Meet Patience Philips, shy, sensitive artist working for cosmetics
giant Hedare Beauty. When she stumbles onto a dark secret
at the company, she finds herself in the middle of a dangerous
corporate conspiracy. What happens next changes Patience forever.
In a mystical twist of fate, she is transformed into Catwoman.
And the leather-clad heroine bares her claws to exact revenge...
have to admit to not having seen the Catwoman movie
when I read this collection. And to be honest, I doubt I'll
bother on the strength of what's on offer here.
the plot of this graphic novel is extremely shallow - there's
hardly anything to it at all. And just as the action starts
to get going it's over in a flash. Unlike the original comic
origins of Selina Kyle (Oh, yeah. That's another thing - Catwoman's
name in the movie is Patience Philips), Catwoman starts life
as a normal woman until she is almost killed after falling
in a vat of a poisonous beauty product. She is rescued by
a cat (not really sure how that works, exactly) and becomes
the Catwoman. In the original comics Selina is always depicted
as a gifted gymnast who never quite manages to apply herself
to the right things in life, which explains where her rooftop
leaping prowess comes from. In this story she is a weedy woman,
who gets an overdose of toxic chemicals. While that may make
her strong, would it really allow her the balance and co-ordination
to leap from roof to roof?
it is hinted that Patience Philips is the latest in a line
of Catwomen - so that could explain away the new origins and
name etc. - but I though that was an odd decision by the movie
producers. Surely it would have made more sense to go with
one of the many spins on the original origins - or an amalgamation
I couldn't work out why on earth a company would produce a
product that surely in a matter of days of being on the market
would lead officials to close them down. If their beauty product
was addictive and turned users into monsters, it wouldn't
take Einstein to work out the source of the illness would
if to kick the movie in the teeth, this release also features
a number of original Catwoman stories. Which, as you can imagine,
show the movie plot up to be the embarrassment that it is.
Here we see Kyle's origins and then progress onto her first
meeting with the Batman.
collection scores plus points for it's fantastic cover and
back cover - both of which feature promotional shots from
the movie. It also has some sketches from the set of the movie
by artist Jim Lee.
even these are not enough to stop this from being a bit of
a turkey. You could say that it is a near catastrophe. You
many think I'm being catty, but I really didn't rate this.
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