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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.
About the Author
A former cast member on MTV's The Real World, Judd Winick is the writer and illustrator of Barry Ween—Boy Genius and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Pedro and Me. His DC Comics work includes Batman, Outsiders, Titans, Justice League: Generation Lost, Green Arrow and Green Lantern. Also, he is the creator of the Cartoon Network series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee. He is currently writing Catwoman and Batwing as a part of DC Comics—The New 52.
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So, what we have here is an interesting story by Judd Winick that shows a very sexualized Catwoman character that frequently gets herself into trouble; not far from the character she was pre-New 52. The first couple issues and the very revealing sex scene between her and Batman was a bit much (although could have been much more judging from the storyboard art!) and it has some moments where you're asking yourself, "how the hell!?" like when Catwoman is thrown half a mile into the air and manages to land with little more than a dislocated shoulder. The art by Guillem March is done well and the coloring by Tomeu Morey makes each page splash! Extras include textless covers (and in black and white!) along with cover sketches. Catwoman keeps getting deeper and deeper into a giant mess and she can't seem to claw herself out but that just keeps you turning pages! Overall, a pretty good comic so let's hope volume 2 does just as good!
That rant out of the way, criticisms about how overly violent and "HBO-like" the series is are true. However, a lot of the series came out flying like this because everyone at DC knew that The New 52 was going to whittle down to the New 30something eventually. And despite this, Judd Winnick and the great art by Guillem March produce a very good comic.