Batman (2016-) #50
It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbeat nuptials, joined by an all-star lineup of guest classic Bat-artists doffing their hats to the lucky couple in a series of pre-wedding flashback scenes sure to set the romantic mood.

Batman (2016-) #50 Details

TitleBatman (2016-) #50
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 4th, 2018
PublisherDC Comics
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Superheroes, Dc Comics, Batman, Comic Book

Batman (2016-) #50 Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the culmination of months of storylines with the wedding of the Bat and the Cat. Do I take Batman #50, to have and to hold, to be as good as I’d hoped? I… don’t. I know, I’m disappointed too. But this bumper-sized wedding issue is unfortunately very underwhelming. Bruce and Selina prepare for their big night on the rooftops (where else to marry but the place they’ve been chasing each other for decades?) and… then there’s the end. In between? Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the culmination of months of storylines with the wedding of the Bat and the Cat. Do I take Batman #50, to have and to hold, to be as good as I’d hoped? I… don’t. I know, I’m disappointed too. But this bumper-sized wedding issue is unfortunately very underwhelming. Bruce and Selina prepare for their big night on the rooftops (where else to marry but the place they’ve been chasing each other for decades?) and… then there’s the end. In between? Nothing much. The rambling monologues of Batman and Catwoman, in the form of letters to one another, fill up most of this comic, most of it without a point, allowing the plethora of big name guest artists to draw unrelated full page illustrations of the couple. Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Paul Pope, Neal Adams, Tim Sale and Amanda Conner are just a few of those who contribute art. Mikel Janin draws the art in-between and it looks as exemplary as it always does. It’s a really, really pretty comic - I just wish there was more to it. Like a story! There are moments here and there, my favourite being Alfred after Bruce tells him he’s the one from the family joining him up there for the vows (as if anyone else would do!), and the comic is bursting with Easter Eggs not only from Tom King’s Batman run (Kite Man, Porky’s) but from Batman’s entire history, referencing key creators, writers and artists in Gotham locations: Finger Tower, Robinson Blvd, O’Neil Ave, etc. And then the ending. In hindsight, it’s kinda predictable, but still… And that last page. I can’t pretend I saw that one coming. As much as it got me pumped up for the next story arc, it only underscored how lacking in substance this issue was. It felt less like the climax of a story and more like the unexpected preamble to another. But it’s worth keeping in mind that Tom King’s Batman run is literally a 100 issue storyline. Meaning we’re at the halfway mark. Meaning this was never really going to be an ending of anything. And it’s worth noting the bait and switch Batman and Catwoman have done earlier in this series with that certain someone from the last page so… who knows what the future holds? For all the pomp and circumstance leading up to it, Batman #50 is a bit of a let down in some ways though also an encouraging teaser for what’s to come. This one’s more for fans of Batman art than for those expecting a strong narrative, which is a shame as you usually get both with Tom King’s Batman. And another good thing to come out of this: Catwoman’s new series spins off from King’s Batman, written and drawn by Joelle Jones - if you’ve read her Dark Horse series, Lady Killer, you’ll know she can write as brilliantly as she draws, and her recent art on Batman has been awesome, so that’s one series I’m definitely picking up. For he’s a jolly good fell… oh. (As a side note, I was listening to XO purely by chance after reading this and realised Elliott Smith’s I Didn’t Understand is the perfect musical accompaniment to the end of this issue.)
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  • Jedi JC Daquis
    January 1, 1970
    I don't how good this issue was written or how beautiful those pages were drawn by several artists (and they are indeed good and beautiful). The story betrayed me. King betrayed the fans.
  • Samhain
    January 1, 1970
    This issue should be renamed "Batman : How not to write an arc 101". Contrary to most people, I'm not disappointed the wedding didn't happen. DC stands for Divine Cowards after all. It's no surprise they refused to change their main title's dynamic. The recipe's worked for ages, do not try and shake things up, god forbid! Even though I had a tiny bit of hope, it's them going for it that would have been surprising. Therefore, the wedding not happening left me indifferent. But boy, am I disappoint This issue should be renamed "Batman : How not to write an arc 101". Contrary to most people, I'm not disappointed the wedding didn't happen. DC stands for Divine Cowards after all. It's no surprise they refused to change their main title's dynamic. The recipe's worked for ages, do not try and shake things up, god forbid! Even though I had a tiny bit of hope, it's them going for it that would have been surprising. Therefore, the wedding not happening left me indifferent. But boy, am I disappointed in King!! How could such an amazing writer agree to this? He must have known pretty early in the game that he wouldn't be allowed to marry them, so why agree to a FORTY-NINE (!!) build-up (+ prequels) just to have the most boring and anti-climatic conclusion possible? Why did he spent all those issues meticulously crafting complex characters just to have them do something that doesn't respect a ounce of what he's made them out to be? Watching this unfold was made even more awkward by last month's issue. Dedicating an entire issue to the fact that, contrary to all his friends and all his enemies, Selina understands Bruce's misery and the mixed feelings of both desiring and fearing happiness/love, is utterly pointless if she reduces him to his first trauma in the next issue. If there's someone out there who can understand that Bruce finding a tiny grasp of happiness won't kill the Batman, it's Selina! She should never have fallen for this "he needs to be 100% miserable to exist" crap.Even if we take Selina's ability to understand Bruce away from the picture, it still doesn't make any sense plot-wise. Bruce has Alfred's love since the beginning ; never stopped him from being Batman. He has four boys whom he loves dearly (even those poorly written prequels had that right, Bruce loves Dick, loves his sons) and who love him back in return ; he's still Batman. He has friends who would do anything for him, and again those damned prequels showed us that + King had several issues dedicated to the fact that Clark is his best pal ; still a caped crusader. Selina and him have been in a loving relationship for forever and they've been living together for months prior to this issue ; he still goes out every night to kick some villains' ass. How is a marriage that they can't even perform as their true selves going to change anything?! DC needs to stop with the idea that Batman only exists because of Bruce's grief for his parents. It's what started his fight, but it's certainly not the only reason he's doing this. Stop painting him as a selfish fuck who won't care what happens to his city once he's happy. Stop pretending Bruce and Selina are people who need a marriage to feel they belong together forever and that not getting married would be a terrible sacrifice for them / a strong enough reason to break up. It's even more ridiculous if you're doing it in a issue where several artists pay hommage to DECADES of undying love between the two!! They've been through thick and thin together, not celebrating a not-even-valid-because-it's-not-their-true-names-on-the-paper marriage won't change a thing for them. Holding onto one good thing won't transform Bruce into an entirely new person. He has several good things in his life, and he's still perfectly capable of brooding on top of a gargoyle during a rainy night, thank you very much.But let's admit for a second that marrying Selina would somehow cure all of Bruce's misery and also turn him into a selfish person who won't risk his little corner of happiness not even to save countless of innocents. This still wouldn't be the end of the Batman because, guess what?? HE HAS FOUR CHILDREN AND SEVERAL FRIENDS IN THE BAT-FAMILY, READY TO TAKE THE MANTLE!! For fuck sake, has anyone at DC even read the comics they're supposed to write??! Are they all living in a parallel universe where they've never written titles about someone other than Bruce being Batman? And they can't even play the card of "Selina doesn't know that, this is why she still sacrifices herself for the Batman to prevail". She lives at the Wayne Manor. She's known those people ever since she's started being Catwoman. She knows perfectly well Bruce could die tomorrow and it still wouldn't stop any of those people from fighting crime, nor would it mean the end of the Batman. If anything, it'd make them all even more eager to stop evil once and for all. How a brilliant writer like King ends up burying everything in the story because it's inconvenient for the arc is beyond my comprehension...What's worse is that it wasn't even a good culminating point for the arc. It felt cheap, easy to the point of laziness, boring. The villain they fought at the very beginning has been working in the background through an agent who happens to be friends with one of the victims, and one of the persons who's in on this plan is the very first broken hero we met in this title. How convenient... Did I miss the announcement letting us know the conclusion would be written by a fourth grader? Seriously, I've read better fanfictions written by kids. I can't believe the Joker died for this. Chances are, the insult sufficed to make him rise from the grave and that's how he's at Bane's side in that last panel.It should be maddening how they disregarded literally everything in the Batman-verse just so they could write a cheap drama. But the truth is, this was so lame it couldn't even manage to anger me. I'm merely disappointed that someone with King's talent signed up for this, and sad that the awful quality of this retroactively impacts the forty-nine previous issues. There was absolutely no point to everything that's happened in them, all that wonderful characterization meant nothing, and re-reading them will just be awkward. Thanks for naught, DC.
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  • Aldo Haegemans
    January 1, 1970
    Nice art! Well written! It’s Just a bit of a bummer that they hyped this issue 50 for months to Just have it be another teaser
  • Joseph Peters
    January 1, 1970
    Let me begin by saying that I think Tom King is a brilliant writer, easily the best working in mainstream comics today; his Mister Miracle run is probably the most significant work of comics in years, perhaps of this decade. I've been following this Batman run since the Rooftops two-parter (#14-15) which I still count among the best batman I've ever read. His voice with these characters is so distinct that it feels weird now when I read other writers using them.However...I don't see how anyone c Let me begin by saying that I think Tom King is a brilliant writer, easily the best working in mainstream comics today; his Mister Miracle run is probably the most significant work of comics in years, perhaps of this decade. I've been following this Batman run since the Rooftops two-parter (#14-15) which I still count among the best batman I've ever read. His voice with these characters is so distinct that it feels weird now when I read other writers using them.However...I don't see how anyone could find this to be anything other than a letdown. Not because the writing or art is bad, but rather because whereas it has been sold for months as the climax of this story, it's clearly just the end of the second act. Issue 50 of what's now being referred to as a 100 issue story. Yay for more of King's Batman, but then what was all this except a pointless ploy to sell a couple more comics? The "Prelude to the Wedding" issues really seem just baffling in light of what this actually was. None of those characters were even in this issue.This would have been the case regardless of DC/NYTimes's awkward three day early spoilers, which really didn't help things, because if the one argument in favor of the bait and switch marketing could have been they wanted to surprise us all, they didn't actually care enough to hold their tongue and let us be surprised. I didn't even read the article, the title was enough to spoil it for me.
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  • Ondra Král
    January 1, 1970
    Tolik povyku pro takový hovno... Jediná dobrá stránka je ta s Alfredem.
  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    You are invited to the wedding of the Cat and the BatThere are a bunch of guest artist and writers with panels. It lives up to the build up to issue #50.
  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I am not reading the original printing that is featured on GR. I am reading the Jim Lee variant cover I would have given it five stars if it weren't for that ending. (view spoiler)[some people may like that cliffhanger, not me. Not for the Batman wedding (hide spoiler)]I always loved the relationship between Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle. I especially liked the whole thing between them in Batman: Hush. But I'd never thought they'd end up together like that.I loved it, gr First off, I am not reading the original printing that is featured on GR. I am reading the Jim Lee variant cover I would have given it five stars if it weren't for that ending. (view spoiler)[some people may like that cliffhanger, not me. Not for the Batman wedding (hide spoiler)]I always loved the relationship between Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle. I especially liked the whole thing between them in Batman: Hush. But I'd never thought they'd end up together like that.I loved it, great mix of artwork. I look forward to seeing how this plays out in future Batman stories.
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I KNEW IT! Holly did it! But on the other hand, the accompanying art is amazing!
  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Will I stop reading this series?Maybe.This was a really weak explanation for a tired and old twist.I expect more from Tom King.
  • BB
    January 1, 1970
    I woke up to spoilers for this from the New York Times (NOT cool, NYT). Actual rating not reflecting comic; going by what the NYT said I'm disappointed, but I'd be lying if I said I was surprised.
  • Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Well, there seems to be a lot of hate for this issue but I enjoyed it. No spoilers from me and I'm not going to go into a detailed analysis of the story. If you are not a fan of Tom King's Batman then this probably isn't for you. That's a shame though because it looks fantastic! In my opinion, it's worth buying just for the many guest artists' different interpretations of Batman and Catwoman. Comics are a visual medium and there's some beautiful artwork in here.The writing is mostly solid. There Well, there seems to be a lot of hate for this issue but I enjoyed it. No spoilers from me and I'm not going to go into a detailed analysis of the story. If you are not a fan of Tom King's Batman then this probably isn't for you. That's a shame though because it looks fantastic! In my opinion, it's worth buying just for the many guest artists' different interpretations of Batman and Catwoman. Comics are a visual medium and there's some beautiful artwork in here.The writing is mostly solid. There are some nice allusions to the Batman canon and a touching scene featuring Bruce and Alfred. I thought the split narrative between Bruce and Selina went on for a bit too long, like King was stretching it to fill all the extra pages of guest-art. But this is a minor criticism.I'm interested to see where the story goes from here, especially after what was on the last page. I've read that Tom King has another fifty issues in him and I'm looking forward to reading them. (On a side note, I also picked up the new Catwoman #1 by Joelle Jones and recommend it to anyone interested in the character. It kind of continues the story from Batman #50. The writing is good and the artwork is excellent.)
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  • Sans
    January 1, 1970
    The two highlights of this issue:1. “And you were another man asserting your will. Trying to lord over a world you didn’t understand.” Some great tea right here. 2. Alfred sitting down next to Bruce and hugging him after delivering a sass attack.All told, I wasn’t impressed. It ended just like I expected it to and I heartily object to the “happy”thing. I am so ready move on and get passed the drama that NYT article caused.
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    I need to sit and read Tom Kings Batman run properly instead of dipping in and out because I don’t think I’m getting what the big deal is? I mean it’s not BAD but it’s also not exactly blowing me away
  • Unai
    January 1, 1970
    :_________(
  • Gareth Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Massively disappointing despite some great art.
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    A let down, pure and simple.Gave it an extra star for the sweet inclusion of some of my favorite artists. DC is trash and doesn't care about their readers, though.
  • Tony Stark
    January 1, 1970
    Well this can fuck right off.
  • Albert
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I waited until the day after to review Batman #50 and if you have not read the comic book that was marketed as the wedding event of the year, stop now. There are Spoilers ahead!Tom King has taken a pretty intimate portrayal over the last 50 books with the Dark Knight and has done some serious soul searching with this character. From self destruction, to suicidal tendencies, to inadequacies, to love. Like it or not, this has been a comic book run that centers a bit more around Bruce Wayne t Okay, I waited until the day after to review Batman #50 and if you have not read the comic book that was marketed as the wedding event of the year, stop now. There are Spoilers ahead!Tom King has taken a pretty intimate portrayal over the last 50 books with the Dark Knight and has done some serious soul searching with this character. From self destruction, to suicidal tendencies, to inadequacies, to love. Like it or not, this has been a comic book run that centers a bit more around Bruce Wayne then Batman. A run that would culminate in issue #50 with the marriage of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle.Only it didn't, and as the Joker would say, "...everybody loses their mind...". Which, if you check out Tom King's twitter feed, everybody did. Disappointment. Anger. Betrayal. Those were some off the nicer terms thrown at King. But what needs to be kept in mind is the simple fact of the question that the impending marriage brought to the surface. So let's recap several of the key thoughts about Batman #50.Selina was never really ready to get married. No I am not throwing the mess on her shoulders, but she did leave him standing on the rooftop/altar. Selina did in fact run off. But if you look back a few issues when she was having her girl talk moment with Lois Lane, Selina does make the comment that she is too young for this. That moment and the fact that for much of this run, Bruce has been unloading about himself while she quietly listens, shows that the Cat is keeping a great deal of her feelings to herself. Is a happy Batman, a bad Batman? Let's just take a step (or issue) back or two and really look at how the Joker got the drop on Batman at the church. There was the Bat, paralyzed and completely at the Joker's mercy. Had the Cat not arrived, the Joker could have finally killed the Batman. Which of course was never the Joker's plan to begin with. No that would never have happened to such a degree before. A happy Batman is a distracted Batman. This was the question raised in #50 to Selina as she was headed to the altar. Does the Batman need his misery to be effective? Can Bruce Wayne be happy and still be the Batman? Bane is not all brawn and no brains. Bane is a character that, in some respects, has mirrored Doomsday too much. His overwhelming strength keeps us from appreciating his brilliance. Bane knows that it takes more then brute strength to break the Batman. It takes cunning and guile and more sanity than insanity. Bane did not set out to break the Batman this time. No this time he set out to break Bruce Wayne. The forthcoming issues of Batman will be a testament to his success or failure. Will losing Selina be more of a blow than the death of Jason. How will this change how the Batman deals with the dregs of Gotham. For those who have, in anger and spite, sworn off the series because of the wedding not happening, this is the hook. This is why we need to keep following this series. King has said that this will be a 100 issue run. He is only half way there.And finally, for the ladies in the house, stop taking relationship advice from your girlfriends!!!! Read the book and you will see what I mean.Batman #50 was good. A disappointment to many but in the long run, it may be a momentous turning point in the Batman mythos.I plan on following this run!
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  • Brandon St Mark
    January 1, 1970
    First, I would say I didn’t really care for the “interludes” that were letters from Catwoman and Batman to each other with a splash page from a guest artist. The art was fine in most cases, just the letters were really dumb, like a lot of the dialogue between Selina and Bruce is tbh (namely, that issue where the only dialogue was them saying bat and cat to each other).SPOILERS:Secondly, I read the NYT article that spoiled the issue last week when it came out. I really really don’t get why DC did First, I would say I didn’t really care for the “interludes” that were letters from Catwoman and Batman to each other with a splash page from a guest artist. The art was fine in most cases, just the letters were really dumb, like a lot of the dialogue between Selina and Bruce is tbh (namely, that issue where the only dialogue was them saying bat and cat to each other).SPOILERS:Secondly, I read the NYT article that spoiled the issue last week when it came out. I really really don’t get why DC did that, or even more so why the NYT put it in the fucking title, but I mean I guess it is what it is. I kinda got the feeling they were gonna pull a stunt after the Red Hood wedding prelude, so I can’t say I’m surprised they didn’t get married. And apparently King has 100 issues of Batman he wants to tell. Which is fine, a lot of his work on this run has been good to me, but I just don’t get why DC has this obsession with Batman never being happy and that happiness is the antithesis to Batman. It’s fucking dumb and it’s boring, all truth be told. Even if it isn’t permanent once King eventually leaves the title or DC inevitably either kills one of them or reboots again, it would be nice for the wedding to not have just been a marketing ploy. And I can see maybe King has a plan for them to get married by the last issue of his run, but still, the story doesn’t need to be as convoluted as Bane setting all this up just to “break” the Batman. Have Bane break Bruce by trying to kill Selina or something, idk, but to end it this way (seemingly with Flashpoint Batman apart of it too omfg that was dumb), is just really dumb. I’m of half a mind to drop the title tbh, but I want to stick it out to see where it ends up.
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  • evey
    January 1, 1970
    So I didn't exactly hate this issue, but I didn't like it either. I really adored seeing different artists take on different batcat moments, it made me emotional and was a good key to showing them at its core. But I feel like almost everybody knows they don't get married because of the fact it was spoiled last week sometime, but I do feel like it was planned from the start to get people talking. I feel like DC has way too much on these comics to just let that happen. Bruce and Selina almost seem So I didn't exactly hate this issue, but I didn't like it either. I really adored seeing different artists take on different batcat moments, it made me emotional and was a good key to showing them at its core. But I feel like almost everybody knows they don't get married because of the fact it was spoiled last week sometime, but I do feel like it was planned from the start to get people talking. I feel like DC has way too much on these comics to just let that happen. Bruce and Selina almost seemed out of character as well, which did ruin it even more. Am I excited to see what's happening next? Yes. Am I happy about how they did it and how they hurt small comic book shops in the run of it? No, I'm pissed. It's gonna be an iconic issue in comic book history, and in Batman history but it should've been done better.
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  • Simeon Scott
    January 1, 1970
    So this was kind of a let down for me. Thanks to DC the ending was sort of spoiled online a day before I got to read it and so I went into it more so just wanting to get through it then being on the edge of my seat like I think I was supposed to see. But what is here is great, all the stuff with Alfred helping Bruce get ready was pretty much just feels porn but I loved it and the structure of the issue was great too, really gives off the feeling that King has a tone of Respect for these characte So this was kind of a let down for me. Thanks to DC the ending was sort of spoiled online a day before I got to read it and so I went into it more so just wanting to get through it then being on the edge of my seat like I think I was supposed to see. But what is here is great, all the stuff with Alfred helping Bruce get ready was pretty much just feels porn but I loved it and the structure of the issue was great too, really gives off the feeling that King has a tone of Respect for these characters and their history.
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  • Jenn Marshall
    January 1, 1970
    I saw the hype on Twitter about the NYT review and was frustrated at people's reaction. I love what Tom King has done so far and the Wedding takes place over a few issues. It is a good story so far and good stories have conflict and things don't go smoothly, that's what makes them good stories. I am excited to read the next few issues and see where King is taking us.
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  • Stefano
    January 1, 1970
    I feel robbed.It’s not as if Mephysto comes and undo years for the sake of it, but it’s hard to digest anyway.I was so waiting for this.Anyway it is very well written and full of citations, but it’s not what I would have liked.And it’s not what DC was selling
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    What?Not sure what this was. I thought there was going to be a wedding. Artwork was good. Story was lacking.
  • Primo S.
    January 1, 1970
    How can anyone write something like this (and most of this Batman run) after writing actual masterpieces like Vision, Omega Men and Mister Miracle?? I just don't get it, Tom.
  • Luiz Santiago
    January 1, 1970
    MEU DEUS DO CÉU, QUE PORCARIA!!!!http://www.planocritico.com/critica-b...
  • Tess
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully orchestrated book with an ending I expected. Wish the ending could have been more original or creative to match the rest of the hard work and marketing that went into this issue. Overall still happy to add this to my Batman collection.
  • Reme
    January 1, 1970
    {reviewing later}
  • Valéria.
    January 1, 1970
    Loved the guest art. Though.. Except that Alfred moment it was a bit letdown to me. But last panel - woohoo.
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