Vertigo’s Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly flew under the radar a bit when it was released this fall, though I did see it on a few year-end “Best of 2012” lists, and deservedly so. I had the pleasure of reading it recently, and it’s a shame the book didn’t get more attention. The premise is fantastic: It’s Romeo and Juliet set in Brooklyn in the 1980s with the Montagues and Capulets as rival gangs who duel with samurai swords, with Tybalt as the central character. Awesome, right?
Plus, the book is in iambic pentameter. But it’s not just duplicating the original Shakespearean text. There’s a lot of new stuff, with some very modernized tweaks of the play too. It’s quite cool. Also, it’s gorgeously drawn and the sword battles are fantastic and you should definitely check it out.
On top of it being a great book, there’s also a lot of Wonder Woman in it!! Juliet seems pretty into Wonder Woman. Early in the story, she tells Tybalt a joke she’d heard from Petruchio. It’s that classic dirty joke about Superman trying to have a quickie with a naked Wonder Woman, but he instead ends up buggering the Invisible Man who was actually having sex with Wonder Woman. It’s a dumb joke, but it’s a bit more fun in loose iambic pentameter:
…So Superman was exceedingly randy
and too lame to get any panty
so he took off and flew to see friends that
he knew but Batman and Robin weren’t handy.
Flying high his libido was ravin’
He saw Wond’r Woman naked sunbathin’
so he flew in and smashed then off he dashed
too fast to be caught misbehavin’.
Wonder Woman did politely inquire
What the hell did just transpire
The invisible man said, rubbing his can,
“I don’t know, but my ass is afire!”
Now, it’s been a while since I’ve read Romeo and Juliet, but I don’t think that was in the original play.
Later on, at a street party where everyone wears costumes, Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time. He dressed like a clown, but check out Juliet’s costume:
Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberley is a great book if you love comics that are awesome, and then doubly great if you love random and fun Wonder Woman references. It just came out this fall, so look for it at your local comic shop or bookstore!!