Catwoman: When In Rome by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale.
Poor Catwoman, not only does she have to slink around looking like a hastily assembled amalgam of sexual festishes but she has some pretty rough treatment doled out to her in the DC world. I have some, great, graphic novels where the poor lady gets put through the wringer – particularly in Ed Brubaker and Cameron Stewart’s No Easy Way Down (2013)*. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale used Catwoman to great effect in their incredible Bruce-some twosome Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory** and clearly fancied a crack of the whip here.
Following the events of their Batman graphic novels they take Catwoman on a well-earned working vacation to Italy with The Riddler tagging along for reasons I choose not to elucidate here. This is a stylish confection indeed, Sale’s artwork reflects the lighter tone of the story and is a tremendous amount of fun in itself. He draws Selina in a racily exaggerated kick-ass Jessica Rabbit style, as she vamps it up for all she’s worth. Make no mistake though, Catwoman is no passive decoration here at all, she’s capable, tough and strong. There’s mystery, romance, murky goings-on and of course a certain Batty chap looms large over proceedings, but this is no long, dark (k)night of the soul far more of a good, light holiday read … shame I just finished it before my holidays then. Damn.
779 Down (still).
*a very graphic novel, which has a lot of charm too, they have a lot of fun mocking the whole sexy, sex, sexy Catwoman thang. But I did find it a very bruising read.
**the former being one of my absolute fave Batman graphic novels.