Bruce and Selina
This is an excellent series that comes out swinging against the
mishanding of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, as well as Batman and Catwoman.
The most recent chapters have made me realize how much more Selina has to
offer than Noir dramatics. Noir stylization is so recognized and pervasive
that we tend to forget that both Bruce and Selina, Batman and Catwoman, were
created and canon long before the postwar funk that created film noir.
Dee's Bruce and Selina are a lot more like the highly stylized
screwball comedy of the thirties: when women were strong, men were smitten,
and love was wackier than the Joker ever thought of being!
The Batman mythos was held hostage by Frank Miller's refusal to take
superheroics at the same value as noir as genre. But even in the
heyday of noir, some charisma- powered females were able to subvert the
complexes of good girl/bad girl and Chris is doing a great job of rendering
a character that is never cuddly or docile in order to be likeable. Selina's
a cat. so take it at that!
Cat-Tales by Chris Dee tells the story of
the real Bruce Wayne,
the real Selina Kyle, the real Gotham
City, the real Human beings of their universe.
The Dark Knight Rises opened July 20, 2012, and while we all hoped it
would set the record straight and give us the real Bruce Wayne, the real
Selina Kyle, the hero we deserve in every sense, it only brought more
fiction. A Bruce who had no commitment to his mission, who was Batman
for a few years at most and gave it up, and a Selina whose anger, bitterness
and insulting lower class origins missed the point of all the character
should be. At least Chris Dee's Cat-Tales remains to set the
record straight giving us a Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle worthy of each other
and worthy of being called Batman and Catwoman.
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