March 5, 2013
Judging the New 52: Catwoman
With the New 52, Catwoman received a solo title for the first time in about three years. The team assigned to the book was writer Judd Winick and artist Guillem March. Winick has since been replaced by Ann Nocenti and March by Adriana Melo, but for now I want to focus on the first six-issue arc since that's what I've read in trade paperback.
All of this isn't helped by Guillem March's artwork, which can't help but overtly sexualise Catwoman in every single frame. We see her in various states of undress, as well as in her trademark zip-up catsuit. The cover of the first issue (above) feels particularly awful, with her pouring diamonds down her boob as if it's... well, use your own sordid imagination. The cover to issue #0 (to the right) is actively hilarious, and received widespread Internet coverage for its strange un-anatomical posing.
DC has just put Catwoman into Justice League of America which really makes me wonder if she needs a solo title any more. Unless Ann Nocenti has really picked up the quality, I don't see a strong argument to keep it running.