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Batman #33

by Batmanaruto on October 18, 2017

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Joëlle Jones
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Publisher: DC Comics

After the events of Batman #32 where Batman and Catwoman were officially engaged, it feels that this issue is one of the most important of King’s run, since many are wondering how he would handle the marriage. With so much pressure, it is great that Batman #33 does accomplish setting up a new and interesting premise, and leaves the reader wanting more.
One aspect of the engagement that I’m sure so many people were wondering about was how would Batman’s family and friends, take the news of his engagement. Instead of prolonging this, King attacks this head-on, and their reaction is really funny. As someone who is a huge fan of the Bat-family it is always really cool to see them appear and for the most part they are written on point. The only problem I have with this scene in the story is how Tom King writes Damian, as he sounds and acts very out of the character, however the big reveal at the end does slightly justify why he does act out of character.
On the other half, we do have a whole story concerning Batman and Catwoman, as they travel to Khadym. The interaction between Batman and Catwoman is well written and there is a distinct change in the voice of King’s Batman as he addresses Catwoman. However, I feel that they would call each other by first name or something else other than Bat and Cat. King also uses the Khadym plot as a way to inform all the other heroes of the engagement of Batman and Catwoman, as opposed to Batman going around to tell everyone. This is done as it turns out that Batman and Catwoman, are trespassing on their way to meet Talia Al Ghul. This is interesting as Batman speaks to a former lover about his new engagement.
It was a huge move for King to get Bruce and Selina engaged, so I am really hoping that they actually go through with the marriage, as it would feel like a wasted opportunity if they break up with one another. I’m very excited for this arc, as the premise appears promising, so I’m hoping that King doesn’t drop the ball with this. 

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