Title: Batman (2016-) #50
Script: Tom King
Art: Mikel Janin, Jim Lee, & Many More
Publication Date: July 4th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.
The following review does contain SPOILERS; read with caution.
Before diving into this review, I believe that it is important to clear the air about the whole DC & The New York Times Joining Forces to Spoil Batman #50 thing; if you want to know what I think about what happened with DC & the NYT, click link in this paragraph. If you want to know what I think about Batman #50, without allowing what happened this past Sunday to cloud my judgement, keep reading. The following review is, in no way, affected or influenced by recent events.
Alright fellow Bat-Fans, this is it, the issue that we’ve all been patiently waiting for–Batman and Catwoman are finally tying the knot. Their relationship has blossomed whilst chasing one another through the night, jumping and dashing from rooftop to rooftop, their love ebbing and flowing throughout, so it only makes sense that the two meet, to make it official, on a rooftop, high above the streets of Gotham City. That was the plan, at least, and when it comes to comics, as we longtime readers know, nothing ever goes exactly according to plan…
Tom King’s writing has remained consistent throughout his run on Batman, and Batman #50 is no different. King’s voice, whether he is narrating, speaking as Bruce Wayne, or as Selina Kyle, is authentic and filled with concern and admiration for the characters in his comics. King’s script is sharp and each word carries great weight.
The artwork in Batman #50 is, in a word, stunning. Some of DC’s best and most talented creators have gathered here to witness the union of Batman and Catwoman (pardon the wedding-speak), and in doing so, have created a visually captivating work that acknowledges and celebrates Batman and Catwoman’s rich history. Packed with plenty of eye-candy, Batman #50 is worth far more than the cover price.
The Bottom Line:
Controversy aside, Batman #50 is a very well-written and well-illustrated work that honors Batman & Catwoman’s past while also looking to the future with bright eyes. Aside from the great story that Tom King has crafted (and has been crafting for that matter) the artwork in this book is stunning. Batman #50 is a must-read comics for fans of the Dark Knight.