Catwoman: The Third Series (2001-2008, 2010)
A new Feline Fatale for a new millenium
By Timothy J. Forbes
This version of Catwoman was the one I was introduced to in the comics. I started to read them in 2002, when the 1966 Batman series began airing on TV Land.
And this comic is clear proof on how a traditional character can change, and (in my view) for the better. More than any other Bat-villain, Catwoman has undergone a radical transformation. This began around 1992, in Batman Returns, when the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman goes after Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) for his wrongdoing.
But it was Catwoman/Selina Kyle's inner conflict that led to her "end" in 2001. And the timing of the new comic seemed right, coming as it did in the wake of 9/11. The current comics has shown Catwoman's development as a defender of the less fortunate in Gotham's East End. The book, Selina's Big Score, which serves as a transition between the second and third series of comic books, details Selina's hard lessons. The new comic series began as a story line in Detective Comics, then continued that story line.
The comic also acquired a life all its own by using its own special characters. Among them:
- Slam Bradley, a hard-boiled detective first introduced in Detective Comics in the 1930s, before Batman.
- Holly Robinson, a friend of Selina's from way back.
And, of course, Batman appears as well.
Catwoman's character has progressed to where she was not only a protagonist in the 2002-2003 "Hush" story arc in Batman, but also in the "War Games" story arc. In the latter story, she even wears a communicator, so that she can be in contact with Oracle-Barbara Gordon herself. In other words, she has been accepted into the Bat "family." Quite a change from her outlaw days!
The comic ran from October 2001 to August 2008. for a total of 82 issues. Issue #83, a one-issue revival, came out on Wednesday, 13 January 2010.
This page updated 26 August 2011.
According to DC Comics:
" As if the chaos and mayhem of Gotham City's blackout wasn't enough, Catwoman faces a dead villain that she was responsible for killing – the original Black Mask!
Will this attack against the body and soul of Selina Kyle prove to be too much for the feline femme fatale? And can she come to grips with killing (again) a possibly unkillable foe? Find out in another of this month's one-issue revivals of classic DC Universe titles!"
This isuse was written by Fabian Nicieza, with art by Julian Lopez and Bit; the cover by Guillem March.