I could watch this video all day long. And just might.
I’m in two minds about Catwoman, to be honest. Whilst I’m a fan of the character, Judd Winick seemed intent to focus on the titillation; with Guillem March seeming to relish the chance to draw Selina Kyle in as many compromising positions as possible.
In this issue, the balance is redressed (so to speak) – more attention is given to Catwoman’s grief and rage following the killing of her fence, confidante and friend Lola at the hands of Gotham hoodlum Bone and his henchman. And when that rage is unleashed, she comes out fighting tooth and claw in some explosive and bloody vengeance-fuelled violence.
Batman puts in an appearance again: here however, he’s not succumbing to Selina’s ample charms, but instead is trying to stop her from killing. The relationship between the two characters is far better handled here now that they’re not preoccupied with how to get each other out of their suits. The fascination with each other is still there, but Winick uses some well-executed writing to focus on their differences.
Catwoman #3 is the strongest book in the relaunched series to date. Deserving of its Teen+ rating thanks more to some mature writing rather than panels of flesh, it bodes well for the title’s future direction. March’s artwork continues to impress too with its strong inked outlines and manga-esque character design, making the pages enjoyable to look at.
And whilst I expect she’ll get up to all sorts of feline fun in future, Selina Kyle is slowly becoming the well-rounded and interesting character she deserves to be.
Verdict – 7.5 / 10
The post-coital issueAfter last month’s infamous debut, which ended with Catwoman and Batman in their most…er…intimate tussle yet, Judd Winick keeps the kitty (mostly) clothed in this second issue as part of DC’s New 52.
By and large, it’s all the better for it. After last issue’s over-eagerness to try and shock to sell copies, this month sees Catwoman in more familiar territory: using her feline athleticism and gymnastics to get the better of Russian mobsters whilst ensuring she’s kept in the manner to which she’s accustomed (i.e. loaded with ill-gotten gains).
As she leads two rival gangs in a double-cross at a function organised by a certain millionaire playboy, Winick has fun with Catwoman and Bruce Wayne: with Selina thinking he’s just another rich and handsome celebrity after a good time, unaware that Wayne is scoping her every move.
Guillem March‘s artwork is again strong – still with a fondness for cat-like curves, but capable of depicting action and some quite graphic violence with aplomb too.
Towards the end of the issue, things take a much more serious turn as we see Catwoman facing a remorseless and brutal enemy who looks like he’ll be a bit harder to beat than the Russian goons she toyed with earlier.
Here, Winick shows a defter touch than previously, and it will be interesting to see what tone dominates in the issues of Catwoman to follow.
For that reason alone, it’s a title still worth sticking with.