Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale

Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale

When fourteen-year-old Selina Kyle, aka the future Catwoman, becomes homeless, she must confront questions of who she is and who she will become.She rejects human cruelty, but sometimes it seems as though brute force is the only way to "win." And if Selina is to survive on the streets, she must be tough. Can she find her humanity and reconcile toughness with her desire for...

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  • Juli

    Selina Kyle is constantly victimized by her mother's horrible live-in boyfriends. Her current "love'', Dernell seems to be around to stay. Selina has endured his temper and abuse for two years. At school she has three friends (read as...people she doesn't consider jerks...)....Angie, Tristan and.....Bruce Wayne. But, high school isn't her only worry. People in Gotham are being violently murdered by a monster called The Gotham Growler. Sharp Teeth, ripping claws, savage attacks. The kids at schoo

    Selina Kyle is constantly victimized by her mother's horrible live-in boyfriends. Her current "love'', Dernell seems to be around to stay. Selina has endured his temper and abuse for two years. At school she has three friends (read as...people she doesn't consider jerks...)....Angie, Tristan and.....Bruce Wayne. But, high school isn't her only worry. People in Gotham are being violently murdered by a monster called The Gotham Growler. Sharp Teeth, ripping claws, savage attacks. The kids at school are scared. Selina isn't scared. She already knows the world is full of monsters. She leaves home, vowing to become stealthy and aloof, never allowing anyone to victimize her again.

    My husband is a huge comic book fan. He knows the backstory and details of nearly every DC and Marvel character. I love comics too, but as a child I wasn't allowed to read them. My parents didn't let me to read superhero comics. To this day, I'm not sure why. My best guess is that the considered them violent and inappropriate reading for a girl (eyeroll). I've been grown up for years now and can read what I want...so slowly I'm starting to enjoy comics and appreciate the art and storylines. I'm no expert like my husband. Sometimes that's a disadvantage. But when it comes to new visions of established characters, I see it as a positive thing. I can read reboots and updates with new eyes and enjoy them for the fascinating story, rather than being disappointed that an old storyline is getting a reboot. I love this new introduction to Selina Kyle. It follows the framework of the old storyline, but updates it to appeal to a new, younger audience.

    Positives first:

    The art in this book is awesome! The dark blues and shadowy hues work perfectly for a Catwoman story.

    I like the plot and most of the changes in the story & character. I felt so sorry for Selina when she endured so much at the hands of her mother's bad boyfriends...and loved seeing her grow into a strong character. My favorite character in the story is hands-down Selina's new friend, Ojo. Definitely a Parkour enthusiast, Ojo is an awesome character that really brings the updated feel home. Her other new friends, Briar Rose and Yang, are interesting additions to the story as well. They form a family of sorts for Selina, who has learned to withdraw from any emotional ties. It added a nice depth to the character.

    I do understand that this story might be a bit of a drastic departure from the norm for some Catwoman fans. There have been other recent Catwoman stories published that are completely different (I haven't read any of them....so this is secondhand information), and this new book does not follow the character or story continuity very much at all. This version of Selina Kyle is only 14. She is a runaway, a high school dropout, and makes some pretty rough decisions -- self harm, living homeless, joining a gang of street kids, etc. There are changes to the character....but I liked the differences. After looking at other reviews, I see that some did not. Not every story (or comic book) will appeal to every reader.

    Now a few concerns:

    This story is definitely aimed at a younger YA audience....so why all the cussing? And at one point, Selina gets angry and yells about boys being dicks, followed up by a string of rather graphic penis references. I'm not sure that is something a 13-14 year old would be mature enough to read. I do understand that kids cuss...I have a middle school age boy at home, so I'm well aware. But I think putting the F word repeatedly into a graphic novel aimed at 13 year olds is a bit much.....

    The storyline gets a bit rough in places....a dead kitten, some rather rough child abuse, etc. I would start the age range for this book at 15+. Older teens can handle the cussing and strong plot. Might be a bit too rough for younger kids. It all depends on maturity level. Some kids are more mature than others. Parental guidance suggested. That being said.....I remember how much I hated my parents trying to "protect'' me from things I didn't need protection from. Kids cuss. Kids say rather graphic things to each other on a daily basis at school. And they are witness to real and fake violence at pretty high levels these days. So...despite the fact I was surprised at the F word popping out in this graphic novel....that word is in just about every Youtube video, television show and social media post that kids see these days. I've played video games with my son on public servers before and heard kids that sounded really young spouting off torrents of cussing that were beyond even what I could string together. So....I suppose even those limits are relaxed and change with the times. Still not sure that the F word was entirely necessary though.....but I also recognize that I am way way outside the target age range for this graphic novel.

    I would change the title to "Under the Moon: A Catgirl Tale'' to be honest. Selina takes that nickname...why not run with it? Selina is very young in this story and just learning how to take care of herself. In my mind "Catwoman'' conjures up images of a woman who already knows her way around and has her street smarts at max. In this story, Selina finds herself homeless and has to learn to find her way. Definitely more of a Catgirl.

    All in all, an enjoyable graphic novel! I liked the new approach to the character!

    **I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from DC Comics via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  • Alaina

    First off, I don't know what happened when I first got this ARC because I couldn't see it. No matter what I did - nothing worked. Then I just kind of let it be.. simmer a bit if you think about it - THEN BAM! It worked and I could read all it's gloriousness.

    Now I don't think I've read many graphic novels in my lifetime. Okay, hold up - I know that this is a fact because I think I've only read two graphic novels.

    First off, I don't know what happened when I first got this ARC because I couldn't see it. No matter what I did - nothing worked. Then I just kind of let it be.. simmer a bit if you think about it - THEN BAM! It worked and I could read all it's gloriousness.

    Now I don't think I've read many graphic novels in my lifetime. Okay, hold up - I know that this is a fact because I think I've only read two graphic novels. Well, this would make my third one - so yay! First superhero one, which is kind of liking popping my virginity all over again (with graphic novels).

    In this, you meet Selina. If you don't already know she's Catwoman - oops did I spoil something major? Her character is so freaking interesting because you get to see so many different versions of her. I really liked this book because it's her little introduction - her prequel to bad-ass-ness. However, I liked it.. but it just felt way too short and a little all over the place. I kind of kept thinking I was missing some key factors but just kind of ended up going along with everything. Again, not really used to reading GN's so maybe other people were like - heck yeah! this is awesomesauce!

    ALSO, it had Bruce freaking Wayne in it and I was so freaking happy. I honestly love these two so much but Bruce definitely stole my heart even if it wasn't his book.

    Other than all of that, I enjoyed reading it and I feel like I should probably stop dipping my toes into the GN pool and just full on belly flop into it.

  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    Being a huge fan of Catwoman and obsessing over all things Selina Kyle, I tried going into this with eyes wide open and not set too high expectations. Well, I succeeded at the first and failed miserably with the last.

    I obviously couldn’t pace myself worth a smidge because I read this one in one sitting and then (because I needed more) read through it a second time to make sure I didn’t miss anything because Mr. Goodhart did a bang up job of illustrating this comic. I love this guy’s work and I

    Being a huge fan of Catwoman and obsessing over all things Selina Kyle, I tried going into this with eyes wide open and not set too high expectations. Well, I succeeded at the first and failed miserably with the last.

    I obviously couldn’t pace myself worth a smidge because I read this one in one sitting and then (because I needed more) read through it a second time to make sure I didn’t miss anything because Mr. Goodhart did a bang up job of illustrating this comic. I love this guy’s work and I loved everything about his version of Selina Kyle.

    The story itself was short and over far too quickly. It’s basically a short intro about Selina and some side characters, a bit of chalky background info and vague leads into a bigger on-going plot. It felt choppy at times, jumping from one mood or scene to the next without any flow to it and left things a bit blurry. Not what I was expecting and the dialogue could use some work but I’m still hooked on this series and will definitely be reading the next installment.

    Fangirl Moment #1 - Because how awesome does she look!

    Fangirl Moment #2 - It's Bruce Wayne, and yes, I might have done a little happy dance when he showed up . . . #sorrynotsorry #BatCat

    I liked it, but will see what the next installment brings *fingers crossed* I’m still giving this one the benefit of the doubt.

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  • Scott S.

    -- Selina Kyle

    Another entry from the new DC Ink series - I enjoyed

    just last month - this title features teenage Selina Kyle in the days before her costumed career as Gotham's #1 'cat' burglar. (DC is mixing a young adult story with a superhero comic book for a true 'graphic novel' format.)

    This one is certainly more serious than

    . Kyle

    -- Selina Kyle

    Another entry from the new DC Ink series - I enjoyed

    just last month - this title features teenage Selina Kyle in the days before her costumed career as Gotham's #1 'cat' burglar. (DC is mixing a young adult story with a superhero comic book for a true 'graphic novel' format.)

    This one is certainly more serious than

    . Kyle quickly becomes hardened early in her life by experiencing domestic abuse and parental neglect, and it's not just implied but shown full-on in uncommonly realistic and harsh scenes. One of the few positives in her life is a friendship with stout classmate Bruce Wayne, of whom she observes

    But that sly reference both works and detracts from the story, because while readers can correctly guess that Wayne will be one of the few honorable supporting characters in

    he DOES seem like he's written more in the Clark Kent mold. But that's a relatively minor quibble, if really one at all.

    Kyle eventually runs away from home, living a homeless / squatting existence (with copious amounts of petty theft, natch), and then aligns with a small crew planning higher-risk crime. Her language and general outlook on life become more crude - I was surprised (but not offended) by the inclusion some R-rated profanity - and she meets another girl who's life rivals hers in terms of childhood trauma. At times

    uneasily mixes these current social / crime issues with a plot that is actually sort of lightweight, but yet the book still undeniably has a charm that made it worth reading.

  • Kat Foster

    I honestly hated this book. Not only was the plot bizarre, but all the characters were really flat, and nothing made sense for a catwoman comic. It was more like I was reading a graphic novel adaptation of a contemporary YA novel that’s trying too hard. The only redeeming quality is the art, but even that wasn’t good enough to make this book be more than 2 stars for me.

  • julianna ➹

    There are a few positives to this book!

    - yo... the art is literally so damn gorgeous. I SOBBED at certain pages

    - bruce wayne bruce wayne bruce

    - can I mention the art again?

    - there were a couple of truly wholesome moments in this book.

    - the parkour was a pretty cool element! not as cool as the parkour in minecraft tho smh

    My rating for this was originally three stars, but thinking about it, I've decided to lower it to two stars! Overall,

    There are a few positives to this book!

    - yo... the art is literally so damn gorgeous. I SOBBED at certain pages

    - bruce wayne bruce wayne bruce

    - can I mention the art again?

    - there were a couple of truly wholesome moments in this book.

    - the parkour was a pretty cool element! not as cool as the parkour in minecraft tho smh

    My rating for this was originally three stars, but thinking about it, I've decided to lower it to two stars! Overall,

    The few plot points that the narrative creates do not get resolved by any means, and it ended way too abruptly to have left a lasting impact on Selina's story, even though I don't even know Selina's story that well.

    The weakness about this book is its short length, and I'm unsure on whether or not this is supposed to be a novella? Frankly, this plot is not enough, and I was kind of upset when it ended because I was actually invested in Selina and her story. The book... literally ended right after introducing a plot point that could've set up so much more for the story.

    This novel also completely glossed over certain aspects of the story, and they seemed to only be there for shock value more than anything else. For example, there's literally a death of a kitten on page that served as a catalyst for Selina turning into Catgirl; the problem with this is that we never got to wholly view Selina and the kitten's relationship. The exposition tried to accomplish too many "hard-hitting" things too fast and it just ended up looking like a Mess. Selina is literally emotionally abused by her mother and physically abused by her mother's boyfriend, but it wasn't really discussed in any way and I feel like it wasn't as nuanced as it should've been.

    for animal death, animal abuse (dogs), self-harm, bullying, homophobic slurs, physical and emotional abuse, parental neglect (and alcoholism I believe), and death.

  • Rod Brown

    Earnest, but ultimately silly and incomplete. The book deals with some heavy issues like domestic violence and self-harm, but in an ABC Afterschool Special sort of way. Gotham High School sophomore Selina runs away from a bad situation at home and takes to living on the streets, falling in with a group of thieves who are planning a heist at an old mansion on the edge of town.

    There's also a serial killer running around, but that storyline is basically irrelevant. As is the one of a mysterious gr

    Earnest, but ultimately silly and incomplete. The book deals with some heavy issues like domestic violence and self-harm, but in an ABC Afterschool Special sort of way. Gotham High School sophomore Selina runs away from a bad situation at home and takes to living on the streets, falling in with a group of thieves who are planning a heist at an old mansion on the edge of town.

    There's also a serial killer running around, but that storyline is basically irrelevant. As is the one of a mysterious group home introduced late in the book. High school junior Bruce Wayne is running around but is mostly irrelevant also. Actually, the whole book is sort of irrelevant unless you are into 200 pages of a teenage girl moping around between sessions of parkour training.

  • Chad

    If you're expecting a Catwoman origin story or some superheroics you couldn't be more wrong. It almost feels like a bait and switch because if I changed Selina Kyle's name in the book and removed

    from the title I'd give odds you wouldn't know this was supposed to be about Catwoman. This is a YA book about an abused runaway who becomes a thief through circumstances beyond her control. There's also some subplots that go absolutely nowhere and a tacked on ending that made it feel li

    If you're expecting a Catwoman origin story or some superheroics you couldn't be more wrong. It almost feels like a bait and switch because if I changed Selina Kyle's name in the book and removed

    from the title I'd give odds you wouldn't know this was supposed to be about Catwoman. This is a YA book about an abused runaway who becomes a thief through circumstances beyond her control. There's also some subplots that go absolutely nowhere and a tacked on ending that made it feel like there wasn't really an end to the book at all.

    There's a LOT of cursing in the book. Multiple f bombs and references to penises. I wasn't offended or anything but it felt very out of place in a DC comic geared towards 8th graders.

    Isaac Goodheart's art was very solid. I dug the blue monochromatic art.

  • Stephanie Cooke

    Note: this review is from an advanced copy of the book provided to me by the publisher.

    An appallingly tone deaf book that doesn’t hit its mark in any way. Between the numerous times Selina is physically abused on the page by an abusive boyfriend of her mother’s, Selina defending her gay friend by telling a bunch of teens for an entire page how much she loves “dick” despite being a complete “penis virgin”, and the murder of a pet kitten shown on page, this is everything that I do NOT want in a YA

    Note: this review is from an advanced copy of the book provided to me by the publisher.

    An appallingly tone deaf book that doesn’t hit its mark in any way. Between the numerous times Selina is physically abused on the page by an abusive boyfriend of her mother’s, Selina defending her gay friend by telling a bunch of teens for an entire page how much she loves “dick” despite being a complete “penis virgin”, and the murder of a pet kitten shown on page, this is everything that I do NOT want in a YA graphic novel about one of my favourite characters.

    The continuity changes don’t bother me, I loved the DC Icons books and don’t mind fresh takes but all I want to do is forget what I read of this book before having to give up at Page 65.

    The art is great and I truly hope Isaac Goodheart finds more work in the industry but this book couldn’t even be saved by his wonderful depictions of Selina Kyle.

  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)

    Wow, this was BAD.

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