Title: Batman (2016-) #46
Words: Tom King
Art: Tony Salvador Daniel
Publication Date: May 2, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “THE TRAVELERS” part two! Booster Gold’s wedding present has screwed up Batman’s past, and done even more damage to his present. Now, with the Caped Crusader himself refusing to cooperate, the only way for Booster to correct this runaway timeline is to get Catwoman on his side. But with her own past altered, can he make Catwoman recognize the qualities in her husband-to-be that brought them together in the first place? Plus, if Batman isn’t doing his job, Gotham City may become way more dangerous than our bumbling time-traveler might be ready for.
Saying that Booster Gold’s wedding present to Batman and Catwoman screwed up Bruce Wayne’s past and poses danger to the present is a gross understatement; time-traveling is alway tricky, and frankly, Booster Gold has a history of making things worse before he makes them better.
Commenting on this issue without spoiling what happens is quite difficult, and really, I want you to read and experience what happens in this comic for yourself; the last thing I want to do is put a damper on someone else’s reading experience. With that said, and with avoiding the details of this story in mind, Batman #46 was a fantastic comic book that successfully manages to inspire readers to ask questions in a way that thrills.
Tom King knows how to tell a multi-faceted story better than most working in the industry, and one of the reasons why I am comfortable in saying that he’s one of the industry’s best writers is that he is able to take complex ideas and boil away the nonsense and show readers what they need to find themselves overwhelmed with thought-provoking entertainment.
Tony S. Daniel has done some of his best work here in this issue–his illustrations are tight and highly-detailed and add intensity to a script that already explodes with action and emotion.
The Bottom Line:
Booster Gold tearing up Batman’s timeline is not a gift, watching things fall apart in Batman #46 certainly is however; as the situation continues to get worse, Tom King continues to capitalize on the chaos.