They’re meant to be viciously and dangerously fighting (although at least on Catwoman’s end with the intent to ‘not’ kill her opponent if possible) but even for being caught mid-leap they both look more like they swung in on invisible ropes. Or on some of the lines marking the paths of bullets.

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Escher Cats! – Catwoman #22!

I normally don’t like to split up multi-part stories, but with Catfiles, post-Catfiles wrap-up, and Catwoman’s movie adventure, breaking up a story is kind of inevitable. So, without further ado, part one of the cursed dagger adventure.

And, yet again, Catwoman tries to save the antagonists and is unable to. But she does get the dagger in the end, as a gift from the last surviving family member before he follows everyone else to the grave.

Spoiler: There’s not actually a curse, but there is a really tragic, bloody family feud and Catwoman accidentally lands in the middle of it.

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

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 think he wins just because he's nightmare sized here.

I still have some early Balent covers to burn off, so here’s Catwoman #6 to give you a good look at how good the art originally was. Also, I think AzBats is trying to show Catwoman that his claws are more awesome than hers.

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