Cover of Cat-Tales: Something BorrowedSomething Borrowed

In The Killing Joke, Joker shot Barbara Gordon and took pictures in an effort to drive her father mad. Something Borrowed draws on that detail, with Jim Gordon approaching Catwoman a theft to retrieve those photos now stored as evidence. It's easily the more touching appearance of the character prior to his return from retirement in Book 6.

The episode gives us the opportunity to ride along on a Catwoman theft, though not as detailed as future ones, it is the most detailed up to that time. Her visit to Wayne Manor afterwards is delicious for Bat/Cat fans, as is the revelation that Bruce's bedroom window has a security flaw that only her claws can exploit.

In contrast to the serious underpinnings of the main plot, the B-story is nothing short of hilarious, with Jervis's aunt visiting and the rogues banding together to keep her from realizing he is a criminal. It is loosely inspired by a Silver Age story where the Penguin's grandmother visited him, but owes far more to the Jeeves stories of P.G. Wodehouse (Jervis's Aunt Maud shares the surname) which generally involved elaborate cons to fool a Wagnerian aunt.


Like all Cat-Tales, Something Borrowed 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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