Gotham City Sirens #3, 2009, DC Comics, Cover by Guillem March.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its examination and celebration of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Aughts. Girl-power was booming in this decade, with Catwoman's very popular continuing series, Supergirl’s rebirth and adventures with the Legion of Super-Heroes, and Harley Quinn’s popularity continuing to grow.
Today, Harley is hotter than ever, with a new DC Universe streaming animated series, and the new movie Birds of Prey. The new movie’s working title was Gotham City Sirens, inspired by the late 2000s comic series of the same name, so this week’s Retro Cover is an appropriate pick.
Writer and Harley creator Paul Dini launched this new series in 2009 to feature Harley, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy, and ran for 26 issues. The covers were visual masterpieces by Guillem March, often erotically charged, including this week’s pick, Gotham City Sirens #3.
March pays homage to the famous, black backdropped James Bond title sequences that often projected imagery onto glorified female forms. Here, March projects the comic title logo in white onto the monochromatic, day-glo bodies of Catwoman and Ivy, creating one of the most unusual comic title placements ever. Cat’s cat-o-nine tail whip is coiled suggestively around Ivy, while white question marks scattered around the cover’s edges give no-so-subtle hints to the issue’s antagonist.
Next week: Back to the groovy 1970s!