I was delighted when I was asked to write a book review of "The Many Lives of Catwoman: The Felonious History of a Feline Fatale" by Tim Hanley. It is all the more important to have a woman reviewer in a men-dominated superhero world, and even the book about a feline heroine was written by a man notwithstanding his experience of writing about female figures from the DC Universe.
My review written for Gotham in Rain, the best Polish portal about Batman, starts with these words. I rarely decide to write reviews of popular science books, because very often contrary to the authors' declarations, according to my standards the texts discussed by them are not new.
However Hanley's latest book made my very curious, because it really presents superheroes in the context of popular culture (comics, film, television, animation and computer games) including 2017.
As I write in my review:
The great advantage of this book is that Catwoman’s and other characters’ “many lives” refer not only to the DC Universe but to Marvel one as well. So it is not only the story of Catwoman, but also the story of the comic and the comic industry as such, including the lives of individual cartoonists, because the author explains the phenomena associated with the characters always in a wide cultural context.
I cordially invite you to read, the whole review is available here.
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