Wednesday, June 20, 2018


From the publisher: Red Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad—which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman’s bachelorette party—and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd!

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 is Tim Seeley's latest effort in this series of one-shots leading up to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman. They have all been varying levels of entertaining, but this once has been the one I least enjoyed. More on that in a bit.

Red Hood vs Anarky #1 takes place at the same time as the previous book. While that one focused on Batman's bachelor party, this one follows Catwoman during the events of her bachelorette party. To make sure nothing happens to Catwoman, Batman "hires" Jason Todd/Red Hood, a former Robin, to watch over her. He is tasked with keeping her safe and not being seen. Anarky, a sometime villain and former Batman trainee, decides now is the time to take some revenge. Fighting ensues, as it often does. In between these confrontations, Seeley shows us a little more about Catwoman and her past, which is interesting and adds even more depth to her character. Finally, Seeley gives a peek at Joker and sets up the next issue.

As I've mentioned in other reviews of this series, I like the idea behind it: focus on supporting characters and what they are thinking about the upcoming wedding, but without the commitment of a full series. I also like the short epilogues that give a glimpse at Joker and his thoughts of the wedding (no Batman wedding can be complete without him). As far as this particular story, it wasn't my favorite, but I think that's more a function of the characters than the writing. I'm not a huge Red Hood fan; he has his moments, but at times the anger and resentment of the character just isn't engaging to me. And Anarky is not a great villain the majority of the time, particularly when there are so many fantastic bad guys in Batman's rogues gallery.

Overall, I liked Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 by Tim Seeley. Its a quick and easy read that moves the wedding a little closer and continues to set the stage for Joker's impact on Batman and Catwoman.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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