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Catwoman #17

Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"There Should Be a Word"

Writers: Ed Brubaker
Artists: Javier Pulido, Matt Hollingsworth(c)
Publisher:DC

Wow. Um. No. Javier Pulido may be a highly respected and fan-favorite artist, but Catwoman looks half-finished and doesn't have the energy of past issues. The lines don't even connect in some places--though that may be a printing problem, but I could swear that some of the panels were thumbnails rather than the finished product.

The story tries to do too much at one time and results in a jerky, jumpy ride. The characters also all seem to fall apart too easily. The sectioning off of the characters lacks finesse. It just looks like Ed Brubaker rushed this story off on his way out the door to meet a deadline.

Only Sam Bradley's actions make sense. Free sex with a wild cat in the sack, what man will say no? My main problem is that the sex in Selina's case is cliche. It's not meant to be loving or even necessarily fun. It's meant to fulfill an emptiness, and that's something I've seen far too often. I should be pleased that she's not having sex to make herself feel worse, but why is it that female characters always fall into this trap?

A man would hit the bottle or get into self-destructive fights. Women have sex when they shouldn't. Why can't a woman get drunk or become self-destructive in a physical not intimate way?



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