Log-Man wrote:There's a big difference between killing a character and writing a cliffhanger.
This is a cliffhanger.
I don't understand why everyone is talking about this like they're actually killing Catwoman. (Not that I would mind seeing her dead, personally.) The story's not over. She's not dead. Sheesh.
The issue is that it's been established that the comics industry, and DC in particular, has a bad habit of using female characters as props to be raped, tortured, killed, or stuffed in refrigerators for the purpose of affecting male characters. So when they do it again so graphically, even if it's just temporary or a red herring, it calls attention to all the other times they did it.
Whether you agree or not, you can certainly see how it would be inviting exactly this kind of criticism.