Detective 612 – Cats!


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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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