"Crime Pays, Part Three": Catwoman is caught inside the Tradewinds surrounded by thugs while The Thief points a gun at her head. She takes down her attackers and escapes through the window, stealing a motorcycle belonging to one of the thugs.
Appearing in "Crime Pays, Part Three"
- Helena Kyle (In a photograph only)
Synopsis for "Crime Pays, Part Three"
Catwoman is caught inside the Tradewinds surrounded by thugs while The Thief points a gun at her head. She takes down her attackers and escapes through the window, stealing a motorcycle belonging to one of the thugs. She makes it back to the abandoned factory where she's squatting before Calculator's drug knocks her out, and she finds a Catwoman suit Holly must have left behind at some point.
Selina wakes up hours later, the factory still secure. She finds a picture of her with Helena, and she reminds herself that part of her life is over. She begins by cutting her hair back into a bob.
Calculator is getting coffee from Meg's Daily Grind when he receives a phone call. He picks up and hears a familiar voice say "hello" right before Catwoman whips him in the ear while three shadowy figures watch. One comments, "Not bad. Not bad at all." To which another replies, "She was very bad. That's why she's on the list."
Catwoman takes Calculator to a billboard catwalk where he tells her he needs to get back to his computers before they shut off the city's power in exactly fifty-seven minutes--his insurance policy. She says he'd better start talking then. The sooner he tells her what she wants to know, the sooner he can get down.
Calculator tells her that the Thief called him a few days ago and asked him to set her up. He paid via bank draft and even gave Calculator the drug for Catwoman's coffee. Calculator never saw him once. He thinks the Thief is trying to fill the void of the other criminals who have disappeared, but he's smarter and subtler about it, which is how he has avoided attention from all the do-gooders in Gotham. Compared to the Thief, Catwoman is last year's model.
Calculator says he's going to get down now. They both know who Catwoman is and what she will and won't do. She talks a big game, but she's not going to play. Catwoman says that until a day or two ago that was true... and she kicks him off the billboard platform.
She whips him around the ankle before he can hit the pavement, and he talks. He tells Catwoman where the Thief's next job is and how he operates, which includes retrofitting all his gear so that it works off of a standard household outlet. That spares him the effort of lugging around batteries, but it does make him dependent on Gotham's power supply.
Calculator limps home, but he doesn't make it in time before the city's power shuts down. Catwoman grins wide and says, "Showtime," and she heads off to find the Thief in the middle of a burglary gone wrong. All his tools have stopped working.
She doesn't make it there. The three shadowy figures from before find her first, and Captain Boomerang knocks her down with one of his boomerangs. Catwoman sweeps his legs out from under him while he's giving a monologue about his weaponry, and she grabs hold of him to interrogate him, only for Deadshot to try and shoot her. She uses Captain Boomerang as a human shield, then runs.
She doesn't get far before Count Vertigo uses his power on her, making her fall to her knees. She thinks it's a hit, but really it's an arrest. She pissed off the wrong people. When she wakes, she'll be far, far away from here, and she won't be coming back.
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