Batman/Catwoman The Gotham War Battle Lines #1
Written by Tini Howard and Chip Zdarsky
Art by Mike Hawthorne
Inks by Adriano Di Benedetto
Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr
The Rundown: With Batman out of commission, Catwoman makes her move on the city.
In the wake of the Insomnia attack, Batman pushes himself too far and his body finally gives out. Weeks later, he returns and discovers that criminals are acting differently and that crime is down. At the same time, Catwoman has implemented a new program for a new type of crime that benefits goons.
When Selina gets word that Batman is back, she calls in the Bat Family for a meeting. A meeting that will deepen the rift between her and Bruce as well as some of his allies. A rift that will become more serious when one of Selina’s charges has a dangerous encounter with a homeowner.
The Story: Howard and Zdarsky craft an intriguing and entertaining moral dilemma for Batman and his family in this issue. I like how the story weaves in not only the interpersonal drama between Bruce and Selina, but also showcases the differences in their philosophies. The story shows how both sides are effective in their own way while also bringing the plot to a tragic conclusion that exemplifies why they will be in conflict.
The Art: Hawthorne delivers on the dark and ominous tone of the story with art that is wonderfully stylized and filled with great visual moments.