No Blood No Foul
Catwoman, you suck so hard. I do find myself with an almost giddy sort of pleasure at the prospect of seeing what depths you reach next, both metaphorically and literally in this instance considering your adventures in the Underground, but man, you've been bad! I mean really, really bad.
There's nothing worth analyzing here, so let me catch you up quickly for those who are not up to date. Catwoman is in the Underground running and errand for Dr. Phosphorous and trying to rescue her "friend" Rat-Tail. Now, let's get to it.
Is Catwoman #23 incredibly awful or stupendously awful?
In this issue, Catwoman and Tinderbox meet the Warhogs.
Seriously, Why Does Nocenti Still Have a Job?
Honestly, I'm kind of ticked at DC. Throughout Nocenti's (former writer for Daredevil and current writer for
Catwoman and Katana) run I've either finished an issue and thought, "Well, that wasn't too bad," "That was hilariously bad," or "My head hurts," but this time, I'm genuinely ticked. It's not because of the story; this issue is no worse than the last, but how can DC allow Nocenti to write this when it's so clearly dog crap? The thing about it is that somebody somewhere in the organization is making a really bad call, and it's hard for me to believe anybody could believe in Nocenti's writing which means there is some political bull crap shafting fans of Selina Kyle. I realize I'm reading a lot into the situation and I could easily be wrong, but that's the only thing that makes sense to me, and I'm angry at DC for allowing this series to continue this way.
To talk about the substance of the issue, this one was not as far out as the last in respect to the amount of crazy stuff that was added into the mix. However, all the crazy stuff from last issue is still in place, so I don't know if I could actually claim it's better.
1. As with the last issue, we have crazy staircases upside down above people's heads. It's stupid.
2. I'm not an expert on geology, but I'm pretty sure that any place that had a lava flow would not be well suited for building a town. Remember, these tunnels are supposed to be from Old Gotham, so Old Gotham was built on top of lava pits? Also, we see stone columns going into the lava which are supporting a bridge. Still not an expert, but that wouldn't work, right? Isn't molten lava like one big flowing all consuming melter of everything? Wouldn't the molten rock just cause the rock to melt?
3. Despite the utter silliness of it all, I do admit it's a little reminiscent of Journey of the Center of the Earth and strikes a "What If..." sort of feel.
4. It's nice that Nocenti and Sandoval (current artist for Catwoman) managed to include some girl on girl spanking in the issue. That's crucial to any good story.
5. I understand Selina is a cat lover, but when she throws herself into the path of probable death to save a cat she hates, she just looks dumb.
(Spoilers until Conclusion)
6. At one point, a body is approached by one of the Warhogs, and then the Warhog walks away and we see a little hair like something coming off the back of his head. I assumed this was just random weirdness at first, but then I thought maybe it was a tendril of the demon Escalate flowing from one body to the next. Did we see Escalate fall down the hole during the war between Rat-Tails and Penguin?
7. Seriously, the Warhogs said absolutely nothing about attacking Gotham so Selina freaking out is moronic. The formula that might be risky could also cause eternal life. It's...well, it's just stupid all around.
8. We see Joker's Daughter on the last page to no surprise if you've been reading solicits. She's holding a gold cane that looks a wee bit like Riddler's, but who knows? The top looks more like a crescent moon than a question mark.
This issue was actually a tiny bit better than the last, but the last issue was so stupid it was funny. This issue doesn't have even that consolation prize.