Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-Woman #1-4 (of 4)
[Dark Horse Comics/DC Comics $2.95 US $4.50 CAN]
Written by Ron Marz / Illustrated by Igor Kordey
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Batman/Tarzan: Claws of the Cat-Woman #3Inter-company crossovers are always a gamble. Most of them I ignore even when I like one of the characters. This one I picked up because I am a Tarzan fanatic and Igor Kordey was supplying the art. He is, without a doubt, the best artist working on Tarzan comics today.

Ron Marz (Green Lantern) handles the writing chores on what really should be billed as an Elseworlds tale. It takes place in the late ‘30s and begins with Bruce Wayne and John Clayton meeting at the opening of the Thomas and Martha Wayne Wing of the Gotham Museum of Natural History. We’re also introduced to Finnegan Dent, the archaeologist/adventurer who gathered the specimens and artifacts housed in the new wing and to the mysterious Cat-Woman.

After the Batman foils the Cat-Woman’s attempt to rob the new wing she reveals herself to be "Princess Khefretari of hidden Memnon." It seems that Mr. Dent stumbled across the hidden city and robbed them of many of their treasures and he’s heading back to take what little he left behind. Tarzan and Batman join forces and head to Africa to stop Dent and his mercenaries.

I was impressed by Marz’s handling of the Batman and Tarzan characters. Both are so very alike in that they are each grim, tough and masters of their own jungles. But Batman’s approach to dealing with the predators in his jungle is markedly different than Lord Greystoke’s.

Igor Kordey’s illustrations for this story are gorgeous. He’s able to tell an action-packed story and imbue each panel with wonderful details and drama. DC should hire Kordey to illustrate some of their prestige mini-series especially if they involve Batman. He captures that characters brooding look perfectly.

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