Hot on the heels of the last issue/holiday, "New Year's Eve" is upon us. For Li'l Gotham, the focus is on Selina Kyle, with the Catwoman's first significant appearance in the series. She is quickly joined by the other Gotham City Sirens, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. This book has almost no Batman and it still is the most fun one in the series thus far. The art of this title is starting to make me think of an alternate universe where Tim Sale drew Batman: The Animated Series. It's very cartoonish and silly but there is substance there.
Anyhow, the ladies rope Selina into a mischievous night on the town right as she was seemingly about to go straight. At every stop of their tour, Catwoman makes little justifications for their crimes. Those justifications get weaker as the crimes veer quickly from noble to just selfish. She eventually convinces the rest of the group to fall back from the felonies. They go shopping and end up in sugar comas.
There is no real story or lesson, just a good time. I guess that makes it the perfect New Year's issue. Everyone ends up inebriated on something and asleep, resolutions fail before they've begun. I had forgotten how much I'd missed this team-up. I realize creator Paul Dini is over at the other guys but maybe the indestructible Gail Simone could write it (she is back on Batgirl in a stunning nullification of editorial power). If you were at all on the fence about starting to read this series, this is the issue to change your mind. Happy New Year!