Catwoman Vol. 1: Trail of the Catwomanby Darwyn Cooke
For years, Selina Kyle has prowled the skyline of Gotham City as its most famous thief, Catwoman. But when word spreads of Catwoman's demise, Selina decides to leave the costumed world behind and continue her trade cloaked in the shadows. Unable to enjoy her newfound anonymity for too long though, Selina decides that she must return to her infamous persona. Donning a new costume and attitude, Catwoman returns to the streets and sets her sights on the serial killer that has been preying upon the streetwalkers she calls friends.
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Amazing. Action packed. Complex portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman.
Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke innovatively reinvent Catwoman in this award-winning series. Brubaker's writing is superb, intelligent, witty, and introspective. Catwoman is a deeply complex character with a lot of strengths and flaws, having grown up quickly on the mean streets of the East End of Gotham City. Now she wants to make positive changes in her own life, and in her old neighborhood. In doing this, she is reunited with old friends & enemies, and of course makes a lot of new ones. This series shows that sometimes you have to do the wrong things for the right reasons.
This is the intro to Ed Brubaker & Darwyn Cooke's redefining of Catwoman for the 21st century. It was this series that help make Selina Kyle into my favorite comic book character and help establish Brubaker as one of the great masters of crime noir in the comic book format. In this book, Selina is moved from the World's Greatest Thief/Anti-Heroine to full blown hero and defender of the East End, a Gotham City neighborhood notorious for crime and police corruption and where the Batman first began his crusade against the criminal elements that killed his parents. We are introduced to P.I., Slam Bradley, who is assigned by the shady mayor of Gotham, Dickinson, to locate Catwoman, who is believe to be dead, after her recent bid to be elected mayor of New York City. The start of the actual series, has Selina investigate the deaths of East End prostitutes, whose deaths are of no importance to the local police, and the re-introduction of a friend from the past, Holly Robinson. Finally, the rest of the story deals with Selina & Holly, as her sidekick, taking on a local drug lord and the corrupt police under his pay, that leads on to the revelation of a Batman Rogue's Gallery villain, pulling the strings behind it all and trying to take over the East End underworld. If you have any interest in Catwoman, crime noir, the world of Batman or plain good writing, please give this book a chance.