Oct. 18th, 2011

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Unngh. Still really, really sick. Getting better, but man oh man, it's going to be awhile before I recover enough to do much that's substantial. My Year One review is gathering cobwebs over here. :( I also still don't have the energy to respond to comments, so I hope you'll forgive the delay again; I will talk to you guys, it just has to wait until I'm done hacking my lungs up.

(Gimme a T! M! I!)

Anyway! I haven't really bothered to post solicits months and months in advance, as I much prefer to get discussion going about what's going to happen like, next week, but something interesting has happened with the solicit for Catwoman #3 (it's been significantly altered), and I want to talk about that later and how it reflects a disturbing pattern I'm noticing in comics covers lately, so I figure we'd better get all caught up.

Without further ado, here are the solicits for issues #2-5, including a comparison between the old and new covers of Catwoman #3.

Issue #2:



She’s a thief who lives to steal just for the thrill of breaking the law. He’s The Dark Knight, obsessively driven to battle evil with every ounce of his strength. They should keep each other at arm’s length, but…they just can’t seem to help themselves!

Don’t miss this issue – things are gonna get messy!


Sooo...Selina has no motivation to steal other than 'breaking the law is a thrill'? My, what depth of character. Also, messy? Did the condom break?

Issue #3 (First Cover):



Issue #3 (New Cover):



Cats hate baths. Cats hate dogs. And cats hate being caught. Catwoman stole from the wrong man, and now he’s got her. He wants his stuff back, he wants answers and he wants blood.

Cats had better have nine lives, because Selina Kyle is about to lose one!


Oh, this is fun! Just like an activity book! How many cat puns/cliches can YOU count?

Issue #4:



Catwoman pays a call on Wayne Manor, but those who live there prefer that you call first. Then Selina Kyle says goodbye to an old friend, says hello to an older one, and resolves more firmly than ever to strike out on her own. Only one of those things almost gets her killed.

But...but...you guys, isn't one of Catwoman's defining characteristics her independence? Isn't that kind of the whole supposed point of the new series? I mean...

Issue #5



Catwoman is flying solo and finding plenty of turbulence! She has her paws full when a simple smash and grab turns into a hit and pummeled, as she faces an adversary who is more than a match for Selina. She calls herself Reach, and she doesn’t pull any punches. Can our favorite Feline Fatale land on her feet?

Oh, I see. She needed to go solo so we could make plane puns! HA! And more cat puns! Puns, puns, puns! Because in your self appointed new grim and gritty universe, you should evoke the 60's Batman series in your solicitations!

(Please note: If the series actually DID that in a self aware camp way, I would be so thrilled...)

Also, how do shoulders work? Not quite like that, I assure you.

Sigh.

All snarking aside, I find that each of these covers is much better than that of the debut issue, even taking into account that anatomy doesn't really work the way #2 and #5 would have us believe. The fact that the cover for #3 was significantly altered, to turn Catwoman from snarling to significantly more passive, reflects a larger trend in comics covers that prominently feature female characters, but that's a topic for when I feel less like death in a crockpot.

Which issue are you most looking forward to based on its description, or which cover do you personally like the best?
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Though I can't find out much about it, Dolman Magazine (Spain) seems to be a comics publication much like the recently-defunct Wizard Magazine, or the long-ago-defunct Hero Illustrated, and Guillem March has done a fair bit of work for them as a cover artist. About a week ago, the following gorgeous piece came to my attention:



Since first seeing this, it has rapidly climbed the ranks among my favorite pieces of Catwoman art and clawed its way up towards the top of the heap. Not only is the Batman Returns version of Catwoman one of my very favorite designs/interpretations of the character, the image is dripping with delightful symbolism and uses light and shadow on the wet-look vinyl suit in an unexpected way. I do so seriously dig it, don't you?

STUFF AND NONSENSE

This is the back-up account for what I hope will be the Ultimate Catwoman Fan Blog--Dr. Von Fangirl on LiveJournal. You should go check it out over there. I much prefer the original article.

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