P:R Approved: Axel Medellin’s Catwoman As If Designed By H.R. Giger!

Note: The good folks over at the CBR blog Comics Should Be Good recently had a fun art challenge where artists were tasked with redesigning a comic book character from the vantage point of a popular science fiction writer or artist. Elephantmen artist Axel Medellin jumped in with both feet as he re-interpreted DC’s Catwoman through the vantage point of H.R. Giger. While the Batman Forever-esque nipples is a downer for me it is reminscient of what Giger might do, and the design of the helmet, hands and glove is positively inspired. – Chris A.

22 comments on “P:R Approved: Axel Medellin’s Catwoman As If Designed By H.R. Giger!
  1. While this is a stunning piece, it’s disturbing in a way I can’t describe…maybe in the same way that I’m weirded out by those beauty pageant toddlers …

  2. I don’t want to get into a lengthy discussion of nipples, but I don’t think those in the drawing are reminiscent of Giger’s work. The Giger designs that Karl is referring to above feature spiny, almost weaponized, nipples. In decidedly-less-than-sharp (hoho) contrast, those in Alex Medellin’s are blunt and swollen, and appear to be influenced by the Japanese fetish art featuring women incapacitated by pregnancy (I wish I wasn’t aware of the existence of such, but it’s surprisingly pervasive; I see it all the time on DeviantArt and Google image search). Though both looks are probably inspired by male chauvinism, I find the “maneater” look much to be much less distasteful than what we see above.

  3. Most of this design for me – regardless of my admiration for Giger – is a massive no-no. But I do agree that the helmet is at least interesting and different.

  4. Those are the designs I’m referring to in the second sentence of my original comment. I don’t think they’re too similar, but maybe it’s subjective.

  5. This IS a Geiger-eque piece. which makes this disturbing piece pretty close. Not necessarily a good costume, but holy crap it’s awesome artwork.

  6. Would Giger have given her the requisite number of cat-boobs? And the ‘tail’ could have been more phallic.

  7. THIS IS FREAKIN’ COOL!!!She is definitively Catwoman Beyond!Maybe a mutated human or a lab experiment rebelled against her creators.

    But…I have to say it would be better without mentioning Giger,I don’t see many references,it would be better if the author would have used some characteristic Giger patterns on her costume like this
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PfWMHmzH8MA/Tb1fx252gAI/AAAAAAAAAGQ/lBdbhM1WDgI/s1600/hr_giger_necronom_I.jpg
    this
    http://lovecraft1890.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/hr_giger_anonib_high_resolution_desktop_1054x1200_wallpaper-241272.jpg
    or this
    http://www.hrgiger.com/missing/WorkNo509.jpg

  8. I really don’t like to criticize anyone’s art, regardless of whether it is to my taste or not, however, I have to say I find this abhorrent.

  9. If that had anything to do with Giger’s design aesthetic there’d be a lot more penises and vaginas, I’m afraid. This is more like “Catwoman As If Designed by Masamune Shirow”

  10. lavern: I’m afraid.This is more like “Catwoman As If Designed by Masamune Shirow”

    First time i see Shirow mentioned in this Design site, and it’s to talk about his boob illustration…sigh… Masamune already has cat ladies (UNI and ANA Puma), if he were to tackle the concept of cat burglar, he would come up with a bunch of proprietary gear. He draws hentai, but Design wise he comes up with the most extensive mechanical designs of our time.

    Quite the opposite from this here, which is clearly something fun to draw and to look at, but has little depth in design or functionality.

  11. Mario Silva:
    First time i see Shirow mentioned in this Design site, [...] He draws hentai, but Design wise he comes up with the most extensive mechanical designs of our time.Quite the opposite from this here, which is clearly something fun to draw and to look at, but has little depth in design or functionality.

    I don’t think that the deep plot of Ghost in the Shell can be considered an hentai,even if there are some erotic scene,and in mangas like Orion there are nothing.
    Saying that Masamune Shirow is an hentai drawer is very reductive for his work

  12. Chris A.: Itlas: Shirow has done alot of hentai over the years. Yes, GHOST IN THE SHELL and ORION were not hentai, but alot of his other work is.

    Chris,Shirow has drawed SOME hentai like the series of Galgrease but the majority of his works like Orion,Ghost in the shell and Appleseed are not hentai even if there is a lot of fanservice.
    He don’t draws hentai,he draws ALSO hentai,the concept and the meaning are totally different.

  13. Talk about missing the point Itlas, since i was originally defending Masamune Shirow’s equipment DESIGN work…

    Since you seem so bent on nitpicking, the right terminology would be senjin manga, which encompasses both political and philosophical heavy plots and the casual tentacular scene. Note that i don’t really care for such boxed divisions. After all, you are the one assuming that you can’t have plot heavy pornography.

  14. This actually does looks a lot like the Catwoman in the Batman Beyond comics, except more mutate

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