2007/05/17



CATWOMAN #66 REVIEW
Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
Quick rating: Very good
Title: Catwoman Dies—Part One
Sometimes having two Catwomen is not better than one.
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Pencils: David Lopez
Inks: Alvaro Lopez
Colours: Jeromy Cox
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover: Adam Hughes
Editor: Nachie Castro
Publisher: DC Comics
As if Gotham wasn’t plagued enough with costume freaks a new player has entered the scene. Blitzkrieg has unimaginable power and a penchant for killing innocent people live on the net. The problem is that Blitz is in Catwoman’s neighbourhood now and she’s out to stop her reign of terror.
Seems like a simple set up, but there is more to this story than it seems. There are crooked cops, a Catwoman that may or may not be Selena and most of all real dangerous villains waiting in the shadows ready to bring whoever is wearing the cat-tights down. This is just a nice old-school adventure with plenty of clever dialogue. The pacing is fast and the action is great.
The Lopez art team is growing on me. The style is clean and it has detailed backgrounds and the action is clear.
Another fine issue. This title just keeps clipping along dispensing old-school comic fun to the hungry masses.


Catwoman #66 as selected by Midas
It's been years since the last time I picked up an issue of Catwoman and I don't follow the character at all so I went into this totally blind. I assume the radical change of someone else being in the costume was a OYL thing? The writer did a nice job of bringing me mostly up to speed early in the book up until the point when it switched to the old Catwoman, at that point I was completely lost. The switch indirectly explained itself a couple of pages later but at that point I was totally out of the book. An extra caption to explain the shift with a simple "Elsewhere" would have saved a lot of confusion. Other than that the character interaction was solid, but nothing spectacular.
The art started strong, but seemed to get rushed more and more as the book went along. The two page spread outside with the police looked like it could have been done by a completely different art team - it even made me double check to see if there were multiple art credits, which there surprisingly weren't. The colors were just as inconsistent as the pencils/inks.
All in all, this felt like a pretty average comic. Nothing really happened to lead me to want to pick up the next issue. I guess you have to have been into it for a while.
Story: 6
Art: 5
Overall: 5.5

http://forum.newsarama.com/archive/index.php/t-110241.html


CATWOMAN 66
S: Wil Pfiefer; A: David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez. (DC, $2.99)
Poor junior Catwoman Holly has a rough encounter with a new villainess named "Blitzkrieg", who sports a uniform that reminds me of a St. Pauli Girl by way of Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS, straight out of some Garth Ennis smirkfest. Meanwhile, senior Catwoman finishes the deal with the Calculator, just in time to face the menace which has been arriving for what seems like six months now. Again marred by unnecessary-seeming violence; as in Amazons Attack, decapitations and beatings seem to be included just so we won't forget that this is SERIOUS BUSINESS, DC-style, and belying the otherwise light tone. Anyway, even though I'm beginning to worry about our Wil and the recent nasty streak in his writing as of late, this is still a solid and fast-moving chapter, nicely illustrated by the Lopezes. B+

http://johnnybacardi.blogspot.com/2007/05/bacardi-show-new-comics-revue-bsncr-is.html


CATWOMAN #66, $2.99, 32 Pages. Written by Will Pfeifer; Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez. This is the longest that Catwoman has been this interesting - well, ever. And thinking about it, Holly has basically become Selina's sidekick, which is just weird. Interesting, but weird! Pfeifer has taken everything the DC Editors have thrown at him in terms of major events and gimmicks, and kept this title fresh and interesting. It is always a good month to try this book out.

http://www.comixtreme.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34318


Catwoman # 66 — Writer: Will Pfeifer; Penciller: David Lopez; Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Speaking of decapitation…. another book with no parental warning on the cover, although it’s a mainstream superhero comic, of a character that kids might be interested in, and yet inside there’s an EC-worthy full-page splash of a severed head, blood draining from the jagged stump, of a character the readers have gotten to know and feel sympathetic toward. The story itself moves along nicely, and it’s fun to see the rookie Holly figuring out how to be a hero. On the other hand, it’s got an idiot plot — the villain’s only power is gloves that shoot energy, so naturally when she’s defeated no one thinks to take them off. Why? Because they’re idiots. I’m not blaming Pfeifer for any of this — he’s just doing his job as a writer — but between the plot holes and the inappropriate content, where was the editor of this book?

http://www.allaboutcomics.com/blog/?p=62


Catwoman #66: For those of you who were wondering why I picked up Amazons Attack! given my comments on the current state of Wonder Woman, look no further. I've been singing the praises of Will Pfeifer's work alongside David Lopez on this title almost every month since the OYL jump, and with good reason: This comic is nothing but fun.
Admittedly, this particular issue's probably more suited to my tastes than anything to come out since Nextwave ended, what with the fact that the major plot point of the issue is a fight scene where Holly picks up a chair and drops the hardest hit since New Jack on Blitzkrieg, a new villain who blows things up and dresses like a photo-negative version of the St. Pauli Girl, but while my love of a well-constructed fight scene is pretty well-known, it goes a little further than that.
Even with the rest of the great stuff that happens in this issue, those three pages where Holly throws down on Blitzkrieg stand as one of the best, most satisfying fight scenes DC's had in a long while, and they're a reminder that solid fights with some actual emotional content don't involve characters casually punching people's hearts out or ripping their arms off.
They involve pretty girls hitting each other with furniture, and damn it, there's a difference.

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Catwoman #66
written by Will Pfeifer, drawn by David Lopez
It’s a bit of a slow week, so this time around, instead of whoring this space out for the Next Big Event (it’s Amazons Attack, if you must know), I’m going to push this book because the previous issue, according to the Invincible Super-Blog, contained “killer robots, explosions, time travel, and a heroine who smack-talks the cornerstone of the DC Universe just because she isn’t in any mood to deal with him at the moment.”
The book’s been reviewing extremely well, and what art I’ve seen looks gorgeous (I’m not just talking about Selina Kyle), and a cursory glance at the solicitations tells me that this book should be accessible to a newcomer. So instead of digging deeper into the event-driven mess that the comics landscape has become, live a little, and try out a good book that seems to be accessible to newcomers - something of a rarity in the world of comics.

http://powet.tv/category/comics/dc/


Catwoman #66 by Will Pfeifer, David López, and Alvaro López. $2.99, DC.
Whenever I think of books like Catwoman (and now, I suppose, Blue Beetle), I get a bit peeved, because the sales on them are so poor. I wonder why people aren’t buying them. I mean, I knew about Blue Beetle, and didn’t have a lot of interest in it from the start, and I guess it has gotten better, but will that be enough to save it? The same thing applies with Catwoman. Were people buying it because Brubaker was writing it and Cooke was drawing it (at least for a while) and once they left, everyone jumped ship? I’m not sure. I do know that Pfeifer has been writing this sucker for almost two years, and although you really can’t point to any one issue and say “That’s a classic,” his entire run (23 issues) has kept building and building, and he’s really done a wonderful job with a varied cast and some excellent villains. His early issues were nicer to look at than to read, thanks to Pete Woods’ great art, but he has gotten stronger and stronger, and although López isn’t as good as Woods, he still has a nice style and he can tell a good story. So although I’m not the kind of person who’s going to start a letter-writing campaign to DC (or Marvel, for that matter), I do get a bit bummed when I consider that some books I like are perpetually on the chopping block. There are a lot of good comics out there, and people waste their money on JLA (yes, I said it).
That’s a roundabout way of saying that despite this issue’s rather shocking event (not too shocking, because the solicitations have implied something like this would happen), Pfeifer has done such a good job with these characters that it doesn’t feel shocking just for the shock value. It’s the beginning of an intense storyline, and Pfeifer kicks it off in grand fashion. And Blitzkrieg, one of the bad guys in the book, is perfect. Psychotic yet businesslike. Good stuff.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/04/27/what-i-bought-25-april-2007/


CATWOMAN 66
S: Wil Pfiefer; A: David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez. (DC, $2.99)
Poor junior Catwoman Holly has a rough encounter with a new villainess named "Blitzkrieg", who sports a uniform that reminds me of a St. Pauli Girl by way of Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS, straight out of some Garth Ennis smirkfest. Meanwhile, senior Catwoman finishes the deal with the Calculator, just in time to face the menace which has been arriving for what seems like six months now. Again marred by unnecessary-seeming violence; as in Amazons Attack, decapitations and beatings seem to be included just so we won't forget that this is SERIOUS BUSINESS, DC-style, and belying the otherwise light tone. Anyway, even though I'm beginning to worry about our Wil and the recent nasty streak in his writing as of late, this is still a solid and fast-moving chapter, nicely illustrated by the Lopezes. B+

http://johnnybacardi.blogspot.com/

1 comentarios:

DubipR dijo...

Hi David...

Just wanted to drop you a comment on how much I truly enjoy your artwork on Catwoman, as well as your prior projects. You bring such a great kenetic feel, mixed in with a alluring appeal of Selina and her supporting cast. Simply wonderful

I look forward to each issue every month. May you have success in all of your projects.

Ryan