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Namascray: Tom King Gets Real on a Batman-Catwoman Marriage

July 24, 2017

“I’m married to the best woman who ever lived, and she guides me through everything.  She sees how messed up I am, and she loves that part of [me].  And I see how messed up she is, and I love that part of her.  Because of that, we can live together and be happy.  So I think that’s how it would work.” -Tom King, Tom King explains what a Batman-Catwoman marriage would look like, Los Angeles Times

Marry Me - Batman Proposes to Catwoman

“Marry me”

I haven’t said anything about Tom King’s Batman run (despite an impressive number of inquiries,) because—I’m sorry, this is no secret—DC has given us no reason to trust anything they do with Catwoman. (Or with Batman.) (Or and most especially with Bat and Cat together.) Nothing that’s happened in recent weeks changes that.

But I will say this about the above quote: it demonstrates the only mature, intelligent, real take I’ve seen on a Bruce-Selina relationship that, well, I didn’t have to write myself.  And quite frankly, it’s the most mature, intelligent, real take on any relationship I’ve heard from a DC writer in any medium.  It describes a real, human connection—a real partnership—between adults who care about each other.  Namascray, as the meme says, the crazy in me recognizes and honors the crazy in you.  Our crazy fits, so together we’re something more than we are separately, and together we tackle what life throws our way.*

I love my readers, but I remember a hella-disconnect when Bruce proposed in Wayne Rises.  As y’all might remember, he wasn’t as smooth as his Batman 24 counterpart.  He botched it on a truly epic scale.  When life went on a chapter later, I started getting comments bewildered that they were still together, that Selina was still living at the manor and, despite understandable tensions, everyone was still capable of civility and even affection.  There were people who passionately wanted the marriage yet expected the relationship to be over because he messed up.

That made me wonder what they thought this marriage they wanted was?  Because husbands and wives mess up, a lot.  We’ve all got that cray-cray, and when you say “I do,” you’re agreeing to work through whatever comes along.  If a silly thing like his particular brand of screwy producing an utterly awful proposal is a deal-breaker, well, you’re not ready to marry anybody.  When his particular brand of screwy makes you want to  smack him in the head and just—Argh! Jackass!—but you still love him in spite of  because of the thing that makes you want to smack him… that’s your husband.

Mrs. King is a lucky woman.

No joke, Tom gets that and Mrs. King is a lucky woman.  That doesn’t necessarily mean Batman readers are.  See above, folks, DC has done nothing in the last 30 years let alone the last 30 days to make you run at that football again.  King, however, has done a bit to establish that if it’s going to be done, he’s got the human toolbox (which has zero overlap with comics/continuity sensibilities btw) to do it well.

Once upon a time, DC’s Powers that Be made some absurd proclamations about their characters being in permanent, happy relationships.  As now, a lot of people were messaging me for a response, so much so that I finally replied with a rather curt announcement that if I had any opinion on DC’s collective grasp (of marriage and the effect it would have on a character like Bruce) you would have heard at least one song from Company by now.

Tom King, this is for you.


*If you want realism in your fiction, that’s how you get it.  Not making the Batmobile into a tank, not doing insanely violent things while quipping like a ’90s action hero.  By starting your answer about a Batman-Catwoman marriage with your own.

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“Maybe we’re entangled particles” Celebrating Couples that Are Meant To Be in the Cat-Tales Gallery

June 25, 2017

“Marry me.”  With those two words on the last panel of Batman 24, Tom King electrified social media as even non-niche publications like USA Today and The Daily Beast carried the story: Batman had at long last proposed to Catwoman.  Most comic shops reported the issue was sold out before it officially went on sale, guaranteeing a second printing which was released last Wednesday.

Cat-Tales, whose Bruce Wayne had delivered that same two-word proposal in Wayne Rises, wanted to salute the occasion and produced a new work reproducing the image with our own characters for the Cat-Tales gallery.*

Marry Me - Batman Proposes to Catwoman

“Marry me”

A Long Time Coming: Batman’s Proposal to Catwoman Makes It Official: This Is DC Comics’ Greatest Relationship proclaimed The Daily Beast, whose Ira Madison III began by quoting Selina in Batman Returns “I would love to live with you in your castle… forever, just like in a fairy tale.”

Batman Returns: Kiss by Romano Molenaar

“Selina… Catwoman is the reason why Tim Burton’s 1992 masterpiece works so well. “

And Cat-Tales is thrilled to announce two pieces by the incomparable Romano Molenaar:  The finished Batman Returns: Kiss seen above, and Catnip, the penciled version that first caught our eye.

In a stunningly romantic touch, King has Bruce propose with the diamond ring Selina tried to steal at their first meeting back in Batman #1. While she wasn’t wearing her classic Golden Age threads at that encounter (she was in disguise, after all,) we know it is the spirit of that true, original Catwoman that captured his heart on day one. Thus, we present DC’s Power Couple by Elena Casagrande:

Batman and Catwoman: Power Couple by Elena Casagrande for Blastoff Comics

Batman and Catwoman: Power Couple by Elena Casagrande

Golden age, Bronze Age, the Batmania of the 1960s, Elseworld after Elseworld and Era after Era, it is always Bruce and Selina.  That was the message in String Theory, where the universal constant is the crucial element unraveling a cosmic crisis.

Bruce and Selina in the batcave "Maybe we're entangled particles"

“Maybe we’re entangled quantum particles”

Tom King’s story continues in The War of Jokes and Riddles, and while we at Cat-Tales do not read the Gotham Post, we will be observing it with Jokes and Riddles Week. 

Riddler and Game Theory at the Iceberg Lounge

Riddler and Game Theory at the Iceberg Lounge

Bruce and Selina may be DC Comics’s ultimate Power Couple, they may be the entangled particles that are meant to be, but they aren’t the only soulmates in Gotham. The lady who began her career as Cognitive Dissonance has certainly won Eddie’s heart and it’s high time she took her rightful place in the gallery.

Jokes and Riddles Week begins Monday, June 26.

*Please note that Chris has received multiple requests for “Marry Me” to be released in the full array of wallpaper sizes and ratios, but it is only available in the one size at this time. Making the full slate of wallpapers is a huge undertaking and if we pursue it, may be weeks or months before anything ready.

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Cat-Tales Top 15, Part 4

April 21, 2016

It’s Part 4 of Cat-Tales’ Anniversary Countdown, and a steamy moment certain fans have been waiting for with less than a Zen Master’s patience has finally made the list.

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Cat-Tales Top 15 Moments (Part 4)

 

 

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Liberté, égalité, fraternité – NOT

January 8, 2013

One of the first things we learned in Wayne Rises was that Hollywood isn’t any better than the tabloids when it comes to depicting Catwoman’s social background, let alone her social politics.   As Selina herself put it “I’m not A Tale of Two Cities, I’m The Philadelphia Story. ‘The prettiest sight in this pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.’

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And yet, the allusions to France and french things continued throughout the tale.  More than once we were reminded of Selina’s first lover – and partner in crime – François de Poulignac, along with his wine Chateau de Poulignac, french food, french fashion, french cinema–and oh yes, some perfectly grisly burglaries that had been taking place in Paris.  Nobody seems to have remembered those – except Batman.

How does it all connect to Falstaff, his plot against the Wayne Tech and the cat burglar who’s been robbing the guests during each and every one of the charity balls benefiting the Wayne Foundation?  The answers are here at last in Wayne Rises Chapter 8: Appeler un Chat un Chat

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Selina’s Voice

December 5, 2012

So yesterday I released the latest chapter of Wayne Rises.  It is one of those occasional Cat-Tales episodes that is shown entirely from Selina’s point of view—which brought a very gratifying compliment.  A reader messaged me saying how unique Selina’s first person voice is, compared to the noirish voiceover that is a staple of comic books, graphic novels, and “slum-dweller P.I.” fiction.

It started me thinking, because I agreed that the bulk of those comic narration boxes are very much the voice of the old film noir private eyes, and I agreed that Selina’s voice is nothing  at all like either.  But I really didn’t know why, and this person had paid me quite  compliment, so I wanted to know why.  And so, catlike, I started pawing the ball of yarn:

It is certainly one of the ironies of modern comics that those who are most opinionated about old school, costumed theme-rogues being  outdated relics are the most prolific with the dustiest, most overdone, moth-eaten, formulaic cliché of all: the noir voiceover.  That cynical self-deprecating monologue of the loner-loser whining about what a crappy life he has, with just enough snide in his tone that we’re not supposed to realize he’s engaged in such an unmanly activity as whining like a bitch.There is nothing more trite and outdated than the hardboiled private eye narrator of film noir

Don’t get me wrong, I love Bogey.  I love his Sam Spade, Fred McMurray’s Walter Neff, and William Holden’s Joe Gillis.  But that was about 12 Presidents ago.  It’s been done.  A lot.  And frankly…

(I’m about to fulfill the worst fears of the most terrified macho men in comics by daring to posit that they can learn something from females. This is girly wisdom, fellas.  If you’re man enough to hear it… )

…there is a reason that bridesmaid dresses suck.  To make the bride look prettier standing next to her salmon-and-fuschia-taffeta-ruffled attendants.

You hear what I’m saying, fellas?  None of you are Dashiell Hammett.  None of you are John Huston or Billy Wilder.  And absolutely none of you are Bogey.  You really don’t want to be standing next to them quite so often.  You really don’t want to be standing next to them every bloody chance you get.

But back to Cat-Tales .  One of the big differences with Selina’s voice is that it’s not self-deprecating.  This is not a self-loathing loser disappointed in her life, who has thrown in the towel on even trying to enjoy it or take pleasure from her world.  On the contrary, she revels in her world—as the reader presumably wants to, or why else would you decide to read this thing?

And that’s when I saw it.  She’s Edith Wharton…

The narration of those ‘peaches and cream’ novels of manners is as unique, once you know it, as is the hardboiled P.I.  It’s an insider whispering in our ear as we enter the ball room—whispering all the secrets of this strange new world, knowing but not cynical—letting us in on the gossip, because that is the fun of these parties, after all.

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