Review: Batman #48

by Steven Brown
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[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers!]

Writer: Tom King

Pencils: Mikel Janin



With the wedding of Batman and Catwoman on the horizon it seems that everything is falling into place! The dress has been found, invitations sent out, and all is in order! However it seems that when all is in order there’s always someone to throw that order out of whack–no one other than the Joker!


Tom King makes this story pretty dark and I enjoyed it. Our story starts at what seems to be a wedding rehearsal for a couple. The pastor is there of course, along with the best man, bridesmaids and a few others. Joker appears and starts a massacre at the very beginning of our story leaving his final victim on his knees saying a small prayer. When Batman arrives, all that remains is a terrified bride as a hostage–Joker takes her life as well.


Although this is a Batman book, it’s seemingly told from Joker’s point of view. Even during their battle Joker is the one that’s talking mostly throughout the entire affair, getting the upper hand on Batman by turning the gun on himself and threatening suicide. Batman of course gives in, which leaves us wondering what’s going to happen in the next issue. Being held captive by Joker, it seems its up to Catwoman to rescue her future husband by disobeying his direct orders of not coming to the church.


Batman #48 is a good read and I’m eager to see how and encounter between Catwoman and Joker will go. When the book ends, we’re not really sure if Batman is actually captured–or maybe it was all part of his plan. At either rate Joker uses an explosion to bring down some of the church on the Dark Knight leaving him helpless against the maniacal villain. Can’t wait until the next issue!


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