Cover of Cat-Tales: Trick or TreatTrick or Treat

The Gotham Folklore Museum, established in the Book 1 story Satori, has a new exhibit based on the murder mystery, including a recreation of Sherlock Holmes's study. The exhibit will open with a themed costume party on Halloween, and Bruce is quite excited.

The significant aspects of this wonderful tale are two-fold: Bruce's love for Sherlock Holmes was established briefly in Silver Age comics. It was a natural for The World's Greatest Detective. Cat-Tales goes farther in delving into the real world backstory. Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a medical man, like John Watson. Holmes system of observation and detection was based on the method of medical diagnosis taught by Doyle's mentor Dr. Bell. It only made sense that Bruce's father Dr. Wayne might have been a fan, and if Bruce was such a Holmes fan, it might be because he was introduced to the stories by his father.

The second aspect, more important from a Bat/Cat perspective, is the scene where Selina spies Bruce in the costume shop happily assembling his costume for the party. His manner is so utterly "out of character" for the Batman she once knew, the typical image of the grim and humorless Dark Knight, yet so wholly in character at the same time, so completely true to the man he is. And she's quite overwhelmed with the depth of her feelings for him.

The moment goes by quickly in this tale, but will be referenced much later in String Theory as the real moment she reformed.


Like all Cat-Tales, Trick or Treat 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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