Title: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky (2018-) #1
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Javier Fernandez
Cover: Rafael Albuquerque
Publication Date: June 20, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “Red Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad-which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman’s bachelorette party-and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd!”
Weddings are a tricky business. Do you go traditional or modern? What’s the budget? Where do you sit Uncle Roy? Most importantly, who do you invite? In this issue, Batman and Catwoman face some serious backlash because of who they cut off their invite list. As Catwoman heads out for her bachelorette party, darker plans are afoot. It’s up to the Red Hood to keep the bride, and Gotham, safe from Anarky.
Seeley really plays into the wedding anxiety in Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky (2018-) #1 as the big day draws nearer. Your average bride and groom have enough pressure, but how do you make those tough decisions when you’re Catwoman and Batman? As two of the most infamous people in Gotham, both have their fair share of enemies that would prefer to see the wedding day end in ruin instead of delight. I think Seeley plays up these anxieties in just the right way, striking the balance between wedding drama and superhero responsibility. Anarky was an inspired choice for a villain this issue, the perfect chaotic yin to Batman’s orderly yang. Anarky calls into question Batman’s actions, is he a hero or just power hungry? Most importantly, why wasn’t The Joker on the invite list? Luckily the Red Hood is ready to step in to defend the bridal party and save the wedding…er the day. The life of a superhero is never easy, why should his wedding be any different?
Javier Fernandez creates some terrific panels in this issue and the fight scenes are excellent. The finaltwo pages are particularly inspired, emphasizing the frantic antics of The Joker and the stress weddings seem to naturally produce.
As the wedding day draws near fans are beginning to wonder, what else could go wrong? Well, I think we’re about to find out.
The Bottom Line:
There’s no pleasing everyone at a wedding, and Tim Seeley really highlights that in Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky (2018-) #1. This is another great prelude issue. The wedding, as a theme, continues to produce some truly great storylines and mash-ups.