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Catwoman Vol. 1: The Game

 

Having loved Anne Hathaway's performance in The Dark Knight Rises, I decided it was finally time for me to read DC Comics' Catwoman Volume 1: The Game by Judd Winick and Guillem March. I heard there was a good deal of controversy when the initial issues were released and was intrigued to read the New 52 version of this iconic character. Well, now I know, and it wasn't quite what I expected. Read on for my review, and let me know what you think of this new Catwoman!

Born in controversy, this book has been on my "eager to read" list for months. I wasn't really buying the initial "overly sexual" arguments, so I was happy to finally get this in my hands and see for myself.

Judd Winick does a fine job with the younger-then-before Selina Kyle. While maintaining the same spunky attitude and look as the pre-boot Catwoman, Winick's Catwoman is less burglar and more adrenaline junky. She's got punk rock in her veins, and the flashbacks prove it.

I really enjoyed Guillem March's artwork. I hadn't been too impressed by most of his work I had seen in the past, but I got the feeling he was channeling someone else here. With extreme perspective shots and supremely dynamic poses, I felt a bit of Aeon Flux in there and that style is a great fit for this modern, edgy Catwoman.

 

Catwoman Kick!

 

In her first outing in this new world, we start off with quite a bang (or two). Selina steals the wrong thing from the wrong people and realizes when it's too late that she really shouldn't have. Pursued by team after team of Gotham goons, Selina has to user her whiles, wits, and athletic prowess to get out of more than one tricky situation. And a little help from Batman never hurts.

I loved that the story was fast-paced and entertaining, but I was really hoping for something more. While I enjoyed it, it's definitely not my favorite of the New 52. When compared to some of the other titles put out by DC of late, Catwoman falls slightly. At the same time, it's better than a lot of the other New 52 titles, as well. This new Catwoman falls squarely in the middle of the pack, neither shining nor disappointing. The brutality of the violence was a bit shocking to me as well. I'm hesitant to say it was distracting or bothersome, but I did notice it and got a little uncomfortable seeing a female character get so badly beaten.

All that being said, I did enjoy The Game. While I wouldn't put it first on my list of "must-read" DC titles, I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a fast, fun read loaded with sexy action.

Catwoman Volume 1: The Game

3 out of 5

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Comments (2)
  • bjmorga
    I read the first two issues. While I thought they were decent, I had already decided I would trim my New 52 purchases down to just a few titles. I may have to go back and give this trade a try. My Catwoman knowledge is woefully underdeveloped. Outside of a few of the big Batman stories, I haven't really read anything Catwoman related before the two issues I tried in the New 52.
  • Joe_Kach  - Gets better
    Having read through issue 12 after posting this review, I can confirm that the 2nd arc is more enjoyable. That being said, after Winick's departure, the title took a very, very sharp nose dive.
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