Hey guys just wanted to put this up. It's under construction because I'm still working on the story and fine tuning the look and feel of it all. So this page in particular will probably change later down the line (and will be in color) But I wanted to show you guys I was still doing Batman (TDKR related) things.
I feel like Anne Hathaway's Catwoman isn't as celebrated as she should be, despite all the accolades she received in 2012, so wanted to do a string of comic "pages" starring her. And because I love how the current comics run has her as almost the 3rd Musketeer in the Poison Ivy/Harley friendship, I was dying to include that. So they're very much Selina's backup as she learns to deal with life while Bane's forces have Gotham under siege.
What I was going to do was upload these one at a time, and not necessarily chronologically, which is why each one will have a timestamp like this one. So, as you can tell by now, Black Mask is already dead. Sorry Sionis fans, but Selina does indeed shoot him in the f'n face. But don't worry, was going to do the Selina vs. Roman fight next (and it's brutal)
One thing I came to terms with is that the style I was drawing Batman stuff wasn't very 'Batman' in tone. I wasn't embracing the blacks and the shadows as much. I think someone commented on one of my TDKR Epilogues that it looked cartoony.. and I now understand where he/she was coming from. (But bless everyone that liked my stuff anyways) -- so I wanted to go full on J.H. Williams/Tristan Jones with this.
Speaking of J.H. Williams, I AM unashamedly trying to emulate his style of layouts and merge it with my own. I like that I always have a sorta 'pin-up' in all the comics I do in front of the comic panels (in this case, it's Selina holding up Roman's face like a saint in a stained-glass window) --- and I wanted to match that with Williams' brilliant handling of his comic spreads. I mean why the hell not, right? If I'm going to copy someone, it should be someone brilliant.
Really wanted to push that Selina is like a mythological hero here. She's basically Perseus slaying the Medusa. I initially had her in a pose that was a classic Perseus statue pose, but it didnt fit the layout. For those that are not aware, Black Mask is essentially her blood enemy. I would argue moreso than Batman is Roman's enemy. Pre-52 AND Post-52 they have huge beef that's (in both cases) results in Selina shooting him in the face.
I'm backtracking just a little teensy bit with Harley in terms of the continuity I established. I implied Harleen became Harley after John Blake became Batman. HOWEVER, I have an out - I actually stated she became the new Agent of Chaos. Not that she hadn't already assumed the Harley Quinn identity.
Called Michelle Pfeiffer "Alpha" because she's like a Lioness Alpha. Is that dumb? You guys can tell me if that's dumb.
So in this time period, Harley and Ivy carry on like a full-on couple. Although, like the comics, it's not necessarily an exclusive relationship. Not really going to delve into what happens prior to cause this... I honestly just feel safer with her being Ivy's. Don't want this to turn into too much fan service though, this is the only time you see them kiss (and I tried to make a sweet way.. not some PornHub way)
[UPDATE] Forgot to mention the dagger is similar to the Ajanti Dagger from the Eddie Murphy movie 'Golden Child' -- Harley is in love with pop culture so when she saw the knife in the midst of Alpha's weaponry, she absolutely had to have it.
Coming up later: The only time I divert away from the Gotham Sirens is a comic spread devoted to Miranda/Talia and the Court of Owls. Also Harley and Ivy will shine in their own individual page(s) as well.