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There’s been quite a bit of Catwoman related news hitting the internet in the past couple of weeks, but I’ve been a little too preoccupied with baby-related things to give fandom-y stuff a glance, lately. (My regular blog full of geekery and the odd personal update is still seeing posts, but not nearly as often as it should be.) Plus, my inbox is currently stuffed to the brim with Dr-Von-Fangirl related correspondence, so things have been a little...hectic.

So, two pieces of Catwoman related stuff for you today!

First bit of news:

In case you haven’t yet heard, DC Comics is doing a relaunch/reboot thing. Nobody’s quite clear on the implications and there are a bunch of alarmists running around flailing their arms and screaming about it DEFINITELY being a new Crisis on Infinite Earths AND NOW EVERYTHING IS CANON ALWAYS despite the lack of evidence to that effect.

A bunch of other people are screaming that the events taking place in the current Flashpoint event are totally going to be the new continuity now, because apparently nobody’s ever read a story that involves time travel paradoxes and alternate universes as written by Geoff Johns before. Or a time travel story, period.

Personally, I’m thinking the supposed ‘reboot’ is mainly just a renumbering and series relaunch for publicity purposes and that nothing will change too substantially--and if it does, it certainly won't last very long.

But, as with most things in comics, a wait and see attitude is best.

So, why am I talking about this? Well, Catwoman is one of the titles being relaunched. Selina’s getting her own series again!



Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in CATWOMAN #1, written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March.

[source]

I’m not going to lie: I’ve never much cared for Guillem March’s artwork on Gotham City Sirens, but I think that may have more to do with the book’s washed out coloring--much like the muted coloring above--than the pencils themselves.

As for Judd Winick, he’s a perfectly competent writer (for example, he was responsible for the Scarecrow story As the Crow Flies in Batman which garners affection from a sizable contingent of Jonathan Crane fans who still recognize that the Scare Beast plot is very, very silly), though I don't think he’s written Selina at length before.

(However, as an old school Justice League International fan I do take issue with his Justice League Generation Lost run, but that's a discussion for another time and another place.)

Really, what fills me with the most apprehension here is the description paragraph itself, rather than the writer or the artist.

Catwoman the Cat Burglar is all well and good. She’s great in fact! The last decent heist story we got for Selina was Darwyn Cooke’s Selina’s Big Score, and a tiny smattering of stories in the nineties while she wore the purple suit.

(Believe it or not, the majority of Selina’s nineties series wasn’t robbing museums of their priceless artifacts. Oh, those stories existed, but they were vastly outnumbered by Selina-plays-Hero tales.)

The thing is, though, that while I love bad girl Selina, and I love competent cat burglar Selina, and while I love a flirty, sexually charged Selina:

The description above reads less like a fully developed, well rounded character and more like a straight adolescent male’s idea of what the definition of ‘sexy’ should be. A comic news site (I’ve already forgotten which one!) made a comparison between the description and an interview with a Playboy centerfold and I think that’s pretty apt--provided, of course, that the centerfold’s answers were written by an all male marketing team. I think Catwoman could do better than that

What’s the worst pick-up line you’ve ever heard? You’re under arrest.

What’s the best or most creative pick-up line you’ve ever heard? See above.

What signals do you give to a man when you want him to make the first move? The Bat signal, generally…

What are your biggest turn-ons? Moonlight, expensive baubles, sexual tension, hand-to-hand combat…


Ahem. Yes. So, we'll see how this goes.

Second bit of news:

The new trailer for Arkham City has hit, and it’s VERY Catwoman heavy.



...

I’m sorry, I watch this and the commentary in my head is as follows:

“Ass. Ass. ASS, ASS, BOOBS, ASS.”

Apparently, Catwoman has a posterior and we must all make note of this fact at length.

The costume is a bastardization of the Darwyn Cooke version which I have a lot of affection for, but it falls short of expectations. Mostly due to the outrageous amount of texturing and the fact that zippers and boobs do not work that way. Then again, zippers and boobs in comics rarely work the way zippers and boobs work in reality, so maybe I'm being too harsh considering the source material ;)

As for the voice actress and the characterization? I feel a little…iffy. Cat-related dialogue has always seemed a little cheap and obvious to me, but some fans like that, so to each their own. :D

Going a LONG way to making me want to play the game? Catwoman’s amazing moves. I’m actually hoping the smooch-your-attacker-then-kick-his-head-in move is a special combo, much like Bloodrayne’s ability to jump Nazis and sink her fangs into their necks for sustenance.



Back on point! Catwoman’s fighting style here is fluid and graceful while still having a fair amount of power behind it, and that’s always nice to see. It’s especially nice to see that she isn’t just relying on her bullwhip or claws, instead utilizing other tools: bolas, her natural flexibility, her feet, her fists, her sexuality...

This is pretty rare, as Catwoman’s most recent console game appearances have had her relying an awful lot on the cat gimmicks to the point that it borders on the absurd (the game based on the Catwoman film actually had her licking herself clean, for example), so I’m really happy with this direction. Much like the new solo series, we'll see how this pans out.

Thoughts?

on 2011-06-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] about-faces.livejournal.com
As for Judd Winick, he’s a perfectly competent writer (for example, he was responsible for the Scarecrow story As the Crow Flies in Batman which garners affection from a sizable contingent of Jonathan Crane fans who still recognize that the Scare Beast plot is very, very silly), though I don't think he’s written Selina at length before.

I'm still amazed at how great his recent Batman: Long Shadows storyline was, wherein Dick, still very new as Batman, deals with an exceptionally-written Two-Face. It was an uncommonly great story for Judd, one which most ignored because it wasn't by Grant Morrison, and I really hope he still has that kind of talent when he goes back to Gotham with Selina. That said, it's amazing how much of that story's goodwill was wasted in my eyes thanks for Justice League: Generation Lost. Bad enough the sense of humor was all gone, but it was the new Ice origin that really sealed it for me.

The last decent heist story we got for Selina was Darwyn Cooke’s Selina’s Big Score, and a tiny smattering of stories in the nineties while she wore the purple suit.

Such a great story. Strange how it never gets held up as a classic in lists or anything, neither as a great Catwoman story (perhaps THE greatest?) nor as a great work by Cooke, which precedes his currently-celebrated Parker adaptations.

Cat-related dialogue has always seemed a little cheap and obvious to me, but some fans like that, so to each their own. :D

God, totally. Thank goodness that none of today's most celebrated comics writers are pulling shit like that when they write Selina!





The creative genius that is Grant Morrison, everyone!

on 2011-06-08 11:11 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] box-in-the-box.livejournal.com
As for Judd Winick, he’s a perfectly competent writer [...]

HAHAHAHAHA NO. The guy who wrote Barry Ween and Pedro & Me was replaced by a pod person years ago. Indeed, if not for Pedro & Me, a lot more people would be calling Judd out on the fact that his overrated run on Green Lantern not only reduced the very real problem of queer-bashing to an ABC After School Special, but also reduced the life story of gay character Terry Berg to the role of someone whose suffering is bad because it makes straight white male protagonist Kyle Rayner feel bad. A fridging by any other name ...

And yeah, the way he writes female characters is skeevy as fuck.

on 2011-06-08 11:47 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] mistaria.livejournal.com
I'm hoping Catwoman's new book is good. It's about the only reboot I'm remotely excited for at this point. But I agree that I don't think they'll change things too much... or at least not keep certain changes for long.

I definitely trust the makers of Arkham City to do a good job with Catwoman (despite the ass/boobs/zipper issues), at least as far as game play goes, considering how amazing Arkham Asylum was. :] Although I'm not a huge fan of her voice in this.

I don't mind cat-related puns in some cases but I hate when they make her dislike dogs or have her making stupid comments about a cat in water like in Batman Inc.

on 2011-06-09 01:30 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] digital-eraser.livejournal.com
The kiss move in the Arkham City trailer kinda bugged me, but partly because it just seemed gross to kiss some ugly clown. But also, while I could see her using her sexuality to try and distract tougher foes, it seemed silly for her to use it on miscellaneous thugs that don't even require her to break a sweat.

The cleavage bugs me, too, because I just think her Cooke outfit looks fantastic/perfect the way Cooke did it, and looks cheesy when artists lower the zipper...not just because of the cheesecake, but also because it removes the illusion of her mask being part of the outfit, resulting in the mask looking sort of cheesy like a mexican wrestler mask.

But at least it's not as bad as what they've done to Harley.

on 2011-06-09 01:36 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] sharkbites.livejournal.com
I actually *like* the description in the paragraph. To me, that says that Selina got her mojo back which was missing since at least.....2005?

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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