With Catwoman being one of the most classic characters that’s almost synonymous with The Dark Knight, Batman #15 delves into the web of mystery that she weaves around her. She works in mysterious ways, and that’s definitely ever present in this issue. Whether it’s flinging herself off a rooftop, or inexplicably involving Bats into a conspiracy that he inevitably has to unravel. The plot initially feels a little like an afterthought, but it manages to entertain with ease once it starts to become a little clearer. It does twist and turn in a gripping way, especially as Batman becomes vulnerable enough to be caught off guard.
Whilst the conspiracy that Bruce investigates proves to be an intriguing development across the issue, the real core of the story lies with the relationship between Batman and Catwoman. That’s where the more interesting character moments lie rather than the detective element. Who thought that Batman would be the star of a romantic drama? Batman #15 points out that these two costumed vigilantes can’t ever have a normal relationship. Although that element feels a little stereotypical of superheroic romance sub-plots. They can’t be together for their roles in both the public eye and the criminal underworld.
Batman #15 expertly shows us the decades long dance between the Cat and the Bat by showing us their past in different art styles – stretching all the way back to the classic Golden Age look. It seems like their relationship will be one constant in the DC Universe that’s for sure. But this issue does a great way of pushing that forward in a genuinely compelling manner. Intertwining it with a larger plot was definitely a great idea, and we can only imagine where the pairs paths will cross in the future. Overall, it might not be one of the most inventive Batman stories ever written, but it does give us an insight into a less steely and emotionally vulnerable caped crusader.
- Stereotypical elements
- Character development