Book: Catwoman: When in Rome (issues #1-6) by Jeph Loeb with illustrations by Tim Sale
Rating: 5 stars
This was described as being a Catwoman murder mystery and that's exactly what this is. Selina leaves dark and dreary Gotham City and heads to Rome to look into a very personal matter. Tagging along for the journey is The Riddler who annoys Selina to no end.
Things are off to a bad start when Selina wakes up from a nightmare then can't find her luggage once the plane lands in Italy. But that's not going to stop her from doing what she traveled all that way to do.
It didn't take her long to find herself entangled in a murder mystery when all she was looking for was answers. Trouble seems to follow Catwoman no matter where she goes but she is no damsel in distress and can surely take care of herself.
This story felt like a sexy action version of Audrey Hepburn's "Roman Holiday" with Selina finding tons of trouble but also seeing the sights and with a little romance to boot. But this is no romantic comedy so things don't tend to have happy endings but the story is filled with humor, wit and excitement.
The writing for this was strong and there was a good balance of drama, humor and action. The artwork has a retro old school sensual quality to it that goes perfectly with the story.