Before I start this, I am very aware that Captain Marvel belongs to Marvel and Catwoman to DC and that both would conduct business differently because they are not the same company.
As I was perusing Tumblr the other day, I stumbled across a post by comic guru Ryley St. Batman with this alarming piece of information:
“In not so great news Captain Marvel is apparently not selling too hot and there’s legitimate worry of it being canned. Marvel will probably keep it on the shelves a little longer than they usually would a series because it’s fans (no matter how few they are) really adore it, and they want to try and keep more female lead books on the shelves, but unless something happens to boost sales it seems like it might not last too much longer.”
When I asked him where this information was coming from, he responded:
“When I wrote about it for Population GO I used Bleeding Cool as a source because they’ve been reporting on the rumor, but there’s also the trends of how Marvel functions when cancelling series and whatnot. Look at the numbers for series they’ve canned in the past and you can see that CM is around that same number or below. “
Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel is a refreshing female character who isn’t all about sex appeal. Nor is she meant to be an overtly feminist figure.
She’s just an Avenger doing her job, and that’s what makes her character compelling.
The fact that she’s a woman is not a plot point (other than the fact that the previous Captain Marvel was a man), and so what you get is a wonderfully well-rounded character flying around and fighting giant robots made of WWII fighter planes. It is fully brought to life by a series of wonderful artists, all with completely different styles, and cover art so good it makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry
You may be asking yourselves. “What are you so mad about, Eastyn, I understand that you’re sad it could be cancelled, but what’s the big deal?”
I am mad because I hear rumors of Captain Marvel being cancelled due to low readership, but the New 52 Catwoman is still in print.
I don’t even know where to begin my list of complaints. But, let us start with the terrible writing. I started reading Catwoman a little bit ago, and realized it was a big waste of my money.
I kept reading in vain hope of it getting better, but it actually just got worse. The writing is confusing, there’s no continuity, the language in it is appalling not to mention Catwoman is reduced to an over sexualized party girl (being sexy is one of Catwoman’s things but in this series, it’s her only thing) who has none of the intellect that one would expect from a master thief who manages to steal the heart of Batman.
Honestly I would watch Halle Berry as Catwoman rather than read this comic again.
Here is a gem from a Batman News review of the most recent Catwoman issue, #16:
“I don’t want to waste a lot of time talking about this comic. It’s garbage.”
I could definitely go on as to why it’s so terrible and why it makes me so sad that this comic is continually in production, but I won’t, because then I might be arrested for how negatively I feel towards Ann Nocenti’s writing.
A side note, Nocenti is also set to write Katana, which is a character I would be interested to learn about, but since she’s writing it, I just won’t even bother.
Now that you know how I feel about both comics. It is difficult for me to not draw my own conclusions about the reasoning behind Catwoman having a larger readership than Captain Marvel. It is no big surprise that the world of comics is heavily dominated by men (not to say that there are no ladies reading comics, but come on, let’s get serious here), and in a male dominated readership, what is going to be picked up faster?
I can’t just blame the men either. What girl doesn’t want to be Catwoman? Who doesn’t want to flip around in tight black body suits, stealing shinies, throwing out quick-witted quips and having a crazy romance with the one and only Batman?
Honestly, I picked it up regardless of the reviews because I wanted it to be good, I wanted to love Catwoman, but I just can’t justify purchasing this comic anymore. I promise you that I am not the only one, there’s probably a good handful of ladies who pick it up for the exact same reason. Catwoman is cool. She’s edgy, and compared to her, Captain Marvel is a huge ‘L’ ’7′.
So here’s what I am suggesting. Marvel, DC, are you listening? I’m about to give you the best advice you could ever receive. Marvel: Keep Captain Marvel. Do some promoting of her. Get her name out there. She’s quite honestly the best, and I’m stoked with this comic in more ways than one. Get the word out there! Appeal to younger girls. She’s a great role model, and tell male readers that they aren’t going to be sold some feminazi insanity either. She’s a super hero, her boobs just aren’t hanging out all the time, and it’s a wonderful world!
DC: Fire Ann Nocenti. Get rid of her, just do it. She’s ruining a wonderful character. Hire me instead. I’ve done the research, I even have a storyline planned and the first issue completely written out. I did this out of pure rage for how the series was headed, so you know there’s heart behind it.
Anyways, how do you feel about this, dear Panel Bound readers. Any fans of the new Catwoman? Captain Marvel?