Writer: Tom King / Artists: Mikel Janin and Joelle Jones / DC Comics
After saving the entire world from brainwashing, it’s safe to say that even Batman would need some time to rest. Batman #44 takes that into account, and then some, by making sure the title character is asleep for its entirety.
But don’t be alarmed. Batman #44 can be boiled down into two stories.
The first tale explores Selina Kyle’s perpetual existence in the area between what’s considered good and bad. Not long after saving the world, she’s sneaking out of bed and burgling a wedding gown store in Gotham.
The second tale is a trip down memory lane where Batman and Catwoman have been at each other’s side for decades. There are even some clever jokes here referencing their constant changes over the years that adds some charming self-awareness, but not enough to suddenly break through the fourth wall.
We’ve been working our way through Bruce and Selina’s relationship for a while now. Out of the many great things that King’s done with the Batman series, their relationship will likely be at the top of the list for most readers. But, for the first time, I got the sudden suspicion that this wedding may not happen.
Why, you may ask? Well, I come from a very superstitious family. You know, the kind to make me walk back half a block because we split a telephone pole and to throw salt over their shoulder — and probably into someone’s unsuspecting face — because they knocked over the salt shaker at dinner.
I’m also of the belief that you shouldn’t ever see a bride in her wedding gown before the wedding. I know, technically this rule applies to the groom. But when it comes to these kinds of media the rule usually applies to the reader/viewer as well. Selina looked incredible in the perfect dress for her character — shouts to Janin and Jones — but I now suspect that means that we’ll never get to see her walk down the aisle in it.
Now, does this mean that there are going to be some wedding hijinks that prevent the pair from having anything close to a traditional ceremony? Sure. It’s kind of expected. Does it mean that King and Co. suspect there’s a secret collection of Saved by the Dress fans in the Batman community? Possibly. Or maybe this is our big moment because the church bells will never ring.
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