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"The Short Road": Dressed in her purple jumpsuit costume, Catwoman looks around her “new” hideout for the gun she purchased from “Gigo’s Auto Repair” in Catwoman # 85. She finds the photos she stole from Fluffy’s penthouse, but is not successful in finding the gun. She remembers the man na
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Synopsis for "The Short Road"
Dressed in her purple jumpsuit costume, Catwoman looks around her “new” hideout for the gun she purchased from “Gigo’s Auto Repair” in Catwoman # 85. She finds the photos she stole from Fluffy’s penthouse, but is not successful in finding the gun. She remembers the man named “Banner”, who stole the explosives truck in Catwoman # 88, and that he was at the garage when she bought the gun. She figures she can return to the garage, find Banner, buy a new gun, and return and kill the man she has tied up in her hideout; a man she believes to be Police Commissioner James Gordon. When Catwoman arrives at Gigo’s (disguised as she was in Catwoman # 85), she is taken aback to learn she returned the gun. She quickly states she simply left it to be fixed and that she wanted it back. Gigo claims he “not had time to work on it”, but that she can come back for it in a couple of days. Catwoman starts to leave, but runs into Banner, telling him she wants to trade the truck full of explosives he stole for a surprise she has waiting back at her hideout. After Banner agrees to the meet and leaves, Gigo and his associate discuss the “crazy chick” and decide she is too unstable to just forget about and calls in a tip to the GCPD about the meeting. Detectives Kelly and Costas visit Maria (the lady who was at GCPD dressed in Catwoman’s old purple costume in Catwoman # 88) at the asylum run by Director Norsing. The detectives want to show Maria some pictures to see if the Dee Zee woman that threw away the costume is in any of them. Before they are able to get the pictures, they are called back to the station as the GCPD has received a tip on Banner’s whereabouts for that night. Back at her hideout, Catwoman has a conversation with her mirror reflection (which is wearing the Catwoman costume that has been seen in the previous issues); learning she took the gun back to Gigo’s and instead asked for explosives. After learning that Banner is on his way to trade a truck full of explosives, Catwoman’s reflection states that people shouldn’t be brought to her hideout. Banner shows up and Catwoman shows him her prisoner, but is surprised to hear he is not Commissioner Gordon. Banner starts to leave, but the GCPD shows up and a firefight ensues. Catwoman escapes but her prisoner (finally identified as Captain Rosetti) is killed in the crossfire. Banner is captured and taken away, though he vows to track down and kill Catwoman.
Though it was detectives McNeely and Montoya in Catwoman # 88 who decide to follow up with Maria with pictures from a police line-up, this issue shows detectives Kelly and Costas instead doing just that. It could possibly be assumed that Montoya was tied up with actions involving the Officer Down storyline and the idea was passed along to the other detectives.
This issue makes it apparent that Catwoman is having some sort of identity crisis.
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