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It was with some surprise that I found out that fanfic writers can actually go on to bigger and better things, like actually joining the writing staff of Angel.

Or, apparently, being hired by DC.

Catwoman #1 is out today.  And the last few pages of the book feature Batman and Catwoman in costume locking crotches and swapping gravy.

I, as the saying goes, shit you not.

I don't know if this is supposed to be erotic.  I keep getting hung up on the bare foot towards the middle of the last page.  Whose is that?  Or did Liefeld pick up another book?

Moebius wrote and drew a Batman story that was an S&M scene with him and the Joker.  DC refused to publish it.  Guess it was just ahead of its time.

We already know Batman doesn't pack condoms in his utility belt.  Not only Damian Wayne, but longtime readers like me have long believed Dick Grayson was actually Bruce Wayne's kid.

I guess it's just surprising to see a reversal like this.  Comic publishers deny deny deny there is anything sexual about their comics, even as adult film companies make "spoofs" involving the characters and there is more Rule 34 out there than there are cat macros.  To see a publisher basically turn fanon into canon like this is a bit odd.

Then again, Jim Lee is co-publisher.  When his Wildstorm line-up launched at Image, his books were known for unabashed sexuality, with characters constantly hitting on each other and suggestions about enhancements to their anatomy.  Caitlin Fairchild is not a fan favorite because of her leadership, you know.

DC said this was a chance for readers to experience the characters as never before.  Never realized how loaded that statement was until now.


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Sep. 22nd, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
This is a little over the edge...I hope that comic came with a pg warning or something.
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
Well, the comic declares itself "Teen+", although no one has any clue what that means, other than, "What we have here is a failure to communicate."
Sep. 22nd, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
It really is a failure to communicate...Teen + does not cover that scene.
Sep. 22nd, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
Foot must be Selina's, however that position must be VERY painful or suggests that Batman's not actually connected to his legs - the only way her foot could be there is if her left leg (viewer's right) was curled behind his lower back, and if so then he's probably leaning on it and crushing it, or his waist is missing. And I don't even understand where her other leg is - it seems to be folded inwards, which means it's over their crotches, and that just doesn't seem very comfortable.

Bruce and Selina have been shown being sexy in the past, but this is just a weird image. Why are their suits SO wrinkly? It's not like they wear silk! The artist really has a Thing for drawing Selina's bras. And the image just looks very... ugh. Like Bruce is dead and Selina is grieving by clinging to his unmoving body in an inappropriate way.
Sep. 22nd, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
I thank you for your observations about the foot, as it basically confirms I'm not crazy. I mean, I figured it was Selina's, but damned if I could figure out how she got it in that position without one of them dislocating something. Art like this or the J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man cover with Mary Jane on the couch are why, when I hear editors tell aspiring artists, "You have to understand anatomy," I just roll my eyes.

The examples DC Women Kicking Ass, absolutely right. Not only were the scenes sexy, but you still got a sense of the characters. It FIGURED they'd behave like that. This just seems like desperate adolescence.

The wrinkly clothes are confusing, but I'm still trying to figure out how the batsuit is engineered so as to be protective and yet still sexually accessible. I guess Bruce really did consider everything.
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