Wednesday, July 4, 2018

BATMAN #50 by Tom King - Book Review

From the publisher: 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.

Tom King has been building toward Batman #50 for some time, with the wedding of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle. The stories leading to the wedding have ranged from great to fantastic, and issue #50 promises to cap them off in style. King doesn't fail to disappoint.

Batman #50 is the story of the hours leading up to the wedding ceremony. King chooses to tell the story from the alternating viewpoints of Batman and Catwoman as they get prepared: deciding on a location and time, finding a judge, witnesses, etc. King also uses an epistolary format, having some of the story told through letters. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll stop here, but I do want to say that King writes with emotion and clarity, and his stories never seem to take a straight line, with Batman #50 being no exception.

I don't often comment on the art of a comic, but Batman #50 had a cool format. Mutliple artists created splash pages to coincide with about half the story. Not every drawing was my favorite, but I did enjoy seeing various stylistic takes on Batman and Catwoman and their relationship through the years.

Overall, Batman #50 by Tom King was an excellent comic. It can be read by casual fans who enjoy events, but it is probably best read by readers who have followed along with Tom King's run on Batman. I highly recommend this book.

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

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