In case anyone forgot what kind of quality writing and character work we’d be getting into with Catwoman’s big number 50 for her first solo series (and I won’t blame you if you have – a) it’s kinder to forget b) this post series has been on hiatus), this is the actual last line from from Catwoman #50:
“As for me, even if I never figure out who I am and why, at least I know what i am … A sleek and stealthy shadow shadow-cat, savoring the spice of night.”
Ah yes, the spice of night. Probably what made Catwoman forget who she is and why she does what she does … or maybe that was just the writer, trying to have an “interesting” angle on her.
It’s kindest on yourself if you don’t try to make that cybernetic cat suit make sense. Instead, try figuring out how many of the characters on the cover look like they’re in pain and/or extremely grumpy due to being associated with this issue.
For the sake of my readers I am going to skip having an image before the cut because if you have spider issues, this issue’s cover is not for you. It’s really, really not. Maximum tarantulas per inch kind of not.
After a month’s hiatus for my Pride Month Post Party and then a series of local power and internet outages, I and my Escher Cats feature are back with … more Doug Moench penned Catwoman issues. Apparently Two-Face doesn’t like starch on his clothes.
He’s also breaking out of prison and planning crimes against shirts.
Catwoman trying to kill the hitmen trying to kill her after she was sold out/not sold out by her new business partner from the She-cats storyline is … surprisingly pretty enjoyable. It’s still the quality level of the other Moench penned stories but the cover put me in a good mood. Or something.
Horror homage and no weird suit boobs. This cover is a win.
And so we reach our fiery conclusion and what would be a better cover if not for what’s going on with the bodies on it.
Seriously. I got so excited by the flames and the signs of an actual expression and posing and then my eyes focused properly. Balent, what happened to you? Seriously, what happened. Because I know he can do good work, and work where the poses are only pushed a little (and in largely gender neutral ways) for the sake of a good action shot and this … isn’t that kind of reason or situation.
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.
I’m back from the hiatus with, well, a story that has this as its first page. Oh for the early days of Catwoman’s comic and butterfly themed villains with slightly pushed poses and high cut slits in their dresses.
In case it’s not clear, I’m cracking wise about the title and subtitle on this page, not the artwork. The cover itself more than takes care of the quota for … whatever words there are to describe this.
I’m just going to call this case of the oversized exposition and peculiar buttshots. Same writer as the previous story arc so … the quality can already be guessed at. But if you want to watch a macho guy talk into a tape recorder about Catwoman for most of a comic issue, this is your story.
Seriously. With everyone else roaming Gotham, why is Gordon suddenly a man possessed about the Batman antagonist who doesn’t kill. He still delegates though, so we just get page after page of miffed ex-marine talking into a tape recorder. Intercut with butt shots of Catwoman with her cats.