Long before the shenanigans of this month’s Batman #50, Selina Kyle broke off another engagement at the last-minute in the pages of Catwoman #18.
So maybe everything that happened last week wasn’t DC’s fault after all. Maybe Catwoman is just not the marrying type.
Anywho, when this issue was released in 1995, I had stopped reading the title because my local convenience store had stopped carrying the Catwoman title. But during a trip to New England comics later that year, I found a copy of Catwoman #18. I Picked up the issue because of the Jim Balent cover, and because I was wondering why Catwoman was in a wedding dress.
The issue starts with Selina’s reaction to Prince Willem’s marriage proposal. I didn’t know who Prince Willem was at first, but his affection for Selina seemed genuine enough. But I soon learned this guy was in charge of some European island located in the Mediterranean.
Apparently Catwoman was sent there by her federal “employers” to steal Willem’s prized “Swan Crown.” From the looks of it, the mission didn’t go well and things moved fast though, and the Prince fell head over heals for Selina. She however, isn’t thrilled at the idea of becoming his Princess.
Considering that I had absolutely no idea what was going when I bought this issue, writer Chuck Dixon did a great job of bringing readers up to speed. But more importantly, Dixon delivered just a fun and action packed Catwoman story. Sure, the story may go from serious to silly a couple of times, but it still works for me.
My favorite moments in Catwoman #18 however, don’t feature Catwoman. The moments I liked best in this issue actually involve Prince Willem as he prepares for the nuptials. There are moments where you think he’s just some crazy guy, but by issue’s end I liked Willem and thought he really cared for Selina. I even like the moment he helps Catwoman out b y using the hunting rifle he planned to use on their honeymoon.
The art for Catwoman #18 was handled by Jim Balent, with inks by Bob Smith. Say what you want about Jim Balent’s Catwoman run, or his art in general, but I’ve always been a fan of his stuff. I get his work isn’t for everyone, but I don’t care how big he draws certain… things. I just like the fact his art is clean, easy to follow, and always has plenty of energy.
Catwoman #18 was a fun, off-beat issue, with a story that had humor, action, and made me want to read the next issue. For a mid 1990’s comic, that pretty good. Meanwhile, Jim Balent did a good job with what has to be one of the strangest wedding in comics. At least Catwoman #18 was more fun than Batman #50.
And come on, how can you not love that cover?