Batman Catwoman #1
Written by Tom King
Art by Clay Mann
Colors by Tomeu Morey
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: An old friend sends Bruce on a mission that will end in tragedy for everyone involved.
It’s Christmas time and an old friend has come in from the cold to see Bruce Wayne, Andrea Beaumont. The former vigilante known as the Phantasm needs some help from her old flame and former rival. Help of a personal nature that will require Bruce and Selina to begin a search in the dark corners and undergrounds of the city leading to Sewer King and a tragic discovery.
In the future, Selina Kyle takes a trip for Christmas and finds herself at a cozy little seaside trailer park where an older Selina pays a visit to an old friend. After reminiscing about their shared pasts, their presents and their families, Selina tells the mystery man that she is there to fulfill a darker purpose. One that would never be possible if Bruce were still alive.
The Story: A beautifully written story from Tom King that serves as a love letter to fans of Batman the Animated Series as well as Mask of the Phantasm. The plot does a great job of splitting its story into two different time periods and both stories are compelling and entertaining. King has started an intriguing new story with this issue and I am interested in seeing where it goes, especially after two twist endings.
The Art: Clay Mann’s art is sublime. The imagery is sophisticated, beautifully done and filled with glorious details. A fantastic looking issue from start to finish.