2008/05/20

CatWoman #78 Review



I approached the most recent issue of Catwoman with the very depressing knowledge that Will Pfeifer and David Lopez' brilliant work on the series and character will come to a close in just a few short months. Sadly Catwoman has become the latest great DCU title to get the axe (presumably due to poor sales - how many ways do people need to hear a book praised before they decide to try it out?). Even more depressing was the knowledge that Pfeifer and Lopez' second-to-last arc is currently consumed by yet another crossover tie-in, just the latest example of the greater DCU needlessly stepping on one of its books' toes.
With such depressing thoughts running through my mind, I was confronted by the more-than-pleasant surprise of seeing Pfeifer slowly shift his story away from the hell planet of Salvation Run and towards the streets of Gotham's East Side and the perspective of none other than Slam Bradley, the unabashed second-star of this series since its launch. It's as if Pfiefer was told the end was near and immediately decided to return to the essence of what's made his run on the title so phenomenally enjoyable – super-hero fantasy grounded in the sensibilities of good-old fashioned noir. To say this return to roots comes as a welcome sight would be an understatement.
Almost out of nowhere, Pfeifer cuts away from Selina's current predicament on the Hell Planet to follow Slam Bradley, whose search for his missing friend leads him to the trail of a z-list villain too unimportant to be deported to the pages of Salvation Run (and considering the watered down cast of that book, this is really saying something). Right away, Pfeifer slips back into Slam's wonderfully hard-boiled voice; the same grizzled personality Pfeifer picked up from his predecessor Ed Brubaker. Slam's scenes are as humorous and entertaining as fans of this series have come to expect from the character, and they also help warm us up to the idea of Selina getting back to the East End for one last hoorah.
Thankfully, Selina's scenes on the hell planet also work quite nicely, mostly because Pfeifer wisely focus on Selina's relationship with villains that played a role in the writer's run at some point, including Hammer and Cycle, Cheetah and Lex Luthor. We also get a big and very rewarding payoff involving that celebratory cigar the Joker gave Selina at the start of this arc.
I can't begin to describe how disappointed I am to hear this book is on its last legs. Thanks to Pfeifer and Lopez, Selina Kyle has remained one of the richest, most complex characters in comics, and her solo series was one of the most consistently rewarding, well crafted superhero vehicles on the stands. I guess all us Catwoman fans can do is hope and pray that the character lands in a decent series and that Pfeifer and Lopez both inherit a title worthy of their incredible talents.

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Catwoman #78 - DC
I have to say, this one had me a bit confused. This issue should actually take place before Salvation Run #5. In that issue, the Cheetah brings Catwoman to Lex, kind of like your pet cat puts a toy in your shoe sometimes when your not looking . . they want to garner favor from their master. I hate it when that happens. I know. Sometimes it's inevitable. But I would think that they'd be able to plan out the publications better. I know it shouldn't bother me, but, as I'm reading the issue, it's distracting me from the story because I keep thinking of this story in context with that one. Plus, what happened to Sickle & Hammer? In the Salvation Run issue, the Cheetah turns over Catwoman, but I don't remember seeing our pair of Ruskies. Did they take off, leaving Catwoman high & dry? Did they mingle in with the crowd and they're still in on the plan with Selina? That part wasn't really explained in either book. Meanwhile, back at home Slam Bradley is starting to worry about Selina. It isn't until he does a little digging that he finds out that she's not the only villain that's gone missing. There's a whole slew of the A-lists gone. But we knew that. I also don't think Selina told Slam what she decided to do with her daughter before she left . . his grand-daughter. Since this issue seems to be a little behind, it appears that Slam is a little behind the learning curve. He's trying to get information out of this Multiplex type kid. And it seems as if he's getting his way, until the end of the issue when the kid leads him into a trap. I'm not faulting Will Pfeifer, who did the story, I'm sure it was some kind of publishing snafu. But, like I said, to me when this happens, it distracts me and I don't enjoy the story as much. Overall I thought Will did a decent job. At least with what he had to work with. I still don't understand . . or see the reason . . for this whole Salvation Run thing. Other than killing off a few B-list villains . . I don't see what's to be gained. I like even less that Catwoman's even involved in it. Also, as I said with Freddie E Williams II and Pete Woods, I think David Lopez' art is a bit . . "vanilla" for my tastes. It's ok. It gives this book a certain feel. I'm just not overly thrilled with it. Sorry. Unfortunately though, I think we still have an issue or two of this before Selina finally makes it back to Gotham. O' Happy Day!

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CATWOMAN #78
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Pfeifer seems to have just given up on the Salvation Run tie-in, as this issue features a great deal of time spent on Slam Bradly, Selina's daughter's grandfather (that's a mouth full), and his quest to find out what happened to his grandchild and her mother, Selina. It was good just to get back to Catwoman related stuff for a change.
The rest of the issue dealt with getting Catwoman back to Luthor's camp to tie into the end of this week's Salvation Run and gives us a rather simple fight scene. The cover should give you a guess as to who she fights.
Considering this series is going to end in four or five months, I'm a bit disappointed it's going to wallow in these tie-ins instead of giving us a satisfying conclusion to the series, but, hey, it was fun while it lasted.
Verdict - Check It

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Catwoman #78
Oh yeah Catwoman now we are talking about the lady. Looking for a way off of the Hell Planet. This time she tries to get help from some of her not so close friends let's just call them her arch-nemesis
With two of my favorite villains in the Catwoman world (Hammer and Sickle) and I love the talk that Catwoman gives them about Lex Luthor and his capitalist ideologies but what makes this book fun to read was not that or the cat fight with Cheetah.
It is the story line that is taking place back on earth has her dad trying to found out more about where she went missing. Is funny that Cabwoman’s dad is a detective just like the other man. In her life that has a utility belt and like dressing up as a Bat.
I can't wait to see what goes down in the next issue. On a side note one more great cover by Adam Huges and this was issue 78 and it was the may issue that makes it badass since I was born in 1978 in May.
Story: 3 - Good Art: 3 - Good

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CATWOMAN #78: Schizzy book this time out- the Lopezes, while fine mainstream comics artists, don't really do the Noir-inspired Slam Bradley stuff all that convincingly, but story-wise those interludes are far more compelling than the whole Selina-in-space spandex shenanigans, which the Lopezes, unsurprisingly, depict in fine fashion. So I figure that makes this a wash, like it matters in regards to this unfortunately lame-duck title. C+

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Catwoman #78
Review by 52878org:
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez
Cover by Adam Hughes
Size: 32 Pages
Price: $2.99
Oh yeah Catwoman now we are talking about the lady. Looking for a way off of the Hell Planet. This time she tries to get help from some of her not so close friends let's just call them her arch-nemesis With two of my favorite villains in the Catwoman world (Hammer and Sickle) and I love the talk that Catwoman gives them about Lex Luthor and his capitalist ideologies but what makes this book fun to read was not that or the cat fight with Cheetah. It is the story line that is taking place back on earth has her dad trying to found out more about where she went missing. Is funny that Cabwoman’s dad is a detective just like the other man. In her life that has a utility belt and like dressing up as a Bat. I can't wait to see what goes down in the next issue. On a side note one more great cover by Adam Huges and this was issue 78 and it was the may issue that makes it badass since I was born in 1978 in May.

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CATWOMAN #78
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Art: David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez
DC $2.99
Matt C: It’s been on the cards for a while but it was still something of a shock to learn that this book is being cancelled. When Brubaker left the title way back when I didn’t think it would remain on my pull-list for long, but Pfeifer has done a sterling job of holding my interest in Selina Kyle’s escapades. DC’s lineup will be worse off with the loss of Catwoman, and so will my collection. 8/10

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CATWOMAN #78 REVIEW
Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
Quick Rating: Good
Title: The Long Road Home—Part One
The enemy of my enemy is my friend…right? Well, maybe not if your Catwoman.
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Pencils: David Lopez
Inks: Alvaro Lopez
Colours: Jeromy Cox & Guy Major
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover artist: Adam Hughes
Editor: Nachie Castro
Publisher: DC Comics
Selina is still stuck on Hell Planet and the villains are still not too friendly. So she has to make a deal with a pair of devils in the hopes of making it off that planet alive. Unfortunately, Hammer and Sickle hate Catwoman worse than they hate being on Hell Planet, which results in a situation that Selina tried desperately to avoid. In the meantime Slam Bradley tries to get the low-down on just what the heck happened to Selina and comes across a terrible secret instead.
Okay, with issue we jump into the middle of a story and we jump right out before it’s over. Now this due entirely to being part of the Salvation Run mini for which I do not collect, so I can’t fault poor Will Pfeifer for having to modify this title to conform with that plot. So what he does is just make this all about Selina. We get into her mind and move along with her as she tries to make lemonade after being served a whole heaping bunch of lemons. On this, Will is just hitting every target. But still this makes the story in this issue rather light.
The art is its usual constancy.
Usually this issue would be okay, as everything remains typical of the series. However, considering there aren’t many issues left before Catwoman is cancelled, having to waste time being saddled with Salvation Run is just a crying shame. I hope that Will can end his tenure on Catwoman with a bang rather than whimper.

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Catwoman #78
W: Will Pfeifer
A: David Lopez
Good news/bad news time, kids. The good news is that, after this issue, it seems that Selina is finally getting back to Earth. The bad news? Well, she won’t have much time to enjoy it because her series is being canceled in the next few months (I believe #82 is going to be the last). I understand that publishing is a business and, as such, you can not conceivably make everyone happy, but is Catwoman doing that poorly in sales? And, if that’s the case, maybe DC should spend less money on insanely expansive “events” with more tie-in books than you can shake a stick at.
Anyway, I’ve only been reading Catwoman for a little while, but I’m going to miss it. I might not have been happy with Selina getting caught up in that whole Salvation Run business, but you can’t fault the book for that. At least Selina was able to finally get the upper claw in her ongoing feud with Cheetah, thanks in part to one of Joker’s exploding cigars.

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Catwoman 78
"My god, girl. I hope nothing happened. I know you're a match for anyone, for anything. But a kid...A kid changes everything."
Oh, and here I thought it was Pfeifer's fault that Catwoman has sucked for so long - I never would have thought to blame Helena!
This book is getting canceled soon, and honestly, as sad as I should be about the lack of Selina Kyle book to buy...I can't. I mean, if your dog has rabies when you shoot it, you have to feel like you're doing her a favor, don't you? I don't want a Catwoman book where Slam is smarter and more interesting than the lead character, I don't want a Catwoman book where Selina gives up because it's easier than continuing to fight, and I don't want a book in which Catwoman is anything but the conniving, scheming, intelligent woman she's supposed to be.
This book lost sight of all of those things when Pfeifer took over, and I for one am glad for the ax its receiving, if only because it will make the pain finally stop.
As for this issue in particular, the art inside was gorgeous, the art on the cover not as much. Yes, let's have our female characters bite each other in fights. That's not pandering to a horrible stereotype at all, is it?
Overall Score: 0 yays out of 5.
Doormat Score: 5 doormats out of 5 for the goddamn cover alone.

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Catwoman #78 - **
Well, this series is winding towards its end, and looking at this issue it's clear to see why. It's just a dull Salvation Run side story, as Catwoman is forced to team up with former archenemies Hammer and Sickle, and then gets attacked by Cheetah in what amounts to little more than a weak excuse for cheesecake fights. What makes this issue at least somewhat enjoyable is the Slam Bradley side story, as he tries to figure out exactly what happened to his old Flame Selina. Unfortunately, they also choose to take this story in an odd direction, as Slam's informant is a punk kid with the power to duplicate himself, and he lures Slam into a one-man ambush. Not looking like an inspiring end to the series.

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Catwoman #78
Posted by Eric on April 29th, 2008
Catwoman #78 (DC - Pfeifer / Lopez / Lopez)
Catwoman’s way off the Hell Planet is set and ready to go, but first she’ll have to deal with the villains she’s crossed. And she’s crossed a lot of villains. Line forms to the left…let’s start with the bloodthirsty, claw-wielding, kill-happy Cheetah!
If I were a long time reader of Catwoman, I would be disappointed, because I am reading Salvation Run on a regular basis and for the last few months, these two series have been complete overlap with very little extra. Take this issue, yes we get a little bit of insight into Catwoman trying to beguile Hammer and Sickle (leftover Cold War cybernetic villains) and we get a close-up view of her throw-down with Cheetah. But it ends at the same place Salvation Run #7 does… with all of the villains trapped on planet Salvation temporarily putting their personal issues aside and dealing with the attack of the parademons. It’s a good thing for this series that this arc is coming to an end.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it has interesting watch Catwoman interact with all of her super-powered cohorts. But it is time for the feline fatale to get back to gritty Gotham with stories that fit her character better. There is nothing wrong with the writing or the art, both are great… it’s just been a fish-out-of-water arc, or more specifically a cat-out-of-the-streets arc.
Issue Grade: B-

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Catwoman #78 by Will Pfeifer (writer), David López (penciller), Álvaro López (inker), Jeromy Cox (colorist), and Jared K. Fletcher (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC.
Well, here’s another book I can stop convincing you to buy, because it’s dead in the water. I will say that Selina’s fight with Cheetah (depicted on that awful cover) kicks ass, and Slam Bradley is awesome in this issue, and the fact that he’s in big trouble at the end of the book means he can kick lots of ass next time! Oh well. I will compose a better paean to this book in a few months, when it goes the way of the dodo and the fiscally conservative politician.

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Catwoman #78 - DC
I have to say, this one had me a bit confused. This issue should actually take place before Salvation Run #5. In that issue, the Cheetah brings Catwoman to Lex, kind of like your pet cat puts a toy in your shoe sometimes when your not looking . . they want to garner favor from their master. I hate it when that happens. I know. Sometimes it's inevitable. But I would think that they'd be able to plan out the publications better. I know it shouldn't bother me, but, as I'm reading the issue, it's distracting me from the story because I keep thinking of this story in context with that one. Plus, what happened to Sickle & Hammer? In the Salvation Run issue, the Cheetah turns over Catwoman, but I don't remember seeing our pair of Ruskies. Did they take off, leaving Catwoman high & dry? Did they mingle in with the crowd and they're still in on the plan with Selina? That part wasn't really explained in either book. Meanwhile, back at home Slam Bradley is starting to worry about Selina. It isn't until he does a little digging that he finds out that she's not the only villain that's gone missing. There's a whole slew of the A-lists gone. But we knew that. I also don't think Selina told Slam what she decided to do with her daughter before she left . . his grand-daughter. Since this issue seems to be a little behind, it appears that Slam is a little behind the learning curve. He's trying to get information out of this Multiplex type kid. And it seems as if he's getting his way, until the end of the issue when the kid leads him into a trap. I'm not faulting Will Pfeifer, who did the story, I'm sure it was some kind of publishing snafu. But, like I said, to me when this happens, it distracts me and I don't enjoy the story as much. Overall I thought Will did a decent job. At least with what he had to work with. I still don't understand . . or see the reason . . for this whole Salvation Run thing. Other than killing off a few B-list villains . . I don't see what's to be gained. I like even less that Catwoman's even involved in it. Also, as I said with Freddie E Williams II and Pete Woods, I think David Lopez' art is a bit . . "vanilla" for my tastes. It's ok. It gives this book a certain feel. I'm just not overly thrilled with it. Sorry. Unfortunately though, I think we still have an issue or two of this before Selina finally makes it back to Gotham. O' Happy Day!

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CATWOMAN #78- By now, you're probably aware that this is being shitcanned with issue #81. No big surprise, sales were inexplicably low. Can't wait for the inevitable relaunch, probably a "return to that classic Balent style". Shit- I was saving that for my review of the last Pfiefer/Lopez issue...

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SPLIT DECISION! Catwoman #78
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Penciller: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Colorist: Jeremy Cox
Publisher: DC Comics
David U.: This review is, unfortunately, colored by the recent news that Catwoman is ending with August’s #82 (not July’s #81, apparently, according to Will Pfeifer). This is really sad, because Catwoman is a damn good comic, and despite the covers - especially the utterly ridiculous one for this issue, with actual lip-biting - it’s a solid example of how to portray a female character, and females fighting females, in ways that seem less like exploitation and more like natural character conflict. I’ll miss this book hardcore, and hopefully the replacement? on DC’s solicitation page, “Bad Girls of Gotham”, will… uh… fill the gap… maybe?
Samantha: You know what would be really sad? If I picked up a Superman comic and realized that Jimmy Olsen was far more competent and interesting of a character than Superman himself. Which is kind of how I feel about picking up a Catwoman comic and seeing that Slam Bradley is more competent than Catwoman.
Also, “My god, girl. I hope nothing happened. I know you’re a match for anyone, for anything. But a kid…A kid changes everything.”
So, it’s Helena’s fault that Catwoman has sucked since Pfeifer took over? Huh. And here I was, blaming the author for bad characterization and ridiculous plots.
On a final negative note, while the art inside the issue is gorgeous, the cover is awful. Catwoman isn’t Mike Tyson. She doesn’t have to bite her opponent to win. No, not even if her opponent is a girl, and the artist can imply some wink-wink-nudge-nudge lesbianism in the shot. I’ll be willing to change my mind on this stance if they ever do a cover of Superman where Clark is biting Lex’s lip passionately.

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Catwoman #78 – She is still on the Salvation Run world and is trying to keep her distance from the rest of the villains. Last issue she ratted out the Martian Manhunter to save her skin and I think this issue wraps up her visit to the Salvation Run world. Will Pfeifer has done a good job of keeping this detour interesting, but I’m anxious to get back to our interrupted story.

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Catwoman 78
The cover does creep me out with Selina biting Cheetah's lip, but the story was good. I especially enjoyed Slam's search for Selina. I will really miss this title. Catwoman might show up elsewhere, but what about Slam? And what about a reunion someday between Selina and Holly?

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I had one comic left, and that was Catwoman #78. This one promised a fight between Catwoman and Cheetah, two feline-based villainesses. I was excited, expecting another all-out slugfest, with Catwoman's right arm thrust back to punch Cheetah so hard she'll have kittens. Instead, what I got was so much better.
One word: Mrrrrrrrooooowwww!
I like this cover because the two characters are kissing and stripping, which is how girls fight. It reminds me of that great poster that's in every dorm room I've ever seen with the two girls making out. Cheetah also has a good costume because the inner lining of her pants are leopard skin and she has leopard skin, so it always looks like you can see her vagina.
Needless to say, after finishing these comics I had to take a shower and then tell my friend Margot about them, but she kept going on and on about - you guessed it! - comic books being sexist!
What a feminazi!

http://ambizarro.blogspot.com/2008/04/comic-books-sexist.html


CATWOMAN #78
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Art: David Lopez & Alvaro Lopez
DC $2.99
Matt C: It’s been on the cards for a while but it was still something of a shock to learn that this book is being cancelled. When Brubaker left the title way back when I didn’t think it would remain on my pull-list for long, but Pfeifer has done a sterling job of holding my interest in Selina Kyle’s escapades. DC’s lineup will be worse off with the loss of Catwoman, and so will my collection. 8/10

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CatWoman #77 Review



Catwoman # 77 Review
By EvilOmar on March 21, 2008 10:32 AM | Permalink
Writer: Will Pfeiffer
Penciller: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Cover: Adam Hughes
Most of the time Adam Hughes’ covers don’t really bother me. They usually don’t have anything to do with the interior of the book. Half naked women with T&A everywhere, but hey he’s just doing what the editor tells him to do. While this issue is a tie-in with Salvation Run, with the exception of Joker, none of those villains make an appearance. I wonder how his All Star Wonder Woman is coming along? He’s been working on that since 2006?
While Pfeiffer manages to keep his title character in the spotlight amidst all the crossovers and tie-ins and this Salvation Run tie-in is no exception. Selina is still trapped in her fantasy world of Gotham City. Where she can do anything like take out Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, and even knock out Superman. Martian Manhunter reveals to her that it’s just her own mind she is in, not another world like she thought. She eventually breaks free of the machine and now must find a way off this hell planet.
I’ve always enjoyed comics like this. Where we dive deep into the subconscious mind of the lead character and find their perfect world. Three issues is kind of pushing it though, even though watching Selina single handedly take town members of the JLA was fun to see. I love the way that David Lopez handles these scenes too. While they are comical; they also remain dynamic. I hope they wrap up the SR tie-in with next issue so Pfeiffer can keep telling the stories he wants to tell. A-

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Well, I knew it had to happen sometime – a crossover tie-in would eventually harm Will Pfeifer's Catwoman. Somehow, someway, Pfeifer continued to deliver the goods through a series of Amazons Attack and Countdown tie-ins, but it looks like Salvation Run has finally succeeded in derailing, at least temporarily, this consistently fantastic series.
There are a number of reasons why this recent arc hasn't made the mark, but the main one is the way Pfeifer decided to seclude Selina from the rest of the Prison Planet's villainous population and more or less remove her from the Salvation Run board. In essence, Pfeifer spent two issues giving us a story that takes place entirely within Selina's mind, and these types of internal tales usually lack a level of substance, depth and relevance. Considering Selina's subconscious struggle lacks any real sense of emotion and plays out in physical confrontations, it's not surprising that these past two installments added little to either Catwoman or Salvation Run's greater stories. After reading the brilliant first issue in this recent arc, which saw Catwoman right in the mix with the DCU's most famous psychopaths, it's hard not to wonder why Pfiefer went in this direction.
That all isn't to say that this issue is all bad. Watching Selina single-handedly take down Batman and then every hero in the DCU in her own imagination is a lot of fun, and artist David Lopez (one of my favorite superhero artists currently working) knocks these scenes out of the park. The problem is, we're fully aware that these battles are taking place within Selina's imagination, and we begin to lose interest around the time she knocks around the forth or fifth A-list hero. Worse, when it comes time for Selina to decide whether to leave her virtual reality for that of the Hell planet, Pfeifer brushes over the scene far too quickly. I hope there was a point to removing Selina from the rest of the Salvation Run gang other than to prevent Pfeifer from stepping on that series' toes.
Pfeifer and Lopez's Catwoman is at its absolute finest when it's focused squarely on Catwoman's never-ending moral tightrope walk between good and evil, and at first, Salvation Run seemed like an opportunity to put Selina in a crazy situation while exploring that central moral dilemma. But it hasn't, really. At least not in these past two issues, which spun their wheels a little too much for my liking.

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CATWOMAN #77 REVIEW
Reviewer: Terry Verticchio terryvert@hotmail.com
Quick Rating: Very good
Title: Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Universe—Part Three
Catwoman is in for the biggest fight of her life…against herself.
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Pencils: David Lopez
Inks: Alvaro Lopez
Colours: Jeromy Cox & Guy Major
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Cover artist: Adam Hughes
Editor: Nachie Castro
Publisher: DC Comics
Selina is still trapped in her fantasyland Gotham City. There she can do anything, be anything and she is no longer afraid of anything. Unfortunately it is a lie and what’s worse is that Selina knows it’s a lie. But then some lies are the most beguiling. It will take all of her cunning and strength to break free of such a world. Does she have what it takes to give up her dreams?
I have to give Will Pfeifer credit, as he certainly knows how to juggle all of the DC’s Big Events like OYL, Amazons Attack and now Salvation Run, and still maintain a tight control over this title and the character. This story isn’t the best one I’ve ever read, but the fact that he managed to make something profound out being saddled with Salvation Run makes me give Will top marks. I bet he can’t wait until this all blows over and he can go back writing his own stories again.
The art is like the writing, the very epitome of consistency.
Well, if Selina can free herself from her latest setback she still has to deal with the fact that she’s marooned on an alien planet populated by vicious killers and lunatics. But then she wouldn’t be Catwoman if she let little things like that bring her down.

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CATWOMAN #77
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Artist: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Publisher: DC Comics
Reviewer: Rock-Me Amodeo
Is it just my imagination, or has this book been rocking solidly for quite some time?
Toward the end of the last issue, I was prepared for a crappy ending. I just knew when we saw that strange Batman, the blurb for the next issue would have those five dreaded words somewhere in the title: “The Search For Ray Palmer.” I would curse production schedules and bad editing and…and…it was not that at all. Selena was in “The Matrix,” sorta, a matrix of her own mind, and she was the Neo.
And when that wicked smile crossed her lips at the end of the book, an exact duplicate was on my face as well. All I really wanted to see this issue was Selena connecting her seven pound boots to an endless row of latex-covered posteriors.
Boy, did I get that. Sure, I knew it would come to an end, but what a lot of fun! And you know, it made me seriously wonder if perhaps Catwoman is not selling herself short. Based on the extremely plausible choreography in this one, I bet she could do pretty well if she could somehow pull a Black Canary/Shiva maneuver. Something to hope for, although I’m sure she’s a better thief than either one of them, and maybe that’s where her strengths need to stay.
Still, a great book, and even more impressive considering that Pfeifer had to stay within the editorial mandates of Selena being off in SALVATION RUN. Yeah, having your main character tied to a mini-series, that couldn’t go bad, huh? But it didn’t.
And David Lopez is getting a little better each issue. Sure, he doesn’t draw Selina the way Hughes does the covers, but who wants a heroine who looks like a cross between Audrey Hepburn and Jennifer Love Hewitt, every panel? Okay, I wouldn’t cry, but if Hughes could do that every panel, he’d be drawing the book and Lopez would be doing the covers. As it is, Lopez brings a great story. Also, hats off to the colorists, who made an effort to convey the dream-like quality of the story with their palette, and succeeded.
I know I have a weakness for chick books. But truth be told, it’s only a weakness for well-written, well-drawn chick books. Between this, BIRDS OF PREY, BUFFY and MS. MARVEL, my plate is full.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/36152


Catwoman #77 - DC
Luckily, the Martian Manhunter is on the Salvation Run planet, because if not . . . I think Catwoman would've died in that machine that she became attached to. It focused on her desires . . returning to Gotham . . and then amplified her needs and concerns. She thinks that she's on an alternative Earth. And why not? Batman's told her those stories before. She has no reason to think that things may be of her own design, because everything is askew compared to what they would be like at home. Batman carries a gun, she's a murderous felon feared by . . well, everyone . . and she seems to be very strong and near invulnerable. The problem is, the longer she stays hooked up, the more life-force that's drained from her. And, the only way to unhook herself . . . she has to decide to leave. We saw in the last issue of Salvation Run, #5, what happens to her after she gets out and returns to camp. So this issue basically filled in the pieces in-between. Will Preifer writes this book, with David and Alvaro Lopez on the art. Which is the usual. It was kind of neat seeing another alternative Earth, although this one was just a dream, but it was also good to get back to the real world again. Well . . the real world that isn't her world. The first thing she notices when she gets out is how different the sky looks. It makes her long for Gotham even more. Hopefully this Salvation Run story-line will be over soon. We need to get Catwoman back in Gotham. I'm kind of thinking though, that this trip so far away from home, is going to make her re-evaluate her position on Helena and her future. That's just my guess though. I'm thinking her maternal instincts are going to come out. Guess we'll wait and see.

http://comicinsight.blogspot.com/2008/04/catwoman-77-dc.html


Catwoman #77
W: Will Pfeifer
A: David Lopez
I’m not really sure what the deal is with Adam Hughes’ cover for this issue. With the exception of the Joker (who shows up on the final page) none of the characters “chasing” Selina are anywhere in the book. Also, I’m not sure how accurate the tag-line “Run Catwoman Run” is. Does she run in this issue? I say: “Not really.” In fact, not only doesn’t Catwoman run, but she’s almost tempted to stay in the crazy alien holodeck forever.
And, I’ll be honest, I don’t blame her. Sure, the machine she’s in is killing her. But, the alternate reality that it’s created for her is pretty sweet. People fear her and give her free shit. And, not only that, in this world, she can actually take out Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Flash. You don’t see that every day. But, then Martian Manhunter shows up and throws a huge wet blanket on everything. (It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally learned to love J’onn’s new pointy-headed, all-business look.) “You’re going to die,” he says, “This world isn’t real.” But wait, what’s J’onn doing there, you ask? That is a very good question. It seems that Bruce sent J’onn to the prison planet undercover in the guise of Blockbuster. That Bruce, always thinking.

http://thefaust.wordpress.com/2008/03/22/weekly-comic-review-for-31908/


Catwoman #77 Review by Joey Esposito
Writer - Will Pfeifer
Pencils - David Lopez
Inks - Alvaro Lopez
Colors - Jeromy Cox & Guy Major
Letters - Jared K. Fletcher
Cover - Adam Hughes
Any week that Catwoman comes out is usually a good week. I can always rely on Selina Kyle for cocky, snarky banter and plenty of gritty action. What I don't typically expect is alternate worlds and hell planets. I will say that Will Pfeifer has handled Catwoman's tie in to Salvation Run exceptionally, even sending her off to a Gotham City of her own creation in the past two issues. And while it was entertaining to see Selina knock out Superman, it's hard to feel as though this wasn't just a waste of story.
There is plenty underlying here; this world that Selina has created sees her as the world's most feared killer and completely invulnerable. If she has created this world, what kind of dark thoughts lay dormant inside of her? Time will tell if Pfeifer uses this kind of an angle in future issues, but for now it provides enough food for thought that makes this issue seem like less of a waste. As seems to be the trend with DC books as of late, this issue is a tagalong on a larger story that is yet to be told.
Delightful as always is the world of David and Alvaro Lopez, who are quickly beginning to define this book for me. Pfeifer's writing may be recognizable, but when I look back on these issues years from now, it's going to be their work that I remember. The panel structures are so simple yet the evoke a cinematic feel to them, that while it's completely different from the noir-like style that Darwyn Cooke and Ed Brubaker had when this series first re-launched, it still fits the book in every way. Hopefully soon, the Lopez's can stop drawing hell planets and return to the mean streets of the East End of Gotham.
2.5 out of 5.

http://www.cincity2000.com/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1076


CATWOMAN #77
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
I give Catwoman a lot of praise and has deserved it ever since Brubaker and Cooke relaunched the title, but there's very little Pfeifer can do with this editorial mandated Salvation Run tie-in arc. I'm honestly impressed with how he's managed to skirt the issue here and try and go off on his own and ignore the entire thing while still technically being there.
I refer, of course, to this little mishap with the alien computers that resulted in a fun romp through Selina's "ideal" Earth where she can take down the entire Justice League by herself and just ignore all the problems and tragedies that have built up in her life over the past couple years. It's still the product of a tie-in to a terrible story and this arc could very well be considered pure filler that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things, but it's still enjoyable enough and this little sidetrip shouldn't be looked at as a total loss. I can see a newcomer being disappointed with the book based on the last couple issues, but I hope they stick around until we get back to Earth or go back and pick up some earlier trades to see what the book is really like.
Verdict - Check It

http://www.weeklycrisis.com/2008/03/weekly-crisis-quick-shot-comic-book_20.html


Catwoman #77: Can we get Selina back to reality? There were some good character building moments in this issue, but if I have to read about Catwoman in an virtual reality I should only have to buy it with virtual cash.

http://www.spacebooger.com/index.php/2008/03/24/last-week-in-comics-amazing-spider-man-554-was-better-the-first-time-as-the-death-of-superman/


CATWOMAN #77
COVER TAGLINE: Run Catwoman Run
TITLE: Waking Up On the Wrong Side of the Universe Part 3
STORY ARC: None
RELEASE DATE: March, 2007
COVER DATE: May, 2008
WRITER: Will Pfeifer
PENCILER(s): David Lopez
INKER(s): Alvaro Lopez
COLORS: Jeromy Cox
LETTERS: Jared K. Fletcher
EDITOR(s): Nachie Castro
COVER: Adam Hughes
PRICE: $2.99 U.S./$4.00 Canada
CHARACTERS: Catwoman (Selina Kyle); Batman; Superman; Green Lantern; Flash; Lex Luthor; Martian Manhunter
Facing off against a hovering Bat-Copter that is ready to fire at her, Catwoman quickly evaluates her situation. Abandoned on a dangerous Hell Planet she has somehow ended up in a world very much like her own that is (unbeknownst to her) actually a virtual reality matrix slowly sapping her life away. Deciding her course of action in an instant, Selina leaps in the air, crashes through the windshield and brings the entire Bat-Copter down.
After the crash landing, Selina rescues the unconscious Batman and steps inside an surreally placed coffee bar. The patrons all seem to be terrified of her and giver her whatever she asks for just to get her to leave.
While Catwoman is enjoying her java, the Justice League (summoned by Batman) prepare to take her down. This being her ideal dream world, Selina simply uses Bruce's kryptonite ring from his utility belt to knock out Superman and Green Lantern and uses Green Lantern's power ring to take off the charging Flash. Pleased with herself for effectively taking out the Justice League, Catwoman takes a moment to enjoy the cigar that Joker gave her back on Salvation Run.
Meanwhile, back in reality, Luthor is watching Catwoman hover in midair, reduced to a vegetative state by the life force stealing machine. After determining Selina to be a lost cause, Luthor leaves her to die. Hiding in the shadows, Martian Manhunter stays behind and taps into Selina's mind to beg her to let herself free from her own virtual prison.
Back in the machine, Catwoman is standing in a phone booth, perusing a phone book looking for her family members when she comes across the name of her daughter. Before she can dial the number she is called upon by Batman who now has nearly every hero of the DC Universe standing behind him ready to attack her. At this point, Martian Manhunter steps in and tells her that if she doesn't free herself she will die in the machine creating this fictional world. Still tempted of the possibility of a perfect life with her daughter, Catwoman takes a moment to look back at the phone booth.
Martian Manhunter then points out to Catwoman that while her attention was diverted, all of her enemies surrounding her have frozen including Batman. "Look at what happens when you're not focused on him. Nothing. Absolutely nothing happens because without you he doesn't exist. None of this does. She doesn't either. No matter how much you want her to."
Catwoman reaches out to test this theory and taps the frozen Batman in front of her. Batman falls to the ground and shatters into a million pieces. Catwoman pulls herself together and finally wills herself out of the machine. She crawls out of the bunker that was housing her and pauses for only one moment to realize that the cigar that she was able to enjoy in the machine has by now become busted in real life. Tossing the cigar and her ideal world behind her she makes her way back to the camp only to find a battle raging on between the Luthor and Joker factions!
NOTE:
See this battle and find out where Catwoman goes from here in Salvation Run #5

http://batmanytb.com/comics/titles/catwoman/vol2/0_100/newcat77.php


CATWOMAN #77
(Will Pfeiffer / David & Alvaro Lopez)
'Waking up On The Wrong Side of the Universe' pt 3
Selina is still trapped in the VR perfect world, while captured in the Salvation Run planet, and this time she's kicking the collective ass (you might notice i love using the phrase 'kick ass') of the Justice League - including Superman, Green Lantern and the Flash (in a semi-believable way, no less). It's sheer fun, but it reeks of fanboy enthusiasm, reading more like over-enthusiasticfan-fiction than an actual DC mag.
6.5/10

http://lysad.blogspot.com/2008/04/dc-capsule-reviews-week-12-2008.html


Catwoman #77
Wed, March 19th, 2008
A weak issue interrupts a strong run on the title for writer Will Pfeiffer. What plot device ruins the issue? Read on to find out.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=archive&type=user_review&id=0&offset=56


CATWOMAN #77
by Timothy Callahan
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STORY BY
Will Pfeifer
ART BY
David Lopez, Alvaro Lopez
COLORS BY
Jeromy Cox, Guy Major
LETTERS BY
Jared K. Fletcher
COVER BY
Adam Hughes
PUBLISHER
DC Comics
COVER PRICE
$2.99 (USD)
RELEASE DATE
Wed, March 19th, 2008
Wed, March 19th, 2008 at 8:03PM PST
This series has come a long was since the early Ed Brubaker/Darwyn Cooke issues. What began as stylish noir comic has now become an outer space adventure. "Will Eisner’s Spirit" (the original series, not the Cooke one) followed the same trajectory, oddly enough, so Pfeifer and the Lopez brothers are in good company at least. And what Pfeifer has managed to do throughout his tenure on Catwoman has been impressive. He’s maintained the focus on character rather than spectacle, even when Selina Kyle has been running around punching costumed crooks or zooming to a far away prison planet.
"Catwoman" is one of those comics that I take for granted each month, and then when I read it I remember that it’s actually quite good. Unfortunately, this issue isn’t one of the best of Pfeiffer’s run.
The problem with this issue, and the issue preceding it, is that it’s all just a dream. The story doesn’t, ultimately, count. And that’s frustrating. I understand why writers (not just in comics) use dream sequences: to symbolically reveal the interior life of a character. It’s a pseudo-Freudian way to establish implicit desire without explicit words or actions. Pfeiffer spends two issues establishing Selina Kyle’s supernatural sense of confidence and her desire for a family, but is that anything new? Regular readers of the series can’t be surprised at all about what these dreams reveal. Perhaps the thrill is watching Catwoman dispatch more powerful heroes with her cunning, but since it’s all just a fantasy induced by some unexplained alien machinery, it doesn’t amount to much.
This issue, this story arc, seems like a missed opportunity. I assume Catwoman was chosen to be part of Salvation Run and Pfeiffer was directed to include her adventures on that alien planet as part of the ongoing "Catwoman" series. And perhaps Pfeifer thought the character didn’t belong in that kind of faux-"Secret Wars" context, so he contrived a two-issue dream sequence to get her out of it. That’s what it feels like. But Pfeifer’s Selina Kyle playing the villains against each other, using her wits to survive (and thrive) on a hostile alien planet? That sounds like an interesting story. And that’s not what we get. We get a lot of dream-sequence Catwoman running around beating up Batman while Martian Manhunter hovers behind her saying, “this isn’t real. It’s all in your mind.”
The art, as always, is excellent, but it’s just not enough to save the flawed concept of the issue. The story ends with Catwoman waking from her imposed dream state, though, so I have faith that Pfeifer will get the series back on track in no time.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=42


Biggest "I Have Conflicting Issues About This": Catwoman 77
I loved watching Selina kick ass through the JLA. Watching her beat up Batman in particular was fun.
But if she can be this great in her mind, why oh why can't she be this awesome the rest of the time?
Overall Score: 3.5/5
Doormat Score: 0/5

http://norprostitute.blogspot.com/2008/03/comics-this-week-other-than-countdown.html


Catwoman #77
W: Will Pfeifer
A: David Lopez
I’m not really sure what the deal is with Adam Hughes’ cover for this issue. With the exception of the Joker (who shows up on the final page) none of the characters “chasing” Selina are anywhere in the book. Also, I’m not sure how accurate the tag-line “Run Catwoman Run” is. Does she run in this issue? I say: “Not really.” In fact, not only doesn’t Catwoman run, but she’s almost tempted to stay in the crazy alien holodeck forever.
And, I’ll be honest, I don’t blame her. Sure, the machine she’s in is killing her. But, the alternate reality that it’s created for her is pretty sweet. People fear her and give her free shit. And, not only that, in this world, she can actually take out Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Flash. You don’t see that every day. But, then Martian Manhunter shows up and throws a huge wet blanket on everything. (It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally learned to love J’onn’s new pointy-headed, all-business look.) “You’re going to die,” he says, “This world isn’t real.” But wait, what’s J’onn doing there, you ask? That is a very good question. It seems that Bruce sent J’onn to the prison planet undercover in the guise of Blockbuster. That Bruce, always thinking.

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CATWOMAN #77
Written by Will Pfeifer
Art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Can Catwoman stay one step ahead of every villain in the DCU? Looks like she's managed to tick off Luthor and the Joker, and her only chance of getting back to Gotham City lies in the hands of the one being on the planet she can trust. But can he trust her?
Kirk Says: Pfeifer has done an excellent job with Catwoman over the course of his run and I'm amazed at how well he's handling this editorially mandated Salvation Run off world tie-in arc. I doubt any of this will convince anyone to pick up one of DC's books though, so I won't waste my breath and will move on to the next title.

http://www.weeklycrisis.com/2008/03/post-crisis-comic-book-previews-for_18.html


PICK! CATWOMAN #77
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Penciller: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Colorist: Jeremy Cox & Guy Major
Publisher: DC Comics
Samantha: When this issue starts, Selina is still trapped inside her “mental submission” box on the alien prison planet. As such, she believes she is in a world in which she can do anything she wants. This, for the reader, has the delightful side effect of letting her go through and kick everyone in the JLA’s butt. It is sheer gratuitous hero on hero violence at its best. As the story ends, however, both the reader and Selina realize that this is all just a figment of her mind trying to give her a perfect world to make up for the shambles of a life she has back home, and Selina vows that if she could pick up the pieces and determine her own fate in the fake version of her life, she can do so in real life, too. I hope so, because I would like to have a Selina I can root for again, like I used to pre-OYL and like I did in this issue.
Also, this issue made me care a lot more about the prison planet nonsense than the last two issues of JLA combined have.
SHOCK VALUE: B+

http://www.popcultureshock.com/picks-pans-march-19-2008/43492/


Catwoman #77- Selina believes herself to be on a parallel Earth where she is invincible. To be honest I gotta admit I kinda enjoyed watching her beating the crap out of Batman, Superman, AND Hal Jordan. Eventually Martian Manhunter shows up to tell Selina that she is still on the Hell Planet and this Earth she thinks she is on, is in fact a construct she herself is making up maintained by the machine she got trapped in on the Hell Planet. Eventually Selina with a little urging from MM wakes up from her dream world, and starts making her way back to the villains on the Hell Planet. This issue overall was not too shabby, I still feel like Pfeifer is treading water though till this whole Salvation Run mini-series is over. Dig the Lopez’s work on this book, gotta say in the beginning I was kinda meh about it, but now the artwork for this book just feels right.

http://comicoverload.com/?p=649


Catwoman #77 by Will Pfeifer (writer), David López (penciller), Álvaro López (inker), Jeromy Cox (colorist), Guy Major (colorist), and Jared K. Fletcher (letterer). $2.99, 22 pgs, FC, DC.
Selina’s seemingly-interminable stay on the Salvation Run Planet continues, and even though it’s only been three issues but feels like three years, there’s still one more issue to go! Someone last month bugged me about buying it and therefore validating this kind of crap, and that’s a point, but as I’ve often mentioned, if I know the detour is going to be brief, I’ll deal with it. Pfeifer has done such a good job with this book, and these issues, which are crappy in terms of entertainment, still give us a good portrayal of Selina, from her desire to stay in this weird world that exists only in her head to the way she thinks about taking down Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Flash. As the world is created just for her, it’s not impressive that she’s able to do it, but her thought process as she runs this gauntlet is interesting. But really, these have been pointless issues. J’onn, who told her last issue that it wasn’t real, shows up again to tell her it’s not real, and she can only get out if she wants to. So Selina wants to, and hey presto! she’s out. It’s not a bad idea for a one-off issue, but stretching it to two is pushing it. Oh well - one more issue to get Selina off the SRP, and then Pfeifer can get back to doing what has made this book one of DC’s best.
As I have nothing nice to say about the story, I should mention that López, as usual, does a stellar job with the art. The fight between Selina and the Justice Leaguers is very nicely done, and I’m always impressed by how well López shows Selina’s facial expressions, even though she spends a lot of time with her eyes hidden. He does a wonderful job with her mouth that conveys her emotions, and it’s greatly appreciated. Even if I don’t like the story of these past few issues, the art has been, as usual, top-notch. I’ll point out, once again, that López has drawn every issue for over two years, and the book is never late. I guess he’s just not a prima donna.

http://www.blogdimension.com/en/cache?s=36920337-what-i-bought-19-march-2008


Catwoman #77 – Writer Will Pfeifer, Pencils David Lopez, Inks Alvaro Lopez, Colors Jeromy Cox and Guy Major. Catwoman is trapped inside of a machine on the prison planet that is slowly killing her. In her mind she is on an alternate Earth and having a blast beating up half the JLA. The Martian Manhunter enters her mind and helps her realize what is going on and she escapes. It was a great adventure watching Selina being super powered and having the time of her life and it was almost sad that she had to leave. What is so great about this series is Will Pfeifer made this inane idea of having Catwoman on the prison planet work. David and Alvaro Lopez do great work on every issue and deliver this book on a monthly basis. These guys are top flight artists who pick great camera angles and can draw anything and anyone. I’m always worried DC will steal them for a higher profile title. Once again Catwoman was a very good issue. Will Pfeifer should be writing more comics.

http://comicsand.blogspot.com/2008/03/best-to-worst-of-last-week_25.html


Catwoman #77 - Another fun issue from Pfeifer & Lopez. How soon until someone at DC notices that Lopez has churned out the art on close to 2 years straight?

http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=212086&page=3


Catwoman #77: This comic is just a lot of fun to read. I love how she's written. Her attitude and personality are just great. Nice to have everything explained in this issue. At first I was bothered by the fact that she was able to use Hals ring, but it all made sense in the end.

http://boards.ign.com/comics_general_board/b5033/160851055/p1/


Catwoman#77
by Will Pfeifer and David/Alvaro Lopez, gorgeous cover by Adam Hughes
I feel really bad, because I got some water on the cover, and I hate to ruin such a pretty cover, but don't pay attention to my neuroses. . .
An homage to Run, Lola, Run, I believe. The thing is, I wonder if Selina has to have so much rouge on her face; it makes her look younger/ more innocent than I think she should appear to be. As always, I love the whip being shown like a tail. That is so cute.
Enough about the cover, let's get to the comic itself. While this tie-in to Salvation Run isn't exactly the best of jumping-on points, it's definitely a fun read, because --
1) Batman tries apprehending Catwoman (in his very own Bat-copter!).
Fails.
2) Batman tries apprehending Catwoman again. (now with three other members of the Justice League!).
Fails.
3) Batman tries yet again, with the entire DCU behind him:
Well, I guess you can find out what happens by checking it out, hm? It has to do with Salvation Run and isn't that creative, since we're in the age of the Wachowskis, but it's still a really fun read.
Selina finds herself in a strange Earth, and makes the most of it. Here, on this Earth, she has super powers and everyone fears her, and what does she do with that? She has some coffee. --->
I like Catwoman's voice in the narration. It's very easygoing and friendly, and it's confident as well.
Good stuff, although I can't really expect any more substance from a forced tie-in.
Earlier I resolved to give the title some trial issues, and I haven't regretted it, though after this arc I'm sure we'll get to see more substance. Three out of five bruised and bandaged Batmen.

http://chezkevin.blogspot.com/2008/03/cover-to-cover.html


PICK! CATWOMAN #77
Writer: Will Pfeifer
Penciller: David Lopez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Colorist: Jeremy Cox & Guy Major
Publisher: DC Comics
Samantha: When this issue starts, Selina is still trapped inside her “mental submission” box on the alien prison planet. As such, she believes she is in a world in which she can do anything she wants. This, for the reader, has the delightful side effect of letting her go through and kick everyone in the JLA’s butt. It is sheer gratuitous hero on hero violence at its best. As the story ends, however, both the reader and Selina realize that this is all just a figment of her mind trying to give her a perfect world to make up for the shambles of a life she has back home, and Selina vows that if she could pick up the pieces and determine her own fate in the fake version of her life, she can do so in real life, too. I hope so, because I would like to have a Selina I can root for again, like I used to pre-OYL and like I did in this issue.
Also, this issue made me care a lot more about the prison planet nonsense than the last two issues of JLA combined have.
SHOCK VALUE: B+

http://www.popcultureshock.com/pcs/columns/picks-and-pans/


CATWOMAN #77: I've complained long and (I'm sure) tediously about Selina being involved in this Salvation Run business, but for once I enjoyed this issue- I mean, geez- it was fun seeing her kick Batman's ass for the second time, then follow that up with sizable portions of the Justice League as well. Of course, and I spoil here, it was all in her mind as it turns out...but no less fun for it. That said, I'll be glad when this crossover is done and we can get back to Gotham business. B+

http://johnnybacardi.blogspot.com/2008/04/confessions-of-spinner-rack-junkie.html


CATWOMAN #77 - Yes, you probably have me as a sucker reader through Salvation Run, but that's it, okay?

http://comicbycomic.blogspot.com/2007/12/dc-comics-february-2008-solicits.html


Catwoman 77
I love the cover. The way Run Catwoman Run was worked in with the logo. The fact that the zipper on her suit was all the way up and she still looked sexy. The stark white, black, and red coloring. Adam Hughes does great covers. The story was fun, too, as Selina continues to live out her fantasy on an imaginary Earth, with Martian Manhunter getting through to her in time. Great stuff here.

http://shellyscomics.blogspot.com/2008/03/week-in-review.html

2008/05/12

Disfrutando del domingo.

Hoy me he visto "Barnyard", un pedazo de truño de película de las de CGI, mala, mala muy mala... Mal de guión, mal de diseño, mal de planteamiento, mala de solemnidad, una pérdida de tiempo.

Me ha dejado tan mal sabor de boca que he tenido que recurrir a una de mis perlas televisivas para recuperarme... El Ala Oeste de la Casa Blanca. Me la suda todos los prejuicios que acarrea el tema que trata, los asesores del Presidente de los U.S.A., es muy buena, es brillante, TODOS los personajes son magníficos, los diálogos son naturales y entretenidos, los argumentos son sencillos y brillantes, tiene tramas de episodio individual, de temporada y de serie... un placer. Me llega hasta tal punto, que me encuentro levantándome con el corazón henchido y gritando ¡Ueseá, ueseá, ueseá!... El presidente Bartlett es mi presidente, y el mundo sería tan bonito si tuviéramos a Martin Sheen en vez de a Bush...

Para los que siguen las informaciones sobre mi vida social; progresa adecuadamente, el sábado salí con mis gafas y me di cuenta de que se ve de punta a punta dentro de un bar, se me hizo raro, me he dado cuenta de que el ser miope me convierte en un rancio, qué le voy a hacer...

2008/05/11

Dios Salve a la Reina




Ya todos sabéis que soy muy blandito, sobre todo en la región cardiaca.

Acabo de ver "Love Actually", y estoy con los glóbulos rosas hiperexcitados, qué bien, qué a gusto se queda uno después de una buena comedia, qué digo yo buena... es COJONUDAAAAA. Intento mantener las lágrimas dentro de mis preciosos ojos, pero qué demonios...

Es una peli de las mías, coral, divertida, con buen ritmo y concentrando todas las moñeces para una cascada inacabable en el final del tercer acto. Y para mí que me tomo el café con cuatro sobres de azúcar no hay final demasiado dulce; las comedias, si es que quieren preciarse de tal distintivo deben acabar bien... Y si es de amor, como es esta, acabar bien significa acabar BIEN.

El que no la haya visto, que corra a la mula, vídeo club o Fnac más cercana y se haga con esta pieza de merengue de primera categoría clase A tamaño XXL, no le defraudará.

Estos ingleses saben hacer comedia... quién lo diría...

En otro orden de cosas, y llenando mi sábado de películas y mantita con lluvia tras el cristal, me he visto "Flushed Away", la de los tipos de Wallace&Grommit en CGI, muy divertida, de carcajada, vamos. También me ha acompañado en mi tarde Kitano con su surreal biografía cinematográfica, Takeshi's, muy surreal, muy Kitano, narrada crípticamente para expertos en su filmografía, rara y entretenida.

Rápido informe de ayer; pintaban bastos para los muchachos, poca gente y mucha lluvia, pero cuando se busca el gol, se encuentra. Las acciones del colectivo suben como la espuma, la gente está fatal, pero chico, a este paso lo de la segunda parte de Amarillo Enamorado va a ser una trilogía o qué me sé yo.

Citando al niño de "Love Actually" y como reflexión para mi público (me sabe fatal que la frase no sea mía... la suscribo):

"Que el amor nos cosa a leches."

2008/05/09

La muerte es sólo el final


No soy muy amigo de beber solo pero hay días que. por lo que sea, el cuerpo te pide una cervecita.

Viernes, la noche se cierne como un agradable manto sobre la ciudad, tópico, pero desde mi ventana se ve así... Ya no hay excusas, ni el calor, ni las ganas de nada; sencillamente es que no hay cuerpo de trabajar, tengo el espíritu inquieto. La rutina no me ha servido de nada estos días; vale que la semanita que me está dando el Barça no tiene precio, pero hay días que toca sufrir.

Esta semana ha venido a trabajar a casa unos días el Oscar, es muy majete, se pone en su sitio y no se queja, me ríe las gracias y todo le está bien, la verdad es que es más agradable trabajar acompañado.

Creo que va siendo hora de volver a leer Ikkyu, el que no se lo haya leído, ya tarda, creo que lo están reeditando, uno de los mejores mangas que he leído nunca, son cinco tomos (creo) dibujados con una maestría y una sensibilidad que no se encuentran, es una pena que el tipo muriera... Me consuela saber que dejó una gran obra como legado.

La noche ya está a mi lado, y las luces de la ciudad le dan ese aspecto antinatural, el cielo toma ese tono anaranjado y la gente se vuelve borrosa, hoy no cogeré las gafas, ya sé qué es lo que hay, y si aparece algo nuevo, por lo menos me obligo a acercarme a verlo.

Mi Voll-Damm se acaba y se va acercando la hora de irse, mi compañero de trabajo sigue haciendo ese agradable sonido de teclas en el ordenador, un carraspeo, una respiración, la vida al fin y al cabo.

La vida... al final es siempre la vida.

2008/05/04

La noche no es para mí



Pues sí, chicos.

Dejando aparte lo profundo del post de antes, paso al relato de este puente.

La ciudad se quedó vacía; no había que hacer colas para nada, toda para mí, y yo con días libres, pintaba bien, ¿verdad?

Pues no, nada, mierda para mí.

El miércoles nos llegó de visita el gran fichaje, nada menos que la Penélope, un muchacho como la copa de un pino. El miércoles yo tenía ganas de fiesta, y fuimos como locos. Un chisme en casa, rápido, rápido, que hay que irse. Aprovechando que Penélope hacía mucho que no salía por aquí la pudimos engañar para ir por donde quisiéramos; no se volverá a repetir. Primero el Belmondo, que si bien el dueño pone interés y es majete, no termina de hacer parroquia, cambia de camarera cada fin de semana, qué me se yo, con el tiempo espero que le funcione. Luego al Tigre, copita rápida y corre que te corre al casco, que nos cierran! Fuimos a la Magnética, más de lo mismo pero petado como siempre, estaba Sara, pobre, más colgadica... No pude acabarme la copa, no me quedaban fuerzas y tampoco quería guazarme como un chucho, vamos... De ahí, y por un embarque de los de la Naty salimos en busca de un tal "Dejá Vu", pero no hubo manera. Ahí la Penélope se fue y ya fuimos resignados al Ambigú; doce euracos para entrar y ver que estaba cerrado; por si alguien no lo sabe todavía, la Ambigú está dentro del Oasis... Entre los McKoys y las Chonis nos tomamos nuestra copa de resignación. Como inciso, para profundizar en ello otro día, ¿por qué las chicas no pagan en estos sitios?, entiendo la razón de mercado, pero todas estas amiguicas tan remodernas y progres no ponen el grito en el cielo ante semejante actitud; vamos, a mí me indigna, aunque a las horas a las que llego a esos sitios no me queda carácter... Bueno, de ahí a casa y a dormir.

El jueves lo pasé como un domingo, me fui leyendo mi guión de CatWoman, intentando tragarme Cristal Oscuro (no hay manera) y tirado en el sofá como un perro. A la noche me fui con la Naty a cenar unos pinchos, de escauting, vamos, el Bodegas Almau, el Champi y ya descubrimos en 9 bis de vez. Encontramos a sus compañeros de expo, muy majos, claro, y ya fui viendo lo que sería la tónica de estos días... tengo un atractivo guey que no puedo con él, si me funcionara a la vez al revé ES QUE ME IBA A HARTAR DE FOLLARRRRR. Pero nada, no hay manera, estoy por cambiarme de acera y todo. Los Expos se recogieron prontito y yo le quise dar una oportunidad a la noche y me pasé a ver qué había en el Tigre, pero nada, me vi de golpe colgado como un chorizo y me fui pa queo.

El viernes quedé con la Penélope por la mañana, la idea era darle un tebeo, comprar unas cosas en la Fnac y para casa, pero mira; empezamos que si, habrá que desayunar... y ya nos tomamos el vermú, terraceando me estoy empezando a coger color. Hacía tiempo que no me la pegaba con la Penélope, haciendo flashback, pelando a la peña... lo típico, a ver si cumple y la vemos más por aquí. La noche del viernes, el Chus y yo mano a mano, con mucha más calma que el miércoles, eso sí, un Tekken para empezar y luego el recorrido clásico. Acabamos en la Zeta, que estaba más vacía de lo que la había visto nunca, mierda y para casa.

El sábado ya empezó torcido, no sabía ya qué hacer, me puse guapo... Otro inciso; todo el mundo sabe que yo soy de los del amor propio, que me quiero con locura, pero es que el sábado estaba yo guapo de rabiar, las ensaladitas y tanto hacer ejercicio me he puesto hecho un San Luis, vamos, que no entiendo cómo no se me lanzaban las mujeres encima como perracas en celo, estaba arrebatador, pero ¿me sirvió de algo? de ná de ná... Tenía la tarde libre y me puse a llamar a toda la agenda, pero ni los pelochos me lo me cogían, frustrante. Cené con la Naty pinchitos, otra vez, y ella estaba divina también, y con la misma problemática que me afectaba... fatal. Pasamos por casa de Chus, celebraba una fiesta por su cumpleaños, fue un éxito tal que sólo fuimos la Naty y yo... vaya nochecita... Nada, salimos tarde y con un ánimo torvo en la mirada. Yo lo intenté todo, por mí no iba a ser, iba a mil... Qué sufrimiento... Nada, Tigre, Candy, Páramo... nada... me consolaba al pensar que las Postdatas pinchaban en el Pulpo, pero NADA DE NADA DE NADA... estaba vacío como durante el verano. Hale, a la mierda de la Ambigú, pero ya estaba demasiado perjudicado para nada, un camarero me hizo ojitos y mira, por lo menos eso infla un poco el ego... Bocadillo en el Ruiseñores, lo mejor de la noche... Dos cosas para apuntar, voy haciendo avances con mi Han y Valentino ganó por fin... si se le acaba la racha a él, lo mío también tendrá su final.

Hoy me he levantado digiriendo noticias de ayer, he disfrutado de "Grandes esperanzas" la peli del Cuarón, este tío es un súper crack, qué sensibilidad, qué maravilla... Es lo que tienen las películas buenas, te levantan un mal domingo. Me he ido a dar un paseo y las pelusas de los árboles le daban un aspecto entre invernal y mágico a una calurosa tarde de la primavera del cambio climático, me ha acompañado Ladytron y me sentía de lo más neoromántico, por suerte se me ha pasado. Unas pipas en casa del Chus, y va la Pili y me dice: "Pues tú con lo guapo que eres, ¿cómo no ligas más?".

Para morirse.

Ah, el Madrid ganará la liga en un ratico y le tocará al Barça hacerle los honores en el Calderón el miércoles, lo dicho, para morirse...




La selección musical de hoy; ochentera, que me da mucho rollo y además retratan bien mi estado de ánimo. Pongo las letras para que el disfrute sea máximo.

Vídeo: La Noche no es para mí.

Ya no sé que esta bien o esta mal
una total confusion, esperando la noche
como el que espera su final
todo el dia de aqui para alla
busco algun "leif motive"
para saciar de golpe,
aburrimiento y soledad

La noche no es para mi
no para mi
La noche no es para mi
no para mi

El reloj pasa ya de las dos
todo a mi alrededor se vuelve diferente
aunque en el fondo sea igual
entre lo incierto y la realidad
noto correr el alcohol
por mi sangre efervescente
cumpliendo siempre el ritual

La noche no es para mi
no para mi
La noche no es para mi
no para mi

La oscuridad crece aun mas y mas
y las tinieblas se han apoderado de mi mente
y no lo puedo soportar

Y ya no sé que esta bien o esta mal
busco con desesperacion con quien pasar la noche
otra noche sin final

La noche no es para mi
no para mi
La noche no es para mi
no para mi

Olé Olé: Voy a mil.

Voy a mil
y no puedo parar,
inútil controlar
mis deseos
y apunto los minutos
batí mi propio récord.
Voy a mil
pensando en no sé qué,
me tranquilizaré,
no te asustes,
mis huellas se desgastan,
tus pistas me despistan.
Dime ¿cuándo?… ¿cuándo?
me quedaré quieta, ahora
quiero todo
en este momento para mí.
Voy a mil,
frenético ritual,
mmm, odio descansar,
hoy te quiero,
a veces no me miras,
a veces no te veo.
Voy a mil,
no logro reprimir
el vicio de vivir,
y lo siento
la música me tienta
la noche quema tanto.
Dime ¿cuándo?… ¿cuándo?
me quedaré quieta?
Ahora quiero todo
en este momento para mí!
Voy a mil,
descansa tú por mí,
o duerme tú por mí
y mañana
me invitas a un martini
flotando en tu piscina.
Dime ¿cuándo?… ¿cuándo?
me quedaré quieta?
Ahora quiero todo
en este momento para mí..!!

Punto de inflexión

No tengo motivos para quejarme, por eso elijo no hacerlo.

Me regalaron todos los dones de la vida, hasta el hecho de apreciarla, fue caro, pero no pude elegir, lo que sí pude elegir fue respirar con más fuerza cada bocanada y me encanta el sabor.

Ha sido una época un tanto frustrante, acostumbrado como estoy a que todo vaya de cara, me olvido de que no siempre pintan mi color, pero elijo poner mi mejor sonrisa y esperar días más a mi gusto.

Tengo mis amigos, mi familia y la vida que siempre he querido, elijo tenerlo todo. Y una tarde de melancolía de vez en cuando es un precio muy barato ¿no?