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It's the marriage of Batman and Catwoman! The wedding of the century is here in BATMAN VOL. 7, written by the critically acclaimed Tom King! The day has finally arrived: the nuptials of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. But their road to wedded bliss won't be easy. With visitors from this time and beyond, the Bat and the Cat will have to undergo even more trials and tribulations It's the marriage of Batman and Catwoman! The wedding of the century is here in BATMAN VOL. 7, written by the critically acclaimed Tom King! The day has finally arrived: the nuptials of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. But their road to wedded bliss won't be easy. With visitors from this time and beyond, the Bat and the Cat will have to undergo even more trials and tribulations before they walk down the aisle. Written by generational talent Tom King and featuring art by Mikel Jan�n, BATMAN VOL. 7 features one of the biggest milestones in DC history! Collects BATMAN #45-50.


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It's the marriage of Batman and Catwoman! The wedding of the century is here in BATMAN VOL. 7, written by the critically acclaimed Tom King! The day has finally arrived: the nuptials of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. But their road to wedded bliss won't be easy. With visitors from this time and beyond, the Bat and the Cat will have to undergo even more trials and tribulations It's the marriage of Batman and Catwoman! The wedding of the century is here in BATMAN VOL. 7, written by the critically acclaimed Tom King! The day has finally arrived: the nuptials of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. But their road to wedded bliss won't be easy. With visitors from this time and beyond, the Bat and the Cat will have to undergo even more trials and tribulations before they walk down the aisle. Written by generational talent Tom King and featuring art by Mikel Jan�n, BATMAN VOL. 7 features one of the biggest milestones in DC history! Collects BATMAN #45-50.

30 review for Batman, Volume 7: The Wedding

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    On page two of this book Green Lantern commits suicide by power ring and blows his own head off. Wow - top that for a wedding toast! I knew a Batman wedding was never going to be normal but I don’t think anybody expected that! As good as the lead-in books to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding have been, the actual event itself is… underwhelming. Like The War of Jokes and Riddles, this is unfortunately one of my least favourite books in Tom King’s Batman run. And I’m not saying that because one of the On page two of this book Green Lantern commits suicide by power ring and blows his own head off. Wow - top that for a wedding toast! I knew a Batman wedding was never going to be normal but I don’t think anybody expected that! As good as the lead-in books to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding have been, the actual event itself is… underwhelming. Like The War of Jokes and Riddles, this is unfortunately one of my least favourite books in Tom King’s Batman run. And I’m not saying that because one of the worst superheroes of all time, Booster fucking Gold, takes up half the book - King’s such a good writer, he manages to make even that braindead moron tolerable! Yup, Batman and Catwoman are getting married so of course let’s have a three issue Booster Gold storyline!? Dumbass wants to get Bruce a wedding present - but what do you give the man who has everything? A vision of what the world would be like if he hadn’t lost his parents and become Batman; proof that his life was - is - worthwhile. Except Booster fucks it up because he’s a fuckup and shit gets kerazy. I actually liked this unexpected story. Alternative future storylines can be fun as we see familiar characters in unfamiliar roles - Jason Todd as a car-security salesman who kills Jokers (wink wink) - both Batman and Catwoman behave unexpectedly, and like I said King writes Booster Gold so that he’s not completely off-putting. Tony S. Daniel’s artwork is slick as always though I do wonder if he shares my low opinion of Booster as the close-ups of the character, with those dead eyes and blank expression, make him look like an imbecile. And it was cool to see Catwoman don the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman outfit from Batman Returns. Then we’re into a two-part Joker storyline, The Best Man. After this story and The War of Jokes and Riddles I’ve come to realise that I don’t like Tom King’s Joker very much. He doesn’t write him terribly - he gives him some great lines, Joker’s menacing enough, he sounds like the Joker - but he’s one of the few major characters King’s failed to make his own. He’s a little too predictably unpredictable, a bit derivative and indistinct, a bit too chatty - the first part, he antagonises Batman as you’d expect; the second, he and Catwoman powwow about the bad old days. I thought this was going to be the best part of the book but it turned out to be really boring. But it’s not the worst part of the book which is, surprisingly, the main event: the wedding itself. I won’t go into spoilers but expect the unexpected - for the final couple pages at least. Because the dozens of pages leading up to it is a whole load of nothing with Bruce and Selina waffling on about their relationship while one big name guest artist after another contributes pin-up art. It’s a great looking issue but overly drawn-out and totally lacking a story as King instead stuffs the background with Easter Eggs - references from his Batman run as well as Batman and Catwoman’s history. Batman, Volume 7: The Wedding has its moments here and there and the art on the whole is superb but it’s disappointingly boring for the most part and fails to live up to the months of build-up. I have to say though that the absurdly fast pace that Tom King is knocking out these books - and have the quality of those books remain consistently high for the most part - is pretty fucking amazing, so hats off to him for that. I mean, we’re seven books deep and there have been a couple mediocre entries but no truly bad ones - that’s astonishing. Further to that, it doesn’t seem like King’s running out of ideas at this point in the game - if anything, the ending of this book indicates that, far from slowing down, he’s only gotten started! There’s a clear direction and strong purpose for at least the next story arc which I can’t wait to read. And this is the halfway point of King’s ambitious 100 issue storyline so who knows what’ll happen? Meow…

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A totally out of character Booster Gold gives Batman a wedding present by saving his parents setting up a Bat version of Flashpoint where everything is WAY worse. I had a hard time getting past the fact that Booster would never muck with time that way. Maybe Booster and Beetle would back in their wacky JLI days, but the Geoff Johns and Dan Jurgens penned versions of Booster over the last 15 years? No way. He secretly corrects time. Hell, at the same time these issues were coming out Booster was A totally out of character Booster Gold gives Batman a wedding present by saving his parents setting up a Bat version of Flashpoint where everything is WAY worse. I had a hard time getting past the fact that Booster would never muck with time that way. Maybe Booster and Beetle would back in their wacky JLI days, but the Geoff Johns and Dan Jurgens penned versions of Booster over the last 15 years? No way. He secretly corrects time. Hell, at the same time these issues were coming out Booster was over in Action Comics stopping Superman from going back to the past and saving Jor-El. Tony Daniel does make the book sing though. Then the Joker shows up to be Batman's Best man whether he likes it or not. King has a fantastic, menacing, off-kilter take on the Joker I really liked. The second half of this with Catwoman and the Joker may be the best issue King's ever written. Last up is the 50th issue where the Bat and the Cat are finally going to tie the knot. It's one of those anniversary issues with guest artists contributing splash pages throughout the story. I always find those distracting and it makes the issue feel like a clip episode of a sitcom to me. Ultimately, this ended exactly the way I expected it to when I heard the two were getting married. That last page though was killer and shows King may just have this whole thing planned out for another 50 issues like he says. Received an advance copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sean Gibson

    Things I learned from reading this volume of Batman: -If Booster Gold wants to give you a wedding present, don’t make eye contact, run away as fast as you can, and notify your local authorities (you might also consider notifying DC Comics editors, reminding them that Booster Gold is just a complete and total douche in tights, and suggesting they ban writers from using him in anything other than a Lobo team-up book henceforth) -Tom King prizes characterization over storytelling logic; he writes a Things I learned from reading this volume of Batman: -If Booster Gold wants to give you a wedding present, don’t make eye contact, run away as fast as you can, and notify your local authorities (you might also consider notifying DC Comics editors, reminding them that Booster Gold is just a complete and total douche in tights, and suggesting they ban writers from using him in anything other than a Lobo team-up book henceforth) -Tom King prizes characterization over storytelling logic; he writes a fun Joker, but he does so at the expense of story credibility, as the Joker/Catwoman throw-down/heart-to-heart devolved into parodic absurdity -The idea of Bats and Cat getting married is a lot more interesting than them actually getting married, because them getting married involves a lot of pin-ups by a smorgasbord of guest artists overlaid with deep-sounding (but repetitive and largely trite) schmaltz This has been a strong series on balance, but this volume fell a little flat; still, the concluding twist suggests that King has a lot of things up his sleeve yet, and damned if Tony Daniel doesn’t draw some slick pics (even when he’s drawing the Massengill of superheroes). Onto Vol. 8…

  4. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    Oh man. This is impossible to talk about without spoiling everything, so I won’t. But this was phenomenal and beautiful and so emotional and gut-wrenching, and I love these characters, I love Tom King and this was just... ahhh. So good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    --You can't really talk about this book without SPOILERS, so I am going to be better than DC and actually warn you of the SPOILERS that are incoming.-- Wow, what a clustertruck, DC. You write one of the biggest events (or non-events, as it turned out to be) of the year, and then you purposefully spoil it for everyone before it is released because of sales figures or some such nonsense. This volume is really hard to review. It had some fun moments but, in the end, it all turned out to be pointless --You can't really talk about this book without SPOILERS, so I am going to be better than DC and actually warn you of the SPOILERS that are incoming.-- Wow, what a clustertruck, DC. You write one of the biggest events (or non-events, as it turned out to be) of the year, and then you purposefully spoil it for everyone before it is released because of sales figures or some such nonsense. This volume is really hard to review. It had some fun moments but, in the end, it all turned out to be pointless nonsense and it made the last few Batman volumes also a bunch of pointless nonsense. So, first we get a Booster Gold story. It is an "alternate timeline" story so it is kind of pointless. It does, however, have some batshit (no pun intended) insane moments that you can only do with "alternate dimension/timeline stories", and so it was kind of fun. Next, we get a Joker arc. This one also started really crazy, but it ended with an entire issue of Catwoman and Joker having a conversation together. I kind of liked this, but YMMV. Finally, we get the wedding issue. My favorite part of this was a VERY touching Alfred/Bruce moment that literally made me say "awwww" out loud. We also get a bunch of art from different artists of Batman and Catwoman together. Honestly, though, some of this art was really bad. Did they have fans submit art for this? I am seriously asking, because some of it looks like it was drawn by children. So, anyway, Catwoman comes to the realization that if she marries Batman and makes him happy, then he won't be Batman anymore. So, basically, she realizes that Batman NEEDS to suffer and be miserable so that he can spend the rest of his life fighting crazy people. So, of course, she abandons him at the altar. Alrighty then. What a terrible ending to what has been a really neat arc for Bats and Cats.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well they did it, they pulled it off With all the classic elements that make heroes so appealing in the first place; with great power comes great responsibility, self sacrifice for the greater good, and even a scuffle for old times sake from the clown prince of crime to bring some perspective to our love struck hero... heroes? For those more romantic I’m sure the resolution was a bit heartbreaking, but I myself felt like I was finally being heard after so much yelling at the pages of my books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Well we're at the half way mark. I have to finally say it after 7 full volumes...King has probably done my favorite Batman run of all time so far. This is basically all leading up to Batman's big wedding day. We start with Booster Gold trying to give Batman a gift. As his usual self, he fucks up big time as always. Then we have Joker being very upset someone is getting married so he starts murdering people to get the Bat's attention. In comes Batman and then Catwoman. Then last arc is, well, the Well we're at the half way mark. I have to finally say it after 7 full volumes...King has probably done my favorite Batman run of all time so far. This is basically all leading up to Batman's big wedding day. We start with Booster Gold trying to give Batman a gift. As his usual self, he fucks up big time as always. Then we have Joker being very upset someone is getting married so he starts murdering people to get the Bat's attention. In comes Batman and then Catwoman. Then last arc is, well, the actual marriage! Good: I really dug the whole arc with Booster Gold. I mean, if ever read about the dude, you know he'll correct the time. But this was a interesting look into Bruce's mind, a evil Catwoman, and more. This was easily my favorite part of the volume. I also enjoyed Joker and Cat's talk. Last but not least I dug the hell out of the wedding issue for most part. The letters were great but it was the touching moments with Alfred and such that made this better. Also, that ending....oh fuck. Bad: The joker first part is a little...odd? It seems weird how Batman is acting. Also, to just do what he does is silly IMO. I also thought the images of all the different artist for Catwoman and Batman in issue 50 was odd choice at times. Overall, King has made some remarkable arcs for Batman. I really love a lot of it. It started off Rocky but got better and better. I really hope his second half is as strong as his first. Another 4 out of 5.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eli Seibert

    The Gift storyline= 3.5 stars The Best Man storyline= 4 stars And the “Wedding”… Made my heart hurt. I feel like the parent who tells their kids “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” And it’s true, I’m not so much angry at the turnout for issue 50 (it was spoiled for me ahead of time) as I am wondering what the point of it all was. They had several guests artists, and all this promotional stuff, and like 2 years of build up to this (longer if you’ve been with BatCat since the beginning), and for The Gift storyline= 3.5 stars The Best Man storyline= 4 stars And the “Wedding”… Made my heart hurt. I feel like the parent who tells their kids “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” And it’s true, I’m not so much angry at the turnout for issue 50 (it was spoiled for me ahead of time) as I am wondering what the point of it all was. They had several guests artists, and all this promotional stuff, and like 2 years of build up to this (longer if you’ve been with BatCat since the beginning), and for it to turn out how it did, and just fall so flat, I just don’t really… get it. I don’t get why. Maybe it will be more clear why King did what he did as the series continues, but for the sake of this volume: the Wedding= 3.5 stars Average= 3.67 stars (rounding up because I’m nice) *** reread amendment: The things above didn't bother me as much this time around. I still enjoy the volume though, and firmly believe that King understands the BatCat relationship better than any other bat writer I've read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Stewart

    There's no doubt Tom King is a talented writer, and this volume is full of interesting ideas. The short scene with the Joker waiting for the arrival of his wedding invitation is excellent and I think perfectly nails what makes the Joker so terrifying. Also loved the conversation between Bruce and Alfred. It's great. And the issue with all the guest artists is captivating, and I even dug the gooey "your eyes" stuff. But perhaps my biggest gripe about this run (which I'm very lukewarm on overall) i There's no doubt Tom King is a talented writer, and this volume is full of interesting ideas. The short scene with the Joker waiting for the arrival of his wedding invitation is excellent and I think perfectly nails what makes the Joker so terrifying. Also loved the conversation between Bruce and Alfred. It's great. And the issue with all the guest artists is captivating, and I even dug the gooey "your eyes" stuff. But perhaps my biggest gripe about this run (which I'm very lukewarm on overall) is that King's characters don't act like real people, and this volume is the biggest offender yet. They make decisions that progress the story, not decisions they would actually make. The tiny push that leads Selina to standup Bruce--after more than a YEAR of building this deep relationship--is super weak and I don't believe for a second that a real person wouldn't just approach their significant other to talk it out. Especially when the point is brought up by a total nut job. Also Booster Gold... what the hell? A lot of the hate lobbed at this arc is not King's fault, it lies at the feet of the decision makers at DC. King had a plan, DC pushed a false angle to sell books... and it backfired pretty spectacularly. That said, King's long payoff better be pretty special or this could define his run on Batman... which would be unfortunate for a writer of his caliber.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A most beautiful and interesting end to comics longest courtship. World: The art for this series been fantastic, it sets the tone so well and the panels speak so much more than the dialog that accompany it, this creative team just knows how to compliment each other (like Capullo and Snyder). The characters are beautiful, full of character and personality and as I said, the silences speak louder than words because the art is so good. Then there is the huge list of different artists that came and c A most beautiful and interesting end to comics longest courtship. World: The art for this series been fantastic, it sets the tone so well and the panels speak so much more than the dialog that accompany it, this creative team just knows how to compliment each other (like Capullo and Snyder). The characters are beautiful, full of character and personality and as I said, the silences speak louder than words because the art is so good. Then there is the huge list of different artists that came and contributed to the ‘Wedding’, you see the names you see the art, it brings all the feels, it brings everything and it’s perfect (much like Action Comics 1000). The world building is amazing, it’s a combination of what King has created since he came on board and also a call back to the long history of these two characters and their respective history and little slice of Gotham. I don’t want to ruin it for readers but the world draws up all the feels. Story: There are three stories here, and all are amazing and not to be spoilt by my rambling and gushing. The Booster Gold story is amazing, a lot of people have done Booster and his stories fall into a very specific framing: Booster goes back and does something stupid, tries to fix it, hijinx, last minute save and rinse and repeat. What we have here falls into that framework but with King’s steady hand and his ties to the Bat/Cat marriage this story becomes something more, it hits hard and makes you cry. Then there’s the wonderful ‘Best Man’ story, this is King’s second Joker story after ‘War of Jokes and Riddles’ and I think this one is way better than that one (which was also pretty fantastic). This is the Joker we grew up with, the Animated Series style of Joker that’s jokey but the layer of menace underneath is very real and very frightening (I loved Snyder’s version and I love how different this one is). This ‘Best Man’ tale is frightening and the dialog is so insanely good, the 2 issues with the two mains is so well done and so well sums up the the relationship that each character has with the Joker, so insanely good. Then there’s the ‘Wedding’ I am not going to say anything at all, this is a culmination of a love story that has been going on for years and many generations of comic book readers have been hoping for and this is it, that’s all I’ll say, this is indeed the long game. Well played King, we'll played. Characters: Bat and Cat are so well done, ever since King pick up this book and started telling the tale of their relationship and tied in all the past and dreamed of a future that comic readers have been hoping we’ve been spoilt. King’s dialog, his control and work with the art and how he tells character moments is amazing. Selina and Bruce are so good and King tells how well they fit together and how they don’t fit together, just like any real relationship. That’s what King has done, created a sense of realness to the characters. Even the Joker with is over the top nature is real, he plays by a set of rules and he acts and responds in a certain way which I love. King can do characters. Enjoy them. Enjoy this culmination, what ever you think of the end, think of the future and the past and how it ended up here and how we will move forward, this will go down as one of the best runs of Batman in it’s publication history, we will remember Moore, Miller, Dixon, Kane, Snyder, and now King is up there in this pantheon of writers who have made and defined aspects of Batman that future generations of writers will call back on and treasure. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "You are an engine that turns pain into hope." Ultimately, the payoff subverts the year-long build-up, which is going to (and already has) piss some people off, but for me the new developments are welcome, needed and exciting. Three different but equally enticing stories in this volume. The first, "The Gift," is a three-issue vignette of an alternate future in which, thanks to some meddling in the timestream by Booster Gold, Bruce Wayne's parents never died, therefore he never found a reason to be "You are an engine that turns pain into hope." Ultimately, the payoff subverts the year-long build-up, which is going to (and already has) piss some people off, but for me the new developments are welcome, needed and exciting. Three different but equally enticing stories in this volume. The first, "The Gift," is a three-issue vignette of an alternate future in which, thanks to some meddling in the timestream by Booster Gold, Bruce Wayne's parents never died, therefore he never found a reason to become Batman. Like literally everything that's ever happened in any comic book ever, things go pear-shaped, though not before King demonstrates some genuine skill with the deadpan style of comedy needed to meld the drastically different worlds of Booster Gold and Batman. The second, "The Best Man," lasts just two issues, but leaves a considerable impression as Joker succeeds at incapacitating Batman, causing his bride-to-be to come to his rescue. Oddly enough, the resulting interaction between the cat and the clown serves as a twisted companion piece to the fan-favorite "Double Date" story between Superman, Lois Lane, Catwoman and Batman a few issues back -- bleeding out together after a mutually destructive gun v. claw fight, the Seinfeldian, fourth-wall-leaning conversations between the two is one of the absolute highlights of King's already excellent run. The final story, "The Wedding" is a beautiful and ultimately tragic tribute to Batman, Catwoman and the many artists that have brought them to life for the past 80 years. And even if it doesn't go as some had hoped, the emotional state it leaves Batman in could very well be setting up one of the most memorable periods in the legendary character's long history, and one that plays perfectly to King's strengths as a writer. Whereas Grant Morrison explored the outermost limits of Batman's potential as a work of fiction, and Scott Snyder paid tribute to Batman's status as a symbol of hope both inside the comic book world and out, Tom King is interested in digging in deep to examine the emotional depths of Bruce Wayne, laying bare the vulnerabilities that make him weak, and the vulnerabilities that make him strong. The one thing that has set King's run on Batman above just about every run before it and every other book on your LCS' shelves is the writer's dedication to weaving his stories into one big tapestry. More so than an other comic run that I can think of, every story, every plot point and every theme explored by King's Batman meshes with what comes before and after. The "I Am _____" trilogy that made up his first three arcs exposed the raw nerves underneath Batman's cowl unlike anything that had come before it, whereas the storylines that followed took a deep look (25 issues deep) at a question previous writers have posed without really offering a definitive conclusion: "Can Batman be happy?" King finally gives the answer: "Yes, he can. But he shouldn't be." The possibilities opened up by the new status quo are as endless as the very last panel is ominous.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ran

    Ah, time travel tropes. Booster Gold and his AI Skeets travel back in time to spare Bruce Wayne's parents from being murdered, to Set Right What Once Was Wrong as a gift to Batman for his upcoming wedding. But Booster discovers the initial change has created a World Half Full scenario in the future that resolves itself rather tragically (playing off alternate realities). Also, a dash of fatalism to spice everything up. Meanwhile, the Joker wants an invitation to Batman's wedding. Actually, Joker Ah, time travel tropes. Booster Gold and his AI Skeets travel back in time to spare Bruce Wayne's parents from being murdered, to Set Right What Once Was Wrong as a gift to Batman for his upcoming wedding. But Booster discovers the initial change has created a World Half Full scenario in the future that resolves itself rather tragically (playing off alternate realities). Also, a dash of fatalism to spice everything up. Meanwhile, the Joker wants an invitation to Batman's wedding. Actually, Joker wants to be the best man. Actually, Joker's just really upset because if Batman is happy, then Batman isn't fun anymore. I don't know the whole story regarding baddies regen statuses in DC, but I suspect he'll be back. In the meantime, he successfully destroyed a wedding before rambling non-stop to Batman and then palling around with Catwoman. Initial reaction to #50: Ugh, the wedding's on July 4th? Barf. What are all these one-pager or two-pager things? I don't like the epistolary style. Like I said, King needs to finesse his transitions. It feels like ...film, and I don't like it. So, bride and groom get their respective witness for the ceremony. And they get happily married.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    “Can Batman ever be truly happy?” This is a question that has long been asked throughout the various media of the character’s history. Given how tragedy has been a defining element of Bruce Wayne, going back to the death of his parents, throwing a bit of happiness into his life might mark the end of his vigilante alter-ego, which is what exactly happened at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. When it comes to comics, especially superhero titles, these characters will forever have adventures and Bat “Can Batman ever be truly happy?” This is a question that has long been asked throughout the various media of the character’s history. Given how tragedy has been a defining element of Bruce Wayne, going back to the death of his parents, throwing a bit of happiness into his life might mark the end of his vigilante alter-ego, which is what exactly happened at the end of The Dark Knight Rises. When it comes to comics, especially superhero titles, these characters will forever have adventures and Batman is no exception as he’s turning 80 next year. With Tom King’s ongoing Bat-run, which delves into the Bat-Cat romance, can an upcoming wedding change everything? Please click here for my full review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    My new favorite Batman writer does not one but two Alan Moore homage stories leading up to the big wedding and knocks them out of the park. The wedding issue itself with its telegraphed ending and numerous pin-ups shoehorned into the narrative was a disappointment, though the twist in the kicker was good and left me eager for the next volume. I must admit to being disturbed by the sequence of Joker shooting black people in a church with his Dylan Roof haircut. I don't know if it was intentional, My new favorite Batman writer does not one but two Alan Moore homage stories leading up to the big wedding and knocks them out of the park. The wedding issue itself with its telegraphed ending and numerous pin-ups shoehorned into the narrative was a disappointment, though the twist in the kicker was good and left me eager for the next volume. I must admit to being disturbed by the sequence of Joker shooting black people in a church with his Dylan Roof haircut. I don't know if it was intentional, but I don't think I've ever hated the character more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. The moment has come. Marking the halfway mark in Tom King’s legacy as a Batman writer, he brings on some of the most riskiest moves ever pulled by a writer, but also reveals the big (or maybe not so big) wedding between Batman and Catwoman. While this run has been bumpy, it has always been a progressive improvement with which volume. His style is easy to identify, especially with his way of approaching character development, but also his needs i You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. The moment has come. Marking the halfway mark in Tom King’s legacy as a Batman writer, he brings on some of the most riskiest moves ever pulled by a writer, but also reveals the big (or maybe not so big) wedding between Batman and Catwoman. While this run has been bumpy, it has always been a progressive improvement with which volume. His style is easy to identify, especially with his way of approaching character development, but also his needs in terms of artwork. In fact, it’s a bit hard to mention Tom King without thinking of his iconic 9 panel grids. But his writing style is also heavy on repetition, but it’s how he plays with this method that makes it stand out the most. Although it might not work all the time, his now better grasp of the DC universe and its characters has made the style far more powerful over time. Batman: The Wedding is the 7th volume in this canon Batman series and collects issues #45-50. The wedding in itself is the last oversized issue in the volume and is particular in its structure, but also in the number of artists involved in that special project. Before the grand event, there are two story arcs featured within this volume, and they are both innovative in their own way, but also extremely risky by the nature of the ideas themselves. The first story is a three-part arc called “The Gift” and brings into play a rarely seen hero known as Booster Gold. The second story is a two-part arc called “The Best Man” and follows right where DC Nation #0’s Joker one-short story “Your Big Day” left off and puts Joker first up against Batman and then against Catwoman. And of course, the volume ends with a cliffhanger presented in the special #50 issue called “The Wedding”. This volume is definitely not one that will garner the praise of every reader and fan. The ideas explored by Tom King have always been unconventional, and often breaks away from everything that is easy to absorb and appreciate. “The Gift”, for example, is one of those ideas, and at first, I was completely void of words to explain what I had just read. The story is essentially an alternative reality in which Booster Gold is featured as the main character. The world in which we are dropped in is almost impossible to believe in as chaos and lunacy reigns in it. If you thought Gotham was already bad, you haven’t seen this world. But once you reach the ending of this arc, the very last panel, you’ll understand how insanely powerful Tom King’s idea was. It might be extravagant, but this gift by Booster Gold for Bruce Wayne was still very introspective of Batman’s character. And then we find ourselves in front of “The Best Man”. With the excellent arc that Tom King gave us in volume 5, “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, and the original take on Joker, it was no surprise that the villain shines again right before the big event. There are some very awkward moments that were almost impossible to comprehend as a fan of Batman, especially in regards to Batman’s behaviour, but the more you think about, the more you find yourself convinced that the rational behind it all lies in Batman’s perspective of Joker. Batman doesn’t treat the Joker like any normal human being. He acknowledges his insanity and tackles (literally) the target with peculiar strategies, like playing along with Joker’s vision of the world. However, the highlight of this arc is in the second part of the arc where Catwoman confronts the Joker. This is where Tom King brings into play the baggage that both these characters have accumulated over the years, but have rarely ever been explored by any writer. The dialogue between the two is amazing, and at times, difficult to accept, but still very plausible. The last oversized issue is the dreaded “The Wedding”. The accumulation of almost 50 issues that has led to this big moment between the two iconic characters. The story is interspersed with full page portraits of Catwoman, Batman or the both of them with a powerful and simple monologue on the depth of each others eyes and how they are mirrors to the soul of each of these characters. If anything, this is the closest I’ve ever been to reading romance, and it was wonderfully written and conveyed. Each page is however done by different artists, some incredibly more impressive than others, but each with their own style. The last pages however end on a cliffhanger that notably highlights an epiphany-like moment for Selena Kyle and Bruce Wayne, and reminds us that fans can look forward to great things in the series. Batman: The Wedding is definitely the best volume so far in the series, passing The War of Jokes and Riddles by an inch. The risks taken by Tom King in this story arc were a lot more impressive in my books, and actually felt logical and original to me. There are however things that didn’t work as well, even in the artwork department (I’m thinking about some of the symmetry moves pulled off in the final issue), but everything else makes this volume very special, it simply makes this a wedding to remember. 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  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] At last - Batman and Catwoman are going to tie the knot. Or, so they think. Before they can finally walk down the aisle, they have one final set of hurdles to overcome, including an ill-fated wedding present from Booster Gold, and the Joker, who has a proposal of his own. But even if they can survive all of this, when the fated hour arrives, will Bruce and Selina go through with it? Can Batman find love and happiness, or was the Bat/Cat romance doomed to fail from the star [Read as single issues] At last - Batman and Catwoman are going to tie the knot. Or, so they think. Before they can finally walk down the aisle, they have one final set of hurdles to overcome, including an ill-fated wedding present from Booster Gold, and the Joker, who has a proposal of his own. But even if they can survive all of this, when the fated hour arrives, will Bruce and Selina go through with it? Can Batman find love and happiness, or was the Bat/Cat romance doomed to fail from the start? Organizing a wedding is meant to be hell, but I’m not sure if Batman and Catwoman were meant to take it literally. The stories contained in this volume are the final lead-up to the big issue 50, which contains the wedding, and they’re some of the more harrowing adventures that these two characters have been on together. The Booster Gold story, The Gift, is an unfortunate Elseworlds story that shows what would happen if Batman wasn’t traumatized by his parents’ death. Our main character is a twisted Booster Gold, who feels like almost a different character to his usual self here – but then he’s also meddling with the timeline, which he knows not to do, so I believe this is a younger, more reckless Booster than we know and love. The story itself is pretty depressing, but it does shed some light on certain possibilities that start to sow the seeds of doubt in both the reader and Batman’s mind about whether this marriage is such a good idea after all. The art is by Tony Daniel – he’s probably one of the best of DC’s big-set-piece artists – I’d call him the Ed McGuinness of DC, for comparison. Then there’s the two part Best Man story, which follows right on from the wedding preludes (although you don’t need to have read them, as evidenced by the fact that this story was actually released before the preludes ended). This story plays into one of King’s greatest storytelling strengths – he takes one moment, one interaction between characters, and makes it such a examination of their relationship that it’s impossible to look away. With Joker, Batman, and Catwoman firmly in the spotlight, this is some of King’s best Batman work yet, and the gorgeous art by Mikel Janin doesn’t hurt it either. The wedding itself is a bit of a jam issue, with the fateful day interspersed with splash pages by iconic Batman artists revisiting different eras of the Batman/Catwoman relationship. The reasoning behind what happens here is surprisingly solid, especially given the rest of the stories in this volume, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed with the ultimate conclusion. The revelation on the final page shows that this isn’t just a publicity stunt for Tom King either – this is just another stop on his long Batman journey, and everything that’s come before is just as important as what’s coming after. The Wedding may be the title of this volume, but it’s only really a small part of what’s going on. While it can be a bit depressing, the stories collected here are right in line with the tone that King has set up for these characters, and the denouement of this section of his story resonates with everything he’s done so far.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Multiple ratings would be appropriate for this one. The first part with a suicidal Green Lantern and Booster Gold was just weird and I really had no idea what was going on. Two stars. The second part was better, and starred Catwoman and the Joker. During a fight they mortally wound each other and simply talk to each other while bleeding out. The dialogue was very good. Five stars. The third part was Batman and Catwoman getting set fo I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Multiple ratings would be appropriate for this one. The first part with a suicidal Green Lantern and Booster Gold was just weird and I really had no idea what was going on. Two stars. The second part was better, and starred Catwoman and the Joker. During a fight they mortally wound each other and simply talk to each other while bleeding out. The dialogue was very good. Five stars. The third part was Batman and Catwoman getting set for their wedding: gathering a judge to officiate and a couple of friends to witness. This part was already published in the Deluxe Wedding album, so it was a rehash. Four stars, simply for the re-do. I am really curious where Tom King is going to take this. I anticipate that Batman is going to be facing some extremely difficult times ahead.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    4.5* Love this!! The booster gold arc was awesome, the joker arc was initially solid but then finished with a bang. I did find the #50 a little distracting with the different artists but overall really enjoy Kings run.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    The lead-up to this was so great that the actual "wedding" can't help but fall short by comparison. Three issues devoted to a Booster Gold-Flashpoint kind of timeline, where Bruce's parents weren't killed, yet everything still goes to hell in Gotham. Then two issues of the Joker blathering on about how he's going to make it without Batman. And then the wedding issue itself (already somewhat ruined by its inclusion in The Wedding Album collection, which was released before all of this). I like To The lead-up to this was so great that the actual "wedding" can't help but fall short by comparison. Three issues devoted to a Booster Gold-Flashpoint kind of timeline, where Bruce's parents weren't killed, yet everything still goes to hell in Gotham. Then two issues of the Joker blathering on about how he's going to make it without Batman. And then the wedding issue itself (already somewhat ruined by its inclusion in The Wedding Album collection, which was released before all of this). I like Tom King's take on Batman and there are a few really touching moments here (like the hug between Alfred and Bruce--long time coming, that), but on the whole, it just doesn't live up to the stellar build-up. The art is great throughout and it was nice to have a whole stable of past artists contributing pin-up work to issue 50. On the whole, though, this collection is really unsatisfying.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    And with the wedding issue, my opinion that Tom King is an overhyped pretentious average creator is solidified. I wish him no ill. Every now and then he has a story that’s pretty solid. A lot of this wedding has been boring, chopped up, or long meaningless monologues to fill up the pages. The tie ins were boring too. The final wedding issue itself pretends to be a celebration of all of Batman and catwomans past complete with meaningless symmetry scenes going through the mechanics of a wedding inter And with the wedding issue, my opinion that Tom King is an overhyped pretentious average creator is solidified. I wish him no ill. Every now and then he has a story that’s pretty solid. A lot of this wedding has been boring, chopped up, or long meaningless monologues to fill up the pages. The tie ins were boring too. The final wedding issue itself pretends to be a celebration of all of Batman and catwomans past complete with meaningless symmetry scenes going through the mechanics of a wedding intermixed with random splash pages from several artists with a shitty poem about catwomans eyes. The art work is great don’t get me wrong. But no real rhyme or reason for anything. There’s no story in the wedding issue either. Much like the issues leading up to it we’re apparently supposed to just be impressed that the joker is talking and that there’s a history. And in the wedding issue we’re just supposed to be impressed because lots of artists contributed. The “story” for five issues now is near absent. Sadly this all seems to be enough for many, as I’m in the minority. Apparently King is a comic god of some kind. I’m rambling now. But in summary, Tom Kings Batman: boring and pretentious.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    This epic Volume is divided into three parts. All deal with very serious issues and will have ramifications in the future... "The Gift" - Booster Gold is at it again. Trying to find the perfect gift for Bruce and Selina on their upcoming wedding day, he went back in time to stop Thomas and Martha Wayne from being murdered. While life turned out well for Bruce... Penguin became President, Joker became a gang of murderers, Selina became a only-communicates-in-MEOWs serial killer, Dick Grayson becam This epic Volume is divided into three parts. All deal with very serious issues and will have ramifications in the future... "The Gift" - Booster Gold is at it again. Trying to find the perfect gift for Bruce and Selina on their upcoming wedding day, he went back in time to stop Thomas and Martha Wayne from being murdered. While life turned out well for Bruce... Penguin became President, Joker became a gang of murderers, Selina became a only-communicates-in-MEOWs serial killer, Dick Grayson became Batman instead but with a love of guns and stopping criminals, etc. Overall, he totally botched it all up, typical Booster style. It does get fixed in true time-travel fashion, but Bruce is instead forced to relive it all again. "The Best Man" - Over the past couple of issues before this Volume, we've seen Joker lament and act out over not receiving an invite to the wedding. We all know that he believes that Batman can't do anything without him, but this time, Selina gets involved too. A fight between Batman and Joker breaks out and ends with both of them passed out in the wreckage of a church. As Joker talks to himself, he reminisces over their battles, and continues when Catwoman comes and then the both of them lay exhausted. (Q: Does Joker die at the end here? Not really sure.) "The Wedding" - Taking place during the #50 issue, many artists come together to show the history of the two characters and their romance, all with both the preparation for the actual ceremony, AND the reading of letters to each other. Bruce's letter details how he knows that Selina can change and how her life with him will get so much better now that they see each other for who they really are. Selina's letter talks a lot of them and their love, but ultimately ends with her leaving him at the altar, not wanting to take away Gotham's protector, believing that Batman will suffer when Bruce is happy. Poor guy... Where can the title go from here? Will they try again, or is this the end of their relationship? I can't wait to see what's next! High recommend.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diego López Ocón

    You are formally invited to DC biggest let down in the history of comics (view spoiler)[ Someone if not Tom King himself at DC HQ: "So, sales are low with the Rebirth Batman series, we have to make something to attract everyone again, and it occurs to me, let's make Batman & Catwoman get married" Another executive at DC: "That's OUTRAGEOUS, fans love to see Batman in misery, we have never heard them said so but we are sure of it" DC executive #1 if not Tom King himself again: "But... that's t You are formally invited to DC biggest let down in the history of comics (view spoiler)[ Someone if not Tom King himself at DC HQ: "So, sales are low with the Rebirth Batman series, we have to make something to attract everyone again, and it occurs to me, let's make Batman & Catwoman get married" Another executive at DC: "That's OUTRAGEOUS, fans love to see Batman in misery, we have never heard them said so but we are sure of it" DC executive #1 if not Tom King himself again: "But... that's the thing, we are going to spend 1 year making buzz about, we will make everyone go nuts, sell them not just one BUT FOUR VOLUMES preparing them for this moment, and we can a prelude volume because why the hell no. And then we're just not going to do it, and we'll say that the wedding was never supposed to be because if that be the case, Batman would have to be happy, and we can't a happy Batman because that would "destroy" Batman, and you see, that's deep. We are DC, we are DEEP. *everyone claps* Fans: Yeah, I saw this sh*t coming from ten miles away when they started it (they never included Catwoman in anything out of the Batman series, not even in Dark Nights) , and still, I was dissapointed. It just plain stupid the time that they spended creating this to leave nothing out of it. DC got their Batman sales up and fans pretty pissed about it. Even worse, this issue was the most boring of them all to justify the relationship between Catwoman and Batman, the only why I could read this again is for the arc between Selina and the Joker. DC: "Batman and Catwoman are never mean to be, it wouldn't work". GTFO DC. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    How does Tom King approach the Bat-wedding? With an unusual spin, of course. He takes traditional wedding tropes, and twists them in crazy ways. The Gift (#45-47). What a bizarre story! Booster Gold decides to give Bruce Wayne a gift on his wedding ... by saving his parents. I mean, is Booster really stupid enough not to understand that such a gift would almost certainly paradox the marriage he was making a gift for. Maybe? The result is a somewhat typical dark future that's still quite interesti How does Tom King approach the Bat-wedding? With an unusual spin, of course. He takes traditional wedding tropes, and twists them in crazy ways. The Gift (#45-47). What a bizarre story! Booster Gold decides to give Bruce Wayne a gift on his wedding ... by saving his parents. I mean, is Booster really stupid enough not to understand that such a gift would almost certainly paradox the marriage he was making a gift for. Maybe? The result is a somewhat typical dark future that's still quite interesting because King almost treats it as a crime-comedy where things go terribly wrong. Its main deficit is that it's more of a Booster story than a Batman story, but if you accept that premise, it's an intriguing read [4/5]. The Best Man (#48-49). King finally features Joker in the modern day. (To be precise, he features Killing Joke Joker; has anything ever been made of the three-Jokers claim?) This story comes in three parts: Joker threatens a guy; Joker talks at Batman; and Joker talks with Selina. So, it's kind of talky. His threats are good, because it's a short story in issue #47, and his talk with Selina in #49 is equally intriguing. But it turns out that even having the Clown Prince of Crime monologue for an entire issue isn't enough to keep the story interesting. Still, as a whole this story gets past its weak middle and creates some tension and mystery for the wedding [4-/5]. The Wedding (#50). Yeah, it's hard to love this wedding issue. I mean, DC spoiled the whole world before the comic published, so especially for us reading this in trade, we had no expectations. But it offers such a clichéd response to a wedding, the sort of thing that any hack could have written. Even if it's backed up by a super clever master plan, the result is still unoriginal. And beyond that, it tries and fails to be poetic, with every other pair of pages including facing letters from Bruce and Selina that are mirrored within an inch of their live and long and dull. Knowing what was coming, I didn't think this final issue could drag down the whole volume ... but it did [2/5].

  24. 4 out of 5

    Geonn Cannon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a hard one to rank, since... well, you'll either love it or hate it. The Booster Gold storyline was a fun "It's a Wonderful Life" twist to Bruce Wayne's life, and it was a fantastic detour to take right before the Big Event. The issue with Catwoman and Joker having a conversation while they're both succumbing to potentially-fatal wounds is another all-time favorite Batman story (and Batman himself barely appears in it). The actual wedding is more of a love letter to the characters of Bat This is a hard one to rank, since... well, you'll either love it or hate it. The Booster Gold storyline was a fun "It's a Wonderful Life" twist to Bruce Wayne's life, and it was a fantastic detour to take right before the Big Event. The issue with Catwoman and Joker having a conversation while they're both succumbing to potentially-fatal wounds is another all-time favorite Batman story (and Batman himself barely appears in it). The actual wedding is more of a love letter to the characters of Batman and Catwoman, and their long sordid history. The story went where I think it had to go, and set the stage beautifully for the next stretch of issues, which take Batman in a direction we've rarely seen him go.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well who didn't see that ending coming? I wasn't a big fan of the Booster Gold arc. The best part of this was probably the dialogue between Selina and the Joker. While the decision by Selina at the end wasn't surprising, it's "justification" felt kind of weak.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Geoffrey Payne

    Another good volume of Tom King’s Batman. I don’t understand people’s negative reaction to issue 50. I personally really enjoyed it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Logan

    What could have been a great book was ruined by that ending!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Georgie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I reread the wedding and realized how big of a collab and how awesome it is, so mostly I didn’t care about the arcs in this but back to the issue it’s got Jim lee, lee bermejo, frank miller, Jason fabok, Amanda Conner, Greg Capullo, David finch, Tim sale and lee weeks were just some of the artists that took part in this really cool issue. Overall awesome issue don’t buy the trade get the issue. Side note on Tom kings twitter he tweeted this “My technique for writing is this: Repeat something until I reread the wedding and realized how big of a collab and how awesome it is, so mostly I didn’t care about the arcs in this but back to the issue it’s got Jim lee, lee bermejo, frank miller, Jason fabok, Amanda Conner, Greg Capullo, David finch, Tim sale and lee weeks were just some of the artists that took part in this really cool issue. Overall awesome issue don’t buy the trade get the issue. Side note on Tom kings twitter he tweeted this “My technique for writing is this: Repeat something until it sounds deep Repeat something until it sounds deep Repeat something until it sounds deep”

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frédéric

    An ambivalent trade. Five good issues and a disappointing one; the famous wedding... Warning- A bit of spoiler between the lines. A good 3-parter to start with, Booster Gold with a stupid wedding present with consequences. It starts with a surprising “Bang” and then King totally masters the plot and the narration to rewrite history time and again. Another good 2-parter with Joker, funnily crazy or crazily funny depending on your pov. A good dialogue between Catwoman and the Joker that heavily f An ambivalent trade. Five good issues and a disappointing one; the famous wedding... Warning- A bit of spoiler between the lines. A good 3-parter to start with, Booster Gold with a stupid wedding present with consequences. It starts with a surprising “Bang” and then King totally masters the plot and the narration to rewrite history time and again. Another good 2-parter with Joker, funnily crazy or crazily funny depending on your pov. A good dialogue between Catwoman and the Joker that heavily foresees issue 50. Again King shows his total genius in narration and pacing. Then issue 50. Honest to God, I didn’t read anything compromising about this issue before reading it. Yet I knew how it was goind to end. I had great suspicions for different reasons- the main being the obvious contradiction between Batman’s fight against crime and Bruce Wayne's desire of happiness- and issue 49 was the last nail to the coffin of any aspiration to any different end. And it’s not a great issue either. Mikel Janin draws the main course while various artists do full pages in between for no other reason than it’s issue 50 and supposed to be a mark or something. But it’s sadly not. So 4* for the 5 first issues, 2* for the last one. That wouldn’t make for an average 3 but the disappointment of the last issue counts for a higher coefficient. You know, the famous “All that for this” effect...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Oscar

    For a lot of reasons this ending of sorts doesn't really live up to what was built up for a long time, and doesn't feel super believable based on the text that precedes it. But the story goes on.

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