The first real challenge to Bruce and Selina's relationship has nothing to do with Talia, but is grounded in the original Bat/Cat conflict between thief and crimefighter. Catwoman isn't just a Batman rogue herself, she has friendships with a few others among Batman's enemies. In Heard the Latest, Bruce learned about Selina's friendship with "Eddie" aka The Riddler. In Such an Idiot, her little sister relationship with Harvey Dent sets off a serious rift. On Bruce's side, it's because the pre-Two-Face Harvey had been Bruce's friend, and there is some unstated guilt in the way Selina seems to stand by him when Bruce did not. "He's sick, you don't turn your back on a friend because they're sick."
More serious, on Selina's end, Batman seems to want to use their relationship - in effect to use her - to gain inside information to use against his foes.
They come together to resolve the Harvey threat, but do not succeed in getting back together without Tim setting the table, so to speak. In the forums, Chris clarified that it' not that their relationship isn't strong enough, the ease in which they reconcile makes it clear they both want to and just needed an excuse to come together. It is rather a testament to how inept they both are at the 'simple' aspects of a relationship. What comes natural to other people is difficult for them; what other people would find impossible, they can do quite easily.
Like all Cat-Tales, Such an Idiot 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.
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