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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough scrap between Barbara & Selina
Me being a big fan of the Batgirl character, I was intrigued by Batman: The Cat and The Bat. I mean, the Batgirl/Catwoman rivalry is another colourful dynamic in the world of Batman; one that we've seen used to great effect throughout the years in the comics, cartoons and TV series.

This graphic novel collects issues 17-21 of the Batman: Confidential comic,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Batman book Ive read so far
In starting to read somewhat chronologically from Year One, this is probably the weakest Batman book Ive come across so far. To be fair the story is not that bad but the artwork is sketchy in places, particularly on how they draw Batgirl's facial expressions is really off-putting. Dunno why, just is. The Catwoman costume at this stage is also pretty ridiculous as...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough scrap between Barbara & Selina, 21 Jan 2013
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Me being a big fan of the Batgirl character, I was intrigued by Batman: The Cat and The Bat. I mean, the Batgirl/Catwoman rivalry is another colourful dynamic in the world of Batman; one that we've seen used to great effect throughout the years in the comics, cartoons and TV series.

This graphic novel collects issues 17-21 of the Batman: Confidential comic, written by Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Kevin Maguire. The Cat and The Bat is a five-part tale that chronicles Barbara Gordon's first-ever encounter with Selina Kyle, and unlike the majority of Batman stories, it's a light-hearted & comedic scrap between the two females, that ranges from silly-to-fun-to-risqué-to-entertaining-to-attentive.

There's not a great deal to say about The Cat and The Bat, really. It's not a major, groundbreaking tale. It's a self-contained story featuring colourful characters. Batman himself doesn't really show up until after the halfway point, the plot involving Commissioner Gordon's notebook/the Russian Mafia/The Riddler is pretty basic, and there are some minor continuity gaffs (like other reviewers have said) i.e. Batgirl's age/college status in relation to Batgirl: Year One, Batman knowing Catwoman's identity prior to Knightfall, but those are just little quibbles, really.

The relevant issue here is how much of a good read the book is, and for the record it's a rather fun one, all-in-all. You have a very determined & inexperienced Barbara who's trying to prove herself in the eyes of her peers, and you have an equally-determined, yet greater skilled/experienced Selina who's just doing what she does, and trying to humble the interfering Batgirl into submission. It's a wonderful dynamic featuring two deep characters, and the results blossom.

At this stage, Barbara is very green, and it shows, especially when she initially finds herself outmatched against Catwoman. Yet underneath that rookie exterior, lies several talents, a great heart and all the potential in the world just waiting to come out. Mirroring that is Catwoman, who appears arrogant, cocky and highly questionable, yet deep within has compassion for those in dire need, along with a begrudging respect for Batgirl. The circumstances that draw them together develop both characters nicely, thanks to Fabian, who provides the perfect insight into their minds/personalities.

Perhaps the most infamous thing about this story is that SOMEHOW, Batgirl and Catwoman end up naked in a hedonistic club. It's a truly risqué turn, and while I question the necessity of it, the scene is pulled off in a non-tasteless manner. Kevin Maguire's great expressions and careful drawing means that there's no full-blown nudity, just a bit of silliness to convey what is an awkward situation for Barbara's quest. It's not so much controversial as just plain daft, but kudos to both writer and artist for executing the scene in a mature way.

The highlight of the whole book is definitely the finale which sees Batgirl squaring off against the various rogues of Arkham Asylum. It's the darkest portion of the whole book, putting Barbara to the ultimate test of wits, courage and physicality in the Riddler's gauntlet (watch out for a creepy cameo from the Joker!), and it's perhaps this sequence that underlines everything that makes the Batgirl character so inspirational.

Kevin Maguire's artwork ranks among the most cartoonish I've seen in comics and while it's not my favourite, it certainly serves the writing of the story well here. Overall, Batman: The Cat and The Bat is a tale that's hardly essential or classic, but it is amusing and colourful. The light-hearted manner of the book makes for a good enough change from most Batman stories, so I'm satisfied. Four stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest Batman book Ive read so far, 25 Sep 2012
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In starting to read somewhat chronologically from Year One, this is probably the weakest Batman book Ive come across so far. To be fair the story is not that bad but the artwork is sketchy in places, particularly on how they draw Batgirl's facial expressions is really off-putting. Dunno why, just is. The Catwoman costume at this stage is also pretty ridiculous as well.

Other reviews have mentioned the naked nightclub, its kind of contrived and doesnt really help in making me take Batgirl as a legitimate hero. It could have perhaps be handled better.

As my star rating indicates this book isnt bad, I just think those preceding it in the story order have generally been much better stories. Batman: Dead to Rights being a fine book, particularly on the setting the Joker up as a real nasty piece of work. Just better story telling.
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