Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale

Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale


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Selina Kyle is fiercer than she knows. For 15 years, she's put up with her mother's string of bad boyfriends, but when Dernell, her mom's current beau, proves crueler than the others, Selina reevaluates her place in her home. There's no way Selina and Dernell can live under the same roof, and since Dernell won't leave, Selina must.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl) and artist Isaac Goodhart comes a story about learning how to survive the world when you've been forced to abandon your home and finding allies in the most unexpected moments.

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ISBN-13: 9781401285913
Publisher: DC Comics
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 102,697
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Lauren Myracle is a best-selling American writer of young adult fiction. She has written many novels, including the three best-selling "Internet Girls" books, ttyl, ttfn and l8r, g8r. Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and was named by Booklist as one of the "Top Ten Youth Romances" of the year, as well as one of the "Top Ten Books by New Writers."

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Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
HugsandKissesforBooks 2 days ago
Awesome backstory! Thanks to NetGalley and DC Ink for the opportunity to read and review Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle; illustrated by Isaac Goodhart! This graphic novel is divided into three sections: The Dark, The Light and Under the Bright White Moon and tells Catwoman’s origin story of abuse and neglect. She lives with her single mother and various boyfriends throughout the years and, the last straw is when her cat is killed by the latest jerk boyfriend. Selena leaves home and after being homeless for a while, she makes friends and finally feels like she belongs somewhere. 5 stars for this riveting graphic novel! * I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
JBronder 3 months ago
Selina Kyle has had a hard life. Her mother does what she can to keep them going but finds herself scumbags that will hang around for a while. Those scumbags are loud, have some kind of addiction, and like to beat on both Selina and her mother. Then one day she saves a kitten and nurses it back to health. But the current boyfriend doesn’t like it and solves the problem. Selina takes this as a sign to stop being weak and leave. She realizes that school just doesn’t have the same meaning and even though Bruce Wayne seems to want to help her she is better off on her own. But things are tough until she finds a family. But when she starts to love them something happens again. I don’t know much about the original comic stories of these characters. But I did like this book. I really felt for Selina and understood her choices. She does find a family but it is almost like she is meant to be alone. I thought it was a great introduction to the character. This is a great graphic novel. I really liked the story and thought Isaac Goodhart did an amazing job with the illustrations. It’s definitely one to check out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Suzanne Costner 4 months ago
She's appeared in numerous Batman comics. Her own monthly feature title began in 2018. She's been played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and Halle Berry in various film incarnations. And in many of those instances readers and viewers caught snippets of backstory. Well ... Lauren Myracle has written a story that covers the very young years of Selina Kyle's life up to the start of her time on the streets as a teenage runaway. Be warned, this is not for the faint of heart. The abusive conditions of Kyle's home, her rebellious spirit, and the various losses she suffers will all cause sympathy pains. But they also show her resilience and explain her disdain for rules and the status quo. Among the other scenes, we see some of her history with Bruce Wayne and the beginnings of their complicated relationship. Selina is smart, determined, believes in looking out for those she cares for, and comes much too early to the knowledge that we can't always protect those we love. As she adjusts to life on the streets, she is also making the choices that will define who she becomes. This is not an easy story and there are a lot of gray areas - which are reflected in the color scheme of the artwork. Recommended for YA readers who enjoy DC comics, superheroes and villains, urban survival stories, and young women who can kick butt when needed.
bjneary 4 months ago
Thank you to NetGalley and DC Entertainment and DC Ink for the advance reader copy Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by, Lauren Myracle, in exchange for an honest review. I loved Lauren Myracle’s take on Catwoman’s backstory. Selena is a strong female protagonist who is quick to protect but never to trust. Life has dealt her with a mother who has many abusive boyfriends, the latest being Dernell. As Selena continues to become sick Dernell’s target, she gets no help from her mother; only criticism. Dernell’s constant punishment of locking her in a closet, helps Selena become one with the darkness and when she can’t take life under his sicko powertrip; Selena runs away and becomes a teen who roams the streets, begins to hone her fighting, and finally joins a group that is planning a daring heist. For a kickass anti-heroine who takes prisoners, YA fans will fall into Myracle’s story and Goodhart's perfect dark illustrations with dark blue, black and minimal white lines does justice to comics; a must read!
Sam-Bean 4 months ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest opinion, which has not altered my opinion of the book. I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book. Trigger warnings for self-harm, abuse, animal death, bullying. I love Catwoman. I really do, I've never really been one for the heroines in stories. The anti-heroes who really just want to live their lives are where I gravitate. Selena is such a sassy character and I love that she never gave up. The only time she ever allowed someone to really get close to her was Rosie. Even the boys kept back due to their personalities. Honestly, I loved that she didn't want to be a hero and she was honestly alright when she was alone. The art of this graphic novel was beautiful!! I can't wait to see a physical copy of this, because the art was so amazing. The switch in color theme when there was a flashback allowed the story to flow without confusion. I highly recommend this book and can't wait to see if Ms. Myracle has more coming! 5 out of 5 from me!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is an enjoyable graphic novel that tells the back story in a slightly different way than expected. I don't know a lot about the Catwoman of the comic series, but I have read a number of spin off books and each presents Selina's back story in a different way. There's always some romance brewing between Catwoman and Batman, and this book is no different, although they're in high school. I also found it interesting trying to figure out if any of the other characters featured will develop into other Gotham baddies, etc. In this book, Selina has a strong personality which comes through loud and clear. I'm not sure if she's confident in her skin so much as blustering her way through, given her many secrets. I do wish, though, that some of the secondary characters got a bit more page time, especially Briar Rose (future Poison Ivy?). But I assume this is the first volume as it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger. Generally speaking, the story flows well and the characters are well developed. I found that it treated some pretty heavy subject matter in a way that recognized there may be a younger demographic picking up the book (Lauren Myracle would appeal to younger tweens as well as older) but without sugar coating it either. The illustrations are excellent and complement the story well. I would almost hazard they steal the show. All in all, a great graphic novel and you don't have to like Catwoman or Batman to appreciate it.
jwills0829 4 months ago
I have always been fascinated by the story of Selina Kyle. I see her as being a complex and interesting character that I am always looking for stories that gives more of backstory about how she became Catwoman. This is the first graphic novel that I read which focus solely on Selina and how she slowly becomes into Catwoman. This was an interesting origin tale of Catwoman. The story is told when Selina is 14 years old and is going through many obstacles such as issues with her mother and her violent boyfriend. If you are looking for a sweet story of Catwoman, then this would not be story for you because it is actually telling the story of all of the intense and abusive moments that molded Selina into becoming Catwoman. This story does have subject matter that can be triggering such as cutting, bullying and verbal/physical abuse. The author did a great job with writing about the triggering subjects in the comic. I have enjoyed this telling of Selina aka Catwoman because the characters were well developed, the writing, and story was done very well. The best part of the whole comic is the artwork is amazing because you didn’t need a lot dialogue to follow the story and to know what was happening in the scenes. It was nice to see diverse characters in the comic but I would have like to seen more of some those characters. I thought it was great to see all of the stray cats following Selina around because it was showing her connection with them. The backstory between Selina and Bruce was interesting part of the comic. It showed how Selina became friends with Bruce when they were small children and how they friendship change when they became teenagers. They do reconnect in the story and shows how much they both care about each other. I thought it was a nice touch to the story between Batman and Catwoman instead of them meeting as adults but as teens. The other part of the story I thought was interesting was Selina’s “friendships” with the group of runaways who live in a warehouse and doing “jobs” for money. She finds the group when she befriend Ojo who teaches her how to scale/climb walls and building. After living on the streets was not working for her, she decides to take up Ojo offer to stay with the group and work with them. She meets a young girl name Rosie, who does not speak because of tragic event that happens to her and her family. It was nice to see how Selina’s personality changes from hard-ass don’t care person to someone who is kind and taking care of someone else that needs her help. This group becomes Selina’s family more than her mother was because they all look out for each other. Overall, I enjoyed the comic and the only things that I would have like to have seen was more development of the other characters with a little bit of background story and have a trigger warning in the comic so that teens are aware of the subject matter. Even though this might not be the type of Catwoman story you are looking for and you might have seen some not so good reviews, don’t let those things from stopping you from reading it and make your owe opinion on the story. I hope we get continuation graphic novel to see what other adventures the teenage Selina takes.
ruthsic 4 months ago
Catwoman as a teen would be interesting to read - is what I thought and went into this book for. I imagined a YA story about a girl who gets knocked down by the world but still tries to thrive in some way. But holy shirt, this book has a lot of upsetting content for a book aimed at teens. And I really don't say it in the form of 'oh no kids should be kept away from that content' but more like 'what place does this have in the story'? So, Selina is being beaten up at home (a lot) by her mom's abusive boyfriends, and her mother doesn't protect her much; this trend is shown over and over again because apparently we didn't get it the first time around. She is used to shoplifting to get things she likes, and likes to protect her friends (who are forgettable and just there to build up her character, tbh, like when she saves her gay friend from bullies) and has a soft spot for cats and Bruce Wayne (who, inexplicably, is in public school?). She then adopts one (the cat, not Bruce) and hides it away - you can see where this is going, and honestly using that cliche hurt this book more than it hurt me (and it hurt me a lot). Anyway, she then run away, joins a group of heist-ers (is that what they are called) who are - you guessed it right - about to heist the Wayne manor. The group becomes her family, including the little girl who was separated from her little brother and is clearly traumatized, and whom she develops a soft spot for. I wish I could tell you what the story is like, but I honestly didn't feel like this had one? It was like - Meet Selina the Catgirl Episode 1: We will Traumatize Kids One thing that was good, though, was the artwork - it was entirely in blue tone, and the linework was quite good. It feels wasted on a plot that was trying too hard to be edgy and emotional.
diane92345 4 months ago
In Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, Catwoman’s backstory is revealed and it is harsh. Catgirl Selina’s mom brings home a new abusive boyfriend every month until she settles on Dernell. Dernell is physically and emotionally abusive to both Selina and her mother. However, when his cruelty impacts another, Selina runs away from home. I didn’t know before reading it but this book is published as a young adult comic. I don’t believe teen Catgirl is an example of a good role model. She is a thief. None of the events you would expect, like rape and trafficking, happen to Selina after she runs away from home. She is portrayed as happy living on the street. I know it’s a teenage fantasy but I wouldn’t let my daughter read it. The backstory of why Selina has a connection to cats and Bruce Wayne is interesting to explore. Making Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale a 4 star read for adults. I’m looking forward to the next volume continuing Catgirl’s transformation into a full grown Catwoman. Thanks to DC Ink and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Kat_V 4 months ago
* Disclaimer: I received a free ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No bribes, gifts, or material goods were exchanged for my review. * Selina Kyle has always been my favorite version of Catwoman. Her story and personality are both as intriguing and complex as the vigilante herself. As far as delving into that complicated history, Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale does an excellent job. Often it’s difficult for new authors to portray such iconic characters as those in the DC Universe but Lauren Myracle comes really close to portraying the Selina Kyle I grew up with and adored. Even the artist, Isaac Goodhart, brings his A-game with the excellent artwork known in DC comics/graphic novels. Each panel brings a new emotion and empathetic connection to Selina and her fellow cast members. Besides the profound language featured in the story, the artwork is by far one of the best selling points of this graphic novel. However, Under the Moon does not come without its own problems. There are several side plots that are built up through the story that are never resolved. It leaves the feeling of the possibility of a sequel but one is never mentioned. I would love to see a sequel come from this book, but without one some of the plot feels unresolved and incomplete. This graphic novel also moves at a fast pace, which is understandable for a comic/graphic novel. They have less room than a regular novel to fit all the information in so they often move quickly from one situation to the next. Even putting that into consideration, there are times where the plot jumps from point A to point B without any explanation, often throwing in seemingly random characters along with it. It’s not terrible, per se, but there were some jumps that often left me confused and I was forced to go back just to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Under the Moon. It takes a fresh, new outlook on Selina Kyle and her origin as Catwoman, bringing her into the modern era. If you enjoy graphic novels/comics, superheroes, and the coming-of-age storyline you will definitely enjoy this story. Trigger Warning: Under the Moon does contain references to abuse, self-abuse, and mature language. Knowing the story of Selina Kyle, these references did not bother me but if you are affected by any of these things this story may not be for you.