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Copycats is a series of posts, much like my Think Like Selina posts, I've been planning since starting this blog. They're intended to spotlight characters who, in one way or another, are similar to Catwoman. Whether cat themed or cat burglars, comic book characters with a resemblance to Selina are given a brief, shining fifteen minutes of fame in these posts. Because hey, a girl can't be all-Catwoman all the time, now can she?

So, a little over twenty-four hours ago, I inadvertantly kicked off 'Magpie Appreciation Day' via my Tumblr. Er...whoops.



Magpie is one of my favorite lesser known DC characters, and I've been meaning to talk about her here for awhile. She's a thief, much like Selina, who just never seemed to catch on, poor thing. In fact, she's had like, three speaking appearances since her creation in 1986, and then she was killed in Batman: Face the Face in 2006.

As I've said before, I have a soft spot for unloved, neglected characters and, given her history, you can't deny Magpie is that. It's just a bonus that she's a super cool character nobody knows about or uses. She's also a theme villain and a thief, which makes her perfect for the first installment of Copycats. Originally, I intended to just cover cat-themed characters introduced after Catwoman was, but Magpie deserves, nay, commands a post of her very, very own.

First Appearance? Man of Steel #3

What's Her Deal? Margaret Pye, A.K.A. Magpie, is a museum curator by day and a thief by night. Spending all day, every day, among beautiful things she can't own, drives her to supervillainy. She employs henchmen, is not above murder, keeps an aviary (Batman: Face the Face) and is apparently clinically insane (Arkham Asylum: Living Hell).

What's Her M.O.? Magpie favors gems and other loot related to birds. Rather than just stealing them outright, she replaces them with specially made replicas...OF DOOM.

How is she similar to Catwoman? An animal themed jewel thief who keeps birds, steals themed items and is a skilled cat burglar.

How is she different? She's insane, she works with henchmen and she kills people. A lot.

Why Should I Care About Her? I personally got interested in Magpie because of her horrendous fashion sense, but what made me really, really love her was reading the writer's notes in the back of Batman #401:



I adore the writer's enthusiasm, and I love the character all the more for it, especially considering just how Magpie's career in comics turned out. Magpie deserves someone to love her, just because nobody ever has.

Several scans behind the cut... )

Thoughts? Verdict? Recommendations for the next Copycats post? Leave them in comments!
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Cheesecake (noun): Also called Leg Art. Photographs featuring scantily clad attractive women.

T&A (abbreviation): Tits and Ass.


I know some people are having a hard time wrapping their heads around why we in the comics blogosphere are blowing our stacks over Catwoman #1, especially people in the comments of places like Comics Alliance and Newsarama. I mean, after all, comics are a medium in which women are portrayed as hyper-sexualized all the time, and thus, we should expect it to come with the territory.

Never mind that nobody can actually give me a good reason for why that is the way it is, other than “That’s how it’s always been.” which, frankly, isn’t a reason to do anything.

“I keep stubbing my toe on that coffee table!”

“Well, why don’t you move it?”

“But it‘s always been there!”

Highly illogical.

One of the biggest defenses rising from that mentality is that Catwoman qualifies as a Cheesecake Art Book and not an Objectfying Claptrap Book.

I am here to shut those people up. So sit your ass down, you’re about to get schooled.

Webcomic courtesy of Ty Templeton, six pages from Catwoman #1 (2002) and some mildly NSFW cheesecake art behind the cut. )

How people are still defending this issue is completely beyond me. It’s not just offensive, it’s objectively bad because it’s poorly written. LE SIGH.

And the worst of it is, in all fairness to Winick, I actually really like some of his work (some of his Batman run, specifically, and a bit of his Green Arrow) and by all accounts, his Batwing does right everything Catwoman does wrong. What is it about this title that made him totally jump the rails?
















*A note to commeters: Though I'm posting this webcomic, I don't condone use of words like 'hooker' or even 'prostitute'; sex worker is the only term really welcome here in regards to the profession in question, so I ask you to please respect this when commenting. Sex workers read comics blogs, too, you know. :)
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From JustJared.com comes a couple of spy shots taken on the set of The Dark Knight Rises.

(And no you do not get a cut.)





There's some speculation as to whether or not these images are real, and I too am a little bit skeptical, even though the presence of Gary Oldman lends a sense of legitimacy to the images. Is this the actual Catwoman costume? Is it a decoy for the real one? Nobody knows.

I'm not digging the mask and combination ear-headband-goggles thing going on, but I was also strongly against Heath Ledger's Joker on first glance. We'll see how the movie turns out.

What say you, readers?
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I am not quite sure how to begin this review. I’ve been mulling it over for nearly two days now, and I’m no closer to knowing than I was to begin with.

To say that I had high hopes for the new Catwoman series isn't really accurate. I hoped it'd be great, much the same way one hopes it won't rain even though the sky is looking kinda cloudy and yuck. There's always the chance that the clouds will dissipate, the sun will pop out and you can go have that picnic you've been planning, but you bring your umbrella anyway, just in case.

So, with a hopeful heart and my trusty umbrella tucked under my arm, I took the plunge and picked up a digital copy of Catwoman #1 on Wednesday, since my local comic shop is, as of my latest move, an hour's drive away.

I should have invested in galoshes and a rowboat, because what I thought would just be a little rain turned out to be a flash flood.

It's so bad in fact, that I just...can't even process the idea of reviewing this alone. I need a coping mechanism to take my frustration out on.

...

Oh, Invisible Interjector, my old friend?

Yes?

I want to talk about all the reasons why the people defending Catwoman #1 are wrong, but I can’t do that without an idiot to argue with.

This feels like a trap.

That’s because it is.

Well…so long as you’re honest about it. I’m totally your guy! Gal. Figment of your imagination. Whatever.

Excellent! Do me a favor and embody all idiotic comic fans everywhere. And please be thorough.

Dhyuck, boobies.

Perfect.

FIVE VERY, VERY NOT SAFE FOR WORK PAGES BEHIND THE CUT. OH MY GOD SO NOT WORK SAFE. )
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It's not a terribly well known fact, but I'm a devotee of Vogue magazine and haute couture in general. I don't usually indulge in talking about it because it seems a love of comics and a love of fashion don't really go hand in hand. I mean, both IRL and online, I hang around comic people and talking fashion at length in front of a geeky circle of friends often feels like talking into the ether. And you know, that's perfectly fine. Comics are definitely my thing, more than anything else, and I'm completely content with parking myself in a chair with a stack of fashion magazines for a few hours to sate myself.

But, every once in a while, my main obsession crosses with one of my minor ones and I get the opportunity to excitedly hop around, flapping my hands and squealing like a little girl, because OMG THERE ARE COMIC BOOK BARBIES NOW.

(Did I mention one of my other minor passions is fashion dolls? No? Well now you know. And I gotta admit, I am way more ashamed of that one than the haute couture...)

I've been doing that very thing for the past week or so, ever since some shots from the set of The Dark Knight Rises hit the interwebs.



Source


My first reaction was Oh greeeeat, it's 'When in Rome' Catwoman.

(Well, actually, my first reaction was Oh! It's Silkstone Barbie Selina!:



...like I said: Fashion dolls.)

But all the buzz got me thinking about something I've been wanting to talk about for awhile.

Namely, high, high fashion. )
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So. Arkham City.



…I’m pretending the household isn’t seriously considering plunking down a couple hundred bucks for a new laptop just for the sake of gaming.

It’s no secret that Arkham City is gonna be huge. I mean, Arkham Asylum was big enough to help influence the DCnU Harley Quinn redesign:



(Yeah, okay, nobody's ever said the official reason, but I defy you to try and tell me otherwise.)

It’s also no secret that Catwoman is going to be a major player. I’ve already posted a game play sneak peek, but there’s new, very hush-hush news!

According to gamestop.com, if you pre-order the Arkham City special edition strategy guide, you get the following:



*Choose from two special covers…The Dark Knight or Catwoman!

[...]

*PIN-UP POSTER included! Enjoy a pin-up poster featuring the two female leads of Batman: Arkham City: Harley Quinn and Catwoman. Each femme fatale appears in a seductive post for your viewing pleasure.

[…]

*Bonus Catwoman’s Walkthrough: Get complete coverage of Catwoman’s DLC content! All 4 episodes are revealed!


(…leave us not discuss the enticement of a special edition poster of the two main female characters in seductive poses, please. *eye roll*)

The most pertinent bit of info: Catwoman DLC. That stands for downloadable content.

Arkham Asylum had DLC, consisting of a special subplot in which you could play as the Joker. Presumably, there’ll be a special subplot for Catwoman in Arkham City as well, which will be DLC exclusive! Whether or not this content will be available for all platforms remains to be seen, but if it’s anything like the Joker content, there’ll be a whole mini-story arc to play through as Selina.

I wonder what it will consist of? Arkham Asylum was very puzzle heavy, and naturally, with the Riddler figuring into Arkham City in a big way, the sequel will be too, so I’m curious to see if that carries over into the Catwoman DLC. I can easily see a theft-based mission that could play with that game dynamic. Imagine, a heist, lots of laser beams, lots of booby traps, lots of skill involved.

Of course, it could go the complete opposite direction and require lots of beating the ever-lovin’ crap out of Gotham thugs. Who knows?

In any case, I know I’ll be anxiously awaiting the game walkthroughs on YouTube.
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So, the theme of The Batman Adventures Annual #1 was villains reforming. We get to take a look at the Ventriloquist trying to go straight (which ends rather sadly), the Scarecrow attempting to go straight (which ends rather awesomely) and Roxy Rocket...actually doing so, in the framing sequence for the other two stories:



But of course, it can't last...

Or can it?

Not if Selina has anything to say about it... )

And speaking of Roxy, poor Roxy! Outside of her Animated Series appearance and a couple of cameos, she hasn't shown up anywhere in the twenty years since her debut. This is highly unusual, especially for a character created by Paul Dini. Dini, I've noticed, really, really loves his original female characters (and Zatanna), and will often beat them into the ground, even one-off characters like The Carpenter.

(It's actually gotten to the point where I can't really read anything by Dini without face palming because I can guarantee myself that either Harley or Zatanna will show up somewhere in the storyline, regardless of whether or not it serves the plot.)

Personally, I've never really cared for Roxy, but I do have a soft spot carved out in my heart for neglected, unloved characters, which sits right next to the poorly handled characters ventricle. After all, there are no bad characters, only bad writers. I'd really love it if someone could write a compelling story for her and make her interesting to me.

Are there any characters you consider poorly handled, or who you think have gotten the short end of the stick in their comics appearances? For my part, I'd love to see both Calendar Girl and Magpie actually reach their full potential in the DCU.
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The following is a dual review of Catwoman: Year Two, written by myself, [livejournal.com profile] dr_von_fangirl, and my counterpart for all things Two-Face, [livejournal.com profile] about_faces. For ease of reading, my commentary is in colored font, while his is in black. Mine also centers on Catwoman, while his centers, unsurprisingly, on Two-Face. Funny how the work just magically divvies itself up like that when you're each experts on those respective characters.

You might not know it from previous posts, but I'm an incredibly harsh critic, even when it comes to things I like. Picking a story apart, whether it's a film or a comic book or an eighty chapter epic is one of the most enjoyable things about digesting entertainment for me. It forces me to examine things I dislike, come to understand why I dislike them, and helps me to appreciate what I enjoy about them all the more. Such is the case here. While there's a lot to like about Selina's '90s series, there's a lot to dislike, too, and this story is, sadly, one of the best examples of those things. Please be advised it's going to get torn to shreds before your very eyes.



[livejournal.com profile] about_faces: So, I've been reviewing Doug Moench's various Two-Face appearances for some time, going in chronological order. They've been a mixed bag, but a far more interesting mixed bag than I thought from back when I read the stories originally. Even the infamous Face Schism story had more going for it than I originally thought! So maybe the *next* Harvey story of his might not be so bad either! Hmm... wait, what *is* is the next Moench story?

... oh. Oh no. Not that one. Not... it... I... I can't...

... Ummm... Henchgirl? *singsong* Oh my beloved Henchgiiiirl? Hellooooooo, [livejournal.com profile] bitemetechie?

Mmmyeeeeeees?

Hi! Thank god! Say, uh, how masochistic are you?

...is this the sort of question I should be openly answering on your fanblog? You know my tendency to overshare.

Erm... *cough*... it's just, I only ask because... well, I am about to review a story which is very relevant to your interests! I mean, considering that you moonlight as [livejournal.com profile] dr_von_fangirl, expert in all things Catwoman, queen of Selina... *cough*even the Jim Balent years...*cough*

You don't mean...



OH GOD, WHY?!


Because... because it has Harvey in it! And also, I thought that maybe you and I could maybe kinda sorta do a dual review together maybe? You know how much I love your geek brain. Not to mention your geek everything-else...

Oh, hush. Look, don't get me wrong, there is a lot to enjoy about Selina's nineties series, but you have no idea what kind of clusterfuck you're getting into here. BECAUSE CATWOMAN'S ENTIRE NINETIES SERIES IS A CLUSTERFUCK. I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE CLUTERFUCKNESS OF THE CLUSTERFUCK. I MEAN LOOK AT ALL THAT EMPHASIS. EVEN THAT FALLS SHORT.

Yes, but Catwoman: Year Two, which ran through Catwoman #38-40, is at least a *standalone* clusterfuck! And besides, the events of this story follow pretty directly after the events that you so excellently covered in your comprehensive, complete, and definitive origin of Selina, which tied all her Post-Crisis stuff into a neat little package.

Oh, you mean that post that everyone everywhere should read because it totally took nearly a year to complete, you shameless flatterer? That one?

Exactly! So you might be interested to know that C:Y2 is the only story thus far to bridge the gap between Frank Miller's gray-suit Catwoman into the purple-suited Jim Balent character from the 90's solo series!

But even still, this story is kind of...not-great.

Oh, it's awful. Lousy. Dialogue is horrible, characters are all over the place, and the art is the visual equivalent of being unreadable. You'd probably know better than I, but it might just represent the absolute nadir of Selina's 90's series. BUT it features both of our favorite characters "facing off"!

I see what you did there, HURR.

Basically, what I'm saying is that I want... no, I need to drag you into this mess with me, so that perhaps we can at least get some entertainment value out of this crap.

Hooray! I'm helping!

Besides, I think it'd be fantastic to see what happens when our two favorite characters meet up for the first time. Just imagine: Selina Kyle and Harvey Dent, hanging out together! Do you think they'll get along as swimmingly, as perfectly, as absolutely lovey-dove-ily wonderfully as we do?



I'm guessing not.

On with the trainwreck! Choo-chooooooo!

When Selina met Harvey (...and the Joker... AND the Penguin): WARNING: SCANS HEAVY! )

So, readers, any thoughts?
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With everything still majorly up in the air (and most of my stuff--including comics--in storage, because I have so much crap) , I'm having a tough time finding the energy to buckle down and write for more than two seconds at a time, not to mention actually scanning things for the blog.

However, just because I'm seriously strapped for time, doesn't mean I don't still love you enough to bring you updates! So, I've decided to start a new weekly feature: Fic Rec of the Week!

Stories will not necessarily be Catwoman-centric, because, well, that would just be boring, but they will be Gotham-based.

Because I'm currently writing a review/scans post of Catwoman: Year Two, which I plan to post later tonight, I'm thinking a bit about its major guest star: Harvey Dent.



Ouch, Selina, ouch


Thus, today's selection is Dent by [livejournal.com profile] about_faces.

Newly-elected D.A. Harvey Dent faces down crime and corruption in Gotham City. Will it cost him his sanity? Of course it will, you know that...but why? Presenting the tragic origins of Two-Face and his gradual descent into madness.

You can read it here on LJ or here on fanfiction.net.

Even if you don't particularly like Two-Face, you might want to give this a try. I've been editing/co-writing it on the sly for the past couple of months, and it's being updated regularly. The story itself is mostly finished and it is freaking massive, so it's taking some time getting it out there because I am a positively obsessive editor. If you follow my usual internet persona [livejournal.com profile] bitemetechie's fanfic, you might currently be waiting impatiently for me to finally write something, damn it. Well, while you wait for me to get off my tuchus and get back to work on my solo stuff, you can still get your fix.

Pop by, give it a look and, if you're feeling generous, drop a review or two. It would certainly give my co-writer a bit of a rush! :D

Want to Participate in "Fanfic Recommendation of the Week?" Leave your fic recs in the comments!
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Via the DC Comics App, we get our first look at Catwoman's new series, by Judd Winick and Guillem March, which will be hitting stands next Wednesday:



Four full pages and a bit of commentary behind the cut. )

We'll see what the rest of the issue shapes up to be like; personally, I'm reserving judgment until the first storyarc is out and I can chew on it for awhile. What did you guys make of it?
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Katy Perry has a new perfume out, called 'Purr':





I'm so enamored with the cat shaped bottle I'm not sure how to describe the maniacal glee I was filled with when I first saw it. The little fangirl in me is a total sucker for all things cat-shaped and tastefully sparkly.

And purple! Oh, I love purple...

Actually, having spotted this, I'm reminded of another nifty cat-shaped bottle that I've seen around lately, Moselland Rielsling, a German wine that comes in chic cat-shaped bottles:



I don't particularly care for Riesling, myself, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't briefly entertain the idea of buying a bottle the first time I saw it.

And suddenly, I am reminded of the "Drink Like Selina" post I was working on and never finished a few months back, which consisted of delicious theme cocktails. Hrm...I should get on that, shouldn't I?
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So in my travels, I've picked up a fair bit of Batman-related swag of the disposable, forgettable kind. Coloring and activity books, riddle books, puzzles, that sort of thing. This merchandise is generally pretty unremarkable and isn't very highly sought after, and since it's 'kid stuff' and considered unworthy of being collected, not much of it survives long enough to make it online. The Super Dictionary is one of the exceptions, but there's a lot of fun stuff out there if you know where to look.

One of my favorite coloring/activity books I've come across in the past few years has a handful of Catwoman pages that tell their own little stories, just in the space of a few images. It's pretty easy to add your own captions, or build a simplistic story around them using your imaaaaginaaaation.

Today, I bring you three of them, depicting a fun little Harley Quinn/Catwoman team-up:

The Cat and the Clown Girl, behind the cut! )

Interestingly, Poison Ivy, the other best known Gotham Femme Fatale, doesn't make a single appearance in the book. Also, Harley Quinn makes more appearances than Catwoman--and Catwoman shows up something like twelve times, so that's nothing to sneeze at. Especially if you take into account that Harley Quinn is barely two decades old, hasn't made an appearance in any of the Batman films and seems to be relatively unknown character outside of people who read comics or are intimately familiar with Batman: The Animated Series, whereas Catwoman has been part of the pop culture landscape in one highly visible fashion or another since the nineteen sixties. I find this fascinating.

Classic!Harley is, of course, an incredibly iconic looking character, so I suppose it's understandable. Her red and black costume is a fashion designer's wet dream, with its clean lines and symmetry, she's a fun, bouncy character in an otherwise grim!dark! universe and, I imagine, for a child, she'd be incredibly fun to color.

(She's certainly fun enough to draw that, despite the fact she's not one of my favorites, she constantly pops from my pencil when I sit down to doodle, whether I want her to or not.)

Still, it raises the question (for me, at least): just how familiar with Harley Quinn is the truly casual Bat-fan, versus Catwoman?
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Me: "I, Dr. Von Fangirl, will totally start updating in a timely manner!"

The Universe: "HAHAHAHA, Yeah you think that."

...

Okay, so you know what? Screw it. I will update when I update when I can, because babies are very, very time consuming. And that isn't even taking into consideration the fact that I'm in the process of moving from one state to another and have experienced an earthquake and a hurricane in the last week. HAHAHAHA, Universe, I see you thur, having fun at my expense!
Soooo. The Super Dictionary. If you've been on the internet for any decent length of time, and reading up on comics, or are an old scans_daily alum, you've definitely heard of it. It's arguably one of the most spectacularly cracktastic things that DC Comics has ever put their official stamp of approval on.

Published in the 1970s's, it's an educational tool for children--I'd guess somewhere between the ages of six and ten--that uses well known superheroes to define words. Only a handful of scans exist online, but there are enough that the book is pretty infamous.

The love of my life, the apple of my eye, the cream in my coffee, [livejournal.com profile] about_faces, A.K.A. [livejournal.com profile] thehefner, decided to sink a substantial amount of effort into locating a copy of the book for our newborn son Hal Tiberius so that he too could grow up learning about the horrors of Lex Luthor's cake stealing habit. Of course, there being many, many Catwoman related entries, I couldn't very well deprive you all! :D

Be forewarned: The scans are REALLY LARGE, and of decent quality, but some are a little lopsided, thanks to the rather slippy, slidey forty year old hardcover. I've only included the entries with illustrations, but there are several more text-only entries that mention our girl, Selina.

I also had a hard time deciding whether to post these all at once, or one by one. while it'd be fun to post each of these one at a time, I have no way of knowing when I'll be able to actually crack my laptop open again. Besides that, the Super Dictionary has a strange kind of narrative, which is really better served by seeing all the entries in one chunk. The Super Dictionary has actual read-between-the-lines continuity!

For example, apparently, Black Canary and Green Arrow were off having hot sex while Green Lantern was in serious trouble. You may think I'm kidding, but it's pretty clear from a handful of the entries just what was going on. I know I've been corrupted by the internet and all, but Lantern's in trouble and Canary and Arrow are just lying on the grass behind a hedge within earshot. Come on now.

(There's also an entry or two in which the Penguin pretty much propositions Robin. SUBTEXT IS THE GREATEST THING EVER.)

What kind of continuity/subtext does Catwoman get? Well, let's have a look!



There are forty Catwoman entries in the Super Dictionary. That's as many as four tens! )


So, readers, what manner of madcap adventures can you come up with, based on these entries? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
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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.

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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?
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I disappeared for six months, I know. I have the best excuse ever, though: I've been busy being pregnant.

But, now I'm back and to make up for my horribly long hiatus, I have brought you one hell of a scans-heavy post. The scans-heavy post to end all posts.


We Now Proudly Presents: The Ultimate Catwoman Origin



"How did I get to be so brave?" Selina asks herself in a fear toxin induced haze above.

It's a fair question. But to answer it, we have to look at its deeper roots--roots that lie in a question of motivation. What compels a seemingly ordinary individual like Selina Kyle to don a mask and stalk the night?

For Bruce Wayne, it took the seeing his parents murdered in front of him; Jonathan Crane, a lifetime of ridicule and pain; Harley Quinn, all-consuming obsessive love. All the best heroes and villains in every medium, from literature to film to comic books, have traceable motivations for their behavior. It humanizes them and makes them easier for us, the audience, to understand and sympathize with.

For Selina, there was no one defining moment--at least, not in the way that there was for Bruce Wayne. Instead, it took numerous experiences, some positive and some negative, conspiring to strengthen her, both inside and out. A series of misfortunes, teachers, mistakes to learn from and some very lucky twists of fate to put Selina Kyle in the position for the stars to align just right for her to become the Feline Fatale we all know today.

If you were to wander into a comic shop and ask the clerk behind the counter why Selina became Catwoman, chances are they wouldn't be able to tell you in great detail. Not because she doesn't have a detailed history, but because most of the comics that touch on her origin stories are out of print--and have been for a long, long time. In fact, this problem isn't limited to just the clerk in the comic shop; so little information is available online regarding Selina's origins that there is no way to get a complete picture of who she is from any source.

As a result of this, there's some very wrong info floating around. People remember events wrong, or misrepresent them, or misinterpret them, or they've heard it from a friend-of-a-friend. However the bad information is created, it then gets spread around until it starts to look like fact.

People who don't like Selina's origin as a dominatrix, for example, state over and over again that the events of Batman: Year One have never been confirmed by other sources, or that they've been contradicted by Catwoman: Year One. Others say that she never trained with Ted Grant, or that she couldn't possibly be as skilled as she is in the art of hand-to-hand combat because we never saw her training with anyone, or that it doesn't make sense for a dominatrix to suddenly have mad cat burglary skillz.

Up until now, there's never been any way to dispute these statements, no matter how incorrect they are. Personally, every time I see them, I get hopping mad because I know better. But, that's me. I've been collecting Catwoman's appearances for ages; I've been reading her stories for fifteen years; I can't expect everyone else to track down every single issue just to find out what really makes Selina tick.

One of the underlying reasons I started this blog was not just to spread love for Catwoman around, but to serve as an educational resource. About eighty percent of Catwoman’s post-crisis comics appearances remain uncollected, including all of her 90‘s solo-series (except four issues in ‘The Cat File‘--which is out of print). This means the only way you’ll find them is by scouring back issue bins--and even then, you might not know what to look for. If you ever want to read Selina’s complete origin story, it’d take forever to track everything down and piece it together.

Thus, after nearly nine months of preparation, searching, research and hard work, I have compiled the most complete post-crisis Catwoman origin in history. Since I own about four hundred of Selina’s four hundred-sixty comics appearances published since the crisis--indeed, I own EVERY appearance from 1986 to 1999 as well as her 1989, 1993 and 2002 series and am slowly filling in what few gaps are left--I was able to comb through every appearance, looking for mentions of her origin so that nothing would be left out.

Piecing together the timeline took a fair bit of doing and a fair bit of me pulling my hair out, but all in all, the result was worth it. The timeline draws from several different sources that contain information about Selina’s beginnings: Batman: Year One, Catwoman: Her Sister’s Keeper, Catwoman Annual #2, Catwoman #0, Catwoman: Secret Files and Origins, Catwoman #81 and Catwoman #94.

In the interests of clarity and conciseness, I had one rule while compiling the timeline:

Events must be either CONFIRMED by another comic or UNDISPUTED throughout continuity to make it onto the timeline as canon.

If part of an event is disputed, while another part of the event is confirmed, then only the confirmed part makes it onto the timeline. Also, with the exception of a couple of pages from Selina's Big Score (still found in Batman: Ego and Other Stories), all of these comics are out of print.

This post is most definitely NOT dial-up friendly and is VERY, VERY image heavy. But I swear it'll be worth it.

Selina Kyle's own 'Year One' origin story starts here... )

Now, with this post finally, FINALLY complete, I can go off and start playing catch-up with back-logged posts that I owe you guys. :)
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This appears to be from the seventies. NEATO KEEN!

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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