A Year of Cool Comics - Day 195

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at the nifty original graphic novel, Catwoman: Selina's Big Score, by Darwyn Cooke...


Selina's Big Score takes place after the four-part back-up story by Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke that set up the new Catwoman series, and before the actual series proper (which Cooke started on with Brubaker before giving way to Cameron Stewart after a few issues).

As we have seen with Darwyn Cooke's Parker adaptations, the man was built for crime noir stories, and Selina's Big Score, which is about Selina Kyle putting together one last big score before she starts her new role as Catwoman, Robin Hood of East Gotham City.

The book opens up with a striking two page sequence...

Then, like any good caper story, it spends a LOT of time setting up the crew...

I am sure this fellow being named Stark is a total coincidence and not all a reference to the author of the Parker novels...

(by the by, I didn't pick up the prelude to the new Parker graphic novel by Cooke because I already was planning on reading it, so it seemed pointless - but I presume it was really good, right, people who read it?)

Next, we throw the fly in the ointment into the mix - that fly's name? Slam Bradley...

When all of the plots and characters come together at the end, it's quite an enjoyable, albeit dark and stormy (and bloody) ride. Not everyone gets out alive (understatement of the day?).

Boy, Cooke is one masterful storyteller, isn't he?

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