Monday, September 9, 2013

My hope is DEAD, thanks to Catwoman #26

Greetings Gotham Spoilers readers. Today is the 9th of September, 2013, and we gather here for some pretty terrible news. But first, I'd like you to press play on the song below, just to set the mood.

Ah, that's better... now, onto the news.

As you all may know, I really like the character of Catwoman, but I really don't like the writer she's been given. For the past year, we've gotten some pretty flat out horrible issues, and one of my biggest hopes was that she'd eventually be given a better writer, who I'd say would have been anyone at this point. The solicitations of November's Zero Year issue came in with John Layman at the helm, and while he confirmed it was only a one issue thing, I had high hopes that perhaps December could see a new writer jump on board.

A writer who actually understands Catwoman.

A writer who knows what Catwoman should sound like.

A writer who can come up with halfway decent dialogue.

A writer who doesn't nonsensically emphasize random meaningless events on the page.

A write who is generally coherent from page 1 to 20.

The list goes on. But unfortunately, with the release of Catwoman #26's solicitation... this happened:

Written by ANN NOCENTI
On sale DECEMBER 31 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Catwoman’s adventure in the Gotham Underground comes to a deadly end as she tries to pull off a heist by pitting Doctor Phosphorus, Warhog and The Joker’s Daughter against each other!

I'm convinced DC is just going to let this book flop around like a fish out of water, and ultimately die a slow and painful death. Meanwhile, they completely screw with perfectly good books (replace the C with a B). At this point, if they would get someone to eventually replace... her, the title would probably be too far gone to have any serious chance of turning it around. So, goodbye Catwoman. It was nice knowing you. Hopefully someone treats you better in a different life.

...although, that solicit does seem like the end of an arc, where a new writer could--NO! NO HOPE! HOPE IS DEAD! Just ask the Blue Lanterns.


  1. Considering the book's sales with the introduction of "Joker's Daughter", I figure Ann Nocenti has become untouchable.

    And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad...

    1. Nope. Catwoman #23's sales went down again in August, and just because the 3D version of the Joker's daughter issue is going for a lot on ebay doesn't mean it's actually selling a lot. The only reason why it's so pricey is because it was one of, if not the issue with the single least amount of copies printed, due to the orders to allocation system.

  2. Oh man, PERFECT SONG, couldn't stop laughing through the hot, bitter tears.

    Yes, it's a modern American tragedy. Gatsby-esque in its qualities. I don't know what's a more entertaining story of tragedy and the degradation of a person's soul, Breaking Bad or watching Ann Nocenti continue to write Catwoman.