Aware that Catwoman will be the focus of mainsteam attention this year in the wake of Christopher Nolan’s superhero mumblecore joint ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (and also that Laura Hudson just stepped down from Comics Alliance); DC have decided to capitalise on the moment and release this cover for Catwoman #0, coming in September.
The spherical nature of Catwoman’s pose on this cover has intrigued and delighted the internet, who have spent the past twenty-four hours trying to work out what’s happened to the once human-shaped antihero. While many will wonder what has happened to her spine, shoulder and arms, I can’t help but wonder how she’s managed to apply her lipstick to haphazardly. Presumably it’s because her back is crippled and she has no upper-arm strength anymore. Couldn’t Batman have applied it for her, or something?
The issue sees Catwoman’s origin explained, making it perfect for new readers who want to pick up the issue after seeing Ann Hathaway’s turn as the character in the movie. And what a treat, when they walk into their local comic store, look nervously at the rows and rows of comics they don’t understand, and finally get walked across by a helpful store assistant to where this book is sat on the shelf. After five seconds of looking in bewilderment at what appears to be a blow-up beachball wearing a wrinkled condom, they then walk out and go spend their money on legitimate entertainment instead – like a crisp DVD copy of Love and Other Drugs, perhaps.
The internet have been gathered to gawp at Guillem March’s cover, leading several of the leading experts in lady spinal torture stepping up to offer their analysis. Kate Beaton was first, followed by Meredith Gran and John Troutman - among several others. The general consensus is that she has had her spine broken, throat ripped out and possibly a leg taken off, in order to achieve the pose seen in the cover. And she’s not wearing high heels, which is disappointing.
In an extra nod to the currently-showing Prometheus, this weirdly unsexual ‘sexy Catwoman’ appears to be bursting out of the stomach of her own unsexual ‘sexy body’ from the cover of Catwoman #1. So don’t say DC don’t know how to capitalise on the popularity of the movies, you guys.
And of course, this isn’t the first time a female character has broken her back in the name of… whatever is going on here. Who can forget that time the notoriously prude Mockingbird did the same thing in order to hide her bits from the reader?