I received this Finished Copy from Publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle
Published by DC Ink on May 7, 2019
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher
When fifteen-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 community ... and love?
From Lauren Myracle, the New York Times best-selling author of books like ttfn and ttyl, comes the story of a teenage Catwoman, as she struggles to find her own identity while living on the streets of Gotham.
Of the three DC Ink titles I’ve read Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is definitely the darkest. But it’s also really powerful. The art and story work together to tell the story of a young girl just trying to survive.
First, the art. Isaac Goodhart is incredibly talented. I loved everything about each and every panel. The details, the arrangement, the emotion… it’s all so gorgeous and so powerful. It captures your eye and draws you in.
Thankfully, Lauren Myracle’s story lives up to the art. As I said it’s a bit dark and there are some seriously heavy issues. (Check out my interview with Lauren here.) But Catwoman wouldn’t be Catwoman with a sugary sweet back story. Lauren weaves the elements together to make a strong and realistic story. And I really loved meeting a variety of characters (and seeing Bruce Wayne! Of course.)
Selina reminded me so much of many girls I’ve worked with over the years. As a school librarian I see students come through our doors that visibly have walls up. There is trauma in their lives and this is how they survive. I saw that in Selina’s character. I just wanted to hug her and take her in. I also just wanted to go back in time to hand this book to students I’ve worked with in the past. I especially appreciated the list of resources in the back of the book for dealing with some of the tough issues raised.
Basically, this is a tough but worthwhile read. DC Ink is killing it!