A chance encounter with a Cat Burglar, who seems to be perpetually one step ahead of the Batman. Then the story of the Man who tamed the Cat, and the Cat Bugler that stole the Bat. Easily The Best Comic I have read all Year!
BATMAN ANNUAL #2
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Lee Weeks and Michael Lark
Cover Artist: Lee Weeks
Colorist: Elizabeth Breitweiser and June Chung
Publisher: DC Comics
What You Need to Know:
Catwoman first appeared in Batman #1 in 1940. She has always enjoyed a relationship with Batman that has both kept him on his toes and slightly off balance. Selina Runs and Bruce gives Chase, this is how they would dance together. He gets close, and she pulls away.
In the recent storylines, Batman has asked Selina Kyle to marry him, and she has accepted. This is a story of the life that could be between the two of them.
What You’ll Find Out:
The History of Annual Issues is that they are normally separate from regular Continuity stories, and they are larger books with more pages and sometimes Multiple stories within. This is a Two Story Comic about The Relationship between Batman and Catwoman.
What Just Happened?
The First Story is Catwoman who is incessantly Playing with Batman. She seems to make him look foolish at each turn, and is always a step ahead. Every time she strikes against Bruce she leaves him a small token of her affection. A small Mouse. Catwoman tells Batman just what she thinks of him, and toys with him at every turn.
Eventually, Batman catches her and reveals that he tracked her whereabouts from the Mouse Poo. Selina then realizes just how much Bruce does understand her, as he has been toying with her from the beginning as well. Selina realizes that Bruce does understand her, that they, both Orphans, see each other for what they really are.
The next Story yanks at the Heart Strings. Clearly, at this point, Bruce and Selina have led a long and happy life together. They Bicker over when they first met, and enjoy each other’s company. This is where the story gets heavy and is best read than reviewed.
Final Thought: Not every story about Heroes is about a fight to save the world or to stop a Criminal, although this one does have some of those elements in it. This story is a deep emotional connection, that cut right through me. The art was at first deft and playful and then led me to an emotional crescendo. As a reviewer is it my hope that you enjoy the books that I recommend, and hopefully, that you will read the stories and enjoy them as I have. I felt that with this story so strong in its narrative and emotional effect on the reader, that I best let the work speak for itself. I love to read stories about Batman stopping Crimes or fighting Villains, but this has easily become one of the most memorable stories that I have read. I cannot give it higher praise and suggest that if you have any love for the Character of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle that you read this story at least once.
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