Wednesday, June 6, 2018
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - NIGHTWING VS. HUSH #1 by Tim Seeley - Book Review
From the publisher: Dick Grayson has a lot of responsibility. Being the original partner to Batman, he’s the natural choice to be Bruce Wayne’s best man. So if anyone has to get to the wedding, it’s going to be him. Too bad Hush has other plans—and maybe Bruce Wayne does, too!
Nightwing vs. Hush #1 is the second book in the Batman: Prelude to the Wedding series by Tim Seeley. Each issue looks at a confrontation between part of Batman's "family" and one of his villains, as Batman and Catwoman move closer to their big day.
In this issue, Nightwing and Superman have taken Batman out for his bachelor party. Unfortunately, Hush interferes, and he and Nightwing find themselves in a weird sort of pocket dimension where faceless beings are after them. While light on story/plot, this issue does look at the relationship between Bruce Wayne/Batman and Dick Grayson/Nightwing and contrasts it with the relationship between Batman and Hush, his childhood friend. This forms the emotional backbone of the story and is an interesting examination of complicated friendship between Bruce and Dick. Meanwhile, the issue ends with more Joker undercurrents and sets up the next Prelude book: Batgirl vs. Riddler.
Seeley is doing a nice job with these books so far. I've enjoyed looking at the peripheral characters that are involved in Batman's life and how his pending marriage might affect them. These are people who are important in Batman's history, but would just receive a cameo if left to the "wedding" issue. I also like how Seeley is adding a touch of creepiness and fear by touching on Joker's actions during this time. The suspense for the actual wedding continues to rise.
I highly recommend Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Nightwing vs. Hush by Tim Seeley. This is a tie-in book that is adding to the main storyline without being required reading. It's also a great read for fans of the greater Bat-family, rather than just the man himself.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.