How many of you are a fan of Catwoman? I mean, would you sit down and read an entire graphic novel with Catwoman as the main character? Most people answer this question with an emphatic “No.” That is why I am here to change your mind. Today’s review focuses on Catwoman: Trail of the Catwoman, written by Darwyn Cooke and Ed Brubaker.

I am drawn to books that allow characters to break free from stereotypes given to them by writers/critiques. Superman shouldn’t save the day every time, Wolverine doesn’t have to use his claws and Catwoman can have her own book. She has always been a background villain playing second fiddle behind The Joker or Two-face, but not anymore.

Cooke and Brubaker make Selina Kyle an autonomous person with a heart of gold. Rather than having Catwoman steal diamonds for herself, she uses her skills to assist the Gotham City Police Department. I loved the relationship between Selina and the GCPD as it reminded me of another masked vigilante teaming up with the cops. Hmmm, I wonder who that could be. Nevertheless, Catwoman’s motive is to stop the crimes that harm the people of Gotham (i.e. gang wars, mobsters, drug-lords). Thus, Brubaker’s specialty genre of “crime-noir” begins to shine through as well.

This book is a must-buy for a few reasons. First, it is written by a Canadian. Secondly, it incorporates multiple genres like nothing I’ve read before in the DC Universe. Lastly, look at the cover. Come on it’s Catwoman!!!

See you in another life,

Wade Pychel