Publisher: DC Comics
Release: September 11th 2018
Issues: Batman 44 and 50
I received a copy of Batman/Catwoman: The Wedding Album through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
It’s finally here! The moment that DC has been building up to for almost a year. It’s actually kind of hard to believe it, truth be told. I sort of love that they decided to title this volume ‘the Wedding Album’ it seems sort of oddly fitting, doesn’t it? I know that the outcome of these events has been heavily spoiled (thanks internet), but I’m still going to put this all behind a spoiler warning.
So there are really not that many issues in this volume, but I’m actually pretty happy that they split them off from the rest. There is a heck of a lot of additional content though, but I’ll get to that later.
So…the Wedding, huh? This whole time I’ve been pretty conflicted about the wedding between Catwoman and Batman, and I know I can’t be the only out there feeling that way. Both characters are fantastic, and obviously we love them both, but would they be happy being married to each other? What’s more, it’s specifically Catwoman and Batman getting married, not Selena Kyle and Bruce Wayne. I think, given the choice, I would have preferred it the other way around, but I understand the logic they used, so I can’t complain too much.
This volume covers the three major events of the wedding and the events leading up to it. It includes the proposal, which makes sense. It also includes my favorite issue of this series; number 44 where Selena picks out her wedding dress, and finally the wedding itself (well, sort of).
The proposal is an interesting piece. It sort of comes out of nowhere. And that’s saying something. I knew about said proposal before I even read the issue when it came out; I remember being so upset about the spoilers actually. I’m sure it happened to other people as well.
The issue focusing on Selena is probably my favorite in this series. It’s all about Selena trying to find a middle ground for herself. Some sort of compromise of what she wants to be for herself, and what Bruce wants her to be. It’s a shockingly introspective piece, put into sharp contrast by the fact that Selena is gleefully ‘shopping’ (read: stealing) a wedding dress for herself. Still, it suits her character perfectly and helped to show that there will be sacrifices made to make this relationship work; just like there always have been.
And finally…the wedding itself. I know some major comic news outlets spoiled this event the day the issue released, but I’m still hesitating to talk about it outright. Basically it confirmed all of my fears about this whole thing, while not actually saying any of it out loud.
I think these issues will be appearing in other volumes as well (I know issue 44 does, so I’m assuming 50 will too), so you probably don’t have to buy this volume if you don’t want. However, it does have a ton of bonus content included that I really enjoyed looking through.