Catwoman #70: Great Storytelling, Stunning Artwork
Posted: Aug 21, 2007 2:48 PM
Excellent issue. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and it was actually quite lengthy. This issue actually took me longer than 10 minutes to read. And the cover was amazing. This issue stood out on the comic stands like a red sore thumb, but in good way. So I want to say "Thank You" to the creative team on a great comic.
I'm glad to see the bullwhip being used, and drawn in an exotic serpentile way. And again I like that both whip and costume are colored black instead of blue. Catwoman's looking great these days. Now if only Lopez can draw her cat-ears and gloves a little more feline, that would be nice. Add some claws, they always help.
I'm also glad to see that Oracle and Selina have a direct communications link to each other, but it seems only fitting to me that Selina also have a direct link to Batman as well. All of that should have been done a while back. This issue also introduced the Martian Manhunter into Selina's life, and we know now that he will be a teammate to her in the future in Batman's Outsiders. All exciting stuff. Good job!
Re: Catwoman #70: Great Storytelling, Stunning Artwork
Posted: Aug 22, 2007 8:15 AM in response to: hunters2
this issue was good. i love that her costume is black rather than blue all of a sudden dont you? and it was great when that Amazonian b-yatch's got her comeuppance (but what was with the hand in the panel- weird right!)
as for Helena im getting attched to her but i know she going so 'whatever' i just hope she ends up with a now sane maggie or someone id hate to see her end up on a farm in kansas somewhere.
CATWOMAN #70 REVIEW
Reviewer: Terry Verticchio email@example.com
Quick rating: Very good
Title: Life During Wartime
Sometimes in war you can lose more than your life.
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Pencils: David Lopez
Inks: Alvaro Lopez
Colours: Jeromy Cox
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover artist: Adam Hughes
Editor: Nachie Castro
Publisher: DC Comics
After being pressured into joining the war against the Amazons by Batman, Selina finds herself quickly over her head and the fate of Gotham City is literally in her hands. But that’s the least of her worries. The Bana know about Selina Kyle. They know about Helena. So even if she saves the City, Selina might just lose everything she cares about.
This issue I believe marks a distinct change in Selina’s life. The actions of the Bana are the last straw for Selina. The fact that so many of the people who want Catwoman dead have used Helena to get to her has made her come to a grave decision.
The art is good in this issue. Even though there are few action big action sequences the fight scenes are well rendered. And Adam Hughes’ cover is especially brilliant this month.
While her part in Amazons Attack was a small one, the war itself has made a deep effect on Selina Kyle’s future and has raised a desperate question. What is more important being Catwoman or her child? I can’t wait to see where this all leads.
Catwoman #70 Review
(author) Luke Paton (date) Aug. 23, 2007 (12.52.49pm)
Wow, that’s a great cover. Darn that Adam Hughes. I was having doubts as to whether to go for this issue or not, as it’s really dealing with the Amazons Attack storyline and I’m not following that. But, after that cover…
Catwoman’s in trouble. She’s infiltrated a bunch of Amazons, the Bana, and earned their trust, but it’s all backfired. She was trying to bring them down, but now they have a bomb and are about to kill half the city. Can Selina stop them?
We find out literally within the first six pages. It was a little bit of a letdown for me, because I was thinking this was going to take up the rest of the issue. Nevertheless, Pfeifer makes it short and sweet and it’s not long before Selina finds herself in a load more trouble, especially with GCPD wanting her blood for Lenahan’s death.
It’s a credit to Pfeifer that he can effectively finish Selina’s involvement is his crossover series in the opening pages, but still make the rest of the issue worthwhile. Pfeifer really gets Catwoman – he’s got her voice and mannerisms down (I particularly liked her little victory dance) and he knows how to tell an action-packed story. And so do the Lopez’s. Their artwork is stunning and I can’t think of anyone else who could do it better. They make Catwoman sexy without being explicit or showy, whilst convincing you that she could kick your ass.
The problem is now Selina has a child; everything keeps coming back to the baby. Every storyline that she has, or that Pfeifer can dream up, always comes back to the kid. All the villains keep finding out who she is, and then they find Helena. It’s repetitive and it’s in danger of killing the series. I think Pfeifer is on to this fact as we leave the issue slightly unsure of what will happen next. He may even be pushing to retire Selina Kyle, but I hope not. For me, she is Catwoman and the series would not be the same without her.
Or maybe that’s just what he wants us to think… I don’t know, but I’m curious to find out.
Catwoman #70 by Will Pfeifer, David López, and Alvaro López. $2.99, DC.
You know all that stuff I’ve been saying about Catwoman for about 18 months? Yeah, ditto for this issue too. Someone commented that the odd choices of emphasis on words is annoying, and I paid attention to it this time, and it is odd, but not enough to make me not enjoy the heck out of the book. I just thought I’d mention it. Other than that, business as usual with this comic, which is fine with me, because it means another 20-some page slice of goodness.
Cat Woman #70(and 69 too)
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Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David and Alvaro Lopez
Cover art by Adam Hughes
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Checking out a new book is incredibly fun for a few reasons that don’t really transfer to an old favorite. First off, you don’t actually know what you’re getting into. If you’re familiar with the writer, in this case, Pfeifer is the lead writer of the wonderful DC mini-series that wraps up next week, Amazons Attack, which I’ve been reading. So I had an idea what I was getting into, strong characterization based around solid action scenes and a script that relies on a well-balanced mix of dialog boxes and scenes that make effective use of an action-based story. I also knew David Lopez from the first 20 issues of Fallen Angel, back when it was being put out by DC Comics. I knew his pencils were a good match for a strong writer because they tend to be mild and mellow, instead of screaming for attention, they add to the overall story without really grabbing the reader with the tackiness that some pencilers for superhero books tend to use. So, I had an idea that this book had the potential to be pretty entertaining. Plus, this Adam Hughes cover didn’t hurt.
I really love that cover, it’s beautiful and the simple background makes her stand out even more. That image is from the official DC page about the comic, which is slightly different from the final product that actually appears on the issue I have. But you get the picture. I went and looked up Adam Hughes and realized I have a whole bunch of covers by him and I generally really enjoy his work. And he has a thing for big breasts, in case you didn’t notice. I really like the shades of light reflecting off of the costume, so you can tell it’s leather and not spandex, the detail of the zipper, the goggles and the fact that there’s actual detail to her face, which makes her look like a real person, not just a thieving sex symbol.
The issue ended up being an Amazons tie-in about Selina’s workings with the Bana, the Amazon offshoot terrorist group. It was really good. I found out that she had a kid and had semi-retired from crime, had become friends with Batman and had allied herself on the side of the heroes since the Amazonian war had begun in the states. The issue relied heavily on dialog boxes and let Selina narrate the story in reverse, which was an interesting change. I liked it enough to go out and pick up the issue before, which was also good and featured all of the same talent, down to another Hughes cover.
I think I’ll be reading this on a regular schedule if this book continues to be as entertaining for a few more issues.
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez
Rating: Check It
Dan's Review: I just don't understand it. How can Will Pfeifer, the writer responsible for the unreadable mess that is Amazons Attack, do such a horrible job crafting that miniseries and simultaneously do such a fantastic job writing two Amazons Attack tie-in issues of Catwoman? Is it because, as a longtime writer of Catwoman, Pfeifer has such a profound knowledge of Selina Kyle that he can craft a decent story around the character, regardless of the circumstances? Or is it because, as the head writer of the whole Amazons Attack debacle, Pfeifer has first hand knowledge of the areas of the event's plot in which he's failed as a storyteller, and can thus focus his tie-in issues on the few appealing aspects of this storyline? I imagine the answer is a combination of both.
As someone who has spent the past few years crafting very entertaining Catwoman stories, Pfeifer has proven an ability to focus his dramas squarely on the shoulders of his complicated protagonist, and in doing so, squeeze a compelling read out of even the crummiest set-up. Likewise, Pfeifer must by now have realized that the large-scale "Amazons vs. the United States" battle scenes taking place in his main miniseries are not only uninteresting, but also downright unbelievable. Armed with that knowledge (and his comfort writing Selina), Pfeifer probably determined his best chances of telling a worthwhile Amazons tie-in story in Catwoman rested on focusing on the smaller scale struggle between the heroes and an Amazonian splinter cell of terrorists.
It is in this smaller, more intimate venue that Pfeiefer is able to focus not only on Catwoman's character and her willingness to go where other less morally ambiguous heroes would not, but he's also able to explore Selina's complicated relationship with Batman. It is this approach, coupled with David Lopez's reliable art, which makes this tie-in so much more than the expected stinker. The fact that this series continues to prevail and deliver strong stories is a testament to just how great -and underrated- it truly is.
Catwoman #70 – An Amazons Attack cross-over, but since Will Pfeifer is writing both books it will (I’m sure) work perfectly. Batman has asked Selina to infiltrate the other female warriors (whose name escapes me) to see what is going on. This continues to be an excellent series month in and month out. David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez as the art team is just icing on the cake for this book.
CATWOMAN #70 Written by Will Pfeifer. Illustrated by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez. This one ties into the Amazons Attacks miniseries, and begins a new story-line which should provide an excellent place for new readers to jump onboard. It’s one of DC's most consistently well written and well illustrated titles, and is well worth a look.
Catwoman 70 (Will Pfeifer-writer, David Lopez- artist)
For the last few days, I've been trying to figure out why I haven't been reading Catwoman? It certainly isn't that I have a problem with strong female characters. Hell, there should be more of them in popular culture. It can't be that I have a problem with a sassy, slinky brunette who jumps from rooftop to rooftop in a tight black outfit, complete with goggles and a whip. You all know me better than that! The only concrete conclusion I can draw is that sometime in 2001, I suffered a minor stroke which rendered me incapable of noticing the truly awesome-ness of this title. Which is not to say that I don't think Catwoman is awesome. I do. She's a thief. She's badass.
Anyways…this issue is a tie-in to DC's Amazons Attack storyline. I haven't been following that series at all, but I've been able to suss (yeah, I said "suss", what of it?) out that a renegade group of Amazons from Egypt or thereabouts got pissed when their city was destroyed by OMACs during Infinite Crisis, so they decide to bring the thunder and attack the U.S. Because this is the DC Universe, an attack on the U.S. wouldn't be complete without a stop in Gotham City—Batman and Catwoman's stomping ground. This is where the issue picks up. Catwoman's gotten her claws on one of the attacking Amazons (who happens to be armed with some kind of bio-toxin virus grenade thingie). Of course Catwoman saves the day—for some reason, Selina Kyle is one of the few villains who can go semi-legit and make it work…maybe I just don't consider theft as bas as mass murder—but her heroics come at a price: her daughter. What's that? Oh, you didn't hear? I'm sorry. At some point during the "One Year Later" jump, Selina had a kid. A daughter, named Helena. (WARNING: Geek Content—in the Pre-Crisis Multiverse, Bruce and Selina had a daughter named Helena, who would become the Huntress of Earth-Two. This current Helena is not Bruce's kid.) Yeah, so to get back at Catwoman for ruining their plans, the Amazons go after her baby…which ends in Selina whomping on an Amazon with a hammer. J'onn Jonzz (aka The Martian Manhunter) shows up to take the bashed and bloodied Amazon away—interesting, given that both Selina and J'onn appear in promo art for the new Batman and the Outsiders series.
A quick word about Lopez's art. When Catwoman was first revamped back in the day, the art was handled by Darwyn Cooke. Cooke has a clean, almost timeless, cartoony style. Lopez, while still doing his own thing, retains the level of economy that I enjoy in my comic art.
CATWOMAN 70: B+
"Life During Wartime" – Part 2 (AMAZONS ATTACK tie-in)
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Art: David Lopez
The conclusion of the AA tie-in story shows improvement over part 1. Although I think it's a bit sad when a tie-in is better than the main title. This issue puts Selina back as in the line of the cops when they decide she's a killer, so it will be interesting to see if Pfeifer will follow up that thread. A problem with the issue is that once again we're getting a "baby in jeopardy" story. Those are logical stories to tell with Selina being a mother, but it's seeming like he's relying pretty heavily on them lately. I'm going to need something more compelling if I'm going to keep picking up this title every month. (Personally, I'd like to see this condensed into an ongoing backup serial in a Bat-book, instead of a standalone title.)