Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Batman #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Pre-Wedding To-Do List

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that the War of Jokes and Riddles are over and Selina has accepted Bruce Wayne's marriage proposal..........  Well, we're going to see how Tom King deals with the whole pre-wedding stress that couples have.  What that means for Batman?  I don't know because it's probably going to be crazy and convoluted, but at this point all I really want to see is how the rest of the Bat Family deal with the news.  Hopefully, we get that here and we have a story line that makes sense the entire way through.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins in the desert, where we see Batman and Catwoman kill a horse due to riding it in the heat way too long........ So yeah, while Batman has any kind of ride that you can think of to get him through the desert and to his location....... for some reason we have to see our heroes kill a horse due to neglect.  Fun.

So yeah, while I'm not a fan of our opening scene and horse killing for really no reason, the fun of the book takes place back in Gotham, where Alfred seems to have rounded up all of the former Robins, the present Robin and the something different than a Robin....... What I'm getting at is we have Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Damian Wayne and Duke Thomas hanging out so that Alfred can break Bruce's trust and tell them that their father figure, partner and mentor has proposed to Selina Kyle.  It's an odd scene, where at first I was just having fun seeing all these characters together and laughing at Jason trying to wrestle his coat away from Ace, but it takes a turn when Damian starts crying after Alfred receives a call from Superman about someone trying to gain access to a hidden place call Khadym because in this issue that's exactly what Batman is doing and the reason that Damian is crying is because that's where his mother Talia Al Ghul is hiding out.

In the end, we find out that this place has been deemed an area that no one can enter by the world's military and the Justice League and I'm not exactly sure why.  At the beginning we find out that the JLA has placed a guard at its entrance to keep anyone out and after Catwoman beats the guard into submission, we find out that when they leave they'll probably be killed by....... Well, everyone for their trespassing.  I'm not sure about what's so important about this place or why the high security, but it seems that Batman is going against the world to simply tell Talia that he's getting married and the whole thing comes off weird because of it.

That's it for this issue of Batman and while I actually find the inclusion of the Robins in this issue a breath of fresh air from all the doom and gloom and the inconsistent story telling of the War of Jokes and Riddles, I find the whole opening scene of this book unnecessary and it just continues to paint a bad light on our hero and his actions.  Hell, even Batman breaking an international agreement to stay out of this forbidden land comes off odd when as of right now his only reason for doing so is to tell his baby mama that he plans on getting married.  Yeah, things could turn out differently as the arc progresses, but as of right now, Batman just acts like a mad man with no real regard for anyone else but himself.  While I loved the art of Batman and Catwoman for all their parts in this book, I wasn't a fan of the depiction of the Robins because while they all looked alike, which isn't new, all the line work on their faces made them look like plastic dolls.  In the end, I'm still open minded with this arc and won't let the strangeness of this issue bring me down for what's to come.

Bits and Pieces:

While I think that some of the character choices in this issue come off strange as hell, I did find myself enjoying the majority of the story that took place in Gotham.  Really though this is an odd issue that is setting up the next arc and while I didn't love or hate it completely, I'll keep an open mind with going forward.  As for the art...... well, that was a mixed bag for me too.



  1. Holly is the one they are looking for. She's with Talia and the League of Assassins.

    PS: Please change the spelling of Selina's name. It's i not e.

  2. The something different than a robin hahaha that made me laugh brah

  3. Thought the Robin's scenes felt weird and not near as good as the BatBurger scene. Everything else was dumb and meandering. Let's get a panel of drinking water before you say yes...lets get two different panels of basically the same art to have "I love you cat" and "I love you bat" on two separate panels.

    I just say "Come the fuck on...." way too much while reading this book.

  4. yeah that other horse would probably collapse in another 50 yards. I guess Batman thought it was a romantic date going horseback riding through the desert.

    Wasn't a fan of this issue, why do Dick and Jason look 16 and Damian 15. The art for the robins and "not robin, but really is a robin" is really off. Jason was also written like a child. Only plus' s I can think of is another horse gets killed in a Batman book, and we find out talia loved having recreational Orgy's.

  5. So who were those three old guys hanging out at Wayne Manor? I think they were there to record a song for an ED drug commercial, and the twenty-something guy is their sound man. In other words, the sidekicks looked WAY off to me. I agree with Eric's score. 6 point something sounds about right.

  6. I get that having the horse die shows how remote and dangerous this secret cave is to reach. This issue is during modern day correct, they could have taken a badass Bat-Dune-Buggy!