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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140123464X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234645
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Omar D. Odeh on May 28, 2012
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First off, Amazon lists this trade as collecting Catwoman Issue 01-07. This is INCORRECT. This trade only collects issues 01-06 of the New 52 Catwoman series.

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.
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My only grip with this is that Catwoman didn't get a hardcover edition that I felt she deserved. This is an amazing Reboot. Catwoman is back in her own standalone series. We get to see inside her head, and be with her during the action. She isn't just a petty thief. This is about a woman who knows what she is good at doing, and mostly ends up doing good things. I know that people have been upset about the first 2 issues in this reboot. There is a love scene(s) in it, and since this is rated T + (The R rating for comic books) its not ment for children. I personally felt that this was a good scene, it summed up her and Batman's relationship in a few panels. Remember the reboot changed the DC universe, now Vertigo titles belong in it, and the time line is all screwed up. We didn't know what her and Batman's realtionship was at. Before the New 52, her and Batman had dated several times, and she knew he was Bruce Wayne. Here we established that she doesn't know that but they do have a "thing for each other". It's interesting, fun, and not for kids. If you like Catwoman you'lll love this. If you are trying to pick up a comic/graphic novel for your child, I'd look for something else. Hope you enjoy reading it when/if you do pick it up! 5/5.

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I had a blast reading this comic. For me, the main selling point was Catwoman's character. She's portrayed as a relentless thrill-seeker, a woman who feels truly alive only when in dire danger. While she foolishly ends up in lots of avoidable sticky situations, this comic makes clear that Catwoman is extremely intelligent - she lands in bad spots because a sick part of her wants to, not because she doesn't know better. Moreover, what we learn (and can infer) about her backstory makes compelling her live-for-the-moment attitude.

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.
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First and foremost, Judd Winick has, to me, been kind of a hit-and-miss writer. He seems to go for more of an in-your-face style rather than subtlety, and this was never more apparent in the first two issues of this reintroduction to Selina Kyle as CATWOMAN as part of DC's NEW 52 initiative.

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.
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