Review: Batman #48

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?

After a bit of a divergence with Booster Gold and some alternate timelines, we’re back focusing on the wedding of the Bat and the Cat. But, instead of just the normal pre-wedding planning, instead we see the impact on one individual in particular, the Joker. Yes, beyond his sidekicks, Alfred, and Selina, the one character that Batman has had a relationship with (and maybe the most important) is the Joker. How does he react to the idea of Batman being married and no longer being his? By taking hostages and killing some people!

The issue is the Joker basically trying to relate to Batman in weird ways going on about his past and childhood and all wondering who Batman’s “best man” is. It’s an interesting story as it shows how sad the Joker is in some ways. Through the insanity, there’s a melancholy and you kind of want the two to just hug and have a good cry. Writer Tom King delivers a Joker that’s both frightening and one you can feel bad for.

The art by Mikel Janin is fantastic helped with colors by June Chung and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art and setting is simple, Batman and Joker in a church but the way it’s framed and how it plays out is impressive. So much of the Joker in this is his movements and facial expressions. The art too makes the action more brutal in a way focusing on it all with framed panels that forces you to focus on it all.

The team have created a comic that gives us a Joker and Batman relationship as one that can be debated for some time. The details, the actions, what’s said, can be dissected for a long time. This is what the relationship of the two is all about and we realize that it’s not Dick, Jason, Damian, or Alfred that will come between Bruce and Selina, it’s the Joker.

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janin
Color: June Chung Lettering: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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