Perennials is a supremely important story for the Batman/Catwoman relationship in Cat-Tales. It opens on a Selina who is accepting her position in Bruce's family as never before, throwing herself willingly into Alfred's decorating projects and, with Christmas approaching, pursuing a number of little touches to put her personal stamp on holidays at the manor. Having settled at last into "Home and Family" will give another turn of the screw to the upcoming ordeal of Identity Element.
Perennials also shows us, for the first time, the crucial final encounter between Batman and Catwoman in that period between the end of Reputation and the opening of Normal. The final encounter on the roof of the Museum of Modern Art that gave Bruce the final impetus to invite Selina to that "date" on the opera house roof.
In showing us that final meeting, it also establishes the significance of the MoMA which will become so important in Deja vu All Over Again.
And finally, the A-story with Poison Ivy, in which Ivy believes she has greened Bruce and takes over the penthouse, produces not only the legendary Whitman Sampler gag but one of the most touching and delightful Bruce/Selina scenes on record when he returns to the manor to find her crying.
Like all Cat-Tales, Perennials 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 3.
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