A 50th issue would be a milestone for any creative team, but writer Tom King is nothing if not one of the most ambitious storytellers currently working in comics. This summer, King delivers the union you never thought you’d see from DC Comics: Batman and Catwoman are getting hitched in July’s Batman #50.
If there’s a defining moment in King’s early run on Batman, it’s the moment Bruce proposed to Selina on a rooftop in #24. Since then, the Bat and the Cat have been lighting up every panel (thanks to the masterful pencils by Mikel Janin, David Finch, Joelle Jones, Lee Weeks, Clay Mann et al) of the series with their adventures as a couple soon to be married.
The four-part “Superfriends” (issues #36-37, 39-40) is a particularly excellent arc that showcases the kind of romance storytelling King has introduced so successfully to the series. You just haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed Batman and Superman on a double date at a carnival.
Bruce and Selina’s engagement has already faced plenty of obstacles, such as Poison Ivy taking over the world and Damian Wayne’s outrage over their union, but those are child’s play when compared to the biggest challenge of all: planning the wedding!
King begins the wedding planning in earnest with #44, which is out on April 4 and drawn by Janin. Here’s the solicitation for the issue:
“SOMETHING BLUE”! Follow Batman and Catwoman on two separate but parallel paths as their wedding planning kicks into high gear. Selina picks out her dress, and Bruce starts to make arrangements for their new life together—but this being Gotham City, and they being Batman and Catwoman, you can bet that nothing will go as expected!
Then Batman and Catwoman are going on a timey wimey adventure with Booster Gold that promises to alter the reality of their relationship. That three-part story is called “The Travelers” and runs through issues 45-47. The story is drawn by Batman veteran Tony S. Daniel.
In May, we get the return of the Clown Prince of Crime, who’s pissed about not being invited to Batman’s wedding! The first part of that story will run in DC Nation #0, a special being released on Free Comic Book Day (May 2). Here’s the synopsis:
In a Batman story by Tom King and artist Clay Mann, The Joker gets word about the wedding between the Bat and the Cat, and he’s not happy. With the wedding story arc reaching its climax in Batman #50 on sale July 4, The Joker will be that one wedding guest most likely to speak now and not hold his peace at all.
The story will continue in Batman #48-49, with a two-parter aptly titled “The Best Man,” which is drawn by Janin and out in June. Issue #48 is out on June 6:
“THE BEST MAN” part one! Batman and Catwoman decide it might be better to elope rather than go through some big, stodgy wedding ceremony, but no sooner do they put their marriage on the fast track than The Joker appears! And when The Joker kidnaps the Caped Crusader, will he give his old foe a piece of his mind or bash in his brains?
Issue #49 is out on June 20:
“THE BEST MAN” part two! Now it’s up to Catwoman to rescue her one true love. It’s the Cat vs. the Clown in one exciting showdown that sets the stage for our giant anniversary issue—and the biggest union in comics!
If you were wondering how big DC is going with the Wayne/Kyle wedding (I assume Selina won’t be taking Bruce’s last name), the company is also launching a whole series of one-shots featuring Batman’s extended family, as they prepare for the big day. Here are all of the solicitations:
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — ROBIN VS. RA’S AL GHUL #1 Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by BRAD WALKER and DREW HENNESSYCover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUERa’s al Ghul returns to have a heart-to-heart with his grandson, Damian. Once upon a time, Ra’s thought Bruce Wayne would be the heir apparent to his criminal empire, but now that Batman has turned his back on Talia for good, Ra’s wants to know if Damian Wayne will honor his mother by stepping into the family business at last.ONE-SHOT • RETROSOLICITED • On sale MAY 30 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — NIGHTWING VS. HUSH #1 Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by TRAVIS MOORECover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUEDick Grayson has a lot of responsibility. Being the original partner to Batman, he’s the natural choice to be Bruce Wayne’s best man. So if anyone has to get to the wedding, it’s going to be him. Too bad Hush has other plans—and maybe Bruce Wayne does, too!ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 6 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — BATGIRL VS. THE RIDDLER #1Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by MINKYU JUNGCover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUEOn the eve of Batman’s wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City’s finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder?ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 13 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — RED HOOD VS. ANARKY #1 Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by JAVIER FERNANDEZCover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUERed Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad—which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman’s bachelorette party—and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd!ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 20 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T
BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING — HARLEY QUINN VS. THE JOKER #1 Written by TIM SEELEY • Art by SAMI BASRI • Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUEHarley Quinn knows a thing or two about dysfunctional relationships. When she hears that her old flame is trying to get in the way of a happy new life for one of her best friends, the Maid of Mischief tracks The Joker down to give him a piece of her mind—and maybe a few blows from her hammer, too.ONE-SHOT • On sale JUNE 27 • 32 pg, FC • $3.99 US • RATED T
The wedding is set for July 4 – an appropriate date for an inevitably eventful ceremony. As soon as we have the official solicitation for #50 – it should arrive in just a few short weeks – we’ll update this article. For now, keep an eye out for your invitation. This is going to be the social event of the year.