BM-Cv48Batman #48

DC Comics

Written by Tom King

Art by Mikel Janin

Colors by June Chung

Letters by Clayton Cowles

We all knew that the biggest wildcard to any wedding between Batman and Catwoman was going to be Joker being involved. His obsession with being the sole focus of Batman’s life would never allow him to just let that event go on without him being either involved or destroying it altogether. So this issue is all about how he plans to do just that.

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Joker has decided since he wasn’t invited to the wedding that he would find someone else’s wedding and crash it. For the Joker, crashing it means killing everyone in the church in order to lure Batman to the scene. It’s a scene designed to be provocative and it will be for some people. It also seemed a little lazy in regards to the stories leading up to this. There just didn’t seem to be a lot of planning involved. I might be missing something, but this seems like something Joker could have done at any time and gotten the same result.

King chooses to have Batman silent in this issue, so everything is told from the point of view of Joker and normally, that would be interesting, but it seemed a little excessive and didn’t really convey either menace, humor or emotion. It just didn’t seem like there was a point to any of this other than to have Joker talk and Batman’s actions or reactions made little to no sense. Almost nothing he does in this issue seems logical given the act that just took place or the inherent danger of the Joker in general. This issue seemed to bounce from theme to theme and never really found its voice or reason to exist which is a shame given how the previous issues have been leading to something interesting between Batman and Joker.

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