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Catwoman Vol. 1: The Game (The New 52) Paperback – May 22, 2012
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Q & A with Judd Winick, the author of Catwoman Vol. 1: The Game
Q: What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?
Judd Winick: It was thrilling. Like being given the keys to a spaceship. We were all given the opportunity to go ANYWHERE with the characters. So, we all just strapped in and held on tight.
Q: How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?
JW: It was about making the characters feel present. To tap an old cliché, we are "...standing on the shoulders of giants." There's a reason these characters have been around for so long--they're so rich and strong that they stand the test of time. Our job is to make them a part of the modern world.
Q: What would you say defines the character you are working on?
JW: Catwoman is a criminal, but she's not a villain. She steals, she breaks the law, but she's got a very specific moral code that drives her. She is by no means a hero. That makes her very different from most of the leads in other books. And, y'know, she's sexy as all heck.
Q: What have you thought about the response so far for The New 52 and your title(s) as a whole?
JW: With Catwoman we have piqued interests, stirred up trouble, surprised, outraged, drawn people in, and turned the tables on them again. Just like Catwoman would do.
Q: What do you think makes the character of Selina Kyle so appealing? Why is she such an integral part of the Batman mythos?
JW: Catwoman is the ultimate bad girl. A historic bad girl. She has always represented many layers of trouble for Batman. He's drawn to her, he knows that he should stop her, but ...he can't bring himself to do it. Batman sees himself as an unemotional beast driven by his mission. But there's this woman in the cat suit that just knocks him off his game. And I think part of him likes it.
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Story: Judd Winick writes the series as if he's writing an HBO series. Overly gritty, a bit overly sexualized, and very violent. He doesn't seem to have a firm understanding of Selina as a character. Perhaps he doesn't need one, since the universe was rebooted. But this is not the Catwoman I've been reading for 20 years now. The book does get incrementally better as it goes along, so there is hope for the future.
Art: I mostly like Gulliem March's art, though he does seem to want to over-sexualize every female character. Selina in particular finds herself in some very awkward poses for the sake of a little TnA. While Catwoman has always been a character who has owned her sexuality and used it to her advantage, some of the art crosses the line between "Confident in Her Sexuality" and "Holy Crap, I Have Lady Parts, Let Me Show You All of Them!" Still, the art is detailed and beautiful.
The trade: INCREDIBLY flimsy. I was excited that this six issue trade wasn't $20 retail, as has been the case for a while. But if I had known the trade would be as flimsy as it is, I wouldn't have even bothered buying it. The pages feel delicate, like they will tear very easily (a problem frequently associated with DC trades). They don't feel firmly planted in the books, as if they would fall out just from normal reading. I haven't even read the actual book yet (I read the issues as they were coming out), I just flipped through it very lightly and carefully, and already you can see where the front cover is coming loose from the book. Not a good product.Read more ›
The art is very good, but not quite stellar, because it lacks anything truly special. (I'm also annoyed that the artist felt it necessary to emphasize Selina Kyle's breasts as much as possible.) Still, it's a fine vehicle for the story.
And the story is indeed intense and emotionally compelling. It's set against the backdrop of a sleazy and violent underworld, full of gangsters, drug-dealers, strippers, and corrupt cops. (It has the feel of an HBO series made into a comic book, if you know what I mean.) The story also explores Catwoman's relationship with Batman, but that's not the central point of the tale - some of Catwoman's friends are explored more thoroughly than her connection with Batman, and that's a laudable choice.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it without reservation.
This new-ish version of Catwoman (which smartly keeps the Darwyn Cooke costume design from when he was doing this title with Ed Brubaker) has been very controversial amongst fans of the character. She's always been the sexy morally-challenged foil for Batman ever since her inception in the early 40's but never really more than that until the early 2000's when Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke took a more aggressive stance for making her more than just the sexy cat-burglar that had the hots for The Bat. They made her more of an urban vigilante for the slums of Gotham, basically looking out for those that the police and even Batman ignored, such as the "ladies of the night" that she had once been. She was still a thief and she was still willing to cross lines that Batman wouldn't to see justice done, but she was more of a three-dimensional character.
The reason that Winick and artist Guillem March's run started with such controversy is that they seemed to be completely stripping the crime-fighter elements of her life away in order to bring back some of the fun that people used to have with the Catwoman character. The argument (and it's a strong one) is that by making Selina less than what she used to be was to take the character back to more of the hypersexualized character is what continues to make comics a very male-dominated field from both a creator and a reader standpoint.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This exactly what Catwoman should be sexy, dark, gritty, and edgy. She does what she has to do and then what she wants to. I love this action packed romp. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mako
Great Catwoman story. If your a Catwoman fan in ANY way, don't miss this one!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely loved this. I prefer a Catwoman with skill and attitude, I like to see her imperfect and get injured (the same way I like my Batman) and this delivered. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SummerKy
Great art, a great story. Catwoman is a very complicated and nuanced character and this volume captures her tortured past, her femme fatale side, her relationship with batman (very... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Stewart
I thought the story was a little bland but if I ever have extra money I'll get the second volume.Published 11 months ago by Andrea