The opening chapter of Knightlife gives us a night with Batman on patrol, the OraComm silent and the Dark Knight trying to keep his mind off Catwoman. It's quite wonderful.
"The patrol with Batman in Chapter 1 is one of the best slices of Gotham and The Dark Knight's daily life that I'd read. Not 'best fan fiction' or anything like that but flat out the best Day in the Life Being Batman." ~Occupy Gotham Podcast, 2012
The reason the OraComm is silent is because Dick and Barbara are away on their honeymoon. When they return, the Tales begins its assault on the final piece of DC Comics's mishandling of the central characters: the contrived conflict between Bruce and Dick which is absurd, irrational, and childishly unworthy of either man. A fine plot unfolds involving Scarecrow and Ra's al Ghul (an odd combination of antagonists 2 years before Batman Begins), by the end of which the situation between Bruce and Dick will have reached a crisis point. To be continued.
Meanwhile, the Bruce/Selina relationship struggles to find new footing after the wedding, the specter of their Bat/Cat past pressuring both in different ways they're not ready for. Bruce in particular has a fear-gas driven hallucination that is an absolute masterpiece of dream imagery. Selina, on the other hand, grand seductress as Catwoman, is quite adorably inexperienced and uncertain attempting something a normal as exerting a little influence over her boyfriend.
Like all Cat-Tales, Knightlife 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 2.
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