Under The Moon
When fourteen-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.

Under The Moon Details

TitleUnder The Moon
Author
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Comics, Fiction

Under The Moon Review

  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Selina Kyle is constantly victimized by her mother's horrible live-in boyfriends. Her current "love'', Dernell seems to be around to stay. Selina has endured his temper and abuse for two years. At school she has three friends (read as...people she doesn't consider jerks...)....Angie, Tristan and.....Bruce Wayne. But, high school isn't her only worry. People in Gotham are being violently murdered by a monster called The Gotham Growler. Sharp Teeth, ripping claws, savage attacks. The kids at schoo Selina Kyle is constantly victimized by her mother's horrible live-in boyfriends. Her current "love'', Dernell seems to be around to stay. Selina has endured his temper and abuse for two years. At school she has three friends (read as...people she doesn't consider jerks...)....Angie, Tristan and.....Bruce Wayne. But, high school isn't her only worry. People in Gotham are being violently murdered by a monster called The Gotham Growler. Sharp Teeth, ripping claws, savage attacks. The kids at school are scared. Selina isn't scared. She already knows the world is full of monsters. She leaves home, vowing to become stealthy and aloof, never allowing anyone to victimize her again. My husband is a huge comic book fan. He knows the backstory and details of nearly every DC and Marvel character. I love comics too, but as a child I wasn't allowed to read them. My parents didn't let me to read superhero comics. To this day, I'm not sure why. My best guess is that the considered them violent and inappropriate reading for a girl (eyeroll). I've been grown up for years now and can read what I want...so slowly I'm starting to enjoy comics and appreciate the art and storylines. I'm no expert like my husband. Sometimes that's a disadvantage. But when it comes to new visions of established characters, I see it as a positive thing. I can read reboots and updates with new eyes and enjoy them for the fascinating story, rather than being disappointed that an old storyline is getting a reboot. I love this new introduction to Selina Kyle. It follows the framework of the old storyline, but updates it to appeal to a new, younger audience. Positives first:The art in this book is awesome! The dark blues and shadowy hues work perfectly for a Catwoman story. I like the plot and most of the changes in the story & character. I felt so sorry for Selina when she endured so much at the hands of her mother's bad boyfriends...and loved seeing her grow into a strong character. My favorite character in the story is hands-down Selina's new friend, Ojo. Definitely a Parkour enthusiast, Ojo is an awesome character that really brings the updated feel home. Her other new friends, Briar Rose and Yang, are interesting additions to the story as well. They form a family of sorts for Selina, who has learned to withdraw from any emotional ties. It added a nice depth to the character. I do understand that this story might be a bit of a drastic departure from the norm for some Catwoman fans. There have been other recent Catwoman stories published that are completely different (I haven't read any of them....so this is secondhand information), and this new book does not follow the character or story continuity very much at all. This version of Selina Kyle is only 14. She is a runaway, a high school dropout, and makes some pretty rough decisions -- self harm, living homeless, joining a gang of street kids, etc. There are changes to the character....but I liked the differences. After looking at other reviews, I see that some did not. Not every story (or comic book) will appeal to every reader. Now a few concerns: This story is definitely aimed at a younger YA audience....so why all the cussing? And at one point, Selina gets angry and yells about boys being dicks, followed up by a string of rather graphic penis references. I'm not sure that is something a 13-14 year old would be mature enough to read. I do understand that kids cuss...I have a middle school age boy at home, so I'm well aware. But I think putting the F word repeatedly into a graphic novel aimed at 13 year olds is a bit much..... The storyline gets a bit rough in places....a dead kitten, some rather rough child abuse, etc. I would start the age range for this book at 15+. Older teens can handle the cussing and strong plot. Might be a bit too rough for younger kids. It all depends on maturity level. Some kids are more mature than others. Parental guidance suggested. That being said.....I remember how much I hated my parents trying to "protect'' me from things I didn't need protection from. Kids cuss. Kids say rather graphic things to each other on a daily basis at school. And they are witness to real and fake violence at pretty high levels these days. So...despite the fact I was surprised at the F word popping out in this graphic novel....that word is in just about every Youtube video, television show and social media post that kids see these days. I've played video games with my son on public servers before and heard kids that sounded really young spouting off torrents of cussing that were beyond even what I could string together. So....I suppose even those limits are relaxed and change with the times. Still not sure that the F word was entirely necessary though.....but I also recognize that I am way way outside the target age range for this graphic novel. I would change the title to "Under the Moon: A Catgirl Tale'' to be honest. Selina takes that nickname...why not run with it? Selina is very young in this story and just learning how to take care of herself. In my mind "Catwoman'' conjures up images of a woman who already knows her way around and has her street smarts at max. In this story, Selina finds herself homeless and has to learn to find her way. Definitely more of a Catgirl. All in all, an enjoyable graphic novel! I liked the new approach to the character!**I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from DC Comics via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Stephanie Cooke
    January 1, 1970
    An appallingly tone deaf book that doesn’t hit its mark in any way. Between the numerous times Selina is physically abused on the page by an abusive boyfriend of her mother’s, Selina defending her gay friend by telling a bunch of teens for an entire page how much she loves “dick” despite being a complete “penis virgin”, and the murder of a pet kitten shown on page, this is everything that I do NOT want in a YA graphic novel about one of my favourite characters. The continuity changes don’t bothe An appallingly tone deaf book that doesn’t hit its mark in any way. Between the numerous times Selina is physically abused on the page by an abusive boyfriend of her mother’s, Selina defending her gay friend by telling a bunch of teens for an entire page how much she loves “dick” despite being a complete “penis virgin”, and the murder of a pet kitten shown on page, this is everything that I do NOT want in a YA graphic novel about one of my favourite characters. The continuity changes don’t bother me, I loved the DC Icons books and don’t mind fresh takes but all I want to do is forget what I read of this book before having to give up at Page 65. The art is great and I truly hope Isaac Goodheart finds more work in the industry but this book couldn’t even be saved by his wonderful depictions of Selina Kyle.
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  • julianna ➹
    January 1, 1970
    There are a few positives to this book!- yo... the art is literally so damn gorgeous. I SOBBED at certain pages- bruce wayne bruce wayne bruce wayne- can I mention the art again?- there were a couple of truly wholesome moments in this book.- the parkour was a pretty cool element! not as cool as the parkour in minecraft tho smhMy rating for this was originally three stars, but thinking about it, I've decided to lower it to two stars! Overall, I feel like this book really didn't accomplish much... There are a few positives to this book!- yo... the art is literally so damn gorgeous. I SOBBED at certain pages- bruce wayne bruce wayne bruce wayne- can I mention the art again?- there were a couple of truly wholesome moments in this book.- the parkour was a pretty cool element! not as cool as the parkour in minecraft tho smhMy rating for this was originally three stars, but thinking about it, I've decided to lower it to two stars! Overall, I feel like this book really didn't accomplish much... at all. The few plot points that the narrative creates do not get resolved by any means, and it ended way too abruptly to have left a lasting impact on Selina's story, even though I don't even know Selina's story that well.The weakness about this book is its short length, and I'm unsure on whether or not this is supposed to be a novella? Frankly, this plot is not enough, and I was kind of upset when it ended because I was actually invested in Selina and her story. The book... literally ended right after introducing a plot point that could've set up so much more for the story. This novel also completely glossed over certain aspects of the story, and they seemed to only be there for shock value more than anything else. For example, there's literally a death of a kitten on page that served as a catalyst for Selina turning into Catgirl; the problem with this is that we never got to wholly view Selina and the kitten's relationship. The exposition tried to accomplish too many "hard-hitting" things too fast and it just ended up looking like a Mess. Selina is literally emotionally abused by her mother and physically abused by her mother's boyfriend, but it wasn't really discussed in any way and I feel like it wasn't as nuanced as it should've been.Trigger and content warnings for animal death, animal abuse (dogs), self-harm, bullying, homophobic slurs, physical and emotional abuse, parental neglect (and alcoholism I believe), and death.
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  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this was BAD.
  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    Being a huge fan of Catwoman and obsessing over all things Selina Kyle, I tried going into this with eyes wide open and not set too high expectations. Well, I succeeded at the first and failed miserably with the last. I obviously couldn’t pace myself worth a smidge because I read this one in one sitting and then (because I needed more) read through it a second time to make sure I didn’t miss anything because Mr. Goodhart did a bang up job of illustrating this comic. I love this guy’s work and I Being a huge fan of Catwoman and obsessing over all things Selina Kyle, I tried going into this with eyes wide open and not set too high expectations. Well, I succeeded at the first and failed miserably with the last. I obviously couldn’t pace myself worth a smidge because I read this one in one sitting and then (because I needed more) read through it a second time to make sure I didn’t miss anything because Mr. Goodhart did a bang up job of illustrating this comic. I love this guy’s work and I loved everything about his version of Selina Kyle. The story itself was short and over far too quickly. It’s basically a short intro about Selina and some side characters, a bit of chalky background info and vague leads into a bigger on-going plot. It felt choppy at times, jumping from one mood or scene to the next without any flow to it and left things a bit blurry. Not what I was expecting and the dialogue could use some work but I’m still hooked on this series and will definitely be reading the next installment. Memorable Moments: Fangirl Moment #1 - Because how awesome does she look!Fangirl Moment #2 - It's Bruce Wayne, and yes, I might have done a little happy dance when he showed up . . . #sorrynotsorry #BatCat Would I recommend? I liked it, but will see what the next installment brings *fingers crossed* I’m still giving this one the benefit of the doubt.* * * ARC provided for an honest review * * *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : Selina is 14, secondary characters range from older to younger then the MC. Most are teenagers, few adults are mentions in passing.Romance : None although BW makes an appearance *sigh* So this girl can only hope there will be some BatCat luuurve coming soon!Sexual Content : None.Possible Triggers : child abuse, child neglect, violence and murder.Standalone/Series : Series. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I think Catwoman is a very difficult story to do, and lots of people think they can do her justice. So the good: the artwork, diverse characters, lots of cats. The not so good: lots and lots of f-bombs, self-harm, a plot that does a lot of things but nothing at all, characters that are poorly defined (all we know about Tristan is that he is gay, all we know about Yang is that he is good at computers) and a timeline that doesn't fit anywhere in DCU. I wanted to like it, but it's not great. Also, I think Catwoman is a very difficult story to do, and lots of people think they can do her justice. So the good: the artwork, diverse characters, lots of cats. The not so good: lots and lots of f-bombs, self-harm, a plot that does a lot of things but nothing at all, characters that are poorly defined (all we know about Tristan is that he is gay, all we know about Yang is that he is good at computers) and a timeline that doesn't fit anywhere in DCU. I wanted to like it, but it's not great. Also, in what world do Selena Kyle and Bruce Wayne go to the same day care??
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  • Kat Foster
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly hated this book. Not only was the plot bizarre, but all the characters were really flat, and nothing made sense for a catwoman comic. It was more like I was reading a graphic novel adaptation of a contemporary YA novel that’s trying too hard. The only redeeming quality is the art, but even that wasn’t good enough to make this book be more than 2 stars for me.
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  • Isidora
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this comic so much! Characters were so well developed, the writing and the story is so good, and I just can't get over the fact how nice Bruce is! I loved the pace of the comic as well. Artwork was nice, although I hated that everything was blue. But still, a really nice artwork. Also, I liked how diverse this is. Although they only appear on one scene, it's nice we have a person in a wheelchair, a queer person and a muslim girl. The comic also talks about some tough things like bullying I liked this comic so much! Characters were so well developed, the writing and the story is so good, and I just can't get over the fact how nice Bruce is! I loved the pace of the comic as well. Artwork was nice, although I hated that everything was blue. But still, a really nice artwork. Also, I liked how diverse this is. Although they only appear on one scene, it's nice we have a person in a wheelchair, a queer person and a muslim girl. The comic also talks about some tough things like bullying, and hurting yourself, and what it means to be homeless. But it also have warm friendships. At the end, this is an amazing comic and I hope we will see more of Catgirl!
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  • Rian *fire and books*
    January 1, 1970
    “Have you ever felt like that? Furious at the World? Well, if you ever do, come find me. Don’t lash out at yourself. Will you promise me that? Please?”When I started reading this and to the point I got to the quote from above, I loved this. It was dark, utterly gut wrenching, and so well handled. Selena’s transformation into Catgirl was in full swing, she’d moved on from an abusive household and was developing the talents she needed to be Catwoman one day. She made some pretty dark choices too, “Have you ever felt like that? Furious at the World? Well, if you ever do, come find me. Don’t lash out at yourself. Will you promise me that? Please?”When I started reading this and to the point I got to the quote from above, I loved this. It was dark, utterly gut wrenching, and so well handled. Selena’s transformation into Catgirl was in full swing, she’d moved on from an abusive household and was developing the talents she needed to be Catwoman one day. She made some pretty dark choices too, like abandoning school and ignoring Bruce’s offer of help. And when people reached out, she lashed out instead. However after that AMAZING quote the novel became rushed and didn’t play off enough of its early plot lines. The creepy and dark undertones of a city terrified of The Growler didn’t pan out satisfyingly. The heist was abandoned. Rosie ran off and her ending felt like an easy out should a next book come along.Basically the first half was so enjoyable but I didn’t get a satisfying ending. If somehow a sequel comes out I will definitely read it. This was leaps and bounds better than Mira Tidebreaker, but unfortunately the ending wasn’t well done in my opinion.
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  • Divine Anas
    January 1, 1970
    I've only read a DC Ink Sampler of this graphic novel via Netgalley.I LOVEEE THIS INTRODUCTION TO SELINA!!! I love that there's a steady flow that can hook any reader with it. The beautiful art style also elevated it with its richness. It doesn't lean on drawing w/ the traditional constricting panels but instead deviates into a more contemporary presentation of the graphics. I absolutely loved this intro and will probably read the whole book when it's released!
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you DC Ink for providing me with a free ARC of this book!Was pretty interested in this story. I enjoyed it to some extent but some things just didn't make sense. The art was amazing though!Trigger warning: Animal abuse, Self harm, abuse, bullying, Slurs and swearing.
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  • Katherine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Life pretty much sucks for Selina Kyle, at least for as long as she stays living at home with her mom and the endless stream of boyfriends she brings home. None have been as bad as the latest guy, Dernell, who’s cruel and will even lock Selina up in a closet when he wants to teach her a lesson. When something happens to Selina’s new cat, she can’t take it anymore; life on the streets will surely be better than staying where she feels so unhappy.Selina joins a small ‘pack’ of street kids, learns Life pretty much sucks for Selina Kyle, at least for as long as she stays living at home with her mom and the endless stream of boyfriends she brings home. None have been as bad as the latest guy, Dernell, who’s cruel and will even lock Selina up in a closet when he wants to teach her a lesson. When something happens to Selina’s new cat, she can’t take it anymore; life on the streets will surely be better than staying where she feels so unhappy.Selina joins a small ‘pack’ of street kids, learns parkour, gets close to an old friend and takes on the new name and persona ‘Catgirl.’ Usually more of a loner, she begrudgingly learns she has to trust others if she is going to survive. And she also plans to carry out some not-so-small heists in gritty, crime-addled Gotham City.This YA graphic novel is fresh from the DC Ink line and is written by author Lauren Myracle, who is no stranger to teen and tween lit, writing the bestsellers ttyl, ttfn, l8r, and g8r. This also means some pretty high expectations, because of Myracle’s success and her familiarity with her audience. ‘Under The Moon’ is about probably one of the coolest female comic book icons, Catwoman, although here we really have a version of her unlike any that has been seen before. Since this Selina is only fourteen years old, she really is a girl, and so calling it ‘A Catwoman Tale’ is definitely a bit of a stretch. And so begins the problems, because if anyone has read or seen any incarnation of this character before, it’s really hard to remove that image or knowledge (only just recently Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas came out as #3 in the DC Icons series).In previous comics and the novel I just mentioned, we see an older Selina, who takes care of her younger sister and is trained under Carmine Falcone, as well as a past that included her mother dying, being a prostitute, as well as training and living in Europe.‘Under the Moon’ gives us a Selina with a wealth of issues: she’s a runaway, she stops going to school as a result (making her a high-school dropout), and resorts to cutting to relieve her emotional pain. While I understand the notion of presenting a teen character who has the inclination to run from her home situation (abuse in the home is a pretty valid reason), or has a problem with self-harming (I will warn readers now about this, because it’s a big trigger), since these may be relatable issues for some readers, but I also take issue with that being done in a responsible manner. I feel like these are risky, BIG topics to so lightly insert into a slim 96-page graphic novel, with very little insight. It’s irresponsible to add in a topic like self-harming so casually.Since this is aimed at teens who are 13 to 17, I also feel like the flagrant use of foul language was wholly unnecessary. Unlike another teen DC graphic novel coming out soon after this, Kami Garcia’s ‘Teen Titans: Raven,’ that doesn’t have expletives and talk about things like penis size thrown in, this gives good reason for reconsideration for libraries (especially school libraries) carrying this book. I am not naïve about the use of swearing in YA lit, but it seems excessive in ‘Under The Moon’ and distracted me from the story, being used in a way that seemed like it was used to pander to young readers (who may think it’s ‘cool’ to talk like this).I also got a very mixed notion as to who Selina is because of the swings in her characterization. Her portrayal is quite inconsistent, at once dismissive of the few friends she has, then she acts the opposite way soon afterward (although her compassion towards Rosie in the latter part of the novel is heart-warming). The self-harming comes out of nowhere. She is sometimes self-assured and then not remotely confident. And her connection to Bruce Wayne, which apparently starts in preschool, feels more confusing than it ever is in most literary and cinematic portrayals of Catwoman so far. The wealthy Bruce being at public school is yet another diversion from his own origin story and quite unbelievable. Another thing that irritated me, is Selina’s inconsistent connection to CATS. I wasn’t convinced entirely by the way she came to call herself ‘Catgirl’ despite the event that preceded this juncture.I wanted so much to love this graphic novel: the sentiments of her being a stray and her loneliness are powerful, with these being reasons for her ‘cat-burglar’ behavior, but I found too many problems that I couldn’t look past. Fleshed out and with paying more attention to the deeper issues in this story I would maybe go along with Selina’s backstory, but I can't recommend this, as it is right now (*as always, edits may be made before publication), to the targeted reader group. **Points/extra star for cool artwork.
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  • Lily
    January 1, 1970
    ¿Podía ir peor que Mera? Ha podido ir peor que Mera.Personajes planos, historia que no te dice absolutamente nada, y aburrido. Le salva el dibujo.
  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    I have received this wonderful ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.First off, I don't know what happened when I first got this ARC because I couldn't see it. No matter what I did - nothing worked. Then I just kind of let it be.. simmer a bit if you think about it - THEN BAM! It worked and I could read all it's gloriousness. Now I don't think I've read many graphic novels in my lifetime. Okay, hold up - I know that this is a fact because I think I've only read two graphic novels. I have received this wonderful ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.First off, I don't know what happened when I first got this ARC because I couldn't see it. No matter what I did - nothing worked. Then I just kind of let it be.. simmer a bit if you think about it - THEN BAM! It worked and I could read all it's gloriousness. Now I don't think I've read many graphic novels in my lifetime. Okay, hold up - I know that this is a fact because I think I've only read two graphic novels. Well, this would make my third one - so yay! First superhero one, which is kind of liking popping my virginity all over again (with graphic novels). In this, you meet Selina. If you don't already know she's Catwoman - oops did I spoil something major? Her character is so freaking interesting because you get to see so many different versions of her. I really liked this book because it's her little introduction - her prequel to bad-ass-ness. However, I liked it.. but it just felt way too short and a little all over the place. I kind of kept thinking I was missing some key factors but just kind of ended up going along with everything. Again, not really used to reading GN's so maybe other people were like - heck yeah! this is awesomesauce!ALSO, it had Bruce freaking Wayne in it and I was so freaking happy. I honestly love these two so much but Bruce definitely stole my heart even if it wasn't his book.Other than all of that, I enjoyed reading it and I feel like I should probably stop dipping my toes into the GN pool and just full on belly flop into it.
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  • Miranda
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy via the publisher from netgalley for review.It’s by far my favorite catwoman remake and I’m really hoping they come out with more!Honestly I know many people have stated disappointed and displeasure within this one but honestly yes it’s tragic that abusive behavior and the death of her cat happen on panel, I’m not upset over it. People needing rose colored glasses to get by in life so they don’t have to see tragic shit is ridiculous. This contained NOTHING that wasn’t important I received a copy via the publisher from netgalley for review.It’s by far my favorite catwoman remake and I’m really hoping they come out with more!Honestly I know many people have stated disappointed and displeasure within this one but honestly yes it’s tragic that abusive behavior and the death of her cat happen on panel, I’m not upset over it. People needing rose colored glasses to get by in life so they don’t have to see tragic shit is ridiculous. This contained NOTHING that wasn’t important or overly done to be dramatic. Because, it lets us the reader actually get a better sense of the character and her breaking point of how she came to be, it’s sets up the story for how it can go forward. Any and every negative that happened literally just held your hand to point out how come catwoman is closed off and bitter. Which I love that, I don’t want a oh it was a tragic past let’s get on with the rest of the story. No show me, let me see why my favorite character has been crushed and broken and how she is going to learn from it and grow.Moving on, the color scheme is phenomenal and so gorgeous. The artwork is amazing as well but for me I swear the color scheme is what made them pop and grab me. I’ve already flipped through other titles the artist has worked on and this is by far the best done.As for the storyline the beginning was detailed and drawn out perfectly to reach the the middle and thus we reach the ending, which was slightly rough and rushy feeling, beginning and middle the ground work was set so well I wanted more from the ending, maybe adding extra pages to it could’ve made it all the better. Kinda gave off a scooby doo episode where they pull off a mask and oh it’s the bad guy shucks. My fingers are crossed that they make more. And don’t get discouraged over some of the negative whiny reviews.Solid 4.5
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-ARC from the Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*A graphic novel set in Gotham city inspired by Catwoman's origin story. There is a cameo appearance but mostly the graphic novel focuses on the ways Selina discovers her own power and how she evolves from an abused child to a strong young woman.Trigger alert: abuse, animal killing
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  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    Catwoman is one of my favorites. She’s a complete badass and her stories are always interesting. This was one of those origin stories that was absolutely amazing. Selina has a rough life. Her mom moves from guy to guy and they aren’t always the nicest. Her Moms latest beau is verbally and physically abusive. Selina has had enough and runs away. She lives on the streets, until a group takes her under their wings. And now this group has sinister plans to rob a mansion. Will Selina use her cat like Catwoman is one of my favorites. She’s a complete badass and her stories are always interesting. This was one of those origin stories that was absolutely amazing. Selina has a rough life. Her mom moves from guy to guy and they aren’t always the nicest. Her Moms latest beau is verbally and physically abusive. Selina has had enough and runs away. She lives on the streets, until a group takes her under their wings. And now this group has sinister plans to rob a mansion. Will Selina use her cat like stealth to help them?Everything about this was awesome. The story was intriguing and never let up. The art was beautiful and paired with the colors, it was stunning. 😍😍😍
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Give me more of this! Between the blue, white, and black illustrations and the sleek drawing of Salina- catgirl, who needed to escape her mom’s cycle of abusive boyfriends and live-ins is needing to find her way in the world. Even if that means stealing, being homeless, or joining forces with an interesting group of kids living in a warehouse doing jobs for money. There was a beauty and strength to this origin story that shows how we can overcome. Is she perfect? No. She discusses her choice to Give me more of this! Between the blue, white, and black illustrations and the sleek drawing of Salina- catgirl, who needed to escape her mom’s cycle of abusive boyfriends and live-ins is needing to find her way in the world. Even if that means stealing, being homeless, or joining forces with an interesting group of kids living in a warehouse doing jobs for money. There was a beauty and strength to this origin story that shows how we can overcome. Is she perfect? No. She discusses her choice to slash herself to Rosie as a teachable moment. She steals. A lot. She’s not nice to her friend Angie, who loves her anyway. I want the font style. I love the humor albeit sometimes dark.
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  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: Mandy C.Cover Story: Somewhere Out ThereBFF Charm: CautionSwoonworthy Scale: 6Talky Talk: “Better” OriginArty Art: MoodyBonus Factors: Teenage Bruce Wayne, Found FamilyAnti-Bonus Factor: Patty Chase Award for Awful ParentingRelationship Status: Feline Feelin' ItRead the full book report here.
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  • Isabel
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 RATING. The art was nice.
  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    I don't want to leave a starred review, becuase it would have only been one star, and that's not fair to the artist--who did a great job. The story was wholly unnecessary, not fitting in any existing canon for Catwoman or Batman, and even the character design was over simplified. Catwoman, still Selina, comes from the suburbs and runs away from her abusive home. The book tapped into pretty much every YA novel issue you could come across but still managed to come across as dry and unsympathetic t I don't want to leave a starred review, becuase it would have only been one star, and that's not fair to the artist--who did a great job. The story was wholly unnecessary, not fitting in any existing canon for Catwoman or Batman, and even the character design was over simplified. Catwoman, still Selina, comes from the suburbs and runs away from her abusive home. The book tapped into pretty much every YA novel issue you could come across but still managed to come across as dry and unsympathetic to those facing those issues in real life. The plot was rehashed from a thousand other books and stories, none of the characters had any dimension to them at all, and most of the directions the story was set up to go in (the killer dog, Rosie and her brother, the group of teen super criminals, Selina's friend she left behind, her mother, the kid in school she stopped from getting beaten up) went nowhere at all.
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  • Evangeline Dowling
    January 1, 1970
    I received this graphic novel as an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I could not finish this graphic novel. It's rare that I DNF any book. I found the violent nature and graphic content of 'Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale' too heavy for my liking. The domestic violence, abuse, and context of the story is not interesting, palatable, or enjoyable. I could not waste anymore of my time on this novel when there is so much more out there to read.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Only a few pages into this book, and the dirty language and swearing turned me completely off to this book.
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books Under the Moon is a part of the graphic novels that DC INK has been putting out that is mostly based on familiar DC characters as young adults. In this one, we get the story of young Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman. There are definitely some trigger warnings to take heed of before going into this one such as abuse, self-harm, animal abuse and bullying. Selina doesn't have a good home life and it made me so mad to see a young catwoma This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books Under the Moon is a part of the graphic novels that DC INK has been putting out that is mostly based on familiar DC characters as young adults. In this one, we get the story of young Selina Kyle AKA Catwoman. There are definitely some trigger warnings to take heed of before going into this one such as abuse, self-harm, animal abuse and bullying. Selina doesn't have a good home life and it made me so mad to see a young catwoman have such a hard life. I hate reading books where these weak women just let some man abuse their children. LIKE!! What are you doing? That's basically what happens with Selina, her mom has a series of bad boyfriends, but then the worst of the bunch ends up staying and makes her life a living hell. Her mom even tries to make it seem like Selina is the one that is the problem. It made me so mad!I like that we see Selina and Bruce have a little bit of a relationship, as it definitely plays into the lore between these two characters. Bruce is written as he should be, the intentioned rich guy just trying to help everyone, but he doesn't realize just how out of touch he is. Selina is so angry in this story, which I like, but also I found some of her stubbornness to be super frustrating. Mostly because there are people in her life that genuinely wanted to help her, but she just pushes them all away. The artwork was kind of interesting here, as it wasn't done it full color, it was more done in shades of blue. I thought that was kind of cool because it really set the tone for the seedy underbelly of Gotham City.The ending of the book seems to be so open-ended that I felt like I was left hanging a bit. I felt like it just kinda of ends with things not wrapped up. I still had a lot of questions in the end. I'm not sure if this means that there will be another book or not, but it felt a little incomplete to me.
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  • Garan
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.At the request of the publisher, this review will be spoiler-free and a more detailed review will be posted on release day to my blog and I will edit the NetGalley one as well for booksellers.This book has many good things about it. The art is spectacular and I liked a great deal about Selina's relationship with Bruce. It is the most fleshed out relationship in the book and it show Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.At the request of the publisher, this review will be spoiler-free and a more detailed review will be posted on release day to my blog and I will edit the NetGalley one as well for booksellers.This book has many good things about it. The art is spectacular and I liked a great deal about Selina's relationship with Bruce. It is the most fleshed out relationship in the book and it shows that the author cares about this ship. A major theme in this book is chosen family and I really liked the direction that Myracle was going with this. I wish that there was more time for us to get to know the characters a bit more. Most of my issues with this one were that of pacing. I feel like there were important moments that we didn't linger on long enough but there were very gratuitous scenes that were difficult to read that were focused on a lot more than the moments that should have been cathartic. I think, plot-wise, that this book could have been worked on a bit more. The ending kind of fell flat for me and I wish that I would've had time to grow to care about the characters more. Everything happens so fast throughout that you finish the book with a feeling of literary whiplash.There are a fair amount of triggering subjects that are touched on. Some of them are handled well and some of them made me feel kind of icky. I definitely think that big fans of DC and Catwoman will enjoy this story for what it is but this might not be for the casual reader.Trigger Warnings: child abuse, homophobia and homophobic slurs, animal death, suicide, self harm.
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  • Hailey
    January 1, 1970
    I really did not like this graphic novel. The art was beautiful but literally all of the characters are one dimensional. Maybe 1.5 dimensions if I’m being generous. The only Asian character is really good with numbers and computers and the only black character is a girl who doesn’t talk. Literally a stereotype and a mostly voiceless WOC...I’m trying really hard to not roll my eyes. They also did that Disney Channel Original Movie thing where they do the high school montage where they say “that g I really did not like this graphic novel. The art was beautiful but literally all of the characters are one dimensional. Maybe 1.5 dimensions if I’m being generous. The only Asian character is really good with numbers and computers and the only black character is a girl who doesn’t talk. Literally a stereotype and a mostly voiceless WOC...I’m trying really hard to not roll my eyes. They also did that Disney Channel Original Movie thing where they do the high school montage where they say “that girl over there? That’s my best friend Becky who always gets picked on by the mean girls, and that super gay boy getting picked on by the jocks? That’s Tristan my gay accessory. And then...there’s Bruce Wayne” with full on heart eyes and gushing over his dark hair that reminds her of crows. Like seriously? This isn’t even covering the pages and pages of familial abuse we see that borders on gratuitous. We don’t need 1/3 of the book to be abuse to understand that her family situation isn’t great. Especially by having her father kill a kitten in panel. Yeah we have animal abuse here too. She then proceeds to harm herself in the likeness of a cat scratch with three marks as “symbolism”...cuts herself for symbolism...let that sink in. And speaking of animals, the big bad of the book maybe gets one or two pages and isn’t resolved in any way. I really couldn’t find much to like about this other than the art and for that I give it one and a half to two stars.
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  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting that two books are coming out about Catwoman within a year of each other (Sarah J. Maas' book in 2018, this in 2019), especially since they differ considerably. Overall, I really liked this. I would suggest it for older teens (15 or 16+) due to some of the language and actions. And I know Catwoman didn't have a happy backstory, no matter what version you go with - but some sort of trigger warning wouldn't go amiss.. abuse, animal abuse, self harm, and.. well, the weird sort-of-dog ea Interesting that two books are coming out about Catwoman within a year of each other (Sarah J. Maas' book in 2018, this in 2019), especially since they differ considerably. Overall, I really liked this. I would suggest it for older teens (15 or 16+) due to some of the language and actions. And I know Catwoman didn't have a happy backstory, no matter what version you go with - but some sort of trigger warning wouldn't go amiss.. abuse, animal abuse, self harm, and.. well, the weird sort-of-dog eating people? This was good, but just felt like the beginning of something. I'd like to see where Lauren Myracle would take this character from here, but I think this run of DC heroines is all about their beginnings rather than their futures.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have read a lot of Batman and Catwoman comics but none like Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale. Hearing the story of Selina of how she grew up and how she came to be was fascinating to the infinite degree that I could not stop reading wanting to know more. The images of course were out of this world extraordinary and the dialog and plot were so on This book was received as an ARC from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have read a lot of Batman and Catwoman comics but none like Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale. Hearing the story of Selina of how she grew up and how she came to be was fascinating to the infinite degree that I could not stop reading wanting to know more. The images of course were out of this world extraordinary and the dialog and plot were so on point that all will be begging to re-read this comic over and over again!We will definitely consider adding this title to our comic graphic novel collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Strahinja Sajic
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book, but i had issues whit it. The story itself definitely wasn't bad and i liked the writing style. The art style was amazing and i loved it. I had problems whit how somethings are addressed. The biggest problem i had was whit self harm because i feel it wasn't good and nothing was said about it later. And the problem i had was that how parental abuse addressed. I liked the friend group that Selina had, and i loved most of the characters in the book. I had issues whit paste of the I liked this book, but i had issues whit it. The story itself definitely wasn't bad and i liked the writing style. The art style was amazing and i loved it. I had problems whit how somethings are addressed. The biggest problem i had was whit self harm because i feel it wasn't good and nothing was said about it later. And the problem i had was that how parental abuse addressed. I liked the friend group that Selina had, and i loved most of the characters in the book. I had issues whit paste of the book and that it finished in the middle of the things.Overall i gave it 3.25 out of 5 stars.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Really liked the artwork in this, but the story was cringey, even potentially offensive at worst and just a mess at best. Not a fan of Lauren Myracle's previous work and this just reinforced any opinions I already had about her writing. Maybe a preteen would like it more, but the content is more older teen appropriate. Basically a book that doesn't know it's target audience. Thank you to DC and Netgalley for the early review copy!
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