BATMAN VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR is written by Tom King and
includes several vignettes about Batman and Catwoman and
various friends and foes, as they wander down the road to
their wedding. More intriguing than the interplay between
Batman and Catwoman is the dynamic between their everyday
alter egos Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. Cameos by assorted
villains, Superman, and Harley Quinn add an extra dose of
The first story in this collection starts with murdered
parents, a boy looking for comfort from Bruce Wayne, and the
obvious suspect Zsasz. In this tale, Tom King present
readers with a perversion of Bruce Wayne's narrative. I
enjoy stories like this because they showcase Batman as a
detective. A young boy's parents are murdered and,
strangely enough, Zsasz's parents are also killed. This
crime resonates with Batman because of his past, but he's
still able to hunt down leads and follow clues toward the
For the second vignette, Batman and Wonder Woman team up to
battle the Hordes of Gehenna in place of The Gentle Man.
While they are off in another realm taking care of business,
The Gentle Man enjoys his break from constant battle by
visiting his soulmate in this world. Catwoman tags along to
keep watch over him, and she contemplates the nature of
marriage and the strength of love. Batman and Wonder Woman
make an exciting fighting team. Both of these super heroes
are known for their stoicism, but in this story, they show
rare moments of weakness while still maintaining the essence
of who they are.
I love Poison Ivy stories, and this last story has a ton of
DC Universe guest stars, while still revealing a fascinating
side of Poison Ivy and the two heroes trying to stop her
cataclysmic plans. Poison Ivy's is probably my favorite
story in this collection because it shows how well Batman
and Catwoman can work together. I like how Catwoman tries to
appeal to Poison Ivy as one woman and antihero to another.
Batman recognizes the friendship between Ivy and Harley
Quinn, and Tom King writes a relationship that meshes with
how Ivy and Quinn are in the HARLEY QUINN series. This story
shows a more vulnerable and somewhat sympathetic Poison Ivy
than she has been in some previous books.
Not long after Batman announces his engagement to
Catwoman, he and Wonder Woman are called to honor an old
commitment requiring them to fight for Earth in a
distant, magical realm. But time flows strangely in this
new land, and an hour in our world could be years there.
The storied friendship between two great heroes begins to
unravel--while the universe itself does the same around
Next, the Bat and the Cat find themselves isolated as
Poison Ivy seemingly takes over the rest of the world,
including the Justice League! Can they nip Ivy's plans in
the bud before the whole world falls under her dominion?
After all, there's still a wedding to plan...
The big day approaches in these stories from Batman #38-
44, from author Tom King (Mister Miracle) and artists
Mikel Janín (Grayson), Joëlle Jones (Supergirl: Being
Super) and Travis Moore (Fables: The Wolf Among Us).