The Forensic Files of Batman
by Doug Moench
After the readers, the one who lost the most when Denny O'Neil
took over as editor of the Batman comics was writer Doug Moench,
whose preference for Selina as Bruce's love interest made him
ill-suited to O'Neil's dreams to remake the Batman universe in his
Virtually the first thing O'Neil did was make Moench dismantle
the beautiful Batman/Catwoman partnership he had crafted in the
Red Rain storyline,
and while he continued to do the best he could for Bat/Cat fans in
the years that followed, too often it wasn't much.
The Forensic Files of Batman may well be a frustrated
man's effort to go elsewhere and write his bliss without such
editorial interference. It is an elementary textbook on
forensic science, written for laymen in the context of Batman
stories (which are far more enjoyable than anything coming out of
the comics at the time.)
The Catwoman chapter is quite delightfully written from Alfred's
perspective, and as Cat-Tales's Chris Dee has recommended this
volume, it may even be a precursor to the seminal Polishing
Silver: The Journal of Alfred Pennyworth.
In any case, it is recommended as the best Batman prose
collection you will find for legitimate sale at a commercial
establishment and bearing the blessing of the publisher.