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So, you want to read Catwoman's solo adventures from the nineties, huh? Think it'll be easy? Think all you have to do is buy every issue in numeric order and that'll be that?

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, wait, wait, I need a minute here. Eh heh, ah ha, ahem. *cough, cough*

I thought that too, once. I was really, really wrong.

With both my very own Catwoman: Year One Timeline and its follow-up Catwoman Year Two out of the way, I can finally start scanning and reviewing all of Catwoman Vol. 2--better known as the Jim Balent Purple Suit Era--which follows the events of those stories perfectly.

There's just one problem: in case you were unaware, comic books from the nineties are a bit of a total custerfluck. I said as much in my review of Catwoman: Year Two, but you really have no idea HOW bad it is. You need a friggin' roadmap to read comics in the nineties, and Catwoman's first ongoing solo title is certainly no exception. It's an intimidating prospect, especially if you're a bit of a newbie or just a casual collector/fan and not...you know...me of the encyclopedic knowledge oh god why didn't I use some of those dendrites for getting better at math.

With this in mind, I've put together a handy guide/checklist, separating each storyarc within the series, and pointing out all the crossover tie-ins that you'd need to pick up to get the whole story. As I scan and review these storyarcs, I'll use this post as a master links list, so that if you're looking for something in particular, you'll be able to refer back to it. I've even included covers, because picture just make everything nicer and will probably whet your appetites better. I personally own all of these issues, so don't worry: there won't be any gaps in my reviews. You'll be getting the entire solo series from start to finish.

Please note: Several annuals have been left out of this listing, since none of them actually fit within the book's own continuity. They WILL be posted, but since two of them are Elseworlds and the other two are pretty nebulous continuity, it seems kind of silly to try and make them fit within the larger context of the series.

Ready? Hooray! Let's get started.


Catwoman #1-4

Tag Lines
#1: When she's bad, she's very very bad...
#2: She'll make them with they were never born...
#3: Some people are dumb enough to get in her way...
#4: They'll never take her alive...


CHAPTER TITLES
#1: Life Lines: Rough Diamonds
#2: Line Lines: Blast from the Past
#3: Life Lines: Shadow of the Cat
#4: Life Lines: Full Circle



The next arc is part of Knightquest: The Search and Knightquest: The Crusade--a many-title spanning event that takes up so many issues I can't actually list all their covers here. I'll be focusing on Selina's part in the event, which includes a couple of Batman issues that directly tie into Catwoman's series. They're not required reading, exactly, but they're definitely recommended--by both me and the title's editor.


Catwoman #5, 6; Batman #503, 504; Catwoman #7


TAG LINES
#5: Nobody messes with her friends...
#6: N/A
#503: N/A
#504: N/A
#7: N/A


CHAPTER TITLES
#5: Nun Better
#6: Animal Rites
#503: Night Becomes a Woman
#504: Dark Dance
#7: Body Chemistry



Just two, this time: in which Selina gets her first unique-to-her-title theme villain! Behold, the woman who is sure to become Selina's new arch nemesis: Zephyr! A...butterfly?

*facepalm*


Catwoman #8, 9


TAG LINES
#8: Presenting Zephyr: Just what Selina Needs...
#9: ...No one steals her thunder!


CHAPTER TITLES
#8: Zephyr
#9: Happyland



Argh! If there's one thing that's super frustrating about the '93 Catwoman series, it's the fact that so much of the first half is mostly tie-ins to other Bat-Family events that were going on throughout the universe. Nowhere is this more apparent than with 'Knight's End'. All the issues below are part of the event--with Selina factoring into several of them and issues #10 & #11 of Catwoman leading into her role in things. It's not absolutely necessary to read all of this--and I won't be scanning everything you see here, just the pertinent bits-but I've listed the issues (in reading order) just in case you want to get a full view of things.





Catwoman #10, 11, Batman #509, Shadow of the Bat #29, Detective Comics #676, Legends of the Dark Knight #62, Robin #8, Catwoman #12, Batman #510, Shadow #30, Detective Comics #677, Legends of the Dark Knight #63, Catwoman #13


TAG LINES
#10: They can cage her, but they can't stop her!
#11: ...It's bad enough when the enemy's human...!
#12: N/A
#13: N/A


CHAPTER TITLES
#10: Falling Star
#11: Tin Men
#12: Knight's End Part Six: Fire in the Sky
#13: Knight's End Aftermath: Catfish



With these issues, the cover taglines ceased. They're part of 'Zero Hour'--DC's big 'reorganize the universe and untangle everybody's origins' event--and though they seem unrelated, they're not. #14 leads into the reboot and #0 is a retread/expansion of Selina's back story.


Catwoman #14, #0


CHAPTER TITLES
#14: Broken Mirrors
#0: Cat Shadows



A new creative team hops aboard with #15, by which I mean a new writer: Chuck Dixon, bringing us a four issue arc called 'The Cat File'--which is the only storyarc from this entire run that's ever been collected in trade paperback format.


Catwoman #15-18


CHAPTER TITLES
#15: Kitty Cornered
#16: Raining Cats
#17: Thief of Paris
#18: Here Comes the Bride



Just one today, because the issue miraculously *gasp* stands alone?! I know, right? That's like, Sparta level madness all up in here.


Catwoman #19


CHAPTER TITLES
#19: Jungle Cat


A short two-issue story this time, in which Catwoman tackles Hollywood:


Catwoman #20, #21


CHAPTER TITLES
#20: More Edge, More Heart
#21: Box Office Poison




Catwoman #22, #23, #24


CHAPTER TITLES
#22: Family Ties
#23: Family Ties: Loyalty Unbound
#24: Family Ties: Vengeance and Vindication



Another single issue that can stand alone? WOW! That's happened a grand total of...twice now? Amazing. *sarcasm*


Catwoman #25


CHAPTER TITLES
#25: The Crooked House


Aaaaargh. And with issue #26, we're back to doing tie-ins with other titles. They were doing so well, too! Finally, Selina's title was hers rather than a gimmick tie-in-of-the-month! Sigh.

So we've got a three part story, "The Secret of the Universe" by Alan Grant, a storyline originating in Shadow of the Bat. This time, the extra issues are pretty darn important to get your paws on.


Shadow of the Bat #43, Catwoman #26, Shadow of the Bat #44


CHAPTER TITLES
#43: The Secret of the Universe, Part One: Ratcatcher
#26: The Secret of the Universe Part Two: Rats
#44: The Secret of the Universe, Part Three: Cat-Man



Another tie-in, this time with 'Underworld Unleashed' (let me boil the event down for you: a bunch of second-rate, second-class or otherwise 'lesser' villains of the DCU sell their souls to a demon to become more formidable. The end.). Mercifully, though, this issue stands pretty much alone.


Catwoman #27


CHAPTER TITLES
#27: Groddspell


Yay! We finally leave the tie-ins behind in favor of a three issue arc!


Catwoman #28, #29, #30


CHAPTER TITLES
#28: Larceny Loves Company
#29: Thieves
#30: The Great Plane Robbery



Another tie in. Whoopie. This time, Catwoman ties in with 'Contagion'. Like so many other tie-ins of the era, it's not strictly necessary to read ALL the comics involved in the event, but it helps. In case you do want to read 'em, I've included the issue listing. 'Cause I'm nice like that. You can also pick up the 'Contagion' trade paperback, if you're not into buying floppies.




Shadow of the Bat #48, Detective Comics #695, Robin #27, Catwoman #31, Azreal #15, Batman #529, Shadow of the Bat #49, Detective Comics #696, The Batman Chronicles #4, Catwoman #32, Azreal #16, Robin #28


CHAPTER TITLES
#31: Flesh and Fire
#32: Fever Pitch



HEY GUESS WHAT, GUYS? It's time for another tie-in!

*facedesk*

But it's okay. It really, really is. Selina gets a huge role in the event (well, maybe 'huge' is a bit of a stretch, but several of her own issues tie-in to the storyline rather than just one or two). Also, before you read issue #33, it'd be wise to read my Catwoman Timeline, because it has a great deal of bearing on the story.

As usual in these scan/review posts, I'll be focusing on Selina's role, because heck, that's what this blog is all about, but I'll try to keep you from getting too confused. Presenting the 'Batman: Legacy' reading order, in fourteen easy issues!





Catwoman Annual #2, Catwoman #33, #34 & #35, Shadow of the Bat #53, Batman #533, Detective Comics #700, Catwoman #36, Robin #32, Shadow of the Bat #54, Batman #534, Detective Comics #701, Robin #33, Detective Comics #702


CHAPTER TITLES
#33: Devil Does Your Dog Bite
#34: The Razor's Edge
#35: The Wheel of Plagues
#36: The Best of Enemies



After some 36 issues of 'mostly crossover' or 'mostly tie-in' stories, lo, with issue #37, begins a new era of self contained one-shots and storylines that both begin AND end in Catwoman's own title! HUZZAH! This issue is Chuck Dixon's last on the title. :(


Catwoman #37


CHAPTER TITLES
#37: Fang and Claw


#38-40 are a 'Year Two' style story--flashback that spans three issues and welcomes Doug Moench to the title as main writer. It also serves as the first time we've seen major Batman villains appearing in the series rather than original villain of the week characters randomly showing up. Yay!


Catwoman #38, #39, #40


CHAPTER TITLES
#38: Grey in the Dark
#39: Night Moves
#40: Creatures of the Night



Another standalone! Hallelujah! This issue also introduces our first real recurring character unique to the title, a detective hot on Catwoman's trail: McShane. Who probably couldn't be more nineties if the entire decade threw up on him.


Catwoman #41


CHAPTER TITLES
#41: Stolen Yesterdays


Next, we have a three issue arc that introduces some feline-themed foils for our princess of plunder. These also mark the first time cover tag lines have been used since way back around issue #11.


Catwoman #42, #43, #44


TAG LINES
#42: Introducing: CYBERCAT
#43: And now...SHE-CAT!
#44: N/A


CHAPTER TITLES
#42: She Cats Part One: Feline and Female
#43: She Cats Part Two: Red of Fang and Claw
#44: She Cats Part Three: Cat Fights



What's this? ANOTHER standalone? Jeepers!


Catwoman #45


CHAPTER TITLES
#45: Nine Deaths of the Cat


Another instance of Catwoman finally getting some proper Gotham-rogue action in her series, Two-Face pops up in this two part story (naturally).


Catwoman #46, #47


CHAPTER TITLES
#46: Two Cats in One
#47: Two Ways to Skin a Cat



Tag lines saw another resurgence here, very briefly, in a two issue storyline:


Catwoman #48, #49


TAG LINES
#48: Selina Joins S.P.I.D.E.R. Bad move.
#49: "Won't you come into my parlor..."


CHAPTER TITLES
#48: Trapped in the Web of Morella
#49: The Great S.P.I.D.E.R. Web Shread



Another standalone! Yay. Also, it's Selina's FIFTIETH issue! Not too shabby, eh?


Catwoman #50


TAG LINES
Enter a New Feline Fury?

CHAPTER TITLES
#50: Cats in the Night


Another three issue arc. Although, according to the editor's notes it's only two issues, #51 & #52 lead directly into #53 and it doesn't make much sense without the others, so I've grouped them together.


Catwoman #51, #52 & #53


CHAPTER TITLES
#51: Huntress: Big Game
#52: Head Hunter: Bigger Game
#53: Night Crossed



It's time ot big a fond goodbye to Doug Moench as Devin Grayson takes over as main writer for Catwoman, starting with the following one-shot:


Catwoman #54


TAG LINES
#54: The Diamond That Wouldn't Stay Stolen

CHAPTER TITLES
#54: Object Relations


And now, another Devin Garyson penned one-shot!


Catwoman #55


CHAPTER TITLES
Shared Menality


*facedesk*

*facedesk*

*facedesk*

After nearly twenty issues without a major crossover, Catwoman gets caught up in an eighteen issue event called 'Cataclysm'--the world shattering earthquake that eventually gave rise to the year long 'No Man's Land' event. Reading ALL these issues isn't necessary, but it's recommended, for maximum emotional impact. As usual, they're arranged in reading order, for your convenience.

(Also, please note that four of the issues in the event, including Catwoman #57, were NOT collected in the TPB edition.)







Detective Comics #719, Shadow of the Bat #73, Nightwing #19, Batman #553, Azreal #40, Detective Comics #720, Catwoman #56, Robin #52, Batman: Blackgate--Isle of Men, Shadow of the Bat #74, The Batman Chronicles #12, Nightwing #20, Batman #554, Batman: Huntress/Spoiler--Blunt Trauma #1, Detective Comics #721, Catwoman #57, Batman: Arkham Asylum--Tales of Madness #1, Robin #53

CHAPTER TITLES
#56: Claustrophobia
#57: Reap What You Sow



Whew. After all of 'Cataclysm', things shift back into a semi-normal state. Devin Grayson brings the Scarecrow into Catwoman for a three issue stint with an arc called 'Only Happy When it Rains'.


Catwoman #58, #59 & #60


TAG LINES
#58: Return of the Scarecrow!
#59: Vengeance of the Scarecrow!
#60: The Scarecrow's Final Terror!


CHAPTER TITLES
#58: Only Happy When it Rains: Mad Money
#59: Only Happy When it Rains: Fight or Flight
#60: Kittens and Trees



Devin Grayson, that delightful woman, brings us yet another standalone. Woohoo!


Catwoman #61


TAG LINES
#61: This looks like a job for...Catwoman?

CHAPTER TITLES
#61: Bank on It


Another standalone. How long can this possibly last? We'll see...


Catwoman #62


TAG LINES
#62: Catwoman joins Nemesis in the deadliest of quests...

CHAPTER TITLES
#62: Dog New Tricks


A three issue arc which essentially boils down to Catwoman vs. the Joker. Who will win? Well...


Catwoman #63, #64 & #65


TAG LINES
#63: He'd just better not say she'll get a BANG out of this...
#64: N/A
#65: N/A


CHAPTER TITLES
#63: Hints and Allegations: Belling the Cat
#64: Hints and Allegations: No Laughing Matter
#65: Hints and Allegations: Menage a Trois



And now for something scompletely different, we have Devin Grayson's swan song on the title she's carried for so many issues: a six issue story called 'I'll Take Manhattan'.



Catwoman #66, #67, #68, #69, #70 & #71


TAG LINES
#66: N/A
#67: She's taking Manhattan...Starting with Wall Street!
#68: Faster Pussycat! Die! Die!
#69: Catwoman...meets her match?!
#70: Catwoman...stalks Selina Kyle?!
#71: Selina Kyle: Rest in Peace


CHAPTER TITLES
#66: I'll Take Manhattan: The Brooklyn Bridge
#67: Bulls and Bears Beware
#68: Hot in the City
#69: To Catch a Thief
#70: Double or Nothing
#71: Requiem for Selina Kyle



Another tie-in--but this time, it's okay and not at all annoying! Like all the Bat-Family titles at the time, Catwoman crossed over into the 'No Man's Land' event--Gotham is destroyed by an earthquake (remember 'Cataclysm'?) and abandoned by the United States government, thus becoming a No Man's Land. This storyline, written by the legendary John Ostrander, while keeping No Man's Land as the backdrop for the narrative, stands completely on its own as an arc. Nifty!



Catwoman #72, #73, #74, #75, #76 & #77


TAG LINES
#72: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Gotham...
#73: Introducing Catwoman's greatest foes: Hard Cases INC.!
#74: N/A
#75: Breaking into Gotham--the hard way!
#76: Compromising Positions!
#77: Revenge of the Cat!


CHAPTER TITLES
#72: The Mission
#73: Ms. Direction
#74: A Slight Detour
#75: The Rules
#76: Strange Bedfellows
#77: Payback



And now, another writer takes over Catty's title: Bronwyn Carlton, introducing what will become one of the most controversial (within the fandom, at least) arcs to date: Catwoman: In JAIL! Issue #78 is a lead into the actual six issue arc itself, but I've included it here because it works better in context.




Catwoman #78, #79, #80, #81, #82, #83 & #84


TAG LINES
#78: The calm--before the storm!
#79: Trapped!
#80: Catwoman in Jail!
#81: N/A
#82: N/A
#83: N/A
#84: Vengeance!


CHAPTER TITLES
#78: Plus Ca Change
#79: Meet Jane Doe
#80: Kitten in a Cage
#81: It's a Wonderful Life
#82: Cat Outta Hell
#83: Scavenger Hunt
#84: The Lesser of Two Evils



Now...okay, the series gets kind of convoluted from issues #85-#88. Are they standalones? Part of an arc? It's honestly difficult to tell. All the storylines are intertwined and yet...not. It's most befuddling. For coherency's sake, I'm going to group them together--because they go together better than not.


Catwoman #85, #86, #87, #88


TAG LINES
#85: N/A
#86: Meet the Mayor
#87: Tequila Sundown
#88: Back in Action!


CHAPTER TITLES
#85: The Cat Came Back
#86: Tears for Fluffy
#87: Casa De Mujer Gato
#88: TK



What's this? A one shot? Yes! A somewhat (seemingly) pointless one shot, but fun and pointless, at the very least. Actually, this is one of my favorite issues from the entire run.


Catwoman #89


CHAPTER TITLES
Always Leave 'Em Laughing


Been a good long while since there was a major crossover involving out girl, hasn't it? Well, here's the last of the crossovers: 'Officer Down'. This one is Catwoman-centric (weird, right? *eyeroll*) so all the issues ARE required reading.




Batman #587, Robin #86, Birds of Prey #27, Catwoman #90, Nightwing #53, Detective Comics #754 & Gotham Knights #13


CHAPTER TITLES
#90: Smoking Gun


Finally, Selina's first series comes to a head and ends wth a four issue arc that reconciles several stories within the title's own continuity, while artfully contradicting others. ARGH.


Catwoman #91, #92, #93 & #94


TAG LINES
#91: Will her thirst for revenge...lead to murder?
#92: The End...of the illusion!
#93: The End...of the charade!
#94: The End of Catwoman


CHAPTER TITLES
#91: The Short Road
#92: Tag
#93: Fear is Here to Stay
#94: ?



And there you have it. If there are any issues you guys are especially looking forward to, or are really curious about, please don't hesitate to tell me in the comments! I plan on reviewing everything in order, but who knows? If you're looking forward to something specific, it might motivate me to review faster than I would otherwise! :D

Of course, I still have to finish the listings for all the mini-series and guest appearances and cameos and Elseworlds and Animated appearances and her other solo title and...why did I start this blog again? NEVER SLEEP AGAIN. Thank God I started my own database to keep everything neat or they might just find my rotting corpse under an avalanche of comic books. Sheesh.

STUFF AND NONSENSE

This is the back-up account for what I hope will be the Ultimate Catwoman Fan Blog--Dr. Von Fangirl on LiveJournal. You should go check it out over there. I much prefer the original article.

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