Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janín, June Chung, Clayton Cowels, José Luis Garcia-Lopez, Trish Mulvihill, Becky Cloonan, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Frank Miller, Alex Sinclair, Lee Bermejo, Neal Adams, HI-FI, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Rafael Albuquerque, Andy Kubert, Tim Sale, José Villarrubia, Paul Pope, Mitch Gerads, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Ty Templeton, Keiren Smith, Joëlle Jones, David Finch, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia and Lee Weeks
Edited by: Brittany Holzherr and Jamie S. Rich
Published by: DC Comics
What it’s about..
It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.
Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.
What I thought about it…
As most of you know by now, on Sunday The New York Times spoiled the contents of Batman #50. I think that was a crap move by DC Comics, and retailers have every right to be pissed. But I still bought all the covers I pre-ordered, because I’m not going to punish my local comic shop for something they had zero control over.
The comic itself, was disappointing to say the least, but not for the reasons you might think. Batman #50 is supposed to be the payoff to almost two years worth of build-up. But the plot in Batman #50 is light, and unfulfilling. Batman and Catwoman spend most of the issue reminiscing about all their adventures together, and this is all told with what amount to full-page pin-ups.
So if you were looking forward to some art by Frank Miller, José Luis Garcia-Lopez (praise be his name), or Jim Lee, all you get is one page for each. Some of the images are beautiful, with my favorite being the one by Jason Fabok. But the whole Batman and Catwoman think about the past, isn’t anything new.
The few pages of present day stuff, were okay. There’s even a moment between Bruce Wayne and Alfred that was a genuine tear-jerker scene. Another nice sequence was when Catwoman had to put on the dress, and it wasn’t going too well. It was a fun little conversation, and probably something a lot of brides could relate too.
A lot of fans haven’t liked Tom King’s run on Batman, but I thought he was doing a good job. For me, King was the first writer that made me think Catwoman and Batman were truly in love, and it wasn’t simply a lust thing. Their romance felt natural, and I enjoyed seeing the characters happily together.
I won’t say what happens in the final page of Batman #50, but I will say it ticked me off. Not because it isn’t interesting, but because all it does is set up the next 50 issues of Batman. But to tell you the truth, I don’t know if I have it in me to invest money and another 2 plus years into this book just to be disappointed again.
Batman #50 score: C