by David V. Reed
This might just be the first comic
book mini-series. Batman has disappeared and rumors run wild
in the underworld as to what happened to him. In order to
decide who shall have the credit, the fame and glory among criminals
as the one who took out the Dark Knight, a trial is convened.
Ra's al Ghul presides as the judge, Two-Face the prosecutor that
will cross examine the most promising claimants and poke holes, if
he can, in their story. Each of four issues deals with the
testimony of one self-accused perpetrator, showing their story in
The first to testify? The Catwoman!
Of course she takes the stand in widow's weeds, and more than a
few whisper that it can't be true. Catwoman doesn't kill
(something even the scum of an earlier era understood that eludes
the modern writers) and "if she loved anyone, she loved the Batman."
It isn't a particularly romantic tale, but it is a wonderful
slice of that earlier time when a Batman fought a Catwoman, and the
attraction that survived decades was communicated to and understood
by generation after generation by a few well chosen words, a
gesture, and quite often dots that were left for readers to connect
for themselves. (More than 20 years later an amusing Untold
Tale was suggested that Catwoman's concocted story about how she
murdered Batman was a means to infiltrate the trial and learn who
actually did, and that she planned to take revenge when that party
was revealed but was prevented by the events of the last
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