Catwoman celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2020, and is continuing her spotlight on Selina Kyle in DC 2021’s upcoming Batman / Catwoman, finally debuting after a long wait.
If you’re ready to make some terrible escapes, but don’t want to wait until then, Newsrama has you covered with this stay of the best Catwoman stories of all time.
Catwoman: her sister keeper
First released as a four-finite limited series in 1989, Catwoman: Her Sister Keeper was Selina Kyle’s first solo book – long overdue by the time, if you ask us.
Written by Mindy Newell and illustrated by JJ Burch, the title was a spin-off two years before Frank Miller and Dave Mezzuchelli’s seminal ‘Year One’ Arc of Batman. In this edition, readers witness the events of “Batman: Year One” through Selina’s eyes.
Just as ‘Year One’ re-established Catwoman, the post-crisis crisis of Bruce Wayne’s origins: her sister keeper endured this gritty.
Catwoman: The Catfile
Catwoman’s evasion skills get a bit of spice with an international getaway in Catwoman: The Catfill – but not by the likes of Selina.
Selina Kyle is kidnapped and blackmailed by a secret organization to steal ancient European artifacts, but Catwoman is not in crisis as she uses her intelligence and skills to flip the script on her prisoners.
Catfile long paired Chuck Dixon with Batman in a cast that went on to become one of the character’s most recognizable actors, Jim Ballant.
Catwoman: The Replacement
Selina Kyle may be synonymous with Catwoman’s identity, but she is not the only woman wearing a catsuit.
In the 2006 storyline ‘The Replacements’, Selina took time out as an expected mother and passed the mantle with a long-time collaborator, Holly Robinson.
Robinson had a long history with Catwoman, the first time she met as a 13-year-old fugitive in need of rescue in Batman’s ‘Year One’ arc. Over the years, he was coached by Wildcat and Selina himself as a comed adventurer (and yes, with some heft), and ‘The Replacement’ saw him finally accept that destiny – even if only a short time. for.
Batman # 308-326 (1979–1980)
One of Catwoman’s most important features is her role as an anti-hero. He is not a bad person per person, but likes to break the rules for a good score at the same time.
This Bronze Age story that followed in Batman # 308-326, Catwoman moves between good and evil, as her iconic romantic relationship with Batman fully blossoms, as she is chased by a simple cat and mouse. The game gets too much.
Batman: Year One
1987’s Batman’s ‘Year One’ arc not only traces the origins of Bruce Wayne as a capped crusader, but also explains how Selina Kyle moves from sex worker to famous cat thief.
Selina began her career as a catwoman by stealing money from Gotham’s Amir to help both Hawley Robinson and herself. This eventually leads him to take on the dacoit Carmine Falcon, after crashing the Batman party – marking the first of several post-Crisis team ups between Selina and Bruce Wayne.
Batman # 37 (2017)
It dates to the Gotham County fair with two of DC’s most iconic couples – Catwoman / Batman and Superman / Lois Lane.
Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne had a romance in writer Tom King’s recent Batman run. During their 70+ issues, King severed their relationship to make it back, eventually still playing in the DC Universe.
Despite this implied drama, Clay Mann showed Batman # 37 a brilliant side from the duet on an engaging date with friends. It also strengthens the bond between Batman and Superman, while finding ground to form a new friendship between Lois and Selina.
Selina’s Big Score
Selina’s Big Score is a colorful, noir-styled adventure written and drawn by the late Darwin Cook, with Selina doing the next big score (that’s right there in the title!).
In this storyline, Catwoman hits a rock bottom – no luck without her name, which leads to an unmarked cash-strapped train ready to carry her. Instead of Selina’s classic Cat Burglar personality, Cook played the female Fatley anti-hero alongside Catwoman in the all-around Noir genre.
The color palette and refreshments on the character helped Selina’s Big Score out of the rest of the pack, in a way that Catwoman was visually redefined.
As a cat thief, Selina Kyle is rarely on crime, but all of that changes when she passes Black Mask, one of Gotham’s most ruthless bad guys.
In the third arc of Ed Brubacher’s primary run on Catwoman, Kale’s masks in the opening story – and his one-on-one killing of Selina’s most beloved holds – makes it a dangerous story that takes advantage of everything made in 11 previous Issues.
And it is on these issues in which the artist Cameron Stewart breaks from the heavy cast cast to define himself by the series’ original artist Darwin Cook and take on the cat thief.
Batman’s Jeff Loeb and Jim Lee’s ‘Hush’ Arc is an important darling that still remains one of DC’s best-selling stories – not to mention the inspiration for the recent animated feature film adaptation.
It all closes with the introduction of Thomas Elliott – a pre-unknown childhood friend of Bruce Wayne who Bruce has not seen in decades. This return brings more questions than answers, and leads Batman in search of his past – a cross-path with some of the Dark Knight’s greatest villains and allies and all in between.
While the series re-examines Batman’s relationships with many of his villains, ‘Hush’ is also lost in the romantic tension between the Dark Knight and Catwoman for the first time in the 21st century. After Batman reveals his romantic feelings for Selina – and in an act of faith reveals his secret identity as Bruce Wayne, the two are engaged on a full-on romance.
This new aspect to their relationship rocks, but by Batman’s continued trust issues with Catwoman, especially after learning that their coupling was provoked by outside means – a magic spell. Selina is telling him to “hush” and tries to calm Bruce by leaning in for a kiss, but his distrust of it all clues him to push her back – sending him away.
Leave Ed Brooker and Darwin Cook for the risky decision to reissue DC’s Catwoman title with their deaths. But don’t worry – these are comic books, there’s more to that story.
Selina Kyle is alive – and in this story, which revives the character in name, story and costume. Cook’s Mrs. Peel-inspired kitten quickly became the character’s true genre throughout comics, TV, film, and games.
This four-point arc gives Selina a fresh start as she seeks redemption to help the victims instead of taking selfish cash on hold – a story that really exposes her anti-hero roots, calling her Holly Robinson , And begins a slow path until he eventually joins the Justice League and works with Batman for a time in Gotham.