In DC Comics‘ most recent run of “Catwoman,” Selina Kyle has developed from a spandex-clad thief to a mob boss, but that’s not the only way in which she’s grown; in issue #39, writer Genevieve Valentine and artist Garry Brown confirmed her bisexuality with a liplock between Kyle and Eiko, the latest woman to take up the Catwoman mantle.
Following the issue’s release this week, Valentine took to her blog and wrote about what brought Catwoman to this moment and what she hoped to establish with this issue.
Valentine was very clear about what this moment meant for the character, explaining that it was intended to “establish… Selina as canon bisexual.”
“She’s flirted around it — often quite literally — for years now; for me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” Valentine wrote.
Eiko, the thief who may have stolen Selina’s heart, “seemed like the right person” to Valentine, in that the character is “intelligent, driven, in that uncanny valley of Almost Catwoman, and knows enough about Selina that their honesty has become something of a shelter in a situation that’s getting increasingly dishonest for everybody involved.”
Valentine assured her readers that Selina’s connection to Batman would not be forgotten, as “that is not how bisexuality (or humanity) works.”
Though she believes that the moment may have come as a surprise to readers, she wrote, “certainly it’s no surprise to Selina that she has an attraction to a woman.”
“Catwoman” #39 is now available at retailers and online.