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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:













...hrm.

There are a couple of things that I, as a current comic reader, am totally over. One is full page panels that serve no narrative purpose. For those of you paying attention, DC Comics are now made up of only twenty pages of story and the majority of the books I've been picking up recently have often averaged five or six full page panels per issue, and several pages made up of three or four panels max. It's pretty frustrating to plunk down three or four bucks for what amounts to maybe ten solid pages of story.

The other thing that currently grinds my gears is, "My name is [real name]. I'm [alter ego]."

The Flash does it. Green Lantern does it. Numerous characters over the past few months have been driving me positively bonkers with it and now, Catwoman does it too. It is rapidly becoming one of my biggest pet peeves, even though I never really thought much about it before.

It's like...a clicky pen. A clicky pen doesn't bother you until you get a roommate who has one that she clicks incessantly for an hour straight, and then all you can think about is, stop clicking the fucking cliky pen or I am going to fucking lose it stop it stop it stopitstopitstopitSTOPIT!!

(And that's how you wind up with an irrational burning hatred of clicky pens, my friends.)

Anyway. Eye twitch inducing pet peeves aside, this, thus far, isn't much to write home about. It's a pretty standard opening. Beyond standard, actually; it reads like a typical primetime before-credits teaser for a TV pilot. This shouldn't be surprising, if you consider that DC seems to be treating their entire DCnU relaunch as a new-reader friendly series of books. Of course, that doesn't really take into account that everyone and their grandmother already knows who Catwoman is (consider: she's one of the only characters to wind up on Cosmopolitan magazine's "Favorite Superheroine" poll of a couple years back--alongside Wonder Woman and Elektra), but you know, whatever.

Presumably, Catwoman's origin will get a slight reworking with this version, so I guess (?) a re-introduction is in order, especially if you've waded through the tangle that it used to be. I just wish the preview were a bit meatier.

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?

on 2011-09-12 02:08 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] about-faces.livejournal.com
The other is, "My name is [real name]. I'm [alter ego]."

From what I gather, it's kind of a tradition with the Flash, so I'm thinking that maybe Flashes can be excused. For everyone else, yeah, it's kind of become the most overused manner for characters to introduce themselves through first-person narrative.

(And that's how you wind up with an irrational burning hatred of clicky pens, my friends.)

Why my dear, I had no idea. *jots down clicky pens on the shopping list, laughs like Bender*

As for the story itself, I have zero confidence in it based on Winick's interviews, the wannabe-salacious solicits, and the likelihood that we'll be getting Selina back in classic thief mode in preparation for The Dark Knight Rises. I mean, from what I hear, they're already pretty much undoing a great deal of Bane's character development to make him more in line with the "I WILL BREAK YOU" Bat-Basher that he was back around his introduction. But I guess we'll see.

on 2011-09-14 10:39 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
'Wannabe-salacious' is the perfect evocative term for the way the series has been built up since everyone started talking about it.

on 2011-09-12 03:06 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dmdomini.livejournal.com
I admit I like the visual humor here a LOT. There's something amusing about the T&A fanservice literally right next to the absurd faces of the kitties. Watching the cats in the carrier alone is fun. And I like her expression in the last panel. So often when you get T&A the females are drawn so blandly and expressionlessly. Here, at least, she has some semblance of character too.

on 2011-09-14 10:34 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
You bring up a great point. While this certainly qualifies as T&A, it has more visual humor (which may or may not be intentional) and it's not quite as gratuitous as, say, '90s T&A, where she would have been standing posed for twelve panels straight. Actually, as I recall, an issue of She-Hulk poked great fun at that very trope in comics art:





Ahem. Yes. Anyway. I'm rather fond of her expression in the last page as well.

on 2011-09-12 08:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] girlinstilettos.livejournal.com
The other is, "My name is [real name]. I'm [alter ego]."

Sadly, this will never go away, because DC will always try to explain things to "new" readers, as if Catwoman, Batman, Green Latern, etc. aren't cultural icons who are recognizable even to people who have never once picked up a comic book. But yeah, I agree that they could come up with more creative ways to do that.

I'm more annoyed with the fact that the book opens with Selina half-naked. OF COURSE.

on 2011-09-14 10:37 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] dr-von-fangirl.livejournal.com
I suppose it's arguable that in the case of significantly lesser known characters like Green Lantern and the Flash, it's okay, but...yeah. Catwoman's been a very visible part of pop culture since at least the nineteen sixties.

You know, it's funny: every first issue of a Catwoman series, from Her Sister's Keeper to this year's ongoing, has had a scene of Selina half-dressed. In fact, each ongoing series has featured her changing into or out of her costume in the first issue. So, I guess this is in keeping with tradition.

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