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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. 5 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 5 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.

  6. 5 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*

  7. 4 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)

  8. 4 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.

  9. 4 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

    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.

  11. 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. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  12. 5 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 5 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...

  17. 4 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I'm arguing with myself over how to rate this, but overall I'm such a fan of King and what he's doing with this run that I'm willing to round up and rate things on the big picture. King's handling of Bat and Cat's relationship has showcased his abilities as a writer since the beginning. Even when this series hasn't been perfect, it's always had something powerful driving the narrative and characters forward. It's ambitious, complex, and proves itself able to surprise time and again. If you've fol I'm arguing with myself over how to rate this, but overall I'm such a fan of King and what he's doing with this run that I'm willing to round up and rate things on the big picture. King's handling of Bat and Cat's relationship has showcased his abilities as a writer since the beginning. Even when this series hasn't been perfect, it's always had something powerful driving the narrative and characters forward. It's ambitious, complex, and proves itself able to surprise time and again. If you've followed the unfolding drama at all, you know that there's really no discussing this volume in any detail without spoilers, so here we go: (view spoiler)[I don't know anything about Booster Gold as a character. What I do know is that you never, never, never mess with the timeline. As a fairly contained episode, Booster's misadventures provide a slightly different tone to the run while being entertaining and a bit of a wacky--and ending with an emotionally dramatic finale that doesn't hold back. But as interesting as Booster's story is in itself, it ultimately also sets the stage for the drama and conflict that are to follow. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[King's Joker is always remarkable--frightening, manic, and completely unpredictable--and though we haven't seen a lot of him, his presence is always a bold addition to the pages of each volume where he does appear. Joker's menace washes over both of his sequences here, ultimately leading to one of the most stand-out scenes I've seen yet in King's run of this series. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[And finally--The Wedding. First off, I agree with the sentiment I've heard from others that the lead-up to the final issue does somewhat overshadow the conclusion--not that the final twist is bad, but that it comes and goes a bit more quickly than it should. At the same time, I'm sympathetic to the space constraints of the comic format and wonder if that played a roll in how things unfolded. Regardless, the almost-wedding is a significant moment in the Batman storyline, given additional weight by King's writing and the multitude of guest artists who offered their talents to the final issue. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[With that being said, I think the final issue of the volume does a lot of things well. It delivers some wonderful emotional moments--between Bat and Cat, between Bruce and Alfred--and it carries the arcs that these characters have been on to a dramatic next chapter that is not out of place with where they've been. I knew the ending going into the volume, and still I'm impressed with the threads of story that King has managed to weave together here. What we get is tragic, it's emotional, and it's ultimately a bold and dramatic development in King's story. Whatever flaws exist--they lie in what we didn't get, rather than what we did. I'm putting aside this volume conscious of what it might have achieved, but not disappointed in what it delivered. And I look forward to seeing how the repercussions of this volume carry on into what comes next for these characters. (hide spoiler)]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read as single issues. Spoilery stuff to follow. Okay. So. Everyone obviously has their opinions about Issue 50 (and it being spoiled in advance). And, yeah, I have my opinions, too, and most of them aren't favorable. But, honestly, I really don't see how people didn't *know* that the wedding wouldn't happen. It's comics. They're not particularly known for happily ever after. Now, that being said, I would have really, really liked to have seen a plot device other than "Selina chooses to leave Bruc Read as single issues. Spoilery stuff to follow. Okay. So. Everyone obviously has their opinions about Issue 50 (and it being spoiled in advance). And, yeah, I have my opinions, too, and most of them aren't favorable. But, honestly, I really don't see how people didn't *know* that the wedding wouldn't happen. It's comics. They're not particularly known for happily ever after. Now, that being said, I would have really, really liked to have seen a plot device other than "Selina chooses to leave Bruce at the altar (rooftop) to further his man-pain." Because, let's face it, that's what happened here. And after all the lead-up with the Joker in the preceding issues and the Preludes to the Wedding events, I would have loved to see that storyline play out other than how it did. The lead-up issues with Joker trying to insert himself into the wedding were some top-notch storytelling. To have it abandoned so abruptly without actually playing into the big day was a huge disappointment. Were there some phenomenal moments with Batman and the Joker? Yes. And, ultimately, the book gets 4 stars from me for the scene where the Joker asks Batman to pray with him in the church. I had to stop and screenshot those pages and send them to friends with a "LOOK AT THIS OMG!" (And, to a lesser extent, the fourth star is also for Superman, Nightwing and Batman "cosplaying" themselves at the Batman-themed burger joint.) I'm disappointed with how the volume turned out, and would have loved to been wrong about my fears that the wedding wouldn't happen, but there's still some pretty solid stuff here, and it's one of my more-liked volumes from King's Batman.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ian Darko

    Tom King continues to be one of the best Batman writers out there. While I love writers like Sean Murphy who play with the Batman mythos to tell an interesting Elseworlds story, I adore how well Tom King dissects Batman as a character and his relationship with the people around him. The Booster Gold storyline was a fun side adventure exploring a world where Bruce never donned the cowl, and the Joker arc is probably one of my favorite Joker stories. King proves he knows the Batman/Joker dynamic w Tom King continues to be one of the best Batman writers out there. While I love writers like Sean Murphy who play with the Batman mythos to tell an interesting Elseworlds story, I adore how well Tom King dissects Batman as a character and his relationship with the people around him. The Booster Gold storyline was a fun side adventure exploring a world where Bruce never donned the cowl, and the Joker arc is probably one of my favorite Joker stories. King proves he knows the Batman/Joker dynamic well, probably even better than Scott Snyder did. As far as the now controversial Wedding story goes, I loved it. I felt it captured both Bruce and Selina as characters well, showing how deeply they care for one another while also showing how they may not be a perfect fit as a couple. I admire King for daring to ask questions most comic book writers would be too afraid to ask. King understands that with Batman, happily ever after is never easy and it shouldn’t be. Batman is deep and complex character, which is why so many, myself included, have been drawn to him for decades. King has said this is only half of what he has planned for Batman’s story and I can’t wait to see how the other half unfolds.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marcela

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So that was that. The vast majority of this trade was fantastic, and the art was pretty mind-blowing. But if I had to nitpick one thing, it's issue #50. That ending felt entirely too sudden and I wish there were some breadcrumbs in previous issues that really hinted more at Selina's inner conflict. As it was, it felt like her entire thought process was influenced by the issues collected in this trade alone. With all the history here, that seemed too impulsive, too rash to be believable. On the su So that was that. The vast majority of this trade was fantastic, and the art was pretty mind-blowing. But if I had to nitpick one thing, it's issue #50. That ending felt entirely too sudden and I wish there were some breadcrumbs in previous issues that really hinted more at Selina's inner conflict. As it was, it felt like her entire thought process was influenced by the issues collected in this trade alone. With all the history here, that seemed too impulsive, too rash to be believable. On the surface, the premise makes sense. Happy Bruce Wayne = No Batman. But the execution ultimately felt too rushed for me (one Bane-planted nugget of doubt conversation with Holly, really?), perhaps also due to the need to cram in as many (albeit beautiful) Bat/Cat splash pages as possible. I think we/they deserved better than this, even if the wedding was never going to happen. 3.5 but rounded up due to the great Booster and Joker lead-up stories and the art that (mostly) blew my mind.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Louis Skye

    Not what I expected but still very interesting. Booster Gold - remember him? - changes history and things, of course, go really bad. It all goes back to one important moment - you know which one - but, there is only one question to be answered. Would Bruce Wayne's life be better had his parents not been killed? The answer is a surprising one. The much talked-about #50, the Bat/Cat wedding issue, was not what I expected either. I've read all the controversy about it but still managed to surprise m Not what I expected but still very interesting. Booster Gold - remember him? - changes history and things, of course, go really bad. It all goes back to one important moment - you know which one - but, there is only one question to be answered. Would Bruce Wayne's life be better had his parents not been killed? The answer is a surprising one. The much talked-about #50, the Bat/Cat wedding issue, was not what I expected either. I've read all the controversy about it but still managed to surprise me. On its own, this volume is interesting but not memorable. The subsequent volumes it sets up will probably be more fascinating than this one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    Thank you to Netgalley for the free e-copy. I've read much of this in the other two books I've read lately. The Booster Gold story that begins the book is interesting, but I'm not really familiar with the character.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Martin Králik

    Skoda, ze sa neda dat 4.5. Posledny zosit bol jeden z najlepsich, co som z komiksu cital - plny emocii, dobre napisany a genialne nakresleny. No prve zosity trochu pokrivkavali.

  25. 5 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gavin Abdollahi

    No... No... NOOOOOO!!!! Of all the Tom King Batman books... WHY THIS ONE?!! WHY DID IT GO DOWNHILL HERE OF ALL PLACES?!! WHY!!!! *ahem* Warning: The following section contains spoilers. And, also, several moments of ranting off. (view spoiler)[ So, this is what we've been building up to; the halfway point of Tom King's enjoyable Batman run: the marriage of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, a life-changing event to forever alter the Dark Knight's universe, a new addition to the Bat family... Ahhhhhhh! Yea No... No... NOOOOOO!!!! Of all the Tom King Batman books... WHY THIS ONE?!! WHY DID IT GO DOWNHILL HERE OF ALL PLACES?!! WHY!!!! *ahem* Warning: The following section contains spoilers. And, also, several moments of ranting off. (view spoiler)[ So, this is what we've been building up to; the halfway point of Tom King's enjoyable Batman run: the marriage of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, a life-changing event to forever alter the Dark Knight's universe, a new addition to the Bat family... Ahhhhhhh! Yeah, right! Of course it was going to end like this... Of course the Bat couldn't marry the Cat... OF COURSE!!! The ending felt so... cliche. ARRGH! Though, in a way, what Selina did was a beautiful thing... Is it really necessary? Can we just try giving the Bat a happy life? Can't we just give that guy a smile he can actually keep? PLEASE?!! Well, this is Batman... How can the Bat fight crime while he's happy? If he's content and smiling, how's he gonna save Gotham? Well, the WAY HE'S BEEN SAVING IT SINCE HE PROPOSED!! He was happy before the marriage, right? He'd find a way; he is Batman, after all. (hide spoiler)] Besides... that, there's also the fact that this didn't feel too well done. The Booster Gold story arc? I did not like it. Like, that did not belong in Batman. That belonged in some Booster Gold comic... It was unnecessary, and did not leave me satisfied. As for the Joker issues... Those were better, I guess. The wonderful art from the War of Jokes and Riddles returns, and the interactions between characters are interesting... Though a little old and boring. Batman has been done over and over again; it's probably getting hard to come up with something fresh that isn't too zany... I hope the run picks itself back up again; maybe Mr. King has something else up his sleeve? He can probably turn this thing back around, he did write the Vision, after all, and that was a masterpiece. For now, though... 2.5/5

  27. 4 out of 5

    Smassing Culture

    Ολόκληρη η κριτική στο Smassing Culture The Bat/Cat Wedding – Αυτός ναι! Ήταν ο γάμος της χρονιάς Οι γάμοι των celebrities συχνά τραβούν τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας. Όσο πιο γνωστοί και δημοφιλείς οι celebrities τόσο πιο θορυβώδεις είναι και οι γάμοι τους. Φέτος θεωρήθηκε «γάμος της χρονιάς» η βασιλική τελετή του πρίγκιπα της Αγγλίας με την Meghan Markle. Θυμίζοντας μας κάτι απ’ το Μεσαίωνα, τα μέσα ενημέρωσης μιλούσαν για μήνες για αυτό το γάμο και τελικά σχεδόν όλοι είχαν μια άποψη γι’ αυτόν, για τ Ολόκληρη η κριτική στο Smassing Culture The Bat/Cat Wedding – Αυτός ναι! Ήταν ο γάμος της χρονιάς Οι γάμοι των celebrities συχνά τραβούν τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας. Όσο πιο γνωστοί και δημοφιλείς οι celebrities τόσο πιο θορυβώδεις είναι και οι γάμοι τους. Φέτος θεωρήθηκε «γάμος της χρονιάς» η βασιλική τελετή του πρίγκιπα της Αγγλίας με την Meghan Markle. Θυμίζοντας μας κάτι απ’ το Μεσαίωνα, τα μέσα ενημέρωσης μιλούσαν για μήνες για αυτό το γάμο και τελικά σχεδόν όλοι είχαν μια άποψη γι’ αυτόν, για την τελετή, για την Markle, για τον πρίγκιπα, για τις επίσημες εμφανίσεις των επισήμων. Εμείς βέβαια απ’ την πλευρά μας, που δεν πολυασχολούμαστε με τέτοια θεάματα (που ταιριάζουν καλύτερα σε άλλους αιώνες κι όχι στον δικό μας) δεν επηρεαστήκαμε ιδιαίτερα απ’ αυτό το γάμο (πέρα απ’ το γεγονός ότι θα επιφέρει αλλαγές στην επόμενη σεζόν του Suits, μετά την αποχώρηση της Markle). Όμως υπάρχει κι άλλος ένας λόγος που δεν μας έκανε ιδιαίτερη εντύπωση. Κι αυτός είναι ότι ο γάμος της χρονιάς ήταν άλλος: του Batman και της Catwoman! Το run του Batman του Tom King έχουμε πει αρκετές φορές ότι μας έχει κλέψει την καρδιά. Ο Tom King μετά από τα 50 πρώτα τεύχη της σειράς του, όχι μόνο δεν μας έχει κουράσει αλλά έχει καταφέρει να μας προσφέρει την μία καλύτερη ιστορία μετά την άλλη. Και φυσικά ο γάμος της Catwoman με τον Batman ήταν ο ιδανικότερος τρόπος να κλείσει ένα πρώτο κεφάλαιο της σειράς του, αφιερώνοντάς το σ’ αυτό που ξέρει να κάνει καλύτερα, δηλαδή στο να εισβάλλει στον ψυχισμό του Batman και των villains της Gotham και να πλάθει ιστορίες που αποκαλύπτουν τον πραγματικό τους εαυτό. Έτσι λοιπόν ο Tom King τόλμησε να φτάσει το ρομαντικό ειδύλλιο του Batman και της Catwoman μέχρι το γάμο, ο οποίος μετατράπηκε σε ένα event που ενέπλεξε σχεδόν όλο τον κόσμο της DC, τους superheroes της Justice League, την Batfamily, τους villains της Gotham, ακόμα και τον Ra’s al Ghul και την οικογένειά του. Ο Bat/Cat wedding ήταν στα σκαριά ήδη απ’ τα πρώτα βήματα της σειράς του Tom King, μετά την μάχη με τον Bane, όμως έγινε κεντρικό θέμα όταν τέλειωσε ο War of Jokes and Riddles. Ο Dark Knight και η Catwoman έπρεπε να λύσουν κάποιες ανοιχτές υποθέσεις τους πριν δεθούν με τα γαμήλια δεσμά. Έτσι η προετοιμασία του γάμου ξεκίνησε στο τεύχος #45 με την ιδιαίτερη πρόβα νυφικού της Catwoman και ολοκληρώθηκε στο πολυαναμενόμενο τεύχος #50, το οποίο είναι ένα μικρό αριστούργημα αφιερωμένο στο ζευγάρι Bat/Cat. Ο Bat/Cat γάμος χωρίστηκε σε 2 μέρη: στη σχέση του ζευγαριού Bat/Cat και στην εμπλοκή των υπόλοιπων χαρακτήρων (superheroes, Batfamily και villains) με τον γάμο. Όσον αφορά το πρώτο μέρος, ο Tom King κατάφερε με αριστοτεχνικό τρόπο να αποτυπώσει τη σύγκρουση συναισθημάτων που ζούσαν οι πρωταγωνιστές. Ο Batman υπέρμαχος της επιβολής της τάξης, η Catwoman μια supervillain. Και οι δύο έχουν μάθει να ζουν μοναχικά. Ο Batman έχει χτίσει την προσωπικότητά του βάσει του τραύματος και της μελαγχολίας, ενώ τώρα πρώτη φορά νιώθει ευτυχισμένος με την Catwoman, η οποία απ’ τη δική της πλευρά έχει μεγαλώσει φτωχικά στους δρόμους κι έχει μάθει να αρπάζει ό,τι χρειάζεται για να επιβιώσει, ενώ τώρα της παρουσιάζεται η ευκαιρία να ζήσει για πάντα πλούσια στην έπαυλη του Bruce Wayne. Δύο τόσο διαφορετικοί αλλά και τόσο ίδιοι χαρακτήρες, μετά από τόσες περιπέτειες που πάλεψαν αντίπαλοι ή και ενωμένοι, τώρα ετοιμάζονται να ζήσουν μια νέα διαφορετική ζωή, που ξέρουν ότι θα τους αλλάξει για πάντα. Πόσο θα τους αλλάξει όμως; Μπορεί να υπάρξει ευτυχισμένος Batman; Μπορεί να γίνει superhero η Catwoman; Ο Tom King δεν θέτει ερωτήματα μόνο για τον Batman, γιατί οι πρωταγωνιστές είναι δύο, οπότε και οι οπτικές της ιστορίας είναι δύο. Σε όλες του τις ιστορίες μας έχει συνηθίσει να δημιουργεί καρέ από διαφορετικές οπτικές το ένα δίπλα στο άλλο ή και τη μία σελίδα δίπλα στην άλλη, όπου δείχνουν τη διαφορετική οπτική των πρωταγωνιστών του. Το έχει κάνει με τον Joker και τον Riddler ιδανικά στο War of Jokes and Riddles και το επαναλαμβάνει τώρα ακόμα πιο αριστοτεχνικά στο Wedding. Έτσι η Catwoman και ο Batman έχουν τον ίδιο χώρο ο καθένας πριν τον γάμο, για τις ιστορίες, τις σκέψεις τους, τα όνειρά τους, τις αμφιβολίες τους, τους φόβους τους. Αποκορύφωμα ήταν η ιστορία “Best Man” όπου ο Joker περνάει χρόνο αντίστοιχα και με τους δύο μελλόνυμφους, οι οποίοι κάνουν ο καθένας τη δική του κοινή εμφάνιση με τον Joker, ο Batman στο τεύχος #48 και η Catwoman στο #49. Ο Joker δεν μπορεί να λείπει από τον γάμο του Batman, αλλά αυτός ο γάμος είναι και της Catwoman, γι’ αυτό η συνάντησή τους αξίζει ένα ολόκληρο τεύχος, αντίστοιχο με εκείνο του Batman. Το δεύτερο μέρος, δηλαδή η εμπλοκή των υπόλοιπων χαρακτήρων στον Bat/Cat γάμο έχει τις διακυμάνσεις του. Κατ’ αρχήν η συμμετοχή του Joker στο γάμο μας προσφέρει δύο -κυρίως- διαλογικά τεύχη (τα #48 και #49), τα οποία όμως σέβονται τόσο πολύ το παρελθόν του Batman και του Joker και αναδεικνύουν τη σχέση τους ως τα δύο αντίστροφα alter ego της «απόλυτης τάξης» και της «αναρχίας», όπως τα αποκαλεί ο Joker, που εύκολα μπορούμε να συνομολογήσουμε ότι θα μπουν γρήγορα στις κλασσικές side-stories του Capped Crusader. Απ’ την άλλη και το ραντεβού ζευγαριών των Batman – Catwoman και Superman – Lois Lane, μπορεί να μην προσέφερε κάποια ουσιαστική εξέλιξη στην ιστορία, αλλά μας προσέφερε μια ευχάριστη βραδιά του Batman με τον Superman, με τον οποίο έχουν περάσει τόσα πολλά στο παρελθόν και (όπως και ο Joker) δεν μπορούσε να λείπει απ’ τον γάμο. Όμως η συμμετοχή της Bat-family και των villains έγινε και μέσα απ’ τα tie-ins της σειράς «Prelude to the Wedding», των οποίων την ιστορία επιμελήθηκε ο Tim Seeley, ενώ το σχέδιο ανέλαβαν διάφοροι σκιτσογράφοι, μεταξύ των οποίων ο Travis Moore και ο Brad Walker. Στην ουσία πρόκειται για μικρές side-stories στη λογική των «versus» μεταξύ superheroes και villains, οι οποίες ενέπλεξαν villains όπως ο Riddler και η Harley Quinn στο event, όμως με έναν πολύ μέτριο τρόπο που τελικά αφήνει μια αίσθηση αδιαφορίας. Είναι συχνό το φαινόμενο και στα events της Marvel, αλλά και της DC (με πιο πρόσφατο το Metal), παράλληλα με την κεντρική ιστορία να τρέχουν side-stories με tie-ins, είτε αυτοτελή, είτε μέσα σε τεύχη κάποιας σειράς. Όμως, εκτός λίγων εξαιρέσεων, τα tie-ins των πιο πρόσφατων events δεν είναι αντάξια της κεντρικής ιστορίας και περισσότερο φαίνεται να θέλουν να εκμεταλλευτούν το hype για να τσιμπήσουν από εδώ κι από κει νέους αναγνώστες, παρά καταφέρνουν να προσφέρουν κάτι δημιουργικό στο όλο event. Έτσι κύλησαν δυστυχώς και τα «Preludes»… Πάντως τελικά το event «Wedding», που εδώ και μήνες είχε ανεβάσει το hype των fans της DC στα ύψη, τελικά μας πρόσφερε αυτό που περιμέναμε (και με το παραπάνω μάλιστα). Το πολυδιαφημισμένο και πολυαναμενόμενο τεύχος #50 ήταν ένα απ’ τα πιο όμορφα και ολοκληρωμένα τεύχη comic σειράς εδώ και χρόνια (και της DC και της Marvel συμπεριλαμβανομένης). Χωρίς πολλά λόγια, η συμμετοχή τόσων καλλιτεχνών με τα δικά τους μονοσέλιδα, το τέλος της ιστορίας και οι προοπτικές που άνοιξε για το μέλλον της σειράς μιλούν από μόνα τους για την αξία του τεύχους, το οποίο είναι ένας φόρος τιμής στην κοινή ιστορία των Bat/Cat στα comics τους. Με το τεύχος #50 ο Tom King, ο οποίος έχει ανακοινώσει ότι θα φτάσει το run του μέχρι τα 100 τεύχη (και μακάρι να τα κάνει πολύ παραπάνω) έδωσε ένα midseason finale, που θα το θυμόμαστε για καιρό!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Iris Nevers

    [Read in single issues] Although I didn't get the ending I would have preferred, this was still a very, very good story arc. I am excited about the prospects of what is going to happen moving forward and I do have high hopes to see a Bat and Cat wedding since Tom King kept reiterating that he has plans for a 100 issue run on Batman. So here's to the chance of the Bat and Cat wedding in issue #75!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lestat

    Wow, just wow. I was not expecting to fall in love with this volume, but here I am. Tonally, it changes quite a bit, and the storylines are myriad for just one volume, but it all adds up and builds towards a shocking and sad eventuality. The Booster Gold story was just.... superb. I just loved it so much for the eerie, frightening world that it created. Especially the inclusions of the well-known Bat franchise characters and how different they are in this parallel world. I love mirror universe s Wow, just wow. I was not expecting to fall in love with this volume, but here I am. Tonally, it changes quite a bit, and the storylines are myriad for just one volume, but it all adds up and builds towards a shocking and sad eventuality. The Booster Gold story was just.... superb. I just loved it so much for the eerie, frightening world that it created. Especially the inclusions of the well-known Bat franchise characters and how different they are in this parallel world. I love mirror universe stories and this one was so perfect. I feel like Tom King understands Bruce Wayne like no one else. After a dodgy start to the series, King has returned to form with storylines that delve into who Bruce Wayne and Batman are, and what they would be without the other. It’s such a fascinating read. The two Joker chapters were also great but not as atmospheric as the Booster Gold ones. Having said that, the genius ability to write an entire Batman issue where Batman says only one word is not something we would often come by. And the next installment hardly had Batman at all - yet, we felt his presence through the insightful dialogue between Cat and the Joker. Now, here’s what I really must commend King on, he really worked to build up to his twist. Like, you almost understand why things went down the way they did. He dropped enough hints to suggest things would not end the way we wanted. Maybe I’m saying this because I read this story too late, and I had been inundated with spoilers already, but seriously, it all makes sense. The final chapter was too mushy for my tastes, but that’s me. It went through a highlights package of Bat and Cat’s romance and the usage of many of the seminal artworks over the decades paid wonderful homage to so many of the creators who have worked to inform this particular story arc. I’ll also point out here that the art throughout this particular volume was breathtaking. Tony Daniel produced some seriously beautiful renders of Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle and Booster Gold - they were all so jaw-droppingly beautiful to look at. Why can’t all comic book artists create such beautiful comics? All in all, controversial or not, I loved this volume. More for its look inside the mind of Bruce Wayne rather than anything else, but also for how splendidly King geared up the reader for every eventuality. There are no villains in this volume, only heroes.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel Darkish

    There are problems with this collection. First, a lot of this has been collected in a bunch of other volumes-- The Wedding Gallery, Preludes to the Wedding, even bits in volume 6, Bride or Burglar. But that set aside, it just wasn't a great arc, for the most part. First, the Booster Gold mini-arc that makes up the beginning was bad. For starters, I felt like it was a weirdly watered-down version of Flashpoint, but in a way that was much less interesting and worn-out. Look, we've seen alternate his There are problems with this collection. First, a lot of this has been collected in a bunch of other volumes-- The Wedding Gallery, Preludes to the Wedding, even bits in volume 6, Bride or Burglar. But that set aside, it just wasn't a great arc, for the most part. First, the Booster Gold mini-arc that makes up the beginning was bad. For starters, I felt like it was a weirdly watered-down version of Flashpoint, but in a way that was much less interesting and worn-out. Look, we've seen alternate histories where the Waynes live, or Bruce is the one who dies, or whatever. We don't need it for the fiftieth time. Plus, Booster is supposed to be the greatest hero you've never heard of, which means that for many readers, this might be the first time coming across him. Maybe show him in a way that makes him seem less sloppy and useless, eh? Then we have the Joker in the cathedral section. That was pretty solid, I liked it a lot. And then we get to the wedding itself. First, it's something that's been built up to for a good bit, and they obviously went all-in, with a ton of guest artists and the like, which is cool. Except, [SPOILERS] they don't actually have the wedding. Screw that. I was ready for the wedding. I was ready for a little growth and character change in Batman and Catwoman. Frankly, the changes and developments that led to this were refreshing and interesting and a lot of fun, and it fit the characters and the arc of Batman in some of the other books (like Detective Comics) as well. I feel like everybody was set for this, but then they wimped out on actually pulling the trigger on something that would change Batman as a person on a permanent basis. Also, just a little bit ago we had a flash-forward to right after Bruce's death and Selina was there as his widow, so let the even be what it promises to be, instead of pulling back so you can have a future volume titled The ACTUAL Wedding. [/SPOILERS]

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