Til Death Do Us Part (Batman #49 Review)

Script: Tom King

Art & Cover: Mikel Janin

Color: June Chung

Letters: Clayton Cowless

Variant Cover: Stanely “Artgerm” Lau

Earlier

Joker knows about the wedding and needless to say without an invitation…he is not happy. Last issue we were shown a grieving Joker taking his emotions out on an entire wedding by first slaughtering the guests, then bride and groom. Batman arrives too late to save the civilians and now struggles to save himself while facing off against the surprisingly somber clown prince of crime. Bruce finds himself bested and at the mercy of his nemesis who deems it necessary to shoot Batman as he confesses his feelings about the wedding, eventually asking if he is his best man. With Batman’s life in the balance, his fiance Catwoman is the one on her way to save him.

Now

Catwoman is on the scene! With old memories and a new grudge, Selina must face off against the Joker to save her future husband. With the two nearly evenly matched, they have more to talk about than what you’d think. The ending to the Best Man two part miniseries Batman #49 drills itself back into our minds with new questions about everyone’s relationship in the Bat family and one special clown just outside of that circle. With quick action panels and very humble use of subtle dialogue, this issue feels like Joker has been in the family the whole time and is here welcoming his new sister-in-law to the family in this brilliant kickoff to the anniversary issue and the wedding of the decade.

Thoughts

The issue is amazing! Really showcasing how deep Selina had been in the world of crime. Letting long time readers see a familiar side of the Joker, one that he doesn’t really have with anyone other than Batman. They carry over the art style of the last issue with the idyllic computer generated stills reminiscent of a Gotham by Gearbox(Borderlands) with dialogue that compliments the panels in a manner that only makes this issue far more cerebral than it could’ve been alone.

 

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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 issue was amazing. It was a great set up to the wedding coming soon. The way King is steering this series and its characters more into the cerebral and existential feels like a fresh take on these very old characters. I am very much excited for what the wedding has to tell us and the last prelude before the big day. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this if you can.
Good
  • Ambitious Illustration
  • Compelling
  • Ambitious Writing
  • Fantastic Writing
  • Nostalgia
  • Twists
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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