Batman is still reacting to the events of Blueprints, aka the Control Freak is in the house. Perfect time for Superman to introduce the next major element of the Post-DC Cat-Tales: tigers from the Dhumavati death maze. Batman and Superman are returning from a mission where they had been placed in a maze with tigers who had been abused, and Clark wants Selina to take them in at the Catitat. Bruce wants no part of the ask, partially because at the end of Blueprints, he offered to help pay for the Catitat.
The casual, almost dismissive way he made the offer goes by almost without our noticing, but the implication of this intermingling of his financial resources and her accepting it for something that is not simply hers but so emblematically hers, tied to her history as Catwoman and her independence, is monumental in terms of the relationship. Bruce is keeping clear of Clark's machinations about the tigers so that it is clear he does not expect any quid-pro-quo. It's a far cry from Loose Ends when he tried to pay for the Catitat to exert control because he wanted Selina to use the tiger as a bodyguard.
The story also contains a great story with Edward Nigma and Harvey Dent, which gives us a night at the opera with Eddie and Selina, a night at the Iceberg, and wonderful glimpses into the pre-Two-Face rivalry between playboy Bruce Wayne and Harvey Dent, and as if that wasn't enough, Selina reminiscing to the first encounter with Batman when he returned after Knightfall.
Like all Cat-Tales, The New Black 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 4.
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