Issue #6

That Was...Interesting

February 16, 2012
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Writer: Judd Winnick
Art: Guillem March, Tomeu Morey
Publisher: DC Comics

Interesting. I didn’t know quite what to expect when checking in on the new Catwoman series for the first time. Obviously I knew I’d be a little behind on what’s happening, but that didn’t matter all that much. Catwoman took something she shouldn’t have and those people want it back. She’s in over her head and has to find a way out yada yada yada, seems like pretty typical Catwoman stuff. Still, there were some small surprises for me in this issue (so, minor SPOILER warning).Truth be told, I had a little trouble getting handle on this version of Catwoman. My familiarity with the character is that of a woman who is smart, self-possessed, extremely confident and entirely capable of handling herself. My impression of this Catwoman is one more of a rookie. She seems unsure, she seems to make dumb choices, and the only thing she seems assured of is that men will want to have sex with her. A slightly different take on the character, and one that felt very unfamiliar. However, I am coming in to this series with issue #6, so maybe my read is off somewhat.

Now, as to the surprises. I was surprised to see Catwoman bite someone’s ear off. That bloody episode seemed a little out of place with the otherwise light-hearted dialogue that came before it. The other surprise was Batman and Catwoman have apparently been rather “close” on a regular basis in this series. Really? Part of the fun of their relationship was the whole Moonlighting factor of them wanting to be together but never really could. Here, apparently, no such hindrance; they just went for it, I guess. Am I the only one that thinks that’s a little weird, kind of pathetic, and cheapens these characters? I probably am, but that’s okay; I’m just saying.

Most of the on-going series in the New 52 have reached that point where new readers may be coming in on the middle of major story arcs, and somehow there has to be enough, even if someone is just showing up for the first time like I did here with Catwoman #6, to not only grab their attention but to also hold for not only upcoming issues but for the back issues as well. Catwoman does neither, which more than anything, maybe its biggest crime.

Score: 4/7

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