Detective 612 – Cats!

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I may not have cared for the last 2-parter by Grant, Breyfogle and Mitchell, but all is forgiven with Detective 612 (March 1990), a really wonderful story that has Catwoman making her first appearance in a Bat-book in years, as well as Cat-Man’s first post-Crisis appearance.

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A white Siberian tiger is on the loose in Gotham, and Thomas Blake discovers that is escaped from his cage.  He dons a much cooler version of his Cat-Man costume, and goes on the hunt.

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Catwoman also gets involved, after a tv reporter tries to tie her to the attacks, even implying that it was Catwoman, not the tiger, that was killing people.

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Added into this is a plot about two young guys who round up stray cats in order to sell them for laboratory research.

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Batman is tracking the tiger as well, and comes into confrontation with Cat-Man, as both find the beast at the same time.  Catwoman watches their fight with amusement, but when it looks like Cat-Man might win, sends him hurtling down towards the ground – though he winds up smashing through the roof of the truck being used by the cat-snatchers.

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Great stuff all around. Gripping, yet also very funny.

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It took a long time for them to bring Catwoman back into the fold, but this story made the wait well worthwhile.

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