‘Gotham War’ Preview Promises Bat/ Cat Showdown

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DC Comics revealed a few preview pages of the Batman and Catwoman crossover event Gotham War.

The event starts with a special one-shot Batman/ Catwoman: Gotham War: Battle Lines #1. Regular Batman and Catwoman writers Chip Zdarsky and Toni Howard pen Battle Lines. Artists Mike Hawthorne and Adriano Di Benedetto will illustrate the one-shot.

After a period of escalating tension between Batman and Catwoman, Gotham War promises to climax in a face-off between the two vigilantes and their opposing points-of-view. The preview pages do not reveal much about the specific plot. We see Mike Hawthorne beautifully render a scene of Batman getting out of bed, donning the suit, and swinging through the cityscape.

The Catwoman-centric page is more tantalizing. There, Selina Kyle is holding a meeting with Batman and the entire Bat-Family at a strip club. The page suggests that the Bat-Family is still in a trusting relationship with Selina since most of them are unmasked. However, their grim expressions suggest that Selina is relaying some bad news to them.

The war spills out in the regular-running Batman and Catwoman books. Finally, it will wrap up in a bookend one-shot titled Batman/ Catwoman: Gotham War: Scorched Earth. DC promises that the conflict will have reverberating effects on the Bat-Family and potentially split them apart.

Rising Tension

Previously, the screws have been turning and putting pressure on Batman and Catwoman’s amiable relationship. Batman was uneasy that Catwoman killed a villain to save his life. Furthermore, when she was arrested for the murder, she refused legal help from Bruce Wayne and opted to escape prison on her own. Most recently, Catwoman was able to consolidate crime in Gotham City, where she runs a ring of non-violent crime in an effort to decrease the violent one.

Naturally, being the head of a criminal organization- even a good one- rubs Batman the wrong way. How this plays out in the crossover event is anyone’s guess. But we can expect it to be explosive to say the least.

Batman/Catwoman: The Gotham War: Battle Lines #1 hits comic shops on August 29.

Source: CBR.com

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