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Batman and Catwoman, alley encounter in Terror

 

 

Terror
by Doug Moench

Shortly after Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC launched a monthly Batman series called Legends of the Dark Knight, set in the early years of Batman's crusade.  The earliest issues were severely limited if not poisoned by the influence of Miller's Year One, such as the 5-issue arc Prey which ran from issues #11-15 in September 1990 to February 1991.  It is by Doug Moench, so of course the female is Catwoman/Selina Kyle, but she has the slum-dwelling humorless creature mandated at the time, and interaction with Bruce and Batman is minimal.

 

By the time the sequel Terror came around, Doug was able to do better.  Though it is still not the witty and resourceful Selina of our dreams, it is a much better portrayal.  She has her sex appeal back and the contact with Batman achieves fleeting moments of wonderful.  (It was noted at the time that this must have upset obsessed-Catwoman-hating editor Denny O'Neil greatly, because Talia shows up on the cover of the next issue in the Slave Leia bikini.)

 

Like it's predecessor, Terror was printed in in 5 issues, 137-142, pitting Batman and Catwoman against the Scarecrow and Hugo Strange.   Individual issues come and go on Amazon, but it is available as a complete trade paperback and graphic novel.

 

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