The 52apolooza Crew rips into Catwoman and strips the issue down to its bare essentials. How does the naked truth look? Read on and find out!
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Have you heard about the new Catwoman series? Have you figured out the controversy? Trumped up controversy aside, how does the book hold up? Read on and find out!
Grab Bag Reviewer: Christian Hoffer
Upon reading Catwoman, Judd Winick and Guillem March's new series starring Selina Kyle, the only real thing I took away from it was "How do you have sex with a catsuit fully on?" Luckily, I had two women sitting in my apartment who were more than happy to explain the technical aspects of engaging in intercourse while wearing a full body catsuit, but the fact a bemusing three-page sequence between Batman and Catwoman is what most of the fanbase is talking about this week speaks volumes as to the quality of this book.
The plot can be summed up thusly: Catwoman escapes some thugs who firebomb her apartment by the skin of her chest and immediately begins looking for another job to pay off the sure to be high insurance premiums that she'll have to pay to fix up her apartment. After savagely assaulting a mobster at a party (which she working undercover to procure information on some Russian goods), she jumps Batman when he confronts her at her new hideout and proceeds to do some nasty stuff to him. Dostoyevsky this is not.
The main problem I have with the comic is that there's no hook in the story to draw readers in. While seeing Catwoman in various states of undress might be fun to look at for some, it doesn't really make up for a bare bones plot that exists only to showcase Guillem March's art. However, that art is choppy in places and anatomically awkward in others, especially when dealing with the aforementioned Batman/Catwoman scene. Judging from the final one page spread, March hasn't quite picked up on the mechanics on catsuit fornication either.
All in all, this is a forgettable book that would have failed had not for the fact that a few well-meaning journalists picked up on the rather ridiculous depiction of Catwoman in the issue. Save your money and pick up a copy of Wonder Woman or Batman instead.