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Catwoman #1 - ...And Most Of The Costumes Stay On...

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Judd Winnick wasn't joking when he said his all new 'Catwoman' series would be full of sexy, sexy, sex -- but is it over the top?

One of the issues I was most looking forward to reading in the new DC relaunch is sure to catch you by surprise, but is it too much?

The Good

If you're a Catwoman fan then there's no doubt that this series is one you were looking forward to more than many of the new 52 books coming from DC Comics. Artist Guillem March has a lot of experience drawing Catwoman from the stuff we had seen from him in his Gotham City Sirens series, and as expected, his Catwoman here is not much different. While March's Catwoman is not my favorite artistic interpretation of the character (that's a tie between Darwyn Cooke and Adam Hughes) the art is not terrible. March's pencils are fluid and Catwoman looks acrobatic and sexy, complimenting the story and the way the character is written here rather well.

Winick's story starts off with a chase -- Catwoman's home is abruptly taken over by some thugs, and following a brief altercation, she quickly grabs a few of her possessions and leaves the scene -- taking care not to forget a crate full of kittens. The story moves from that scene to her friend's home where the reader is introduced to Lola, one of Catwoman's "actual" friends who not only knows about her secret life as Catwoman, but who actually looks out for her well being. The relationship between the two characters is sweet, and I liked seeing someone look out for Selina's best interests and overall safety.

Catwoman is sexy, self assured and confident here -- and a lot of what we see is within the realm of her character. Half the things she does in this issue she would probably do. The first issue is a solid introduction to Catwoman's character, and is accessible to new readers.

The Bad

There's a lot of gratuitous imagery in this comic. A good portion of the issue consist of Selina being in her underwear -- in fact, when we see her on the first page she's wearing nothing but her underwear. Is this the first time we've seen a woman in her undergarments in a comic book? No. Does it happen too frequently in this comic? Well...it certainly happens very frequently. In at least 7 panels, Selina's breast or breasts are exposed to some degree; and I don't mean just cleavage. But hey, who's counting!?

Keeping in mind that DC rated this issue "T+," some amount of sexual content as well as a rather high level of violence isn't entirely unexpected, but is it excessive here? Admittedly the scene where Selina attacks a Russian mobster in the bathroom of a bar is definitely violent, but the amount of violence here is within the scope of what I consider acceptable for a T+ rated comic book.

What we do get a lot of in this issue (perhaps an excessive amount of) is sexual content. Batman and Catwoman's sexual relationship is always something that's been implied; it's never really been blatant. In HUSH, for example, the scene that follows Batman's reveal to Selina that he is Bruce Wayne implies that the two had had a sexual encounter. They share a kiss and she wraps her leg around his waist and that's as far as it goes in panel, but more is implied off panel. The only other time I can recall a scene like this one is when Bruce and Talia had an "encounter" in Batman: Demon and Son; and even then it was not nearly as graphic as what we see here. Here we have a very graphic depiction of a lot of what's been left up to the readers' imagination. Is it excessive? A little bit. I admit I was probably not as bothered by the scene in question as most people because I always assumed this was the sort of stuff that went on between these two characters off panel, but I can understand how it made some people uncomfortable. In fact, reading the issue made me blush a little bit in the office, but maybe that's because I'm shy.

The Verdict

Were the tactics that Catwoman used to defeat her adversaries in this issue out of line? I personally don't think so. Catwoman has always been known to use her sexuality and sexual prowess in order to defeat her enemies and to get what she wants -- this isn't something new. Was there a little bit of fan service in this issue? Yeah, there was. That hot and heavy scene shared by Selina and Bruce at the end of the book was like nothing I have ever seen in a comic book, and not something I anticipated when I turned the page. Could I have done without it? Sure; however, it didn't irk me so much to see it in there (that might be because she seduced him) because I can see her doing something like that. Overall, it isn't necessarily a question of whether what she did was out of character for her (because I don't believe it was) but rather whether or not what happened in this comic should be the kind of stuff we read in comics. Selina is known for being a sultry seductress, but her actions were often implied; here they are obvious, almost in your face. Looking beyond what they did, we have to ask ourselves why she did it. When Bruce shows up he asks Selina "What's wrong," and rather than explaining to him what is wrong, she seduces him. Is she using sex to deflect talking about her feelings? Definitely. Overall I enjoyed this issue; it was sexy, clever and fun; and I look forward to the second issue.

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yeah I agree....while there was a good bit of sexual content in this issue I don't feel like it went to far...I mean Catwoman and sexual content kind of go hand and hand....I just hope that this isn't setting the tone for the series....also her and Bruce's interaction kind of makes sense...I would imagine that Bruce always tries to fight her off but ends up giving in

I wonder how much of Hush did and didn't happen....she remarks that she doesn't know who Batman is so we know that he never revealed his identity to her so does that mean Hush never happened or that he just didn't tell her who he was

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Looks interesting and from the review it sounds like someone new can jump in without being confused. I don't mind a little bit of sexual content but too much of it can be a turn off. I picked up Batman and Wonder Woman today so I'll probably wait for the price drop in 4 weeks and pick this up.

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I'm glad they're finally taking a grown up approach to catwoman. 

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I liked the issue it was fun had a decent energy about it and was very Catwomany all of what happned made sense for the character. IT was a bit over the top but thats comics for you.

The last line on the last page though made me LOL big time. It made sense but still.

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So boobs the comic?

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Yeah I said I'd wait but I just bought it... Guess I'll move one of the other New 52 I was interested in the "wait for the price drop" pile.

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I have come to expect a sexy Catwoman and have never minded a certain amount of steamy interaction between characters but I have also always supported leaving much to the readers imagination.

I haven't my book in hand yet so I don't know how I will take this, I hope this is still a fun sexy Catwoman I can recognize and look forward to.

Thanks for the review.

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I honestly didn't notice this comic being anymore sexual than many of the other titles I've read. Comic book t and a seems like second nature...been there done that lol

The few last pages were Bow Chicka Wow Wow, but i dont think it was anything I havent seen before in a comic. I guess there was more build up, but eh...

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I just read it and loved it. Call me crazy but I liked it more than Wonder Woman #1. Very funny, cool story and great action and I didn't find the sexual content detracted from it.

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This is half and half what I was expecting. The amount of cheesecake took me by surprise from the first page, the violence was also more than I was expecting, but the book didn't seem dark, so it worked out pretty well. I can understand why people say the book was oversexualized, get over it I suppose, but they were able to keep Catwoman sexy without downgrading her as an overall character, unlike another female that was in a book this week, so kudos to Winnick.

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I spent a significant portion of time examining the final page of this comic. Not for stimulative reasons but more because the mechanics of the Batman-Catwoman coitus seemed so bizarre, seeing how "costumes-on" was the approach the two employed...

So...um...did they...uh...dry-hump each other to orgasm? 'Cuz it sure seemed like it to me...

Man, it's gonna be weird sleeping on my Batman bed-sheets tonight... 8 (

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@Wattup It looks like Batman's pants, while not off completely, are pulled down a bit and I assume Catwoman was able to unzip her costume to the furthest point... I can't believe I just typed that.
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@Wattup: Strategically placed zippers. I wont elaborate, but people can be clothed and still have sex.

just throwing it out there, but CV did do an interview with the Batman XXX parody...and actually there's a Justice League and Captain America parody too...lots of costumes were used...just saying...i know i know, im terrible lol

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Catwoman means business when she seeks out what she want's ^^ I have to say that the sexual tension between cat woman and batman is necessary, the ice between them has to be broken . Like hell ive always wanted to see more progression between catwoman and bats ,even if it's portrayed in in such matter , so be it ^^

Catwoman is a messed up character with problems , the fun part is to discover what her character is all about , what makes her tick and so on.

I like Judd Widdick take on catwoman , he goes all balls out on this one , and I have no problems with it so far. It's not overexposed to me , I would call it a natural progression for the character . Catwoman is still the same character, only a little wilder and vicious perhaps ? But still I recommend it to catwoman fans , if you can handle what it is about of course ^^

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Gih. No thanks.

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That was hot, intense, grueling, best, ever. Im buying this, forever.

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@xhavoc86: I saw the Batman XXX Parody and it was pretty funny. I'm not going to say I'm excited but I'm curious about the Justice League XXX Parody. And again I can't believe I just typed that...

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I don't mind this one issue but I hope Winnick shows Catwoman's intellect, wit, and charm moreso than just her sexuality- we need dimensions. The sex is already there from the beginning, if he pushes it too far it'll make her look like some deviant exhibitionist. But for now, it's looking promising to me.

I have to say though, in spite of my feelings about including sex, that scene with Selina and Bruce was quite tantalizing. I let out a laugh I was so startled. That's the kind of sexual-explicitness we should see.

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The amount of sexiness in this comic is completely overshadowed by Red Hood and the Outlaws, a.k.a. Red Hood and Sex. 
Not that either one was bad, mind you, Catwoman actually didn't seem to go over the top, but Starfire in RHATO was just a walking, flying, fireballs shooting blob of sex.

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@RE_Player said:

@xhavoc86: I saw the Batman XXX Parody and it was pretty funny. I'm not going to say I'm excited but I'm curious about the Justice League XXX Parody. And again I can't believe I just typed that...

Justice League was ok...the acting was hilarious though, and they shafted Aquaman like everything else, and Zatanna was a villain in the porn parody universe lol

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No thanks. Sexy was Bruce and Selina in Tokyo (Batman, Inc.). And Selina no longer knowing Bruce is Batman is irritating. Whatever. Between this and other portrayals of women in the new DC, I think I'll wait for the next reboot.

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@RE_Player:Justice League XXX sucked (no pun intended). It was a mediocre flick.

As for the issue. It was good. There were definitely panels where I rolled my eyes, but it was fun. I thought the end with her and Batman was built up well. I think a lot of people are just complaining because they didn't expect the sex scene the way it was.

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I don't read comics, at least not regularly. They've always seemed like kid's stuff. Comic book heroes have always came off as purity ring wearing, morale crusaders of chastity. Characters could go through 200 chapters before getting a kiss or small peck on the cheek; it's silly. It's that sort of thing which make comics seem like they're designed for only children and 30-year-old virgins.

This new edition of Catwoman seems to flip all that upside down. Not only is there sex, there seems to be a history of it. It makes more sense, it makes the characters seem a lot more human, and most of all it seems like the comic isn't for children.

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Well it's good to know some people liked it. I liked her cats and fence too.

Regarding the sex scene, it would have been more realistic/graphic if they had their costumes off, but they probably toned it down for Walmart. It's just a little comical now. Maybe Guillem should have modified her costume so the zipper goes all the way to her back.

Anyway, I know Winick was aiming for shock value here but it kind of fell flat. Batman Inc workout scene was plenty sexier.

I was hoping for a little more heist, but maybe we'll see that next issue.

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The last page took me by surprise but I think this series is a good fit for what Catwoman should be like. I'm disappointed that they erased her knowing that Bruce and Batman are one and the same jeopardizing great stories that came before like Batman: Hush and Heart of Hush, my favourite Batman and Catwoman story.

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I loved the opening scene and enjoy the art. I was a fan of Sirens but it is good to see Catwoman in her own book again so it can focus more on heists and thievery. I wasn't bothered by the graphic nature of the sex scene but found it to take up too much of the book and honestly I wish Batman weren't in this at all. Or there could have been some sort of build up instead of going all out in the first issue.

I don't know how I feel about the retconned elements but I guess it's better that Selina doesn't know it's Bruce, it makes it more mysterious. Though I feel like all these changes are making everything more confusing, not less. Hopefully Batman does not end up being a major character on this book and they will concentrate on stealing things and helping people.

This is now the third woman in the Bat universe that is far worse in the new DCU. I didn't like Batgirl or Harley at all. We'll have to see what they do with Poison Ivy but they've already lost me putting her in Birds of Prey. I've been a big fan of all these females and am more disappointed with them than anything so far except for Superman's jeans.

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This is the best portrayal of Catwoman since Jim Balent left the book. I love the confidence Selina has and how she uses all of her assets to get the job done. The scene of her kicking @$$ in the restroom was awesome! I don't like the fact that Selina doesn't know Batman's ID but I LOVE the scene between the two of them. That is how Batman and Catwoman should be. I can't wait 'til "The Morning After".

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@arch4non said:

I don't read comics, at least not regularly. They've always seemed like kid's stuff. Comic book heroes have always came off as purity ring wearing, morale crusaders of chastity. Characters could go through 200 chapters before getting a kiss or small peck on the cheek; it's silly. It's that sort of thing which make comics seem like they're designed for only children and 30-year-old virgins.

This new edition of Catwoman seems to flip all that upside down. Not only is there sex, there seems to be a history of it. It makes more sense, it makes the characters seem a lot more human, and most of all it seems like the comic isn't for children.

Comics aren't for children, really, anymore. Except Archie. Archie's still for kids. :) And Tiny Titans.

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Your comments on Twitter did get me intrigued to read this review.

I noticed in your review that you spend a lot of time asking questions, along with your thoughts. It feels as if you are unsure about the direction this series is taking. Asking the audience if they share your feelings on this, and it isn't just your preconceptions tainting your view. Which is understandable given your attachments to the character. Without having seen this issue myself just yet. As long as they aren't making her wildly out of character. Making her confident and assertive in her sexuality is fine. They do seem to be marketing this to an older audience. It wouldn't make sense to have a character who's famous for being sultry and to give her a PG rated series.

Bruce isn't exactly "Mr. Share-My-Feelings". In character, Bruce isolates himself when he's troubled. Selina is more about deflecting. Bruce is pretty tenacious when he wants to know something. Ask any criminal he's interrogating. So, she does something to distract him. It sounds as if she's saying she wants him there, but doesn't want to talk about her troubles. I actually find it pretty telling how close DC are keeping Bruce and Selina after the reboot. Especially how they erased Lois and Clark's entire relationship. They aren't starting these two from scratch. The way they are with so many other relationships.

Nothing wrong with being shy. That can be an adorable trait.

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@chipsnopotatoes said:

Well it's good to know some people liked it. I liked her cats and fence too.

Regarding the sex scene, it would have been more realistic/graphic if they had their costumes off, but they probably toned it down for Walmart. It's just a little comical now. Maybe Guillem should have modified her costume so the zipper goes all the way to her back.

Anyway, I know Winick was aiming for shock value here but it kind of fell flat. Batman Inc workout scene was plenty sexier.

I was hoping for a little more heist, but maybe we'll see that next issue.

Winnick did say he would be playing to an Ocean's Eleven angle for Catwoman so that has me very excited. I'm thinking a grittier "When in Rome" scenario with less Riddler.

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@Babs said:

@arch4non said:

I don't read comics, at least not regularly. They've always seemed like kid's stuff. Comic book heroes have always came off as purity ring wearing, morale crusaders of chastity. Characters could go through 200 chapters before getting a kiss or small peck on the cheek; it's silly. It's that sort of thing which make comics seem like they're designed for only children and 30-year-old virgins.

This new edition of Catwoman seems to flip all that upside down. Not only is there sex, there seems to be a history of it. It makes more sense, it makes the characters seem a lot more human, and most of all it seems like the comic isn't for children.

Comics aren't for children, really, anymore. Except Archie. Archie's still for kids. :) And Tiny Titans.

But..Tiny Titans isn't just for children=}

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YES. you see a lot of breasts. not only hers. and the 1 characters appearance makes the character look very not good at you knowww....... boing.

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Heh, Irony..

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admittedly March's artwork have improve a lot since he did that Poisen Ivy villain one-shot. 
 
but just like Ed Benes, I feel that as they years go by, I would grow a distaste for his BOOB EVERYWHERE art. 
 
*looks at Benes's Red Lantern #1 BUTTS EVERYWHERE art*

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@niamahai said:

*looks at Benes's Red Lantern #1 BUTTS EVERYWHERE art*

This irked me. There were what, five pages with Bleez? And at least three of them were ass-shots.

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From what I've read, it seems as though I might as well go read Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose.

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Nice to see Winick is still catering to the adolescent masses,it's something which i would have written whist masturbating.

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i liiked it a little sexual is welcome but i hope its not way to much though cause kids still buy comics to. i so added this to my comic list. selina and bruce i think match pretty well there has always been a sexual tension between them if i recall.

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I didn't find the overt sexuality uncomfortable. I found Winick's use of it almost laughable. Winick doesn't use Selina's inherent sexiness and go from there. Instead he almost completely depends on close-up cleavage shots and skimpy underwear to convey "sexy". It felt forced and totally contrived. And then there's the completely out of nowhere ending that felt completely disjointed from the rest of the book. I love Catwoman. I love a sexy Catwoman. But good writers have made her sexy without making her a spectacle. Winick to the cheap way out.

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I think the end scene was brilliant, simply because it doesn't matter how strong willed Bruce/any man is, if you and a woman have history and she's looking THAT good? You end up wanting to smash, even subconsciously.

We saw that side of her in Batman Inc. #1 I believe, when they're working out.

The only reason the end scene seems so overblown is because we had her cleavage/bra shots throughout the comic. Had we not seen all the sexuality until the end, it would've packed more of a punch. Let's not forget the gratuitous abs shots of Bruce and such. It wasn't just Selina.

I mean, that's the only problem I see with the use of sexuality. It ruined the punch it COULD have. With that said, I thought their encounter made sense. In fact, it goes back to Frank Miller talking about what superhero sex would be like. People get horny, people want booty calls. This especially can happen in the wake of tragedy and stuff like that. So, it makes sense to me.

I feel like, if this is a new beginning, it would do well to play off their tension for a little longer before making them have sex. Maybe then Winick could've said they'd not done it before, and thus the impact of them doing it would be greater. Sex compromises things, and I think they got the idea that these two are sex buddies out there a bit too early. It would make for better storytelling if Selina and Bruce had never had sex and then they did, and it caused both of them to have emotional problems.

Still, I did like it and I'm curious. It can go well or poorly from this point.

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WOW....so much for Batman's iron will.

Yeah I think they went a bit to far for my liking. No playful banter, no cat and mouse game? I guess just shoving her tongue in his mouth is how this Catwoman communicates with Batman.

I really hope there's a good explanation for this in issue 2 but I probably won't be sticking around after that. Wasn't interested in the series to begin with, just curious as to what this Catwoman is like.

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I HATE JUDD WINICK.

I HATE JUDD WINICK.

I HATE JUDD WINICK.

I HATE JUDD WINICK.

I HATE JUDD WINICK.

I HATE JUDD WINICK.

Read this comment at least 8237489732894 times again, please, and, maybe, you'll understand how much I hate him exactly.

I HATE JUDD WINICK.

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This one really feels like the downer of this week's batch :(

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I quited liked this issue, it wasn't brilliant but it wasn't bad either. Batman and Catwoman FOREVER! :D

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@The Mast said:

I think the end scene was brilliant, simply because it doesn't matter how strong willed Bruce/any man is, if you and a woman have history and she's looking THAT good? You end up wanting to smash, even subconsciously.

That's a rather retarded thing to be brilliant about, if you don't mind me saying so.

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I now understand your tweet yesterday concerning reading this in the office.  I hope you went outside for a quick breath of 'fresh' air. 
 
Good review... cannot wait to get to the store on Friday and pick up my copy.
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Imagine if Selina had sex with someone other than Bruce in this issue. Comic fans would have a collective cardiac event. 8 )

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@FoxxFireArt said:

Your comments on Twitter did get me intrigued to read this review.

I noticed in your review that you spend a lot of time asking questions, along with your thoughts. It feels as if you are unsure about the direction this series is taking. Asking the audience if they share your feelings on this, and it isn't just your preconceptions tainting your view. Which is understandable given your attachments to the character. Without having seen this issue myself just yet. As long as they aren't making her wildly out of character. Making her confident and assertive in her sexuality is fine. They do seem to be marketing this to an older audience. It wouldn't make sense to have a character who's famous for being sultry and to give her a PG rated series.

Bruce isn't exactly "Mr. Share-My-Feelings". In character, Bruce isolates himself when he's troubled. Selina is more about deflecting. Bruce is pretty tenacious when he wants to know something. Ask any criminal he's interrogating. So, she does something to distract him. It sounds as if she's saying she wants him there, but doesn't want to talk about her troubles. I actually find it pretty telling how close DC are keeping Bruce and Selina after the reboot. Especially how they erased Lois and Clark's entire relationship. They aren't starting these two from scratch. The way they are with so many other relationships.

Nothing wrong with being shy. That can be an adorable trait.

This is a great explanation of the dynamic in between the Bat and the Cat after the reboot. This shows a level of trust between the two when I was thinking it was going to start over to the first like Lois and Clark.

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Grea review Sara, and I completely agree with you on almost all points. I can say I'm looking forward to what Judd is going to do with the character.

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This book absolutely disgusted me...especially the Batarape...

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