Wednesday, June 27, 2018
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - HARLEY QUINN VS. THE JOKER #1 by Tim Seeley - Book Review
From the publisher: 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 new 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.
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1 by Tim Seeley (that is a long title) is the last of the Prelude stories. Seeley once again takes two Batman characters and has them face off with the upcoming wedding between Batman and Catwoman as the background. However, this time, instead of a hero and villain, he chooses two villains (well, Harley is sometimes a villain). This makes for an entertaining story.
Harley Quinn's backstory is that she was a psychologist who fell in love with Joker, and then later had a falling out. So a wedding is a perfect setting for them. In this case, Harley has created some death-traps and wants to help Joker realize how much Harley knows and loves him. Joker is just miffed that he didn't get invited to the wedding. A dialogue about relationships ensues.
Seeley wrote another fun book, putting some attention on two more characters that would definitely have something to say about Batman and Catwoman getting married, but would distract from the lead-up to the wedding in the main storyline. However, with the Joker being a part of the epilogue in the Prelude books, he has become a focal character. In fact, this book leads directly into the main Batman title and the wedding issue(s).
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1 by Tim Seeley is a good read. I would recommend it to Batman fans, those who've read the other Prelude books, and Harley and Joker fans. Seeley has done a great job with these one-shots, and I feel like he's added to the story of the Batman/Catwoman wedding, which I believe was the purpose of these books. Mission accomplished.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.