INSIDE STORY & RAMBLE COMBO: First we meet Catwoman’s boobs. Then her leather-covered ass. Then we finally see her eyes.
Me as a reader – I’m a straight woman and don’t get a thrill looking at women. Or men for that matter. I’ll notice if any human is hot but that’s not a measure of how attractive they are to me. I need action. Witty dialogue. Complex character. Interesting story.
Does Catwoman give me what I need?
Action: Catwoman #1’s got it. Thieving screaming skull-headed thugs chase her, trying to steal from Catwoman whatever it is Catwoman’s stolen from someone else. She eludes them, then pulls a Sydney Bristow with cool glasses and a sleek wig, tending bar at a Russian mafia hoedown. She cracks open Renald’s head. Renald being some man from her past who abused (murdered?) a woman in her presence, once upon a different time. And she boffs Batman for many pages. Action Jackson, is this cat.
Witty Dialogue: Not so much, but Catwoman’s monologue, overlaying the action, is sufficient; neither scintillating nor stupid.
Complex Character: Yup. Catwoman appears lonely and not all bad: a hooker-esque villain with a heart of pawn-shop gold. She loves her felines and has at least one friend. Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl (really), and now she’s a fence, which Barry Manilow failed to mention in his catchy late ‘70s ballad.
Interesting Story: At least one tempting morsel. The bit with evil Renald from Catwoman’s past grabbed me. Enough? Maybe. Definitely action-packed but it all leads to several pages of sex with Batman.
Sex with Batman is probably awesome, if you like your men brainy, broody, and funny like Mother Courage is funny. A sexual relationship between Catwoman and Batman intrigues me in terms of story potential, but I just need to know they are having it. Instead, I watch it for too long … and I’m finished several panels before Batman and Catwoman are.
Unless Catwoman’s bra has been stuffed with the pages of Rin Tin Tin, The Annotated Peter Pan, or something else on my Amazon Wish List – and she’s going to take it off soon so I can read them — I’m going to be bored.