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Catwoman Selina's Big Store

We can only guess as to what comic book stories influenced Christopher Nolan's version of Catwoman (as played by Anne Hathaway), if any at all. One can assume that it'll be a mish-mash of iterations - a la Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker - but again, that's a total assumption, and very possibly an incorrect one.

So instead of suggesting a Catwoman comic book story that directly influenced The Dark Knight Rises in some manner, we've instead included a story that is just downright entertaining and excellent. "Selina's Big Score" was written and drawn by the great Darwin Cooke (DC: The New Frontier), the man who redesigned Catwoman as we know her today, goggles and all. It's essentially an old-school heist story with film noir leanings, reminiscent of Cooke's Parker adaptations with a beautiful, vibrant visual style that recalls his The Spirit re-imagining.

The story follows Selina as she gathers a team of professional thieves to take down a mob train full of unmarked cash. By the end, the entire team is killed but Selina, who escapes with the money and a bit of a broken heart. As far as plot goes, it's all fairly conventional stuff, but what "Selina's Big Score" lacks in innovative writing, it more than makes up for with Cooke's breathtakingly colorful visuals.

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