The Replacements

Author: Will Pfeifer
Artists: David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez
Titan Books
RRP: £9.99, US $14.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6426 5
ISBN-10: 1 84576 426 9
Available 23 March 2007

A lot can happen in a year. Not only has Selina Kyle just given birth to a baby girl, she's also taken on a different identity and given up her life as a costumed adventurer. But if that's the case, who's the person fighting criminals dressed as Catwoman...?

The Replacements sees Selina Kyle return to Gotham City a proud mum. She's left the streets in the capable hands of her confidante, aide and protégé Holly Robinson. Kyle has put her old life behind her and instead prepares to start afresh as a good mother. However, things don't go as expected and it's not long before Kyle is forced to return to the streets. And with a number of villains trying to exact their revenge on her, it won't be long before someone works out who Catwoman really is.

This collection takes place after the death of Black Mask. Kyle is strongly suspected of killing him, but no one is totally sure except Kyle herself.

I did find the notion that Kyle would spend ages arranging a new identity for herself and then finally chose the name of a character who turns into a cat in an obscure movie rather ludicrous. Surely she knows that villains are a clever lot and she must have suspected that Film Freak may happen to recognise the name of Irena Dubrovna from the movie Cat People - which he does. It's a little like someone secretly opening a chocolate factory and calling themselves Willy Wonka and thinking that no one will suspect that he owns the factory.

Also I can see a problem with DC Universe stories in the future. Whenever there is a problem, and no one else can help - and if you can find her - maybe everyone should hire Zatanna to clear up those little memory problems you are having.

Apart from these very slight nit-picks, this is another top cat tale. Catwoman fans will find this the purrfect collection [You're fired! - Ed].

Nick Smithson

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