Catwoman: When in Rome (Batman) Hardcover – December 1, 2005
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- Publisher : DC Comics; New title edition (December 1, 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401204325
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401204327
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.88 x 0.63 x 10.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #589,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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It is hard to believe Sale is the artist, Catwoman in no way resembles the sleek, sexy version portrayed in The Long Halloween and Dark Victory. Though cheesecake and semi-nudes are thrown in galore she just doesn't look the sophisticated seductress she's portrayed as in other Loeb/Sale works.
Plotwise it is a mishmash, Cheetah showing up, Mr. Freeze's gun, all allegedly brought over to Italy by The Riddler. They seem to serve merely to cause fight scenes, not develop any plot. Catwoman actually spends very little time pursuing the agenda that brought her to Italy, and there is no real resolution to it. Which normally I wouldn't mind, but after the meandering set pieces instead of a tightly woven plot I would have liked some payoff. The brevity of the work is also disappointing after having experienced the much longer works they have created.
Well nobody hits a home-run every time at bat. Not even Loeb and Sale.
Top reviews from other countries
Set after Long Halloween and before/during Dark Victory Catwoman travels to Rome in search of proof of her heritage. She also invites Riddler along but doesn't actually need him atall.. As he only gathers simple information that catwoman herself would be more than capable of gathering. While in Rome Catwoman is repeatedly harassed by nightmares and pointless hinderances in the form of the Gotham rogues weaponry in the hands of a mysterious player.
Overall the story was Interesting when exploring Catwomans actuall heritage I found the rest of the book just filler and unnecessary with very little plot too it.
Character wise everyone's pretty average. Loeb and Sale seem more interested in showing us as much catwoman skin as possible for no other reason than giving 15 year old fanboys erections. Her femininity and prowess seems somewhat diminished compared to previous stories with her constantly requiring help from multiple characters. Riddler is again portrayed poorly starting off as a stunted bumbling perverted fool and by the end of the book has been revealed as a bumbling perverted fool with an extremely poorly made and executed plan. Louisa Falcone was an interesting character i would like to see more of. Manipulating from behind the scenes acting as a vulnerable blind woman who in actually fact is a dangerous and intelligent force to beware of.
The art didn't have the same effect on me as it did in Long Halloween and Haunted Knight. In those to books it compliments the story and works really well portraying Gotham City but I this novel I just found it ugly and didn't create the same atmosphere as it had in the previous books.
Overall it still wasn't a horrible book. It just won't be a book id read over and over again.
Book contains Catwoman: When in Rome and a snippet from Batman: Dark Victory #13
Tim Sale isnt always to everybodys taste I do remember taking time to get use to his style but it is beautiful and never more so than in this story, the Riddler is suitably creepy and pervy while catwoman always looks impressive. Theres a lot to enjoy here once again theres a bit of a mystery to solve but theres also a really quite sweet love story and its nice to see Selina flirting with someone who isnt wearing a cape and pointy ears, a sorrowful ending stays with you after reading too. All in all this is a really very enjoyable story with some funny lines and great interplay, definitely worth picking up.