Title: Batman (2016-) #49
Words: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin
Inks: Mikel Janin
Colors: June Chung
Publication Date: June 20, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “THE BEST MAN” part two! Now it’s up to Catwoman to rescue her one true love. It’s the Cat vs. the Clown in one exciting showdown that sets the stage for our giant anniversary issue-and the biggest union in comics!
“Why does the Penguin have an Umbrella? Is that a thing?”
One of the most interesting and exciting aspects of the ongoing Batman series has always been its villains; Batman has a unique relationship with his villains and Tom King utilizes his script-time in Batman (2016-) #49 to focus on these relationships and, in doing so, add a level of authenticity to the series. King’s dialogue work is impressive throughout Batman (2016-) #49 and the conversation that he crafts between Catwoman and the Joker is captivating. It’s interesting to hear two of Batman’s longtime villains communicating as colleagues and, perhaps even as friends. Their exchange is interesting and insightful and makes for an excellent read.
Artist Mikel Janin does a fine job in bringing King’s script to life but, seeing as though this book only warranted the illustrating of two characters, Janin wasn’t given the opportunity to ‘wow’ readers. Regardless of having limited characters and settings at his disposal, Janin utilized what was available and ended up producing a visually appealing issue.
The Bottom Line:
It’s cat versus clown in a fight to the death; in Batman (2016-) #49, Catwoman and the Joker square off, and writer Tom King utilizes this time wisely and focuses on Batman’s unique relationship with his villains as well as his villains relationships with one another.