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Thursday, May 2, 2013
LoTDK #48, Seeley and Catwoman, OH MY!
Hey look, I'm making an effort to cover this series more! Most of this is due to the fact that there are some creators lined up I'm interested in, but, I figure I should at least make mention of this series a little more than I have in the past few months regardless. This week's issue saw a short one off story written by Tim Seeley, and illustrated by Freddie Williams II, both of whom, I'm fans of.
This will be a bit of a different post that usual. There will be some spoilers, there will be some review, there will be some opinion on a different matter. So, with that, welcome back to Legends of the Dark Knight coverage.
His plan works, and Thirteen eventually gets Batman feeling sorry enough for him, to help him out and put him into hiding... What Thirteen failed to mention, is that in ordered to pay back his debt to Penguin, he was to gas Batman, and lead a group of thugs to finish him off, permanently. Thirteen had swallowed a gas canister/gps unit, but with a kick to the stomach from Batman earlier, the gas has started to leak into Thirteen's stomach. Meanwhile, the thugs who were following him start to discuss Thirteen's streak of bad luck, and when their truck gets passed by a black cat, they pack it up and head home, despite the cat being on loan to Damian from a particular cat aficionado, who I'll speak about later.
Anyways, Bruce doesn't need much to figure out the whole scheme, but he doesn't punish Thirteen with his usual justice fueled beat down. With Thirteen proving how unlucky he actually is, Bruce just calls him an idiot, then transports him to a hospital to get treatment. Conveniently enough, Thirteen is put into the room with the girl he had shot accidentally, who he thought was pretty cute (he had a mask on during the robbery, but still... that's gonna be an awkward date) and they start to hit it off, with Bruce outside the window... Because he likes to watch.
So personally, I really enjoyed this story. It was simple, yet had a bit of heart. Bruce doesn't always need to be a total dick about everything, so it was nice to see him give a dumb kid some slack, and not destroy him with justice filled kicks and punches, you know, the usual Batman stuff. As I mentioned above, I'm a big fan of both these creators. Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash was a favorite of mine, and I've always enjoyed Freddie Williams' cartoony style. They made for a great pair, and I'd easily recommend picking up this chapter, I mean... it's only $0.99.
it is shit. It is currently written by someone whose warped perspective on the character comes off as a cheap fever dream. The woman being presented in that book right now is in no way, shape, or form, anything near a true representation of who Selina Kyle is. That's my biggest problem with the series right now, and I feel like Seeley could do a lot of justice to who Selina Kyle is. Catwoman should be smart, cunning, a bit sophisticated, sexy, but above all else, not afraid to get down and dirty when put into a shitty situation. With the exception of the sophisticated bit, Seeley has a lot of experience writing these traits in a certain character of his creation... Cassie Hack.
I'm not saying Cassie Hack and Selina Kyle are one in the same, they're definitely not... but they share enough of the same qualities to make me think that Seeley would do a great job, given the opportunity to write Catwoman. Given that Ron Marz will be coming back to Witchblade (Seeley has written one hell of a Sara Pezzini, by the way) his plate will be that much more open, and in my fantasy world, DC's east coast office will take note of the digital division's talent selection and make a move. If Seeley was ever given the opportunity, I'd hope he would accept it (and DC that wouldn't change their mind before he ships an issue) because it could be really fun, and just what Catwoman needs. Who knows... maybe this wouldn't be something he's interested, maybe I'm typecasting, but the dude knows how to write strong female characters, and if I was an editor, right at the top of my list of writers to try and get.