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Batman: Bad Day – Catwoman #1 review: Selina’s stylish and emotional points

For more than eighty years, Catwoman has been an enigma in the world of mainstream superhero comics. A fierce femme fatale with a heart of gold, Selina Kyle effortlessly blurs the line between hero and anti-hero. This moral stance made its promise Bad day One-shot, the latest in a series of highly regarded standalone stories featuring Batman’s rogues, is uniquely compelling. As countless Catwoman comics have proven, it’s not particularly difficult to make Selina a sympathetic character — however Bad day It managed to be one of the best ever. Batman: Bad Day – Catwoman is an immaculately constructed timeless tale that sums up much of what makes Selina Kyle such a wonderful cartoon character.

Batman: Bad Day – Catwoman It follows Selina on one of her most personal heists yet, as she attempts to reclaim a family heirloom that may be more important than it seems. Even if Selina succeeds in stealing the item, the truth and promise behind it only gets more complicated.

As mentioned earlier, the concept of humanizing Selina, not to mention Batman’s larger gallery of rogues, is nothing new. Years of solo comics and guest appearances have eased Selena’s task, and that arguably works in favor of this one-shot, as she doesn’t need to move mountains to make her story relatable to mainstream readers. Instead, G. Willow Wilson’s script stars in Selina’s unique point of view, telling the story of a woman trying to survive (and maybe even thrive) in a world that’s actively working against her. The end result is simple but endlessly effective — even Selina’s family history, something that’s been retold in the comics over and over again, feels alive in Wilson’s story.

Furthermore it , Batman: Bad Day: Catwoman Feels revolutionary because he has fun with Bad day Publication concept. The story is unabashedly a one-shot – one that has something to say, intimate character development to produce, but no commitment or pretension beyond that. These pages give a heavy dose of characterization that has occasionally fallen by the wayside in the past few years The catwoman, which focused heavily (and understandably) on throwing it from one larger-than-life scenario to another. While there’s still comic book antics in this issue — chic costumes, real-world echoes, dynamic action scenes — the main takeaway is Selina’s own story. There’s also some euphoric bits of Selena and Bruce Wayne dynamic sprinkled between the second half, whose earnest presentation feels like an oasis after some recent Bat/Cat drama.

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The awesomeness of Jamie McKelvie’s art cannot be overstated Batman: Bad Day – Catwoman, providing a wonderful nuance to every visual element displayed. From a simple yet meaningful change in facial expression, to a fresh approach to Selena’s now iconic outfit, to the action-packed fight scene animation, every element of the issue is beautifully rendered. McKelvie’s colors are also gorgeous, and the shower panels are in subtle shades of purple and gold. Clayton Cowles’ characters are versatile but well-suited to what’s in the story, adding flourishes that make Wilson’s dialogue all the more interesting.

Batman: Bad Day – Catwoman He easily proves that the entrepreneurial concept can work – but not by telling someone else grimly, Killing joke-esque tale. Instead, this one-shot applies a heartfelt and emotional look at Selina Kyle’s adventures, crafting a story that doesn’t revolutionize her character, but improves on what’s already there. The craft on display, from G. Willow Wilson’s hilarious script to Jamie McKelvie’s perfect visuals to Clayton Cowles’ smooth lettering, all culminate in showcasing what mainstream superhero comics are capable of today.

posted by DC Comics

on me January 24, 2023

written by Willow Wilson

art through Jimmy McKelvey

Colors Jimmy McKelvey

messages by Clayton Cowles

cover by Jimmy McKelvey