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Barr, Davis and Neary conclude their 2-part story that breaks up Batman and Catwoman in Detective 570 (Jan. 87).

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There is a fair bit of Joker mania in the story.  Giant billiard balls are only part of the chaos Batman and Robin have to deal with. But despite this, the story remains a pretty gloomy one, as Dr. Moon’s machine has worked, and Catwoman now has no warm feelings for Batman.

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The Joker expects her to join him in his fight with Batman, but Catwoman has no interest in helping the Joker either, and takes off to be on her own.

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Batman captures the Joker, but there is no happy ending to this tale.

It would be quite a few years before Batman and Catwoman faced each other again, although Selina would return in a solo story in Action Comics Weekly.  By the time the two were together again, nothing of their pre-Crisis partnership remained.

I never really liked this story.  I understood its necessity at the time, and it was preferable to split them up during the course of a story, rather than just drop the relationship without explanation.  Still, it’s a downer.

 

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