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Patience Phillips was the latest in a long line of mystically empowered champions named Catwoman.

Patience Phillips was a meek and lowly artist who was working as a graphics designer for a cosmetics company, who overheard a plot of selling defective beauty products that would cause people's faces to deteriorate over time if they stop using them. She tries to escape the factory where she overhears this plot by using the water conduit pipes, only to be forcefully flushed out and drowned. Lying lifeless and washed ashore, Patience was brought back to life by a mysterious cat she saw earlier; however, with this resurrection, she started developing unusual abilities similar to that of a cat, with her behavior becoming more cat-like. With the help of a researcher named Ophelia Powers, Phillips understands that she is becoming a "catwoman", a warrior with the force of a cat, who prowls at night in the search for justice. Wearing a mask to disguise her identity, she takes to the streets as Catwoman, seeking the answer from those who have killed her of why. Eventually she discovers that it is Laurel Hedare, the wife of the cosmetic company's owner and a primary user of its beauty products, that is responsible for killing Patience. Though unable to hurt Laurel due to her constant use of the skin cream turning her skin into "living marble", Patience did manage to mar her face before she fell to her death by being thrown out of a window and seeing her reflection prior to falling. While Patience was cleared of any charges made against her of murder by the police, she continues to live outside the law enjoying the freedom she now has as the mysterious Catwoman.