Spotlight – World’s Finest: Red Cape, Big CityNovember 29, 2012
This one tops a lot of Favorite lists, especially the Favorite Comedies.
And why not? The back story involves the Roxy-Ivy catfight from a previous tale – a catfight that took place in the middle of the Iceberg Lounge, in front of TV cameras – and not surprisingly became the #1 download on Kazaa, and the editing project for hundreds of teenage boys whose efforts went on to set download records of their own.
As the star of this humiliating internet sensation, Poison Ivy is less than thrilled. Her efforts to fix the situation coincide with Clark Kent’s visit to Gotham to finalize a publishing deal. Along with Lois. And oh yes, he really thinks it’s time Bruce and Selina tie the knot.
Add in Miriam Nash, practicing witch and proprietor of the finest covert magick shop north of New Orleans, an underworld goddess with two faces, and a city full of gargoyles who could really do without Batman’s grapnel slicing into their tender parts every time he swings from building to building…
“Goodnight, my Dark…”
Something was wrong. I felt a cold shiver. I didn’t know what at first. Something was just… wrong. I thought of Azrael for some reason, the Imposter, in that cowl, pretending he was Batman. It was that same sick feeling, a crazy kind of panic sparking deep beneath the surface, ready to erupt any second but held in check for the moment by the cold shiver getting colder by the minute.
My fingers were so cold… against the warmth of Bruce’s chest… and then the realization came, right underneath those cold fingertips, I knew what was wrong.
“When did these heal?” I whispered. “Bruce, the scars on your chest…” Four parallel scratches. Mine. They’ve been there for years. Now suddenly—
I’ve never been afraid of him. Not of Batman and certainly not of Bruce. But at that moment, I couldn’t even know if this was Bruce. He got out of bed in icy silence, walked into the bathroom and turned on the light. I only saw a bit of color reflected in the mirror, flesh tone, blur of movement, more flesh tone. Then he came back. With the additional light from the bathroom I could see at once, the scars were all gone. His chest, legs, back… all completely unscathed.
Oh yeah, did I mention the magick runestone? I’d say we’ve got us the makin’s.
You can read World’s Finest: Red Cape, Big City online on the Cat-Tales website or download it to go as an ebook or in high-quality pdf for printing.