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Wedding bells are ringing in Gotham City…and the criminal underworld is determined to silence them! Following The Joker’s discovery that Batman and Catwoman are getting married, Gotham City’s villains jump into action. If they are going to lose one of their own, it’s not going to be so that their greatest enemy can be happy! Spinning out of the pages of DC NATION and leadin Wedding bells are ringing in Gotham City…and the criminal underworld is determined to silence them! Following The Joker’s discovery that Batman and Catwoman are getting married, Gotham City’s villains jump into action. If they are going to lose one of their own, it’s not going to be so that their greatest enemy can be happy! Spinning out of the pages of DC NATION and leading up to Tom King’s BATMAN VOL. 7, BATMAN: PRELUDES TO THE WEDDING is a collection of five one-shots starring Batman’s friends and foes, all trying to celebrate—or sabotage—the Dark Knight’s big day. Harley Quinn knows a thing or two about dysfunctional relationships. When she hears that her old flame is trying to get in the way of a happy life for one of her best friends, the Maid of Mischief tracks The Joker down to give him a piece of her mind—and maybe a few blows from her hammer, too. Meanwhile, Nightwing fulfills his duty as best man by picking up the engagement ring when Hush interferes; Ra’s Al Ghul attempts to recruit Damian as the heir to the family business; Batgirl and the Riddler engage in a battle of wits; and Anarky taunts Red Hood as a failed Robin. Writer Tim Seeley (Grayson, Nightwing, Green Lanterns), teams up with an all-star cast of artists to expand the world of Tom King’s critically acclaimed series, Batman! Collects Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Nightwing vs. Hush #1, Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 and Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1.


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Wedding bells are ringing in Gotham City…and the criminal underworld is determined to silence them! Following The Joker’s discovery that Batman and Catwoman are getting married, Gotham City’s villains jump into action. If they are going to lose one of their own, it’s not going to be so that their greatest enemy can be happy! Spinning out of the pages of DC NATION and leadin Wedding bells are ringing in Gotham City…and the criminal underworld is determined to silence them! Following The Joker’s discovery that Batman and Catwoman are getting married, Gotham City’s villains jump into action. If they are going to lose one of their own, it’s not going to be so that their greatest enemy can be happy! Spinning out of the pages of DC NATION and leading up to Tom King’s BATMAN VOL. 7, BATMAN: PRELUDES TO THE WEDDING is a collection of five one-shots starring Batman’s friends and foes, all trying to celebrate—or sabotage—the Dark Knight’s big day. Harley Quinn knows a thing or two about dysfunctional relationships. When she hears that her old flame is trying to get in the way of a happy life for one of her best friends, the Maid of Mischief tracks The Joker down to give him a piece of her mind—and maybe a few blows from her hammer, too. Meanwhile, Nightwing fulfills his duty as best man by picking up the engagement ring when Hush interferes; Ra’s Al Ghul attempts to recruit Damian as the heir to the family business; Batgirl and the Riddler engage in a battle of wits; and Anarky taunts Red Hood as a failed Robin. Writer Tim Seeley (Grayson, Nightwing, Green Lanterns), teams up with an all-star cast of artists to expand the world of Tom King’s critically acclaimed series, Batman! Collects Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Nightwing vs. Hush #1, Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 and Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1.

30 review for Batman: Preludes to the Wedding

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    What a great premise. The Joker is offended he didn't get an invitation to the Bat and the Cat's wedding and sicks Batman's rogues out to ruin it. The Bat-Family steps in to stop each of the villains. I had a lot of fun with this. All of the one-shots are by capable artists. A recommended read prior to the wedding. Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. While Batman and Catwoman might be just days from walking down the aisle and from going on one of the most special journeys they could ever live to enjoy, the Gotham underworld are far from ready to let this kind of happiness exist within their territory. After all, who would have actually thought that a wedding between these two could ever happen in peace? With a whole array of villains ready to jump on any opportunity to ruin a good moment, it You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. While Batman and Catwoman might be just days from walking down the aisle and from going on one of the most special journeys they could ever live to enjoy, the Gotham underworld are far from ready to let this kind of happiness exist within their territory. After all, who would have actually thought that a wedding between these two could ever happen in peace? With a whole array of villains ready to jump on any opportunity to ruin a good moment, it was only a matter of time before things got out of hand and evil plots were unleashed to wreak havoc. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no one in Gotham to intervene and act as guardian angels for the Caped Crusader. This collection features five one-shot stories all written by Tim Seeley with the help of various different artists. They each feature a battle between two characters and has the integrity of the upcoming wedding as the main connecting element. The first story puts Damian Wayne up against his grand-father Ra’s Al Ghul as he attempts to recruit his grandchild into his family business, while sowing the seed of doubt in Damian’s future within the soon-to-be new family. The second story features Nightwing as he is tossed into an unexpected battle against Hush who continues to suffer an identity crisis and brings Nightwing to live through the same existential questions. The third story has Batgirl going up against the Riddler as he makes her go through several riddles that has a bunch of innocent people’s lives at stake. The fourth story puts Red Hood on a mission to stop Anarky from achieving the chaos he wishes to bring forth right before the wedding. The final story is an interesting twist that has Harley Quinn going up against the Joker in order to stop him from ruining her friend’s wedding. While Tom King isn’t the writer behind these stories, one of his stories is still inserted at the beginning of the collection and is undoubtedly the best story in the bunch. This story called “Your Big Day” was featured in the highly praised DC Nation #0 and has Tom King, with his trusted artist-friend Clay Mann, draw up a frightening and ridiculously beautiful moment between Joker and a clueless resident of Gotham. By bringing into play a Joker who is simultaneously composed and out of his mind, this creative team successfully showcase Joker’s unpredictable and volatile nature in a brilliant fashion. The story essentially comes down to the Joker waiting for an invitation for Batman and Catwoman’s wedding, while psychologically torturing this innocent resident. I can assure you that this story will send chills down your spine. It’s just that good. The rest of the one-shots were minimally entertaining and had decent art, but they never truly went in any creative direction. Clearly, the goal of this collection was to hype up the impending wedding in the main Batman series (and get a couple of extra bucks out of fans). Often characters were also going on and on, almost as if they were on a soliloquy. The lengthy dialogues for some characters made it hard to find them authentic, especially when you’re drawing upon an event and characters built up by Tom King, who never made his characters say more than 10 words per panel. These inconsistencies made it hard to truly find yourself invested in the stories. The only way to enjoy these were to look at this collection as that magazine you pick up as you wait for the number on your ticket to pop up before it’s your turn to the main event. Batman: Preludes to the Wedding is still a fun and quick read, but is far from being a quintessential volume in the bigger scheme of things. There’s nothing truly consequential in this volume, but at least there’s the little Tom King story that keeps this volume standing on two feet. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  3. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    This was just okay. Just 5 different stories all concluding to Batman's big wedding. While the Nightwing one and Damien one were pretty solid the other 3 just kind of fell flat. None of them really added much and could be skipped but nothing terrible. A 2.5 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott S.

    This was a disappointment, especially after reading the very good Volume 6: Bride or Burglar just last week and the outstanding Volume 5: Rules of Engagement only a few months ago. (Also, Batman is barely a supporting character in this; Catwoman doesn't have much to do here, either.) Preludes to the Wedding is a collection of short stories, with the connecting thread of course being the impending nuptials between Batman and Catwoman. The Joker segments bookending the volume are, respectively, a l This was a disappointment, especially after reading the very good Volume 6: Bride or Burglar just last week and the outstanding Volume 5: Rules of Engagement only a few months ago. (Also, Batman is barely a supporting character in this; Catwoman doesn't have much to do here, either.) Preludes to the Wedding is a collection of short stories, with the connecting thread of course being the impending nuptials between Batman and Catwoman. The Joker segments bookending the volume are, respectively, a little too sadistic and weird. They don't really add anything to the mix. My favorite was the Batgirl vs. Riddler crunchy action tale 'For Better or For Worse' -- Babs is forced to run all over Gotham City at the behest of Riddler to save kidnap victims. She receives her clues / instructions via cassette in a Sony Walkman - a little touch of nostalgia if you like that sort of thing. Of the remaining stories 'From This Day Forward' at least has a touching finale (Damian and Selina coming to a tranquil understanding) while 'For Richer or For Poorer' (Nightwing gets violently separated from the bachelor party - chaos ensues) and 'In Sickness and In Health' (Red Hood is surveilling Selina's bachelorette party for security reasons - chaos ensues, yet again) were just okay.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 3 stars. Given the obvious reasons for publishing this volume (making as much money off of the upcoming Bat-Cat wedding), I'm not sure that it met the mark. Out of the lot, I enjoyed the Batgirl/Riddler chapter the best, and really disliked the Robin/al Ghul chapter. Seriously, what happened? Overall, the artwork was very good, with the Harley/Joker chapter coming in with the best artwork.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    This was an ok collection of VS one-shots. As I was reading it, however, the fact that this book is just a pointless "Batman Wedding" cash grab was never far from my mind.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    Thank you to Netgalley for the free e-copy. As you would expect, a mixed bag. The Joker stories were the highlights for me, particularly as he waits for his invitation.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    Solid without being as good as Kings arc. Good prelude into the wedding. Also provided some build up to what may happen at the actual wedding. Always love seeing the joker.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    A mixed collection. World: The art is solid, each issue has a different artist and some are better than others but overall the tone and the color matches and it’s consistent. The world building here is solid, it’s a bunch of tie-ins to the event and offer different parts of the overall world to give a larger picture of the Bat/Cat wedding. Solid. Story: Five issues here and all different in quality. The best one is of course the Damien issue cause it ties directly with Cat and him and their relati A mixed collection. World: The art is solid, each issue has a different artist and some are better than others but overall the tone and the color matches and it’s consistent. The world building here is solid, it’s a bunch of tie-ins to the event and offer different parts of the overall world to give a larger picture of the Bat/Cat wedding. Solid. Story: Five issues here and all different in quality. The best one is of course the Damien issue cause it ties directly with Cat and him and their relationship, it’s good. The Nightwing issue was rather ho hum and I honestly still don’t agree that Supes should be the Best Man but oh well. The Babs issue was okay, the art was good and a Riddler issue is always fun. The Jason issue was rather meh but the final character note was good. The Harley Joker issue was pretty good, it once again treads familiar ground of the problem with the relationship and Harley beating Joker around. Overall it’s a mixed and solid bag of issues but nothing really stunning. Characters: The characters in this collection act they way they are suppose to. There is nothing huge and character changing here but just status quo and a play on these characters and their reaction to the Bat/Cat and it’s mostly pretty good. The banter and the chemistry is good. A solid collection that ties into the Bat/Cat wedding. I can’t say you MUST read it but I can’t say they are completely useless like some tie-ins. Choose yourself. Onward to the next book! *read individual issues*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic Plot: As Bat and Cat get ready to marry, the Joker is very upset he has not been invited. There were a lot of fun moments in this little lead up series to the wedding. I definitely got some smiles out of it. The art was solid. Each character addressed got a bit of time to connect to the wedding somehow, and did it in a way that made sense. I think this idea of the Joker being offended at not getting an invitation is a great one. It connects each individual story just enough to move it towar Basic Plot: As Bat and Cat get ready to marry, the Joker is very upset he has not been invited. There were a lot of fun moments in this little lead up series to the wedding. I definitely got some smiles out of it. The art was solid. Each character addressed got a bit of time to connect to the wedding somehow, and did it in a way that made sense. I think this idea of the Joker being offended at not getting an invitation is a great one. It connects each individual story just enough to move it towards the final confrontation, undoubtedly either at the wedding or just before it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] Not sure if you’ve heard, but Batman and Catwoman are getting married. Unfortunately, Gotham’s worst criminals are well aware of this joyous day, and they’re going to do their best to ruin it for everyone. Of course, Batman’s got friends, and they’re not about to let that happen. When Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Harley Quinn face off against Ra’s Al Ghul, Riddler, Hush, Anarky, and the Joker, all bets are off and the countdown to the wedding begins with a bang [Read as single issues] Not sure if you’ve heard, but Batman and Catwoman are getting married. Unfortunately, Gotham’s worst criminals are well aware of this joyous day, and they’re going to do their best to ruin it for everyone. Of course, Batman’s got friends, and they’re not about to let that happen. When Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Harley Quinn face off against Ra’s Al Ghul, Riddler, Hush, Anarky, and the Joker, all bets are off and the countdown to the wedding begins with a bang! I’ll admit I was sceptical when DC announced these one-shots; however, after reading them, I’m really glad that they exist. All written by Tim Seeley, with art from various excellent artists, these five issues tell one coherent story that really frames the Bat-Family in a great light as they come together to protect each other, because after all the horrific things that Batman has been through, he deserves a little happiness every now and then. Each one-shot pits one Bat-Family member against one villain, with some kind of link to Batman and Catwoman’s relationship as the purpose. For example, Robin grapples with the idea that Catwoman might be his new mum as Ra’s Al Ghul returns, while Nightwing keeps the bachelor party safe from Hush, and Red Hood protects Catwoman’s hen night from Anarky. This allows Seeley to have superhero action as well as giving us perspective from the other members of the team about the marriage, which we haven’t really gotten anywhere else. Some of them are pleased, some of them aren’t quite sure; it’s a good range of opinions, and all perfectly understandable. The real kicker is the epilogue pages in each issue, which build up to the Harley and Joker story at the end. The Joker is the biggest obstacle that Batman and Catwoman will face, so to see someone like Harley stand up and say no, my friend and her boyfriend deserve to be happy, is some perfect characterization for her given all she’s gone through at his hand. Her story is the best of the five, and that’s saying something since these are all really well done. The final cliffhanger ending feeds directly into Batman #48-49, which is surprising, since most comic preludes don’t actually tend to do that, but if you’re reading these then the urge to go on and read the rest of the wedding storyline will definitely be piqued. As well as being very well written, these one-shots have great artists attached to them as well. Having one artist per issue would usually be a problem, but the change of focus and different characters means a new approach to each issue is warranted, and the artists chosen are all wonderful. Otto Schmidt handles all of the epilogue pages with creepy flair, while Brad Walker gets Robin, Minkyu Jung has Batgirl, Travis Moore takes Nightwing, Javier Fernandez has Red Hood, and Sami Basri brings up the rear on the Harley Quinn issue. Travis Moore deserves a special mention for drawing the most attractive Nightwing since Mikel Janin on Grayson, and Rafael Albuquerque’s joining covers are very well done too. This collection is an unexpected surprise – what could have just been a shameless cash-in is actually a group of well constructed stories with a parade of great artists and a through-line that shows just how much the Bat-Family cares about Bruce and Selina.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I love Batman and Catwoman. Two of my fav graphic novel characters out there and I SHIP them. So when this and the "Wedding Album" came out, I was ALL over requesting them. Since this one has the word "Preludes" in the title, I read this one first. I also assumed it would tie in with the "Wedding Album", but not so much, more's the pity, because this one was really quite great and I think the other one would have done better if it had followed the storyline in this one. I don't want to get too mu I love Batman and Catwoman. Two of my fav graphic novel characters out there and I SHIP them. So when this and the "Wedding Album" came out, I was ALL over requesting them. Since this one has the word "Preludes" in the title, I read this one first. I also assumed it would tie in with the "Wedding Album", but not so much, more's the pity, because this one was really quite great and I think the other one would have done better if it had followed the storyline in this one. I don't want to get too much into spoiler territory, but let me say a few words. 1) Joker is mad creepy and I do not like him at all. Also, how the heck was he able to do what he did in order to get to the bad guys that he was able to get to? Did I miss the comic where he became super-human? So yeah, I don't like him. 2) I HEART Batman and Catwoman in this one, as well as all of the secondary characters. The first storyline was one of the best and the end of it was SO SWEET! I like how real and human they were all portrayed. The artwork was, in my untrained eye, great. I loved the colors, the drawing, the storylines, all of it. This was a really great read and I completely recommend it if you are into Batman and Catwoman. 4, I really hate the Joker and he creeped me out dropping this to four, stars. My thanks to NetGalley and DC Entertainment/DC Comics for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    GONZA

    The irony of this comic was the best thing of it all, plus the Joker and Harley Quinn. La cosa migliore di questo numero é l'ironia che lo pervade, piú Joker ed Harley Quinn. THANKS EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pochodnia

    Jasonowy zeszyt najbardziej mi podszedł do gustu i może dlatego tak wysoko oceniam, ale śliczna kreska w zeszycie Harley i to, jak ona podchodzi do Jokera teraz, mając go i jego manipulacje w dupie, również zasługuje na wysoką ocenę.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Note: I received a copy of Batman: Preludes to the Wedding from DC Comics via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This review also contains some small spoilers. What’s it about, Becca? It’s the wedding that we’ve all been waiting for! Batcat is busy preparing their vows & attempting to enjoy their bachelor(ette) parties! In a few days, they’ll be exchanging their ‘I do’s’.. or will they? Not if the villains of Gotham City have anything to say about it. The Joker’s caught wind that Bat Note: I received a copy of Batman: Preludes to the Wedding from DC Comics via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This review also contains some small spoilers. What’s it about, Becca? It’s the wedding that we’ve all been waiting for! Batcat is busy preparing their vows & attempting to enjoy their bachelor(ette) parties! In a few days, they’ll be exchanging their ‘I do’s’.. or will they? Not if the villains of Gotham City have anything to say about it. The Joker’s caught wind that Batman & Catman are getting married, and he’s not happy that an invitation hasn’t come his way. So, of course, he’s spreading the news, and making sure The Riddler, Anarky, Hush & Ra’s Al Ghul are alerted of this ceremony. Batman: Preludes to the Wedding contains five one-shots starring some of the familiar faces of the DC Universe, as each person is trying to celebrate (or ruin) the wedding of the century. Batman: Preludes to the Wedding collects Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Nightwing vs. Hush #1, Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 and Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1. So, what’d ya think? Y’all, just like The Joker, I too was waiting for an invitation to DC’s wedding of the year. For anyone who knows me, they know my love for the DC Universe, Batman & the Batfam, and of course, the villains of Gotham City. The Batman comics has played a major role in my life & I feel so thankful that I received & got to review a copy of the preludes to Batcat’s wedding. This collection has everything I love: Batcat, the Batfam kicking ass & Harley Quinn attempting to save the wedding from her psychotic ex-boyfriend, The Joker. My favorite aspect of Batman: Preludes to the Wedding is just seeing the Batfam in action; each collected issue (besides Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1) had a member of the Bat-family going against a villain in the DC Universe. Although Batman & Catwoman appeared in the collection, the fighting sequences & actions did not involve them; it felt as if they were just in the backdrop, but of course, the pair served as the reason for things to be going down. Batman: Preludes to the Wedding also contains the cutest bachelor party of all time. Batman, Nightwing, and Superman head on over to Bat Burger, where the customers cosplay as their favorite heroes, and of course, believe that the trio’s costumes are just fan costumes. Unfortunately, as expected in the life of a hero, the night doesn’t stay completely on track, because lo & behold, Hush arrives with a bit of an anger issue. I was also completely in awe with the bonding that occurs between Selina Kyle and Damian Wayne. In the beginning, I was under the impression that Damian would never accept the marriage, but as time continues in the first collected issue, we get to see a conversation occur between the two that shows that Damian may just be okay with his dad marrying the sneaky cat. The final verdict? I absolutely loved reading Batman: Preludes to the Wedding, and definitely plan on purchasing my own copy on September 11th, 2018 (the collection’s release date). I tend to collect a lot of solo issues, especially when it comes to DC comics, but I do much prefer to purchase volumes. Batman: Preludes to the Wedding flows together very well, and each issue’s epilogue leads to the next issue perfectly. As with most collections, the end holds black & white sketches of the issues collected, and it’s definitely an added bonus to the comic experience. I feel it can go without saying, but the artwork found in these pages is absolutely gorgeous. I’m so excited to continue reading to see what happens next for Batcat! For more reviews by me, check out my blog!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Roman

    Weddings can bring people out of the woodwork, and that is certainly the case with the upcoming nuptials of Batman and Catwoman, Everyone wants to attend, from members of the bat family: Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood; to some non invited guests: Ra's al Ghul, Hush, Riddler, and of course it would not be a party without the Joker and Harley Quinn. This collection of six issues creates a shadow that will hover over the couple as they move even closer to their big day. The art is on par w Weddings can bring people out of the woodwork, and that is certainly the case with the upcoming nuptials of Batman and Catwoman, Everyone wants to attend, from members of the bat family: Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood; to some non invited guests: Ra's al Ghul, Hush, Riddler, and of course it would not be a party without the Joker and Harley Quinn. This collection of six issues creates a shadow that will hover over the couple as they move even closer to their big day. The art is on par with current Batman comics and the stories are deep enough to show how a marriage between Batman and Catwoman will affect both friend and foe. Added to this collection are a few sketches that became finished art in the book and two prints not seen in the individual issues.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    You know, I probably enjoyed these more than I should have. I mean, I know they're a marketing ploy. Tim Seeley, for the most part, raises this collection of one shots above the mere marketing and $$$ grab. I haven't been reading the mainstream Batman titles for some time, but Seeley makes good use of minor characters (ex: Anarky). The underlying plot thru these titles, well really in the background, is Joker's complaint that he didn't receive an invitation. Go get some popcorn, and sit down with You know, I probably enjoyed these more than I should have. I mean, I know they're a marketing ploy. Tim Seeley, for the most part, raises this collection of one shots above the mere marketing and $$$ grab. I haven't been reading the mainstream Batman titles for some time, but Seeley makes good use of minor characters (ex: Anarky). The underlying plot thru these titles, well really in the background, is Joker's complaint that he didn't receive an invitation. Go get some popcorn, and sit down with a "beach" type of read. note: read as single issues.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Batman: Preludes to the Wedding includes six stories providing background to the events that occur in Batman and Catwoman: The Wedding Album. The first and last story describe how the Joker receives his wedding invitation. The last also includes Harley Quinn. From This Day Forward includes a scene of Damien Wayne getting his wedding suit tailored where he describes his history to his soon-to-be stepmom, Catwoman. Later after returning from her bachelorette party, Catwoman and Damien have a seriou Batman: Preludes to the Wedding includes six stories providing background to the events that occur in Batman and Catwoman: The Wedding Album. The first and last story describe how the Joker receives his wedding invitation. The last also includes Harley Quinn. From This Day Forward includes a scene of Damien Wayne getting his wedding suit tailored where he describes his history to his soon-to-be stepmom, Catwoman. Later after returning from her bachelorette party, Catwoman and Damien have a serious talk. For Richer or Poorer makes the reader feel a part of Batman’s, anything but tranquil, bachelor party. For Better or Worse tells the Riddler’s tale. In Sickness and In Health, Red Hood crosses paths with an Anarky terrorist plot while watching over Catwoman’s bachelorette party. This is a great entry point for those either just entering the DC multiverse or returning after a long absence. Most tales include a short history of the main character. Even for long-time fans, Batman: Preludes to the Wedding builds excitement for the wedding itself and foreshadows some complications. It is a worthwhile companion purchase. I loved these simple short stories that were reminiscent of the comic books of my youth. 5 stars! Thanks to DC Comics and NetGalley for an advance copy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Batman and Catwoman are getting married and the Joker is genuinely perplexed as to why he was not invited to the wedding. He truly thought that he and Batman had a closer relationship that warranted an invitation to such an auspicious event. In his way, he goes to Ra's al Ghul, Batman son's maternal grandfather, and Thomas Elliot, Bruce Wayne’s childhood best friend to find some answers. He asks, after a fashion, the Riddler to solve this conundrum and uses the Anarky, which also causes some pro Batman and Catwoman are getting married and the Joker is genuinely perplexed as to why he was not invited to the wedding. He truly thought that he and Batman had a closer relationship that warranted an invitation to such an auspicious event. In his way, he goes to Ra's al Ghul, Batman son's maternal grandfather, and Thomas Elliot, Bruce Wayne’s childhood best friend to find some answers. He asks, after a fashion, the Riddler to solve this conundrum and uses the Anarky, which also causes some problems. Batman: Preludes to the Wedding collects "Your Big Day" from DC Nation #0 and the entire Prelude to the Wedding one-shot tie-ins: Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul, Nightwing vs. Hush, Batgirl vs. The Riddler, Red Hood vs. Anarky, and Harley Quinn vs. The Joker. The trade paperback opens with the short story found in DC Nation #0 entitled "Your Big Day". It has the Joker breaking into a stranger's house awaiting the mail with him. Somehow, it is not explicitly mentioned, the Joker found out that Batman and Catwoman were getting married and he questions why he was not invited to such an auspicious affair – considering how close the two of them are with each other. He then goes off to question others that have a similar relationship to the Dark Knight – after killing the man of the house he broke into. It then goes into the five tie-in one-shots all written by Tim Seeley with various pencilers. On average, these five tie-in one-shots are rather mediocrity executed. The stand out issues is Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul and Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Nightwing vs. Hush. These two issues really stand out, because the villains have real connections to Batman or Bruce Wayne. Ra's al Ghul is his son's mother grandfather and Tommy Elliot was Bruce Wayne's childhood best friend. I liked what Seeley has done with his rendition of Damian Wayne – he shows his ethnic side as well as his venerable side – he questions Damian's station in his family if Batman and Catwoman decide to have more children. With Hush, the Joker convinces him that he does not want to be Bruce Wayne, but to return to those Golden Days where he was his best friend, so he reconstructs his facial features to look like Dick Grayson. The tie-ins go down from there and did not have time to regain its footing. The Joker questions the Riddler about his quandary, but does not get a satisfying answer, but it got the Riddler thinking. Eventually, he wants to pair off and the only person he could think of that could match his intellect is Batgirl. Anakry reasoning to stop the wedding is rather convoluted and doesn't really make sense, albeit the manner on how he would stop the wedding was a rather good idea, unfortunately it wasn’t allow to shine as it should because of the tie-in one-shot restriction. It did go up slightly when Harley Quinn fought with the Joker, but it was a forgone conclusion that Harley Quinn would lose, because the story in the main Batman series dictates as such. With the exception of "Your Big Day" from DC Nation #0, which was written by Tom King, Tim Seeley wrote the rest of the trade paperback. For the most part, I quite enjoyed what was written considering the constraints that he was in. Firstly, they are one-shots so there is not enough space to explore deeply what a typical multi-part story could and finally, they are tie-ins, which mean they cannot have much meat to them to actual change the main story. It is good to have Tim Seeley writing Dick Grayson again and it really shows how much he knows the character, because that was the best issue of the bunch. I was slightly dismayed that Tim Drake as Red Robin did not have a role in these tie-ins. However, since he is on an existential exploration with Stephanie Brown it makes sense that he was not included. Furthermore, I doubt I can think of a viable villain that Tim Drake as Red Robin can fight. Batman: Preludes to the Wedding has seven pencilers: Clay Mann penciled the short story "Your Big Day" from DC Nation #0 while Bard Walker, Travis Moore, Minkyu Jung, Javier Fernandez & Hugo Pertus, and Sami Basri penciled the five tie-in one-shots respectively. For the most part, I rather enjoyed all the pencilers. While different, the artistic flow was not all too bad or jarring. Although the tie-ins are written like one five-part story, it was advertised and numbered as one-shots, so having the same penciler or similar penciling styles is not such an important issue. All in all, Batman: Preludes to the Wedding is written and conceived somewhat well. It is interesting having the Joker question his relationship with Batman and how he finds his answer – by turning the criminal underground asunder.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com

    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com Batman: Preludes to the Wedding by Tim Seeley is a collection of stories where side characters in the Batman universe react to his upcoming wedding to Catwoman. This graphic novel collects Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Nightwing vs. Hush #1,Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 and Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1. This graphic novel tells separate stories, all connected to the upcoming wedding of Batman (Bruce Wayn For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com Batman: Preludes to the Wedding by Tim Seeley is a collection of stories where side characters in the Batman universe react to his upcoming wedding to Catwoman. This graphic novel collects Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Nightwing vs. Hush #1,Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 and Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1. This graphic novel tells separate stories, all connected to the upcoming wedding of Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Catwoman (Selina Kyle). The Joker desperately wants an invitation to Batman’s wedding, but his partner in a very one-sided and dysfunctional relationship, Harley Quinn, will have none of that. Nightwing (Dick Grayson), the best man, is picking up the engagement ring when Hush shows up. Ra’s Al Ghul is trying to get Damian Wayne (Robin) back, since he’s now worried about his new step-mother, while Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) and the Riddler play a game of wits. On top of all that Anarky (Lonnie Machin_ makes fun of Red Hood (Jason Todd) because he is a “failed” Robin. The lead up to the Batman/Catwoman wedding is fantastic, one of the best graphic novel reads in the past several years. I was looking forward to read Batman: Preludes to the Wedding by Tim Seeley since I really enjoyed Tom King’s story-line. I knew this would be a pointless wedding cash grab before I even got this graphic novel, I have been reading comics for decades and know how this works. But you know, sometimes these cash grabs are very enjoyable, silly, and just pure fun. This collection, five issues which differ in quality, is a mixed bag. I didn’t think any story was absolutely stunning and certainly this isn’t a “must” to read to stay in the comic-loop. That being said, I enjoyed the book and didn’t feel as if is completely useless like many other tie-ins. The art differs in every issue since they are drawn by different artists, still it’s solid and I enjoyed the panels very much. Even though these are separate runs, I did feel the art was cohesive, I have no idea how that work out, but it did. Even though this is a marketing ploy, I still enjoyed this book – I credit Tim Seeley for raising this collection up a notch above a mere money grab. A mixed bag, but a fun graphic novel leading up to the wedding.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tom McDonald

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. The relationship between Batman and Catwoman is of the stuff that makes comic book romance, conceived at the very inception of Batman’s mythos and nearly 80 years old in counting. Everyone is excited about the impending nuptials, and such a core event reverberates to each member of the Bat-Family. Tim Seeley and Tom King are giving us a story told from the inside out. Our Bride and Groom are everywhere yet r Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. The relationship between Batman and Catwoman is of the stuff that makes comic book romance, conceived at the very inception of Batman’s mythos and nearly 80 years old in counting. Everyone is excited about the impending nuptials, and such a core event reverberates to each member of the Bat-Family. Tim Seeley and Tom King are giving us a story told from the inside out. Our Bride and Groom are everywhere yet really nowhere, as we get a chance to really see what everyone else is up to just before the Big Day, and how everyone is taking it. But this isn’t merely about the Bat-Family. Sure, we see Damian and Dick, Barbara and Jason, but in all actuality, the main character we follow is the Batman’s other longtime partner since 1940, Issue One — the Clown Prince of Crime himself. Joker is slowly making his way to the wedding, leaving a stream of chaos in his wake. He is apparently furious at not receiving an invitation, and just plain jealous of the relationship Catwoman has achieved with the Dark Knight, slandering it to really anyone who will listen (even at gunpoint). Joker also serves as a representative for the rest of Gotham’s less than stellar citizens. Several other villains resurface, all with something to say about the marriage, its effect on each personally, and what it means for Batman in the future. And this is really what makes this string of small stories compelling. It seems as if no one can escape the draw of this union. Powerful relationships affect everybody in its wake. These stories serve as a neat compliment to Tom King’s current arc. Characterization is pretty solid here, which is always a concern. These plots may be interesting in theory and the pictures sure are fun, but are the characters behaving like themselves? If not, we might as well watch a DC movie on cable and spare ourselves the time. But no fear, the writing is sound . Harley is a personal highlight. Joker’s insanity is exhaustingly pervasive, as always. Now, all that’s left is to see if Bats and Cats actually jump the broom… I’ve got a great feeling about this, don’t you?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    With Batman and Catwoman getting married soon, villains have started coming out of the woodwork to challenge, yet none stronger than the Joker. This Volume has an overarching story of Joker searching for his invitation in the mail of many people, but doesn't really focus on him until he is attacked by Harley. (Back to that in a bit...) - Robin gets chemically and psychologically attacked by Ra's Al Ghul. Primarily focused on being "the heir", the story ultimately ends with Damien and Selina comin With Batman and Catwoman getting married soon, villains have started coming out of the woodwork to challenge, yet none stronger than the Joker. This Volume has an overarching story of Joker searching for his invitation in the mail of many people, but doesn't really focus on him until he is attacked by Harley. (Back to that in a bit...) - Robin gets chemically and psychologically attacked by Ra's Al Ghul. Primarily focused on being "the heir", the story ultimately ends with Damien and Selina coming to a truce about the marriage. - A pocket universe has been found for Batman to have a fishing bachelor party, but that gets ruined when Hush crashes the party and pulls Nightwing into it. Fighting Un-Men is not what they had in mind! - Riddler wants to ruin with a crime spree and only Batgirl can stop it with her high intelligence. - When Red Hood is asked to watch over Selina's bachelorette party, he didn't count on interference from Anarky! - Seeing that Joker has gone on a spree, stealing mail and getting villains to run crimes, Harley Quinn attempts to take Joker down a notch, wanting him to feel, comparing his lack of invitation to her being left by "Mistah J" so many times. ... but Joker is going to interfere with the wedding... For Sure. Overall, the Volume felt kind of useless to the story, but it was good to see some of the prep. Can't wait to see how this wedding goes (though I have been spoiled on the end already). Recommend, but only if you have time and are interested. Not essential.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yas

    I've deleted the reviews to the single editions in favour of listing the volume as one book, so I'm gonna paste them here again. Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul (read 9th June, rated: 2/5): ... What? What even happened here? Nightwing vs. Hush (read 9th June, rated: 3/5): This had the potential to be fleshed out bigger, I'm sad they used it for these shorts :( Batgirl vs. The Riddler (read 14th June, rated 4/5): Oh, I enjoyed this! Red Hood vs. Anarky (read 21st June, rated 4/5): Red Hood vs White Elitists i I've deleted the reviews to the single editions in favour of listing the volume as one book, so I'm gonna paste them here again. Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul (read 9th June, rated: 2/5): ... What? What even happened here? Nightwing vs. Hush (read 9th June, rated: 3/5): This had the potential to be fleshed out bigger, I'm sad they used it for these shorts :( Batgirl vs. The Riddler (read 14th June, rated 4/5): Oh, I enjoyed this! Red Hood vs. Anarky (read 21st June, rated 4/5): Red Hood vs White Elitists is my favourite thing on this planet. Harley Quinn vs. The Joker (read 01 July, rated: 3/5): Harley deserved to kill the abusive swine!! But man, I loved that art style. All in all, I would've loved to see more focus put on Bruce and Selina, in a way. Robin and Nightwing did this immensely, while Red Hood only had the small ark of Jason being Selina's bodyguard and Batgirl and Harley? Even if it's the Joker's great motif for doing stuff, it feels so trivial to everything... I mean, I'm not cuaght up with the current Batman story ark - not at all! - but this whole series is supposed to tie into that, and that's been missing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Batman: Preludes to the Wedding' by DC Comics collects a lot of one shots leading up to the big event. The prelude story, written by Tom King, is about an anxious Joker waiting for his wedding invite, and it sets a tone that isn't quite met for the rest of the book. The remainder of the book is a series of vs. confrontations between the Bat-Family and some of the various Batman villains. Tim Seeley does the writing with various artists doing good work. Damian gets paired off against his grandfath 'Batman: Preludes to the Wedding' by DC Comics collects a lot of one shots leading up to the big event. The prelude story, written by Tom King, is about an anxious Joker waiting for his wedding invite, and it sets a tone that isn't quite met for the rest of the book. The remainder of the book is a series of vs. confrontations between the Bat-Family and some of the various Batman villains. Tim Seeley does the writing with various artists doing good work. Damian gets paired off against his grandfather. Nightwing gets to mix it up with Hush. All the stories lead up to the wedding with events happening like an abnormal bachelor party being thrown by Superman, and a fairly normal Bride's party with a stop in Catwoman's past. The Tom King prelude is very good. A couple of the stories aren't bad. I liked the Batgirl/Riddler story and the Nightwing/Hush story. The others were adequate. I liked this collection, and it's a fun tie-in to the wedding event of the year. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from DC Comics and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Batman: Preludes to the Wedding by Tim Seeley is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early September. This comic initially comes off as creepy, lurking, shadowy, and exquisitely inked, but a whole lot of time switching and interlaced storylines wears at the overall charm and look of the greater story quite a bit: the Joker and the Riddler are keen on including themselves in the forthcoming wedding; a smarmy and somewhat hyperviolent Damian Wayne is in the care of Selina/Catwoman, even tho Batman: Preludes to the Wedding by Tim Seeley is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early September. This comic initially comes off as creepy, lurking, shadowy, and exquisitely inked, but a whole lot of time switching and interlaced storylines wears at the overall charm and look of the greater story quite a bit: the Joker and the Riddler are keen on including themselves in the forthcoming wedding; a smarmy and somewhat hyperviolent Damian Wayne is in the care of Selina/Catwoman, even though his mother is Talia Al Ghul (who chose to gestate him in a lab, apparently); R'as al Ghul as being alive and well and trying to stop the Joker's meddling, just as Batgirl is trying to stop the Riddler; Batman, Nightwing, and Superman attacked by the villain Hush during an interdimensional bachelor party, while the Red Hood minds Selena during her bachelorette party and Harley Quinn harbors a hate/keep-alive relationship with the Joker.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Collects Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1, and material from DC Nation issue #0 I almost skipped this collection, but parts of this ended up be better than I expected. But, the majority of this book wasn't that necessary. I did like seeing Ba Collects Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1, and material from DC Nation issue #0 I almost skipped this collection, but parts of this ended up be better than I expected. But, the majority of this book wasn't that necessary. I did like seeing Batman and Catwoman in moments outside of this superheroic identities. Here are my issue-by-issue thoughts: -The Robin issue was better than I expected, and I really liked the scenes between Selina and Damien. -It is hard to decide if the Nightwing issue was better than the Damien issue, but these two were the best of the collection. -Batgirl issue = pass -Red Hood issue = hard pass -Harley Quinn issue = overall, just a little good Final rating = 2.5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Rating: 3.5 Stars On Sale: September 5th This graphic novel is a collection of one-shots all with the common theme of Batman and Catwomanś wedding. There were times when I was genuinely confused by the story (Robin vs Raś al Ghul), but that could be my own fault for not keeping up with the storylines. But hello, who could pass up on the drama building up to a wedding?! On the other hand, there were other storylines I loved (Batgirl vs Riddler and Joker vs Harley). I enjoyed the art throughout the Rating: 3.5 Stars On Sale: September 5th This graphic novel is a collection of one-shots all with the common theme of Batman and Catwomanś wedding. There were times when I was genuinely confused by the story (Robin vs Raś al Ghul), but that could be my own fault for not keeping up with the storylines. But hello, who could pass up on the drama building up to a wedding?! On the other hand, there were other storylines I loved (Batgirl vs Riddler and Joker vs Harley). I enjoyed the art throughout the graphic novel and felt like it was fairly cohesive. While I wish there was more of a focus on Catwoman and Batman I would continue reading the storyline to see what happens at the wedding. ***I was provided an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** To read more of my reviews visit www.bibli0phagist.blogspot.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan Farve

    I received a copy of this graphic novel in advance from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed this prelude to the Batman/Catwoman wedding. It was interesting to see how the criminal world responded to Batman's upcoming nuptials, from increased destructive chaos to self-evaluation in the face of a hero and reformed villian finding love in one another. This novel gave us a chance to review some of Batman's most important relstionships, good and bad alike, and how they would I received a copy of this graphic novel in advance from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I enjoyed this prelude to the Batman/Catwoman wedding. It was interesting to see how the criminal world responded to Batman's upcoming nuptials, from increased destructive chaos to self-evaluation in the face of a hero and reformed villian finding love in one another. This novel gave us a chance to review some of Batman's most important relstionships, good and bad alike, and how they would be affected in the days to come. I recommend this book to any Batman fan. The art is wonderful and the story is captivating. Enjoy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    While this volume is filled with largely nonessential stories revolving around the forthcoming wedding of Batman and Catwoman, there are some good things in here. Particularly strong was the story involving Damian Wayne and his grandfather, Ra's al Ghul, during which Damian and Selina come to an understanding about how to deal with each other going forward. The art in these issues is all quite strong and in some cases outstanding. It's just kind of sad that this stuff is primarily filler, with l While this volume is filled with largely nonessential stories revolving around the forthcoming wedding of Batman and Catwoman, there are some good things in here. Particularly strong was the story involving Damian Wayne and his grandfather, Ra's al Ghul, during which Damian and Selina come to an understanding about how to deal with each other going forward. The art in these issues is all quite strong and in some cases outstanding. It's just kind of sad that this stuff is primarily filler, with little impact on what's going on in the greater story. To put this level of effort into largely throwaway work always makes me feel kind of bad for the creators.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel Darkish

    I really enjoyed this. Joker knows about the wedding, and he's furious that he hasn't been invited, so he cuts his way through Gotham's underbelly looking for it, all the while leaving wedding presents by letting other villains know about the upcoming nuptials. It's a great Joker story, and also really hits the spot with stories featuring much of the Bat-family as well. It's one of the best Batman collections in Rebirth and has, for what feels like the fifth time, taken me so close to the weddin I really enjoyed this. Joker knows about the wedding, and he's furious that he hasn't been invited, so he cuts his way through Gotham's underbelly looking for it, all the while leaving wedding presents by letting other villains know about the upcoming nuptials. It's a great Joker story, and also really hits the spot with stories featuring much of the Bat-family as well. It's one of the best Batman collections in Rebirth and has, for what feels like the fifth time, taken me so close to the wedding that I can practically hear the organ playing, but doesn't give me the wedding itself. With all this buildup, it better be beyond amazing. I'm just saying.

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