Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Why I Won't Be Reading Catwoman Anytime Soon

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Why I Won't Be Reading Catwoman Anytime Soon

Yes, I'm weighing in on the great boob war currently raging. And it is quite possible that I will get a lot of outraged responses from horny twenty-something boys who greatly enjoy looking at Catwoman's breasts. But really people...We are in the middle of a huge company-wide relaunch. Beloved characters have been wiped from existance, continuity is out the door, relationships are suddenly awry, and DC is searching desperately for new readers.

And this is what they serve up?

No, I'm not going to show you the pictures. There are plenty of other places you can see them. And I LIKE Selina. I think that Catwoman is an old, valuable and interesting character. She helps to humanize Batman, it's nice to have that sexual tension between their two characters. I understand that she is a sexy cat burglar who slinks around in a skintight black leather suit, while carrying a whip. Believe me...I get it.

But she is also an interesting character in her own right, and she's been around for a VERY long time, and I think that she deserves better. As you may all have figured out from my previous rantings, I am NOT pleased with Judd Winick of late. He just cannot write women for some reason. Selina is reduced to being an object of mere titillation for the viewer. The MALE viewer. The artist doesn't even show her face for quite a while. The coloring is mostly black and white, with her wearing that BRIGHT red bra, so that it even more, is the First Thing That You See. Breasts. Breasts all over the place.

I don't mind breasts. I happen to have a rather spectacular pair myself. But seriously boys. Would you be quite as thrilled if you opened an issue of Green Lantern and ALL that you saw, was Hal's dick thrusting into your face, page after page after page? Heck, most of the guys who are busy drooling over Selina's cleavage are the same ones that go into a tizzy over a hint of a bulge in a male costume.

I don't mind Selina and Bruce being together. I don't mind them "doing it". I don't particularly want to see it shown rather graphically however. I admit it, I'm a romantic. I have a crystal chandelier and a fireplace in my bedroom for heaven's sake. I've rather enjoyed the teasing, the sidelong glances, the will-they-or-won't-they byplay over the years. But this scene of them grunting and rolling around on a rooftop, when they don't even KNOW their identities is not in the least romantic. It is simply lust, and the probably exchange of body fluids.


Maybe when Winick decides to go off and savage some other book, and they get a REAL writer back, I'll decide to read Catwoman again. But for now, count me out.


At 8:22 AM, Blogger Kellen said...

And it's such a shame since Mia Dearden is one of the most interesting characters I've read. Certainly my favorite Speedy and she's such a positive role model! Strong (young) woman, able, tough, inventive and she even lives with HIV.

Then things like this happen and I just scratch my head at Judd Winick...

At 8:47 AM, Blogger mathematicscore said...

I don't feel like Winick is always poison, I've really enjoyed some of his work.

I might take this opportunity to finally read Brubaker's Catwoman relaunch; That seemed to keep her sexuality with out making that the only thing it was about.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger B.G. Christensen said...

But seriously boys. Would you be quite as thrilled if you opened an issue of Green Lantern and ALL that you saw, was Hal's dick thrusting into your face, page after page after page?

Yes, please, I'd like that very much.

Oh, you meant straight boys. Never mind.

(In all seriousness, I think superhero comics should be one thing and porn another thing. Each serves its purpose, there's no need for superhero comics to try to be soft porn. I'm cool with Batman and Catwoman having sex, but if I want to watch them having sex I'll watch Batman XXX: A Porn Parody.)

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Marina said...

It's not like the market isn't full of comics which cater to, say, a man's baser needs...

What's really baffling is the fact that DC, while claiming to be after a whole new readership, is making some of the biggest titles completely unavailable to potential costumers. For instance, I can't give my younger cousins a 'Catwoman', a 'Batman' or even 'Wonder Woman'. You know, the characters that are all over their toys and bedsheets.

At 5:54 AM, Blogger Dwayne "the canoe guy" said...

Back in the 90's I referred to that decade as "Jugs & Demons". I almost gave up comics for good, if not for Don Rosa doing Uncle Scrooge. If DC continues to head back to that decade, my buying will drop to only one book from them.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Dwayne, "jugs and demons" is simply perfect. Sums it all up so well. Although I do have to say that the new book with Etrigan is actually pretty good!

Kellen, I agree. We are missing a whole lot of really good characters all of a sudden, and I like Mia.

Winick CAN write...when he feels like it. It doesn't seem as though he has felt like it in quite a while.

B.G. you have a very valid point my dear. I myself wouldn't mind either...for a little bit perhaps. But it's rather hard to focus on the actual STORY when all you can see is boobs all over the place.

Marina, you are also right. Granted, there are some younger viewer books out there...but it's a shame that MOST of the books are so clearly not for kids. Who ARE the next generation of readers. Why are we only catering to 18 year old straight boys?

And I don't even want to go into what they did to poor Kory over in the Outsiders book. She's simply a blow-up doll for Jason and Roy now. And it doesn't speak too well for Jason and Roy's characters either, that they cheerfully take advantage of her. Another book that I won't be reading. And I used to LIKE Roy.

At 10:30 AM, Blogger James Ashelford said...

As a horny twenty-something guy I have to say I agree with everything you've said, Sally.

This is just one of DC's best female characters (hell, one of their best characters full stop) getting butchered for cheap thrills.

There needs to be a German word for feeling shame for an art form.

At 10:34 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

James, there probably IS a German word for that, but it is 28 letters long and has a lot of gutterals and umlauts.

At 9:58 PM, Blogger notintheface said...

I had some pretty strong opinions on how women have been treated so far in the new DCU:


At 10:56 AM, Blogger notintheface said...

What really bugged me most about Catwoman#1 was this thing got APPROVED at several levels and thereby saw print.

In contrast, Superman#712, where Supes teamed up with a Muslim hero, got sh_t-canned at the last minute, despite containing a KEY PIECE of Chris Roberson's "Grounded" story.

In other words, offending Islamophobes worried DC more than offending women.

Think about that one.

(The second half of that arc where Roberson took over was actually really good. He was kind of channeling Elliot S! Maggin in places.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Well, you see, Face...all evidence to the contrary, women apparently don't read comic books. DC would rather give up all that money, which is really rather silly of them.

At 9:08 PM, Blogger LissBirds said...

Thank you Sally, for everything you said.

I just don't know what DC is thinking anymore. I thought the 90's were over.

At 1:40 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Liss, funny you should say that. We have Bob Harras and Scott Lobdell and a few other retreads from the Marvel 90's and boy howdy...suddenly it all reads like the Marvel 90's!

At 5:07 PM, Blogger T-Bat said...

Hi SallyP!

Love your blog and just decided to start commenting on some things!

I'm so pleased I came across this article on your blog. I remember reading Catwoman #1 when it was first released a few months back. Since then, my stack of Catwoman comics has been growing (up to Catwoman #7) while I got caught up reading everything else that interested me first.

I just comic-binged my way through 7 issues of Catwoman, and I must say that I agree with nearly all of the comments above on this comic being degraded to second-rate softcore batporn.

I've always been a huge Batman fan, and I'm all about following the Batman characters in The New 52 lineup....but I am sorry to say I will also be dropping this title from my DC repertoire.

A shame, too, because they could have done so much more with her...


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