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Written by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE
Art by GARRY BROWN
Cover by JAE LEE
THE FLASH 75 Variant cover by TY TEMPLETON
On sale JANUARY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
It had to happen! Batman confronts Selina over her ascension to the top of Gotham City’s criminal underworld – and the gloves come off!
Like many of the female characters in DC Comics Catwoman came out the new 52 in worse shape than she went in. First we had the “sexy, sexy, sexy” run by Judd Winick and Guillem March. That was followed by Ann Nocenti’s run which was far from the best work she’s ever done. And now? This week novelist Genevieve Valentine joins the book along with artist Garry Brown and if the preview is any indication this will be the best team Selina has had in a very long time.
This arc spins out of Batman Eternal where Selina is moving into a new role - Crime Kingpin!
Three years ago this month DC Comics was being, rightfully, raked over the coals due to their lack of female creators in the launch of the new 52. The past week or so has DC expand the ranks of female writers to seven. Joining Gail Simone, Ann Nocenti and Amanda Conner and Marguerite Bennett who was previously announced as one of the co-writers on Earth 2: World’s End are Becky Cloonan, who was announced as the writer on the upcoming Gotham Academy, Meredith Finch, the new writer on Wonder Woman and today, novelist and i09 contributor Genevieve Valentine who will be taking over Catwoman in October (Nocenti is launching a new Klarion book). Here’s a look at the cover art by Jae Lee.
The book will focus on Catwoman reign as mob boss in Gotham.
The announcements are not over. Expect another one later this week that will bring a female artist to a familiar book.
Fox’s Gotham has released an “official” image of their 14 year old Selina Kyle as played by Camren Bicondova and here it is:
Perhaps, as this is set in the past, she is a Madonna fan? I do like the two buildings giving her “cats ears”
What do you think?
Going to be interested how this book aligns with Batman Eternal.
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE and TOM NGUYEN
Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON
On sale MAY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The Race of Outlaws heats up as Catwoman takes on Central City – but the hometown advantage may favor the Rogues!
This Jae Lee cover is amazing and I want a Catwoman/Lois Lane book now. NOW. NOW!
Written by GREG PAK
Art and cover by JAE LEE
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.
Fifteen years ago DC Comics turned over the Batbooks to a single event - the aftermath of an earthquake in Gotham City. The event was called “No Man’s Land” to reflect the ostracizing and abandonment of the city by the government and the majority of the city’s citizens. But the name also, probably inadvertently, reflected one of the most female centric female stories in the history of the Batbooks. And now, based on the teaser issue that arrived Wednesday, we may have a Bat-tale to rival it in Batman Eternal.
As some of you may know, my entrance into comics was through the Batman TV show and led to my life long love of one character - Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.
Tomorrow Batman 66,the comic set in the television world, debuts their Batgirl and, bonus, the artwork is by Colleen Coover.
Here’s a look.
Remember, Yvonne Craig was a brunette as Barbara Gordon.
Batgirla and Eartha Kitt Catwoman? This could definitely be one of my favorite comics of this year.
There has been plenty of superhero nightwear for ladies that let you channel your inner Wonder Woman, Batgirl or Supergirl. But what about someone who wants to channel DC’s favorite “kinda bad/kinda good” lady - Selina Kyle?
Lucky you, your day (or in this case, night) has come.
Now available from the Spencer’s Gifts.
The set (sadly not a one piece ala Catwoman’s - although better for middle of the night bathroom runs and visits from the Caped Crusader for rooftop nookie).
DC Comics by Underboss : You’ll feel like a superhero in this Cat Woman sleep set. Made of a spandex and cotton blend, this is a soft and comfortable way to spend your night and cozy up. Set includes a sleek long sleeve top and elastic-band sleep pants.
And to truly channel the comics, the pajamas have the zipper partially unzipped and a wasp thin waist as seen from the pencil of artist’s like Jim Balent and Guillem March. This line is called “anatomical” - I assume to refer to the built-in waist line.
Also available are Wonder Woman and Batgirl in similar styles.
Creating album covers for superheroes isn’t a new idea - Cliff Chiang has been doing it for years - see Cliff Chiang’s mash up of Purple Rain and Batgirl.
But recently Artist Robert Jimenez created one of a kind art pieces by taking old album covers from the 50s and 60s and 70s and tweaking them to include some of the women of DC Comics. All the covers are sold now but here’s a look. If you’re arty you can probably hit a garage sale this weekend and try it yourself.
The Original Cast Album for “Red Head” (which just missed the 60s) starring Gwen Verdon (who today is known to many as the woman from whom Beyonce borrowed her “Single Lady” dance moves) has been changed into something starring Selina Kyle.
Click to see more!
(Source: Boing Boing)
The new 52 has eradicated the popular Batman arc “Hush” by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee from continuity but that doesn’t mean that DC will ignore it. This month the company solicted a new statue based on a memorable kiss between Batman and Catwoman from the series.
Here’s the moment in comics
Hush is a divisive series - there are those who absolutely hate and those that adore it. It remains one of the most popular Batman arcs ever due to both Lee’s art and the all-star cast. I have mixed feelings on Hush but given the appearances of both Oracle and Helena Bertinelli (albeit wit the first appearance of the belly window) I’m increasingly happy to have it around. (You can order a copy here.)
And there is not question that that Bat/Cat kiss is hot.
Let’s be glad they don’t have a statue celebrating that last page of Catwoman #1.
DC and Warner Bros. are going all in on retro Batman. The first floppy of the digital comic was out this week and my LCS owner was smiling ear to ear about sales.
There is also merchandise including this Barbie Catwoman Julie Newmar doll (there’s a Ken as Batman available, too.)
How many of you downloaded the first chapter of Batman 66 last week? Kelly and I will be reviewing the first issue on “3 Chicks Review Comics” which should post later today.
TV Guide just posted the preview of the next chapter and I’m please to see Catwoman showing up already.
One of things I’m excited about is that there will, as in the show, more than one look for Catwoman so we’ll get both Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt. PURR-FECT!
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