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Tim Sale , Jeph Loeb
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6 Jun 2007 Catwoman
Selina Kyle has prowled the skyline of Gotham City as Catwoman, the protector of the East End, for years. But one year ago, she became pregnant and decided to leave the costumed world behind. Now, a new inexperienced Catwoman continues Selina's trade cloaked in the shadows and tries to restore order in the streets, while the original feline fatale has her hands full with the baby who's become the most important person in her life. Will it be too late for Selina to return when she questions her decision to step away from her crimefighting life?

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (6 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207175
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeph Loeb is a screenwriter/producer whose comic credits include Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Batman: The Long Halloween and Superman/Batman. Tim Sale is the acclaimed artist of Batman: Haunted Knight, Batman: The Long Halloween and Batman: Dark Victory. He has also illustrated Daredevil and Hulk. Loeb and Sale are currently working on the hit US TV series Heroes, coming to the Sci-Fi channel and BBC2 in 2007! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the end to a great trilogy 12 Dec 2011
By bigdunc
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Anyone whos read Batman the long halloween and dark victory will love this. Jeph Loebs work took a bit of a dive at Marvel but his DC work was always great, the two Batman stories mentioned were nicely done, I wasnt always a fan of the mystery story but loved the interplay between characters and the choices Loeb made of who to use, the same is true here as catwoman travels to Rome with the Riddler on a mission which if youve read dark victory you will know that she was looking for something. This story takes place between the long halloween and dark victory and works nicely Loeb drops in some great and unexpected cameos from the DC universe.
Tim Sale isnt always to everybodys taste I do remember taking time to get use to his style but it is beautiful and never more so than in this story, the Riddler is suitably creepy and pervy while catwoman always looks impressive. Theres a lot to enjoy here once again theres a bit of a mystery to solve but theres also a really quite sweet love story and its nice to see Selina flirting with someone who isnt wearing a cape and pointy ears, a sorrowful ending stays with you after reading too. All in all this is a really very enjoyable story with some funny lines and great interplay, definitely worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure 25 May 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This volume collects the 6-issue mini-series Catwoman: When in Rome - as well as, according to the small print, Batman: Dark Victory #13, which I didn't notice at all, unless it formed the 2-page Epilogue. The story is about Selena Kyle's trip to Italy, accompanied by Edward Nigma, to look into her origin, as she believes that she may be the daughter of mobster Carmine "The Roman" Falcone. She visits the home of Don Fillipe Vernini, who would be the head of the Mafia if it existed, and therefore Falcone's superior, to find out what he knows, only for him to die of Joker poison in front of her. From then on, it is a race to avoid the revenge of Vernini's son who naturally enough thinks she had something to do with his death, and to steal a ring from underneath a Michaelangelo statue in the Vatican to buy him off. Unfortunately, Vernini has access to Gotham City criminal technology, as well as the Cheetah working for him. It is a very interesting and entertaining story, brought to you by the team behind Batman Dark Victory TP and Batman The Long Halloween TP, and is an exploration of Selena Kyle's story in those books, and should be considered as part of that series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure 25 May 2013
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This volume collects the 6-issue mini-series Catwoman: When in Rome - as well as, according to the small print, Batman: Dark Victory #13, which I didn't notice at all, unless it formed the 2-page Epilogue. The story is about Selena Kyle's trip to Italy, accompanied by Edward Nigma, to look into her origin, as she believes that she may be the daughter of mobster Carmine "The Roman" Falcone. She visits the home of Don Fillipe Vernini, who would be the head of the Mafia if it existed, and therefore Falcone's superior, to find out what he knows, only for him to die of Joker poison in front of her. From then on, it is a race to avoid the revenge of Vernini's son who naturally enough thinks she had something to do with his death, and to steal a ring from underneath a Michaelangelo statue in the Vatican to buy him off. Unfortunately, Vernini has access to Gotham City criminal technology, as well as the Cheetah working for him. It is a very interesting and entertaining story, brought to you by the team behind Batman Dark Victory TP and Batman The Long Halloween TP, and is an exploration of Selena Kyle's story in those books, and should be considered as part of that series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When in Rome takes place immediately after The Long Halloween and the two fit together well - it's easy to see how this could take place after being annoyed with Batman's meddling during The Long Halloween when Catwoman's theft at 'untouchable' gangster Falcone's is interrupted. Taking place away from Gotham and away from Batman gives Catwoman a chance to develop her own story and it's interesting to see a story in the Batman universe from a completely different perspective.

The book makes great use of narrative to show us Selina's internal thoughts, that narrative is used more than is usual in order to drive the story and her sassy way with words means that her personality is felt strongly across every page. It's full of humour and witty one-liners which don't feel contrived and that helps to enhance the sense of fun. This is a light-hearted story with more depth than you expect, Catwoman may be portrayed as a very curvy sex-kitten who looks great in her leather outfit and even better out of it, but the story isn't just about shallow fan-service and the stylish visuals of the artwork reflects the efforts made to make this a quality contribution to the DC comic-verse. Beautiful watercolours and bold, dark ink-strokes make this one of the better looking graphic novels. I'll keep this spoiler free but there are a few familiar faces who make an appearance in When In Rome, sometimes they don't seem to add much but they still feel part of the story, there's an element of cartoon violence in some instances which belies the more 'grown up' feel but is in keeping with the comic's roots.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Back in Catwoman's History 11 Jan 2006
By Stephanie Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love the projects Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale team-up together on (Superman for All Seasons being my absolute favorite) and Catwoman is my all-time favorite comic book character, so when I heard about this project in the summer of 2005 it sounded like heaven. Sadly I missed collecting the original miniseries so I snapped up this hardcover the minute I could get my claws on it.

This follows Selina Kyle after the events of The Long Halloween (probably Loeb & Sale's most popular book together.) It's very early in her Catwoman career, and she's still dealing with her attraction to Batman and even her own identity. After the grisley events of Halloween, she decides to hoof it to Rome to find out the truth of her past and maybe pick up a priceless gem and a hot local guy or two. She takes the Riddler with her, which is pretty unusual, but after explaining why he's there he becomes a nice piece of comic relief for most of the book. I loved watching Selina beating him up. A lot.

You could pick this book up and enjoy it if you haven't read Long Halloween, but Selina's contacts in Rome are all related to the Falcone family, whose exploits and various murders happen in that book. All in all this was a fun read, and while I love the current Catwoman series (don't get me started on issue #50 though, oy!) it was nice seeing Selina as a self-absorbed socialite-type for a bit. There IS a major revelation in this book about Selina's real parentage, which tweaks her entire backstory. I can only assume the abusive/suicidal parents we've been shown for so long as her backstory happened after the events shown in this book.

This is a valentine to Selina Kyle and her prior jet-setting lifestyle, and also to the stylish Rome- and they fit together like a glove. The art is, as usual, unique and gorgeous. Here Ms. Kyle is drawn as a curvy, buxom strong sex kitten with long curly hair. I always thought she looked a bit odd in Long Halloween, but I'm happy to say she looks great in here. This colorful hardcover has a great story inside with a French and Italian couture/film noir look and feel to it, and it'll look great on your shelf. 'When In Rome' is a vacation from current comics that take themselves too seriously while wrapped in ridiculous looking spandex. It's sexy, fun, engaging and highly recommended.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner ... with questionable continuity 12 July 2006
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Selina "Catwoman" Kyle is seeking for her roots -- and how better to do so than to fly to Rome in the company of a diminutive Edward "The Riddler" Nigma? Convinced that a deceased Gotham City mob boss is her real father, Selina -- still at an early stage of her career -- recruits Nigma to help her solve her personal riddle. (In the meantime, he might also help her figure out where her missing luggage went.)

Let's forget for the moment that this would mean Selina isn't really related to her sister, with whom she shares a remarkable resemblance, and focus on this story alone.

Let's ponder instead why Selina is haunted by visions of Batman. Why members of the Mafia in Italy are so eager to take Selina's life, and why one of their pre-eminent hitmen is willing to put his on the line to save her. And why the Riddler is suddenly a criminal of dwarfish stature.

"When in Rome" is a sleek and sexy Catwoman as envisioned by the hit team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, the writer and artist responsible for several bestselling titles for both DC ("The Long Halloween," "Dark Victory," "Superman for All Seasons") and Marvel ("Daredevil: Yellow," "Hulk: Gray," "Spider-Man: Blue") in recent years. Loeb's writing is more noirish and character-driven than the average superhero comic; he doesn't shy away from a little mayhem here and there, but it's not the central motivation of his work. He quite obviously finds layers of personality much more interesting, and often a meaty source of conflict. Nigma is a perfect example, providing both the comic relief and genuine menace. Sale's art, on the other hand, is not my favorite style: the faces of his characters are often uniformly sallow and drawn, and there's a certain awkwardness in their movements. Still, it works well with this story, perhaps because he excels at drawing Catwoman just as sleek and sexy as you'd imagine her to be, and his detailed backgrounds are well-suited to the Italian cityscape.

"When in Rome" tweaks Selina's personal history quite a bit, and by the end it's not at all clear how new revelations fit into the accepted storyline. It's a little disappointing, actually, that her rather unique origins have been muddied with a new thread too similar by far to that of another Bat-satellite character, the Huntress.

But that's for the continuity experts, if they exist, to debate. As a stand-alone story, "When in Rome" is another winner from team Loeb and Sale.

By Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Catwoman gets the Loeb/Sale treatment 31 Aug 2007
By Steven Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
So being the Batman fan that I am as well as a Loeb/Sale fan, I devoured everything I could of theirs. Knowing that this story of Catwoman, trying to discover her roots in Italy, took place in between The Long Halloween and Dark Victory just made it that much more enticing. Unfortunately I can't say that the magic they were able to pull off with Batman and other heroes was put to good use with Catwoman's solo story.

Not to say that their talents were put to complete waste. The artwork was terrific as always. I just couldn't get into it the same way I got into their work previously. Maybe it's because I'm not as big a fan of Catwoman as I should be to enjoy this. There are plenty of characters from the Bat universe thrown in there for good measure (Batman never makes an official appearance, just in Selina's dreamlike hallucinations), but still that wasn't enough to satisfy.

The Riddler plays a big supporting role in this and while he is one of my favorite Bat villains, the fact that he was there couldn't elevate it for me. I actually much prefer the way other writers handle Riddler better. I would love it if these guys would collaborate on another Batman project at some point in the future because Catwoman just wasn't a good enough substitute. No offense to Catwoman or her fans intended! I still love these guys' work and if they were to write another Catwoman tale set in Gotham I would be all over it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, Beautiful Art and Story 9 Feb 2006
By L. Mintah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Catwoman: When In Rome is a graphic novel containing six issues of the comic book series published in 2005. Re-published in graphic novel hardcover format, this is a must-have for fans of the Bat and the Cat.

Writer Jeph Loeb has spun an almost magical tale about Selina Kyle going to Rome to find out about her past and to steal a mafia ring from the Vatican. Catwoman has brought along Edward Nigma to help her. The Riddler is in over his head, as he and Selina tangle with Sicily's finest. They meet a man known as "the Blonde." The Blonde is a great character, all man as Selina is all woman. There is sizzling romance and mystery as traces of Gotham's supervillians keep turning up in the Mediterranean. Selina must uncover the truth before it is too late.

Artist Tim Sale is staggeringly talented. He draws Selina lushly. She is Sophia Loren with claws. I was entranced by his drawings, and by colorist Tim Stewart's gorgeous palette of colors. Gotham is usually portrayed in cool shades of blue and green. In this graphic novel, Stewart uses all warm shades. The whole book is as warm as an evening in the Sicilian countryside.

The story and art combine to create something that is very much like a classic movie from the '60's. The story is old-fashioned and classic. Pour a glass of vino and settle down with When In Rome. I wish I could give this book ten stars. One of the best ever, period.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A review of Catwoman: When in Rome 17 Sep 2008
By Bonnie Svitavsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a bookend (or rather a filler?) to Loeb and Sale's The Long Halloween and Dark Victory. When Catwoman disappears partway through Dark Victory, she goes to Rome to do some "research." She is accompanied by The Riddler, and receives assistance from an Italian hitman known as The Blonde (guess why?). While there, she discovers that other DC villains may have followed along. Catwoman is also linked to the murder of a Don and gets to steal from the Vatican... which should be on every tourist's list of things to do while in Italy.

I liked this book, but I have a bias towards Catwoman. And the artwork is excellent, though not in the same style as Long Halloween/Dark Victory. The story is so-so. We all know what Selina/Catwoman is in Rome to find out, but it's still treated like a mystery, and it certainly didn't have the drawing power of figuring out who was the Holiday murderer. I also never found the Riddler as ominous as some other reviewers have said... mostly, I just thought he was pervy.

So the final verdict is... if you like Catwoman and/or really enjoyed Loeb and Sale's other Batman stuff, you'll probably enjoy this. It works as a stand-alone, but I didn't think it was a must-read.
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