Sunday, August 31, 2008

So Long, Catwoman!

With issue #82, Catwoman has reached its final issue, and I would go so far as to say that it was the best Batman-related book on the stands for much of its run. Sure, Morrison is hitting some high points now, but for a long time, Batman and Detective and all the other Batman comics were trapped in the realm of the mediocre, while Catwoman launched with some excellent work by Darwyn Cooke, Cameron Stewart, and Javier Pulido. It was an awesome first twenty issues or so.

It hit a few slumps in the middle of its run, most notably the issues drawn by Paul Gulacy, but it rebounded with Will Pfeifer and the work of David and Alvaro Lopez.

And the final issue is the perfect capstone on the series, ending with one of Catwoman's best thefts ever.

Pfeifer says he has nothing lined up at DC right now, but he's hopeful. I am too, because he clearly wasn't to blame for the travesty of Amazons Attack! and his other work has been very, very good. If you find back issues of Catwoman in any discount bins, grab 'em -- especially the from the early part of the run or from the last three years or so. You won't be disappointed.

See ya, Catwoman, it's been real.


Matt Jacobson said...

This is totally irrelevant to Catwoman, but if you've got a hole in your monthly purchases, ever read Fear Agent by Rick Rememnder? I'm just getting into it and gathering all the back issues, and it's a lot of fun. I think you'd like it.

Timothy Callahan said...

I have all the trades, yeah.

Unknown said...

Will Pfeiffer is indeed a good writer, and I've enjoyed his work since at least H for Hero as well as his Catwoman. I hope he's given something to write soon.

James said...

Didn't Ed Brubaker write some Catwoman, too? or was that not in the ongoing?

Timothy Callahan said...

Yeah, he launched the series and wrote it for quite a while!