Cover of Cat-Tales: Domestic AffairsDomestic Affairs

Domestic Affairs is a lighthearted riff on one of the fan fiction tropes of the moment: Bruce Wayne can't cook. Typical of Cat-Tales, however, it has a bit of substance beyond what actual fanfic calls "fluff."

It is certainly funny that Batman, who has seemingly mastered everything cannot do something all of us can. Cat-Tales significantly has this laugh at Bruce's expense immediately after Such an Idiot, where Bruce and Selina collectively suck at relationships. What comes natural to all of us is difficult for them, a comforting counterpoint to the things they do easily that we would find impossible. Ah, but it doesn't stop there. Selina's ability to cook makes Bruce reevaluate his lack of ability. It is a very honest look at a true relationship, starting with who they both are as individuals, and how being together might change them. It highlights how important it is that Bruce/Batman has a woman like Selina/Catwoman who truly is his equal in both halves of his life. A civilian like Vicky Vale or Silver St. Cloud are simply unsuitable, as they can, at best, be a partner to only half the man Bruce is.

The episode also happens to be very funny, and ultimately rejects and explodes the fanfic silliness that Bruce Wayne, scientist and detective, engineer and genius, could not master any discipline he set his mind to.

Like all Cat-Tales, Domestic Affairs can be read online on the Cat-Tales website or mobile mirror, and can be downloaded as an ebook or pdf, which is sized for printing at Cafe Press. It is collected in Cat-Tales Book 1.