Catwoman #1 is a HOT book! When interviewed about writing Catwoman, writer Judd Winick usually started sputtering like a horny teenager. Every other word was “sexy”. And you know what? This book is sexy.
Some people are going to look down their noses at it because the sex is so in your face. And the story is as simple as they come. But if you enjoy a balls-to-the-wall action story with in-your-face sex appeal (and really, who doesn’t?) this book is for you.
The story opens with Selina Kyle getting dressed in a hurry. Yes, the first panel is cleavage. It’s what Guillem March does best.
By page 2, Selina’s home is being stormed by skull-faced goons. Page 3, she’s diving out a window and buy page 4, the building is blowing up. That’s how fast the story moves.
As I said, the story is simple. Selina needs a new place to stay so she looks for work to support her lifestyle. Some will call it simplistic. But it’s all in the execution. Winick’s tongue-in-cheek script is filled with fun narration like “Her name is Lola. And she actually was a showgirl.”
Barry Manilow reference for the win!
In the blink of an eye, Selina has flown off to Russia, donned a Sydney Bristow red wig and is posing as a bartender to dig up some info on a painting she wants to steal. But she is sidetracked when she sees someone from her past for whom she is holding a grudge. Naturally, she decides to seduce the guy before beating the living crap out of him.
As soon as the guy takes the bait, Selina’s claws come out and she tears him up like a cornered cat. For other characters, I would find this treatment exploitative. I don’t want to see Wonder Woman or Black Canary portrayed this way. But for Catwoman, yeah, it works. Sex and danger are two of the defining characteristics of the character. Winick and March’s take is just more honest about it.
Speaking of honest, the book ends with what is the most frankly sexual Batman/Catwoman scene I have ever seen in comics. It rivals fan fiction for heat. But really, this is what has always been in the subtext of the relationship. Winick and March are just putting it up front for everyone to see.
This book isn’t going to be for everyone. But as long as it remains such frenetic fun, I’m on board.