Batman 6: Bride or Burglar?

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7.0 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 8/10

Some decent Batman stories

Feels like filler as lead-up to the wedding

Comic Info

Comic Name: Batman (Volume 3)

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Mikel Janin/Joelle Jones/Travis Moore/Hugo Petrus

# of Issues: 7

Release Date: 2018

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Batman (3) #39

Reprints Batman (3) #38-44 (March 2018-June 2018).  As the big day approaches, Batman and Catwoman are faced with more challenges.  A boy who dreams of being like Bruce Wayne makes Bruce question his own past.  Wonder Woman and Batman travel to another dimension where time passes differently…and Catwoman isn’t aware of it.  Poison Ivy seeks to fix the world by controlling it…the big day is coming and the power couple is just hoping to survive.

Written by Tom King, Batman Volume 6:  Bride or Burglar? is a DC Comics’ Rebirth series comic book collection.  Following Batman Volume 5:  Rules of Engagement, the collection features art by Mikel Janin, Joelle Jones, Travis Moore, and Hugo Petrus.  Issues in this collection were also included in Batman:  Rebirth Deluxe Edition—Book 3 and Batman/Catwoman:  The Wedding Album—Deluxe Edition.

Batman has been on a decent run since the New 52 relaunch and despite never being a huge Batman fan, I’ve kept up with most of it which says something about the titles.  With a number of one shots and shorts, Batman 6:  Bride or Burglar? doesn’t quite feel satisfactory.

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Batman (3) #44

Much of the Batman lead-up to the wedding feels like filler.  There have been a number of Batman/Catwoman “relationship” issues where they reflect back on the character’s ties to each other.  It has been kind of fun playing with the never-ending timeline of comic books, but the issues are starting to feel a bit flimsy.  The “search for the perfect dress” issue didn’t have much substance to it and felt too similar to other issues following the engagement.

The rest of the collection has a one shot (a kid who is obsessed with making himself into a new Bruce Wayne) which is a kind of fun, twisted story.  The Wonder Woman-Batman story is a twist on the “did they or didn’t they” type story in the middle of the Catwoman relationship.  The Batman-Wonder Woman relationship has always been on the backburner to Superman-Wonder Woman and it is nice to see this.  The Poison Ivy story was interesting, but it feels almost Elseworld like since it feels bigger than a normal Poison Ivy story or even a Batman story.

Batman 6:  Bride or Burglar? is a collection that feels comfortable in the middle of a bigger storyline because not much really happens in it.  There are some fun sparks and there are moments, but the “big moment” storyline of the wedding feels like it is just being dangled in front of readers.  Batman 6:  Bride or Burglar? is followed by Batman 7:  The Wedding.

Preceded By:

Batman 5:  The Rules of Engagement

Followed By:

Batman 7:  The Wedding

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