Some might remember my post from the time I discovered Catman, and it’s kinda no secret that I’ve since become obsessed to the point that I’m practically licking the new issues of Secret Six…
The other night my twitter kinda blew up (and by my twitter, I mean my pants) when Gail Simone retweeted Matt “@FotoCub” Santori-Griffith’s tweet. You see, Matt posted a pic of a lovely birthday gift he received: A full frontal nude of Catman! A raw and… uncut version, if you will! #WakaWaka
It seems Matt – like me – might be slightly obsessed with
foreskin Thomas Blake/Catman, the oft-nude ginger anti-hero of the DC Universe! Matt even wrote an “Ode to Catman” on Comicosity: http://www.comicosity.com/comic-love-an-ode-to-catman/
He’s definitely the King of this loving-Catman pride!
The au naturale side of Blake goes to Matt by way of the
WICK-edly incredibly talented Adele Dazeem Stephen Sadowski! A notable artist in the comic industry, and he’s part of the LGBTQ family as well!
Talk about ENVY! Especially now that Matt has been asked to keep the completely nude version . . . tamed and caged! (Ohhh, but Catman doesn’t like confined spaces!) For you inquiring minds, though, Matt has confirmed that Thomas Blake is definitely NOT JEWISH. And now, in my head as well as many others’, this is totes canon.
Matt, you lucky bastard. Can I come visit?
I’m only going to feature one comic this week, as opposed to my typical three. A month from now, I’ll likely be doing the same.
The book in question is Gail Simone’s The Movement. This is the penultimate issue in her gritty story of underdog heroes who found themselves on the right side of justice in a city whose supposed “justice” system is woefully on the wrong side. Corrupt businessmen, cops & elected officials were taking advantage of the weak & meek until The Movement stepped up to start taking back the city.
Simone clearly draws inspiration from current events, but works them into her writing thematically rather than literally. There are elements of the Anonymous collective, the Occupy Wall Street movement and like-minded grassroots campaigns that have sprung up of late to be found here, but the story takes place on a personal level. We meet and come to know 6 primary characters and a handful of supporting folk. In fact, Batgirl just recently made an appearance, traveling from city to city when she was on the hunt for a Gotham escapee.
Longtime readers of the New 52 Batgirl will also know that The Movement’s Katharsis made her debut as an enemy of Barbara’s, though she is now fighting for her Coral City citizenry – albeit in a much more ruthless style than what you might expect from a Freedom Fighter. Katharsis is actually the fictional superhero version of real, live person Kulap Vilaysack. Kulap co-hosts the Earwolf Network podcast “Who Charted” and has been a guest on Janet Varney’s “The JV Club” which you all know I love.
Next month’s issue will be the last, and after this episode I’m particularly saddened. Gail does not shy away from creating a diverse cast of characters, and the battle that befell Movement’s resident human-to-demon shifter Burden was a particularly well-handled situation of how much our surroundings can make or break us. The Movement is not a gay book, but there was a whole lot of gay in it this week and it’s definitely something you should read. It stands on its own very well, so if you’ve never read the series, you’ll have no problem starting here. Please do give a read.
The Movement #11 (of 12)
I know I’m posting this a day late, but if you haven’t already made your comic selections this week, consider adding these to your intake:
The Wake #6 of 10
The Wake is a series created by Scott Snyder – of American Vampire & Batman notoriety – for the Vertigo imprint. It’s a water-based creature miniseries that looks at the discovery of an undersea quasi-anthropomorphic race of creatures and the subsequent effects their discovery has on humans. Issues 1-5 were released last fall, focusing largely on the modern-day storyline. The series is back with part two focusing on life 200 years in the future. Featuring some great art by Sean Murphy, I highly recommend you check this issue out. The divide in timelines makes this a great opportunity to jump in, and catch up on 1-5 later.
Tomb Raider #1
Gail Simone is spearheading Lara Croft’s storyline between official games in this new monthly from Dark Horse. The theme and title of the issue – “Survivor’s Guilt” – is kind of Gail’s wheelhouse. What she sets in motion in issue 1 is a story that directly ties to the island of Yamati from the rebooted game. The survivors wish desperately to leave the memories of the island behind, but the loss of their friends and a new supernatural element will not let that happen anytime soon.
[Editorial note: Gail Simone is not just a great read in comic literature, but also on Twitter. Check her out.]
Harley Quinn #3
Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are doing a great job at establishing Harley in a standalone series. Whereas in the past she’s been a companion to either the Joker or her teammates on the Suicide Squad, she’s now lurching forward into an independent life. Last month’s issue saw a visit from her best friend (and I hope eventual love interest Poison Ivy) who helped her turn a vacant floor in her new building into a puppy oasis. The series seems to be doing a good job at mixing cute kitsch & psychosis very well. Harley has a lot of crazy love to give, and sometimes her love just manifests itself with an axe to the head. It’s a fun journey.
Meet one deviously sexy DC villain/anti-hero by the name of Catman. That’s right, Cat-MAN! Much like Catwoman, but without the icky girly-bewbz!
I will admit, not being an avid reader of comics, I never really cared to look into him until recently and…boy, do I regret that! I won’t get into details (because if I do then I’ll likely focus on the fact that he’s a ginger) but I’ll leave you with this interesting little factoid: Catman is bisexual.
Oh, yes! This muscle-mass of inky man-meat may be on the market for some men!
[pause for audible “Oooh!”]
And, as if he just weren’t drawn sexy enough already, please direct your attention to some of the images below. Aside from the few where he’s completely nude (!), you’ll notice one version of his costume is simply boots, gloves, a harness/cape, obligatory utility belt, AND A SPEEDO. That’s it!
God(s) bless the artists and creative minds behind that! Really.
Oh, and I wouldn’t be a proper creep and a perv if I didn’t include the last pic. I didn’t even mean to find it, but the stuff that turns up on Google sometimes is fantastic! (All I did was search “Catman,” that’s all.)
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