Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Batman #49 Review



Cold Feet and Cut Deep


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018


It's the issue before the big wedding and in it we'll be dealing with the Joker's reaction to finding out that the Dark Knight is about to tie the knot........... even though we're kind of doing that in the wedding prelude issues as well.  Either way, the Joker's in town and it's up to Selina to save her husband to be because in our previous issue Batman was knocked out by the Joker after an explosion and possibly shot.  Let's jump into this issue and see if there's still wedding bells in our heroes' future.  Let's check it out.


While this issue of Batman is the normal Tom King nonsense of just talking about random things while the story around our characters doesn't make sense, this issue at least makes me feel like there could have been a decent story in here somewhere because we deal with the Joker's feelings about the Dark Knight detective and the idea of him getting married.  The biggest problem with this is I now know more about what the Joker thinks about Batman getting married than I do about our title character's actual feelings on the matter because like usual........... Batman doesn't have a lot to say this issue.  


As for the story not making sense within itself.  Well, we have a scenario where Catwoman and Joker just talk about things the entire issue, while the Joker shoots more than a six-shooter can hold and then asks for a magazine to reload the gun, even though that doesn't make any sense.  Think I'm nitpicking?  Well, maybe I am but the biggest problem with this issue is that after all this gunfire, explosions and more gunfire........ no police or anybody ever shows up to see what has happened in this church, which just allows our story to happen because that's what Tom King wants without having to actually write something that makes sense to the scenario.  


All in all, I like the art better this issue than I did in the previous and to my surprise...... even with the overall story not making any sense within itself, I did like some of the conversations that Joker had with Catwoman here, but even with that.......... this isn't a good issue.......... it just leads us to our wedding with the least amount of story possible to get there.  



Bits and Pieces:

While this issue is literally nothing when it comes to story, there are a few conversations in this issue that may delight readers and the art here isn't too bad either.  Yeah, I'm not a fan of this book, but this issue at least gave some insight into characters that felt legitimate and for that, I like this issue more than anything we've been getting out of Tom King lately.  

5.1/10
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15 comments:

  1. Sounds like i made the right decision by dropping this title. If I paid $2.99 for an issue of SuperCat and Talky Tina Joker, I would be pissed.

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  2. I think you guys are to critical I thought it was a amusing issue especially the ending

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    1. I think it depends what you want from this book. If you want an ongoing story that has some progression and some batman in his own book, tom kings batman is not great. If you want a few laughs and fan service moments, then fine.

      The ending is ammusing? Catwoman laughing while a whole bridal party lies about5 feet away with their heads blown off. I bet you forgot about that because once tom king was done with it, so did he! Also...whete are the gcpd, how did stain glass get repaired, how does joker talk with slit throat??? If those are just nitpicks to you, then i can see where you would be more positive. Im not knocking you here, its just what matters to you as a rwader and why reviews for his latest issues are all over the place.

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    2. I don’t blame King for the stain glass mixup, that’s on the editor to catch. But it’s typical DC, they do not care about details anymore.

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  3. eric shea just trolling the comics community week in week out and no-one doing anything

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    1. came to review comics and chew bubblegum and he's all out of comics

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    2. I'm glad Eric calls out the bullshit in this book.

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    3. He also can't see for shit...but he can sniff out the bullshit!

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    4. a review of gingerdeadman vs evil bong on the podcast would be welcome. I dont know if it is the worst thing ever written or a genre classic - i need Eric to guide me.

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  4. The only thing I kept wishing for was that Joker would stop talking and just die already from his throat wound. Read a couple of other reviews and I can't see how a conversation between characters who have no real background of talking to each other or real business talking to each other is worth 9's & 10's. Only plus of this issue is the art. Janins art, specifically the faces, is wasted on this piss poor story. But I'd go a little higher:
    5.5

    Most of that is the art.

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  5. the issue itself wasn't so bad.. as the review points out. my problem with it is that Tom King has earned nothing but distrust and so it worries me where he plans to go with that ending.

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  6. Don’t forget Batman being poisoned out of nowhere.

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    1. That annoys me the most. When was he poisoned? When did he figure this out?! Did he just feel like laying around and then just came up with a bullshit reason why he wasn't around? So god damn stupid.

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