Covergirl: See “Heroines Take the Mic.”
Ramble: Chibberty Chabber.
Loud tweeny children walk down my street loudly being loud. I can’t quite grasp what they’re saying, nor can I quite grasp what happened in Catwoman #0.
While the Issues 0 were supposed to take us, the New 52 readers, back to our superheroes’ pasts in order to shed light on their current situations, Catwoman #0 managed only to confuse. Me, anyway. Maybe you got it.
I mean, I got the gist. A shitty childhood gives birth to Selina’s craving for that which isn’t hers; luxuries that prove achingly tempting before the steal, but offer little satisfaction post-heist. A Mysterious Handsome grants Selina a Second Chance, which she dashes by illegally snooping to gain insight into her possibly Russian past.
Does my zip-zapping, from my life to Selina’s, backity-forth, give you narrative whiplash? Now you know how reading Catwoman #0 feels.
The book temporally travels thusly:
1. A Few Years Ago
2. A Year Prior
3. Back to the Office
4. Long Ago
5. Oliver’s Group Home
Adding to the confusion, the place settings like those you’ve sampled above sometimes refer to a time period, other times to a place. “A Few Years Ago” and “Back to the Office” are the same scene, split down the middle by “A Year Ago.” But when I got to “Back to the Office,” it took me several frames to realize I had actually returned to “A Few Years Ago.”
I was confused; now you are, too.
I was, as always, enticed by bits and pieces of the book. Selina the character will never share all of herself with anyone; I do wish her creators would share a little more with us.
Speaking of creators, excited to see a new Catwoman writer, Ann Nocenti, who also writes Green Arrow. Perhaps, after a year of Catroversy, she can save Selina.
She had best do it quickly, as I’m fading fast.
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