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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Under the Moon offers the opportunity to discuss the serious issues of homelessness and domestic violence.
Teens can find other people their age who can guide them and protect them in scary situations. Being vulnerable can be frightening, but it can sometimes deepen a relationship.
Positive Role Models
Fourteen-year-old Selina tries to stand up to her neglectful mother and her mother's cruel boyfriend, but she eventually finds herself living on the streets. She meets a crew of street kids who take her under their wing. She, in turn, reaches out to a younger girl who needs her help. She commits crimes, but she's able to rationalize those crimes as necessary for survival.
Violence & Scariness
Under the Moon contains scenes of violence, but they're generally underplayed. Selina discovers a body and is later attacked by the culprit and his seemingly vicious dog. A kitten dies, but the killing is not shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Selina and Bruce Wayne are platonic friends, but it seems as if there's a romantic spark between them.
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Surprisingly strong language for a YA graphic novel: multiple uses of "p---y," "dick," "s--t," and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Selina's mother drinks wine and her boyfriend acts as if he's drunk. Bruce Wayne's frat boy friends drink alcohol illegally.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale is a young-adult graphic novel, written by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart, about the early years of Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. There are scenes of violence -- the death of a kitten, domestic abuse, the discovery of a man's body, an attack by a villain and his dog -- but much of the mayhem occurs outside the panels. There's frequent swearing, with multiple uses of "pussy," "dick," "s--t," and "f--k." Selina's mother and other characters drink wine to excess.
Is It Any Good?
Comic book origin stories can leave some readers thinking, "We know, let's get to the good stuff," but this early adventure of Catman differs enough from previous versions to avoid overfamiliarity. Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart's take on Selina Kyle is tough, sharp, and sensitive, perhaps showing her at her most vulnerable. Selina and the supporting cast are well-defined and fascinating, both in the drawing and the plotting. There are some real rough edges, though: The violence and harsh language may disturb some younger readers. Older teens will appreciate the narrative's sass and tough-girl sensibility.
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