Batman, Volume 7: The Wedding

Batman, Volume 7: The Wedding

It's the marriage of Batman and Catwoman! The wedding of the century is here in BATMAN VOL. 7, written by the critically acclaimed Tom King!The day has finally arrived: the nuptials of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. But their road to wedded bliss won't be easy. With visitors from this time and beyond, the Bat and the Cat will have to undergo even more trials and tribulations...

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Batman, Volume 7: The Wedding Reviews

  • Wing Kee

    A most beautiful and interesting end to comics longest courtship.

    World: The art for this series been fantastic, it sets the tone so well and the panels speak so much more than the dialog that accompany it, this creative team just knows how to compliment each other (like Capullo and Snyder). The characters are beautiful, full of character and personality and as I said, the silences speak louder than words because the art is so good. Then there is the huge list of different artists that came and c

    A most beautiful and interesting end to comics longest courtship.

    World: The art for this series been fantastic, it sets the tone so well and the panels speak so much more than the dialog that accompany it, this creative team just knows how to compliment each other (like Capullo and Snyder). The characters are beautiful, full of character and personality and as I said, the silences speak louder than words because the art is so good. Then there is the huge list of different artists that came and contributed to the ‘Wedding’, you see the names you see the art, it brings all the feels, it brings everything and it’s perfect (much like Action Comics 1000). The world building is amazing, it’s a combination of what King has created since he came on board and also a call back to the long history of these two characters and their respective history and little slice of Gotham. I don’t want to ruin it for readers but the world draws up all the feels.

    Story: There are three stories here, and all are amazing and not to be spoilt by my rambling and gushing. The Booster Gold story is amazing, a lot of people have done Booster and his stories fall into a very specific framing: Booster goes back and does something stupid, tries to fix it, hijinx, last minute save and rinse and repeat. What we have here falls into that framework but with King’s steady hand and his ties to the Bat/Cat marriage this story becomes something more, it hits hard and makes you cry. Then there’s the wonderful ‘Best Man’ story, this is King’s second Joker story after ‘War of Jokes and Riddles’ and I think this one is way better than that one (which was also pretty fantastic). This is the Joker we grew up with, the Animated Series style of Joker that’s jokey but the layer of menace underneath is very real and very frightening (I loved Snyder’s version and I love how different this one is). This ‘Best Man’ tale is frightening and the dialog is so insanely good, the 2 issues with the two mains is so well done and so well sums up the the relationship that each character has with the Joker, so insanely good. Then there’s the ‘Wedding’ I am not going to say anything at all, this is a culmination of a love story that has been going on for years and many generations of comic book readers have been hoping for and this is it, that’s all I’ll say, this is indeed the long game. Well played King, we'll played.

    Characters: Bat and Cat are so well done, ever since King pick up this book and started telling the tale of their relationship and tied in all the past and dreamed of a future that comic readers have been hoping we’ve been spoilt. King’s dialog, his control and work with the art and how he tells character moments is amazing. Selina and Bruce are so good and King tells how well they fit together and how they don’t fit together, just like any real relationship. That’s what King has done, created a sense of realness to the characters. Even the Joker with is over the top nature is real, he plays by a set of rules and he acts and responds in a certain way which I love. King can do characters. Enjoy them.

    Enjoy this culmination, what ever you think of the end, think of the future and the past and how it ended up here and how we will move forward, this will go down as one of the best runs of Batman in it’s publication history, we will remember Moore, Miller, Dixon, Kane, Snyder, and now King is up there in this pantheon of writers who have made and defined aspects of Batman that future generations of writers will call back on and treasure.

    Onward to the next book!

    *read individual issues*

  • Mitchell Kukulka

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    Ultimately, the payoff subverts the year-long build-up, which is going to (and already has) piss some people off, but for me the new developments are welcome, needed and exciting.

    Three different but equally enticing stories in this volume.

    The first, "The Gift," is a three-issue vignette of an alternate future in which, thanks to some meddling in the timestream by Booster Gold, Bruce Wayne's parents never died, therefore he never found a reason to be

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    Ultimately, the payoff subverts the year-long build-up, which is going to (and already has) piss some people off, but for me the new developments are welcome, needed and exciting.

    Three different but equally enticing stories in this volume.

    The first, "The Gift," is a three-issue vignette of an alternate future in which, thanks to some meddling in the timestream by Booster Gold, Bruce Wayne's parents never died, therefore he never found a reason to become Batman. Like literally everything that's ever happened in any comic book ever, things go pear-shaped, though not before King demonstrates some genuine skill with the deadpan style of comedy needed to meld the drastically different worlds of Booster Gold and Batman.

    The second, "The Best Man," lasts just two issues, but leaves a considerable impression as Joker succeeds at incapacitating Batman, causing his bride-to-be to come to his rescue. Oddly enough, the resulting interaction between the cat and the clown serves as a twisted companion piece to the fan-favorite "Double Date" story between Superman, Lois Lane, Catwoman and Batman a few issues back -- bleeding out together after a mutually destructive gun v. claw fight, the Seinfeldian, fourth-wall-leaning conversations between the two is one of the absolute highlights of King's already excellent run.

    The final story, "The Wedding" is a beautiful and ultimately tragic tribute to Batman, Catwoman and the many artists that have brought them to life for the past 80 years. And even if it doesn't go as some had hoped, the emotional state it leaves Batman in could very well be setting up one of the most memorable periods in the legendary character's long history, and one that plays perfectly to King's strengths as a writer.

    Whereas Grant Morrison explored the outermost limits of Batman's potential as a work of fiction, and Scott Snyder paid tribute to Batman's status as a symbol of hope both inside the comic book world and out, Tom King is interested in digging in deep to examine the emotional depths of Bruce Wayne, laying bare the vulnerabilities that make him weak, and the vulnerabilities that make him strong.

    The one thing that has set King's run on Batman above just about every run before it and every other book on your LCS' shelves is the writer's dedication to weaving his stories into one big tapestry. More so than an other comic run that I can think of, every story, every plot point and every theme explored by King's

    meshes with what comes before and after.

    The "I Am _____" trilogy that made up his first three arcs exposed the raw nerves underneath Batman's cowl unlike anything that had come before it, whereas the storylines that followed took a deep look (25 issues deep) at a question previous writers have posed without really offering a definitive conclusion: "Can Batman be happy?"

    King finally gives the answer: "Yes, he can. But he shouldn't be."

    The possibilities opened up by the new status quo are as endless as the very last panel is ominous.

  • Artemy

    Oh man. This is impossible to talk about without spoiling everything, so I won’t. But this was phenomenal and beautiful and so emotional and gut-wrenching, and I love these characters, I love Tom King and this was just... ahhh. So good.

  • James DeSantis

    Well we're at the half way mark. I have to finally say it after 7 full volumes...King has probably done my favorite Batman run of all time so far.

    This is basically all leading up to Batman's big wedding day. We start with Booster Gold trying to give Batman a gift. As his usual self, he fucks up big time as always. Then we have Joker being very upset someone is getting married so he starts murdering people to get the Bat's attention. In comes Batman and then Catwoman. Then last arc is, well, the

    Well we're at the half way mark. I have to finally say it after 7 full volumes...King has probably done my favorite Batman run of all time so far.

    This is basically all leading up to Batman's big wedding day. We start with Booster Gold trying to give Batman a gift. As his usual self, he fucks up big time as always. Then we have Joker being very upset someone is getting married so he starts murdering people to get the Bat's attention. In comes Batman and then Catwoman. Then last arc is, well, the actual marriage!

    Good: I really dug the whole arc with Booster Gold. I mean, if ever read about the dude, you know he'll correct the time. But this was a interesting look into Bruce's mind, a evil Catwoman, and more. This was easily my favorite part of the volume. I also enjoyed Joker and Cat's talk. Last but not least I dug the hell out of the wedding issue for most part. The letters were great but it was the touching moments with Alfred and such that made this better. Also, that ending....oh fuck.

    Bad: The joker first part is a little...odd? It seems weird how Batman is acting. Also, to just do what he does is silly IMO. I also thought the images of all the different artist for Catwoman and Batman in issue 50 was odd choice at times.

    Overall, King has made some remarkable arcs for Batman. I really love a lot of it. It started off Rocky but got better and better. I really hope his second half is as strong as his first. Another 4 out of 5.

  • Eli Seibert

    The Gift storyline= 3.5 stars

    The Best Man storyline= 4 stars

    And the “Wedding”…

    Made my heart hurt.

    I feel like the parent who tells their kids “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” And it’s true, I’m not so much angry at the turnout for issue 50 (it was spoiled for me ahead of time) as I am wondering what the point of it all was. They had several guests artists, and all this promotional stuff, and like 2 years of build up to this (longer if you’ve been with BatCat since the beginning), and for

    The Gift storyline= 3.5 stars

    The Best Man storyline= 4 stars

    And the “Wedding”…

    Made my heart hurt.

    I feel like the parent who tells their kids “I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.” And it’s true, I’m not so much angry at the turnout for issue 50 (it was spoiled for me ahead of time) as I am wondering what the point of it all was. They had several guests artists, and all this promotional stuff, and like 2 years of build up to this (longer if you’ve been with BatCat since the beginning), and for it to turn out how it did, and just fall so flat, I just don’t really… get it. I don’t get why.

    Maybe it will be more clear why King did what he did as the series continues, but for the sake of this volume: the Wedding= 3.5 stars

    Average= 3.67 stars (rounding up because I’m nice)

  • Sam Quixote

    On page two of this book Green Lantern commits suicide by power ring and blows his own head off. Wow - top that for a wedding toast! I knew a Batman wedding was never going to be normal but I don’t think anybody expected that!

    As good as the lead-in books to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding have been, the actual event itself is… underwhelming. Like The War of Jokes and Riddles, this is unfortunately one of my least favourite books in Tom King’s Batman run. And I’m not saying that because one of the

    On page two of this book Green Lantern commits suicide by power ring and blows his own head off. Wow - top that for a wedding toast! I knew a Batman wedding was never going to be normal but I don’t think anybody expected that!

    As good as the lead-in books to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding have been, the actual event itself is… underwhelming. Like The War of Jokes and Riddles, this is unfortunately one of my least favourite books in Tom King’s Batman run. And I’m not saying that because one of the worst superheroes of all time, Booster fucking Gold, takes up half the book - King’s such a good writer, he manages to make even that braindead moron tolerable!

    Yup, Batman and Catwoman are getting married so of course let’s have a three issue Booster Gold storyline!? Dumbass wants to get Bruce a wedding present - but what do you give the man who has everything? A vision of what the world would be like if he hadn’t lost his parents and become Batman; proof that his life was - is - worthwhile. Except Booster fucks it up because he’s a fuckup and shit gets kerazy.

    I actually liked this unexpected story. Alternative future storylines can be fun as we see familiar characters in unfamiliar roles - Jason Todd as a car-security salesman who kills Jokers (wink wink) - both Batman and Catwoman behave unexpectedly, and like I said King writes Booster Gold so that he’s not completely off-putting.

    Tony S. Daniel’s artwork is slick as always though I do wonder if he shares my low opinion of Booster as the close-ups of the character, with those dead eyes and blank expression, make him look like an imbecile. And it was cool to see Catwoman don the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman outfit from Batman Returns.

    Then we’re into a two-part Joker storyline, The Best Man. After this story and The War of Jokes and Riddles I’ve come to realise that I don’t like Tom King’s Joker very much. He doesn’t write him terribly - he gives him some great lines, Joker’s menacing enough, he sounds like the Joker - but he’s one of the few major characters King’s failed to make his own. He’s a little too predictably unpredictable, a bit derivative and indistinct, a bit too chatty - the first part, he antagonises Batman as you’d expect; the second, he and Catwoman powwow about the bad old days. I thought this was going to be the best part of the book but it turned out to be really boring.

    But it’s not the worst part of the book which is, surprisingly, the main event: the wedding itself. I won’t go into spoilers but expect the unexpected - for the final couple pages at least. Because the dozens of pages leading up to it is a whole load of nothing with Bruce and Selina waffling on about their relationship while one big name guest artist after another contributes pin-up art. It’s a great looking issue but overly drawn-out and totally lacking a story as King instead stuffs the background with Easter Eggs - references from his Batman run as well as Batman and Catwoman’s history.

    Batman, Volume 7: The Wedding has its moments here and there and the art on the whole is superb but it’s disappointingly boring for the most part and fails to live up to the months of build-up. I have to say though that the absurdly fast pace that Tom King is knocking out these books - and have the quality of those books remain consistently high for the most part - is pretty fucking amazing, so hats off to him for that. I mean, we’re seven books deep and there have been a couple mediocre entries but no truly bad ones - that’s astonishing.

    Further to that, it doesn’t seem like King’s running out of ideas at this point in the game - if anything, the ending of this book indicates that, far from slowing down, he’s only gotten started! There’s a clear direction and strong purpose for at least the next story arc which I can’t wait to read. And this is the halfway point of King’s ambitious 100 issue storyline so who knows what’ll happen?

    Meow…

  • Chad

    A totally out of character Booster Gold gives Batman a wedding present by saving his parents setting up a Bat version of Flashpoint where everything is WAY worse. I had a hard time getting past the fact that Booster would never muck with time that way. Maybe Booster and Beetle would back in their wacky JLI days, but the Geoff Johns and Dan Jurgens penned versions of Booster over the last 15 years? No way. He secretly corrects time. Hell, at the same time these issues were coming out Booster was

    A totally out of character Booster Gold gives Batman a wedding present by saving his parents setting up a Bat version of Flashpoint where everything is WAY worse. I had a hard time getting past the fact that Booster would never muck with time that way. Maybe Booster and Beetle would back in their wacky JLI days, but the Geoff Johns and Dan Jurgens penned versions of Booster over the last 15 years? No way. He secretly corrects time. Hell, at the same time these issues were coming out Booster was over in Action Comics stopping Superman from going back to the past and saving Jor-El. Tony Daniel does make the book sing though.

    Then the Joker shows up to be Batman's Best man whether he likes it or not. King has a fantastic, menacing, off-kilter take on the Joker I really liked. The second half of this with Catwoman and the Joker may be the best issue King's ever written.

    Last up is the 50th issue where the Bat and the Cat are finally going to tie the knot. It's one of those anniversary issues with guest artists contributing splash pages throughout the story. I always find those distracting and it makes the issue feel like a clip episode of a sitcom to me. Ultimately, this ended exactly the way I expected it to when I heard the two were getting married. That last page though was killer and shows King may just have this whole thing planned out for another 50 issues like he says.

  • Ryan Stewart

    There's no doubt Tom King is a talented writer, and this volume is full of interesting ideas. The short scene with the Joker waiting for the arrival of his wedding invitation is excellent and I think perfectly nails what makes the Joker so terrifying. Also loved the conversation between Bruce and Alfred. It's great. And the issue with all the guest artists is captivating, and I even dug the gooey "your eyes" stuff.

    But perhaps my biggest gripe about this run (which I'm very lukewarm on overall) i

    There's no doubt Tom King is a talented writer, and this volume is full of interesting ideas. The short scene with the Joker waiting for the arrival of his wedding invitation is excellent and I think perfectly nails what makes the Joker so terrifying. Also loved the conversation between Bruce and Alfred. It's great. And the issue with all the guest artists is captivating, and I even dug the gooey "your eyes" stuff.

    But perhaps my biggest gripe about this run (which I'm very lukewarm on overall) is that King's characters don't act like real people, and this volume is the biggest offender yet. They make decisions that progress the story, not decisions they would actually make. The tiny push that leads Selina to standup Bruce--after more than a YEAR of building this deep relationship--is super weak and I don't believe for a second that a real person wouldn't just approach their significant other to talk it out. Especially when the point is brought up by a total nut job. Also Booster Gold... what the hell?

    A lot of the hate lobbed at this arc is not King's fault, it lies at the feet of the decision makers at DC. King had a plan, DC pushed a false angle to sell books... and it backfired pretty spectacularly. That said, King's long payoff better be pretty special or this could define his run on Batman... which would be unfortunate for a writer of his caliber.

  • Malum

    --You can't really talk about this book without SPOILERS, so I am going to be better than DC and actually warn you of the SPOILERS that are incoming.--

    Wow, what a clustertruck, DC. You write one of the biggest events (or non-events, as it turned out to be) of the year, and then you purposefully spoil it for everyone before it is released because of sales figures or some such nonsense.

    This volume is really hard to review. It had some fun moments but, in the end, it all turned out to be pointless

    --You can't really talk about this book without SPOILERS, so I am going to be better than DC and actually warn you of the SPOILERS that are incoming.--

    Wow, what a clustertruck, DC. You write one of the biggest events (or non-events, as it turned out to be) of the year, and then you purposefully spoil it for everyone before it is released because of sales figures or some such nonsense.

    This volume is really hard to review. It had some fun moments but, in the end, it all turned out to be pointless nonsense and it made the last few Batman volumes also a bunch of pointless nonsense.

    So, first we get a Booster Gold story. It is an "alternate timeline" story so it is kind of pointless. It does, however, have some batshit (no pun intended) insane moments that you can only do with "alternate dimension/timeline stories", and so it was kind of fun.

    Next, we get a Joker arc. This one also started really crazy, but it ended with an entire issue of Catwoman and Joker having a conversation together. I kind of liked this, but YMMV.

    Finally, we get the wedding issue. My favorite part of this was a VERY touching Alfred/Bruce moment that literally made me say "awwww" out loud. We also get a bunch of art from different artists of Batman and Catwoman together. Honestly, though, some of this art was really bad. Did they have fans submit art for this? I am seriously asking, because some of it looks like it was drawn by children.

    So, anyway, Catwoman comes to the realization that if she marries Batman and makes him happy, then he won't be Batman anymore. So, basically, she realizes that Batman NEEDS to suffer and be miserable so that he can spend the rest of his life fighting crazy people. So, of course, she abandons him at the altar. Alrighty then.

    What a terrible ending to what has been a really neat arc for Bats and Cats.

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