Maybe Don’t Keep Your Enemies Closer (Batman #48 Comic Review)

Writer Tom King

Art & Cover Mikel Janin

Color June Chung

Letters Clayton Cowles

Where We Are Now

With the wedding date set, bachelor party had and excitement throughout Gotham this is one of the biggest celebrity weddings in decades! So far, in other tangents in the universe we have seen other members of the bat family faced with opposition that not only challenges them physically but shakes them to their very cores, and in Batman #48 The Best Man Pt. 1 Bruce is no different. Who would be best to shake Batman to his core? Rhetorical! Its the Joker, and he is very much upset about not getting an invitation. In the tangent series Prelude To The Wedding, we’ve seen how Joker’s jealous anger has forced the League of Assassins and the Riddler to face his indiscriminate wrath.

What’s Happening

Immediately we are thrown directly into the drama when we are shown Joker trying to reach catharsis with his lack of invitation by slaughtering an entire wedding. Joker ranting the same phrase over and over as he makes his way through the event one guest at a time, saving the bride and groom for last. As he gets to the couple Batman arrives, but something is different about this encounter. Could the clown prince of crime be getting sloppy while in his feelings? Or is all of this wanton murder a part of a grand scheme?

Reflection

I personally love this issue, Batman comics recently have been missing their cerebral touch since the last time we saw the Joker in the Death Of The Family arc. This issue gave us our first highly anticipated look at what exactly is going on with the joker since they have been teasing his knowledge of the wedding and anger about not receiving an invitation. The art style we see in this comic is very unconventional, looking like still frames in a CGI environment. With the way the dialogue is used with this art style, it feels almost like watching more Batman lore made by the studio who just released the ninja movie. This arc as a whole has a lot going for it and with the event at hand I doubt DC is going to let anything it slips

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Travis Tucker

Travis Tucker

Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.
Summary
This is a smashing entrance for the Joke at this time in Bruce's life, the way the art and writing come together is something rare to behold. Its not often I'm thinking about how good the cinematography in a comic book is. I'm very much curious to see where this story is going and I'm taking my seat for the ride. I highly suggest getting this comic for any collector looking to keep a piece of one the most important weddings of the decade!
Good
  • Fantastic Writing
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Attention To Detail
  • Compelling
  • Leaves You Excited For More
Bad
  • I Can Only Be Impacted By This Once
10
Perfect
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Born in Florida, dragged to California because of Internet dating. Comics have always helped me have a healthy escape when I was younger. As I got older my friends used me as their comic encyclopedia for random trivia. Now, I show my daughter all the stories and characters that helped me through, and being able to share my views on that through reviews is one of my favorite privileges.

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