Welcome back to another week of the World of Bats, the Batman Book Club! April is the 80th Anniversary of the debut of Catwoman in the pages of Batman, so this month we’re celebrating this by highlighting just a few of her best stories.
This week, we’re delving into the acclaimed Ed Brubaker run of Catwoman, specifically issues #12-16, the arc called “Relentless.”
Selina sets out to give something back to the neighborhood, but a new wave of crime brings her closer to her roots than she ever imagined. And if that isn’t enough, wait’ll you learn the startling secret of one of our supporting cast members!
Here are the links for these five issues:
Let us know what you think of this story and here are some discussion questions to help out:
Unlike other stories this month, this is the first story we see of Selina not as a cat-burglar exclusively, but as protector of the East End. What do you think of Selina’s move to (greyer) vigilantism? Is it a fitting character progression, or do you think something’s missing when she’s closer to the side of the angels?
This arc highlights two key figures that we read previously in her first mini-series, “Her Sister’s Keeper,” Maggie Kyle and Holly Robinson, both of whom are in very different places since we last saw them. What do you think of their development since then and their role in this story?
This story reintroduces Black Mask in more modern Gotham stories, focusing less on his mask fetish and more on his new prediction to torture, something that has stuck with the character since; even being a big part of his big-screen debut in February’s Birds of Prey. What do you think of this take on the character? Is he more effective and notable in the Rogues Gallery with his sadism?
The discussion will be current from April 4 to April 10, but any readers from the future are free to come back and share their thoughts anytime.
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Looking forward to reading your thoughts down below!