Batman #44 Review: Catwoman Goes Dress Shopping

Posted by April 5, 2018 Comment

Batman #44
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Writer: Tom King, Artists: Mikel Janin and Joelle Jones, Color Artists: June Chung and Jordie Bellaire, Letters: Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Mikel Janin, Variant Cover by: Joelle Jones and Jordie Bellaire, Associate Editor: Brittany Holzherr, Editor: Jamie S. Rich, Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Catwoman sneaks out while Bruce is asleep to go wedding dress shopping as only Selina Kyle can. While she does this, we are given snapshots at various points of she and Bruce’s relationship over the years.

Batman #44 cover by Mikel Janin
Batman #44 cover by Mikel Janin

Tom King delivers another fun one-off issue, this time focusing on Catwoman doing her own flavor of wedding preparation.

It’s a brief read; the only dialogue is in the flashbacks. Even then, it’s light. It attempts to play off the differences and similarities of Catwoman and Batman over time. It’s nice seeing some of the classic Catwoman costumes which haven’t surfaced in forever.

The simplicity of the comic is one of its strongest qualities, and the entire scenario is undeniably Catwoman — as is the dress she chooses.

As a fanboy who has been adoring King’s rendition of this couple, it does worry me that this issue is foreshadowing a schism between Bruce and Selina. Batman has a bit of a strict policy regarding crime, and one would expect him to take issue with Catwoman’s actions in this comic. Plus, this comic highlights a lot of their ups and downs as well as focusing on what’s changed and remained the same about each character over time. I’m not saying this engagement is going to fall apart; I’m only saying that this comic could be foreshadowing it. I hope it doesn’t happen though.

Batman #44 art by Joelle Jones and Jordie Bellaire
Batman #44 art by Joelle Jones and Jordie Bellaire

Joelle Jones and Mikel Janin split this comic, with Jones handling the scenes in the present and Janin taking the flashbacks. Their styles meld well, and each artist is a tested talent. Both halves look quite gorgeous, and June Chung and Jordie Bellaire nail it in the color art section.

Batman #44 is a charming tale of wedding dress shopping. A good writer can make just about anything compelling, and King proves that here. The artistic team show they are now slouches either, earning this comic a recommendation. Give it a read.

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(Last Updated April 5, 2018 3:03 pm )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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