Cat of the Geek #109: Hellcat

Name: Patsy Walker
Stomping Grounds: Marvel Comics
Side: Good
Breed: Sexy, sexy human
Cat Powers: Retractable claws. Martial arts. Psychic sense. Fashion sense.
Skills: Eat 3, Sleep 2, Mischief 6, Wit 8, Modeling 7
Cat Weaknesses: Only falls for men who are dogs or demons. Assigned to Alaska*.

*And bounced back to New York, which is really too bad because the Patsy Walker: Hellcat Alaskan mini was great fun and should have had a follow-up. Doesn't NYC have enough heroes? (Not that the Sex and the Super-City stuff hasn't been fun as well.)


Craig Oxbrow said...

Ah, one of the most "yeahbuhwha?" characters in comics, who I first met as Hellstorm's invalid wife, discovered met him as a 70s superhero, and had previously been the star of romance comics about life as a model. As character drift goes, it's pretty drifty.

(Edit: Now with added typo checking!)

Siskoid said...

Yeah. But they did a good job incorporating it all in the Patsy Walker: Hellcat mini, complete with faux-Cosmo articles.

Bill D. said...

Marvel Divas was way better than I would have ever expected based on the title and the cover art, but the Patsy in Alaska mini was one of the best Marvel books in the last decade. Kathryn Immonen made me such a Patsy fan, and David LaFuente's art was just gorgeous. Crying shame more people didn't read that. And it looks like the trade's even out of print now. Damn.

Siskoid said...

It's been my experience that terrible stuff is very popular, while the best stuff gets overlooked.


Bill S. said...

I've been a fan of Hellcat since the first comic I got, an issue of The Defenders where Satan tried to convince her he was her father. At this point, she's one of those characters that I've accrued so much goodwill that I will buy a title that features her, regardless of writer or artist. Which is rare. But the Immonenen book was fantastic, and I really do wish the market could support more offbeat titles like it.


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