Batman #503: Comic Recap

Batman’s crossover with Catwoman continues in Batman’s own book.

Batman #503

Written by Doug Moench
Art by Mike Manley
Colors by Adrienne Roy
Lettering by Ken Bruzenak
Edited by Jordan B. Gorfinkel & Denny O’Neil

We pick up where Catwoman #6 left off. Jean-Paul is somewhat infatuated by Catwoman, except it comes across as more creepy due to the tone of his internal monologues.

The next night, Gordon sends up the Batsignal, and AzBat and the Commissioner discuss the recent threats on the conference. Gordon brings up the theft of the (facepalm) Xyklon-C, and AzBat brings up that he saw the theft, and draws the conclusion that Catwoman is planning a terrorist attack with the neurotoxin.

Gordon calls out that this doesn’t fit Catwoman’s MO. However, Batman has convinced himself of this. Just after AzBat leaves, Bullock lets Gordon know that Mayor Krol wants to meet with him. At the meeting, Krol basically just re-affirms that he thinks All Cops Should Be Bastards.

Back in the Batcave, Jean-Paul reads up on the files on Catwoman, as she prepares to steal some other chemicals. As a part of this, we also see that Jean-Paul has bricked up the entrance to the Cave from Wayne Manor.

Catwoman’s ’90s costume was pretty bad. The early costumes weren’t great too – but the ’90s costume has some real problems.

The two encounter each other in a chemical plant, where Catwoman tries to explain her plan – to use the chemical Benzotrilene to render the Xyklon-C inert. As part of this scene, Catwoman almost immediately realizes that AzBat isn’t Bruce. This leads to a fight. Catwoman escapes with the Benzotrilene, with Batman in pursuit.

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