DC Reboot Catwoman #1 – Wrong costume is a warning sign to fans but characterization sounds like an improvement

DC Reboot Catwoman #1 costume is a warning sign to fans that DC Comics still won't admit their mistakes

DC Reboot Catwoman #1 costume is a warning sign

Unless Catwoman is throwing away those goggles on the cover of relaunched Catwoman #1, DC Comics is jeopardizing their chance to win back the fans they’ve lost with their disastrous mistreatment of the character in time to capitalize on her starring in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Rocksteady ran into unexpected pushback for choosing the fan-loathed goggle costume for Batman: Arkham City, the highly anticipated sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum, but the stakes are much higher for DC Comics.

The long-term mishandling of Batman and his related characters, Catwoman in particular, has been instrumental in the mass-defection of long-term comics fans and subsequent failure of comic shops during the economic downturn.  There is little question that the comics giant understands it must be poised to take advantage of interest The Dark Knight Rises will bring to these characters if it is to survive.  It’s failure to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm.  A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties.  More »

Fans have become increasingly vocal about the goggle costume as the symbol of the volume II comic and its degrading origin for Selina Kyle.  Failure to change the costume equals failure to acknowledge the misstep.

Yet the characterization sounds encouraging:

Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in CATWOMAN #1, written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Guillem March.

But will anyone read it when the costume and artwork advertises the opposite?

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