Catwoman Volume 1: The Game

by Judd Winick, Guillem March
Paperback EditionRead May 19, 2014

Original Release Date: May 16, 2012

Length: 144 pages

Official Description:

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, meet Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is–she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good.

But this time, Selina steals from the wrong man, and now he’s got her. He wants his stuff back, he wants answers and he wants blood. Writer Judd Winick begins a new chapter for CATWOMAN–hopefully she makes it out alive!

This volume collect issues 1-7 of Catwoman, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.

My Take:

As a kid one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up was Catwoman. Not this version of Catwoman, but the Michelle Pfeiffer version. To me she was a strong female character who skirted the line of good guys and bad guys. She was meant to be with Batman, but she didn’t need him to be who she wanted to be. She was beautiful and smart and I loved that ridiculous outfit.

This comic doesn’t really fit my childhood ideal of what Catwoman is. Granted I based my ideas off a movie version and not the comic version, but still. This Selina seems a little more needy, a little too focused on stripping off her clothes and being sexy, and the story just wasn’t there for me. Granted I did enjoy parts of it, the parts where she wasn’t being pouty and actually doing something about. Yeah it sucks when your friends are tortured and murdered and left for you to find, but you’re a comic book character that needs to suck it up, move on and do something about it. Then Batman has to swoop in and ‘save’ the day by either having rooftop sex or trying to keep Selina from doing what she always does, or preventing her from ‘going too far’ down the rabbit hole. Ug, it was frustrating. The Batman/Catwoman scenes were awkward and not all that well done. It kind of disappointed me, overall, on where we took Catwoman, on how far she has fallen in the hands of writers and illustrators who focus more on her sex appeal than a story. I don’t think it’s terrible, but it was disappointing.

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