Batman #49: The Best Man Review

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Writer: Tom King / Artist: Mikel Janín / DC Comics

In the movies, before someone gets married, there’s always a scene where a close friend pulls the future spouse to the side and not-so-subtly threatens them with some form of inevitable doom if they break their friend’s heart. In regards to Batman, this raises two questions: Who feels connected enough to Batman to take up for him this way and is bold enough to threaten Selina MF’in Kyle?

The Joker.

In issue #49 of Batman, we get a surprising part two of the Joker’s attempt to crash the wedding of the year. While the last issue gave us the Joker facing off against Batman in a violent monologue, this offers a trip down memory lane during the quiet after the storm.

As a fan of great dialogue, this issue is on that higher tier. Most of the action is over 1/3 of the way through. The rest is reserved for Catwoman and Joker’s linguistic lambada as they reminisce on the good ol’ days. Joker ultimately confesses why he’s trying to ruin the wedding: “He can’t be happy and be Batman.”

The way the issue develops is fitting for both characters. It definitely leaves them in a different place than where they started. And that’s the objective of every story, right?

There was no way to have a moment this big for Batman without an appearance from his top villain. The highlighting in the previous two issues is a great way to give The Joker his moment without letting him steal the spotlight, which he effortlessly does.

9.5 out of 10

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