It's Only a Movie

Author: Will Pfeifer
Artist: David Lopez
Titan Books
RRP: 11.99, US $19.99
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 565 1
ISBN-10: 1 84576 565 6
Available 23 November 2007

Selina Kyle gave up being Catwoman for a year, giving birth to a baby girl - and a new Catwoman took her place. But now it's time for Selina to don the leather outfit once again, as the psycho named Film Freak wreaks havoc in Gotham City, declaring himself the star of his own twisted movie...

It's Only a Movie takes place a year after the events of Infinite Crisis. The father of Catwoman's baby is revealed in this collection. See the fallout from Catwoman's murder of Black Mask, including the horrible price she paid for vengeance and why she chose to bring a baby into the world. Plus, Selina pays a visit to Superman's hometown, Metropolis.

Selina Kyle is doing her best to stay out of the cat-suit, as her friend Holly patrols the East End of Gotham. But when Holly is arrested for the murder of crime lord Black Mask - an act committed by Selina - the time has come for a reckoning.

Will Pfeifer pulls out all the stops to deliver some of his best work. Out of this collection the Film Freak centred story, which takes up nearly 50 percent of this graphic novel, is the most satisfying. While I've read plenty of stories in the past that feature Film Freak, this was the first time I saw him as a villain that was worthy of Gotham's elite - right up there with the Joker and the Penguin.

The second half of this collection sees Selina heading off to Metropolis. She's been given a simple task - to steal a snow globe from Lex Luthor. She has no idea what she's getting herself into, until it's too late. While a lot of this story revolves around an ongoing battle between Lex and Selina, at no point do you get tired of the drawn out fight sequences. The conclusion is also rather ingenious - one I should have seen coming a mile off, but thanks to Pfeifer being the master of misdirection I was totally surprised by.

One of the most satisfying Catwoman collections I've read in quite some time.

Nick Smithson

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