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The Tin Roof Club is a Catwoman storyline written by Mindy Newell with illustrations by Barry Kitson. It was published in Action Comics Weekly as the first Catwoman story following her reboot in Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. Newell would go on to write the


Synopsis

The Tin Roof Club is a Catwoman storyline written by Mindy Newell with illustrations by Barry Kitson. It was published in Action Comics Weekly as the first Catwoman story following her reboot in Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. Newell would go on to write the Catwoman miniseries Her Sister's Keeper.

Synopsis

Catwoman steals a valuable Egyptian brooch from a museum. This heist is highly talked about, and Selina listens to crooks discuss it at her nightclub. It's explained that she bought a lounge called the Tin Roof Club for extra income. Later she reunites with her old friend Holly Robinson, who is now living in New Jersey with a wealthy husband. Selina gives Holly the brooch as a Christmas present and tells her not to open it until then. Her cop friend George Flannery, who's known her since the beginning, confronts her about stealing the brooch. She gets rid of him, but the criminals from her club overhear and attack her for it.[1] Flannery rescues Selina by shooting the crooks. He finds her Catwoman costume and whip, then tries to arrest her. Selina is forced to knock him out. She travels to Jersey so she can recover the brooch from Holly, before Holly is put in danger. Holly reveals that she opened it, and sent her husband Arthur to put it in the bank. Selina realizes they're both in danger, and the house explodes.[2] Selina leaps to safety, but ditzy Holly doesn't understand and gets caught in the blast. Holly dies in Selina's arms, and Selina kisses her forehead. Flannery later finds Selina drowning her sorrows in whiskey, and tries to slap some sense into her. He tells her that the next time he'll be back with a warrant. Catwoman confronts Holly's husband Arthur, who killed her for the brooch. She tells him if he gives the brooch back, she'll stay silent about the murder. Arthur gives the brooch back, then pushes Catwoman out his window to her death.[3] Catwoman clings onto the ledge and survives. Arthur's mistress calls hotel security, and two corrupt rent-a-cops investigate the room. Catwoman throws both of them to their deaths, then steals the brooch and leaves. Arthur is framed for the two murders, and sent to prison. Later Selina and Flannery reminisce on Holly, mentioning that her friends in prison will surely kill Arthur. Catwoman relaxes with a drink, satisfied with her work.[4]

Issues

Paraphernalia Appearing

Items: None known.
Vehicles: None known.
Weapons: None known.

Notes

  • This arc has never been reprinted in a collected edition.
  • Holly Robinson dies in this story.[3] Ed Brubaker later brought her back in his Catwoman run.[5] In interviews, he has stated that he simply didn't know about her death.[6] Responding to fan inquiry, he wrote a self-referential story titled "Why Holly Isn't Dead." The story features Holly complaining to Selina about death in comic books, and implies that the change was due to Zero Hour.[7]

Trivia

  • This storyline makes it ambiguous whether or not "Selina Kyle" is Catwoman's birth name. They were probably leaving it open for another writer. No later writer picked up on the idea, and it has since been established that Selina Kyle is indeed Catwoman's real name.[1]
  • George Flannery's history with Catwoman is explained in Her Sister's Keeper.[8]

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