Batman #44

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 4, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 73
8.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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"SOMETHING BLUE"! Follow Batman and Catwoman on two separate but parallel paths as their wedding planning kicks into high gear. Selina picks out her dress, and Bruce starts to make arrangements for their new life together-but this being Gotham City, and they being Batman and Catwoman, you can bet that nothing will go as expected!

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Apr 19, 2018

    This is a story very similar to the Batman Annual #2 that was released late last year. It is a story that showcases the various costume changes through the history of Batman and Catwoman's relationship, and the changes that have brought them together. These are great yet simple stories, not so much pertaining to Batman the Detective, mentor, or Superhero, but speaking to his personal relationships with the woman he loves, and finding himself after all of these years. Great stuff! I say it a lot but Tom King's voice is the best incarnation since Batman the Animated series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    FreakSugar - Jed W. Keith Apr 4, 2018

    Batman #44 gives a peek behind the mask (or veil) of who Selina is and her worldview, while at the same time hints at why she and Batman have played their cat-and-bat game over the years. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Apr 4, 2018

    If Batman #44 proves anything, its that the Catwoman is never just going to be another Batgirl, Batwoman, or Robin. She is her own force of nature, just like her betrothed and King, Jones, and Janin clearly know it. Seeing how they grow together in marriage and separately as well is going to be fun. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Apr 4, 2018

    All in all, a perfect chapter in the Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Apr 7, 2018

    Mikel Jann and Jolle Jones split the art this week. Jann takes care of the super heroics. Jones covers the dress shopping. Its a good split and each artist is suited for the task at hand. Rarely does one see a split so well done with one comic. Jann is establishing Catwoman as a green-eye person. I love it. Jones Catwoman is silky and well inked. The work would work well in black and white. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 4, 2018

    These lead-ins to the wedding look to be very special fan service stories. King gets the ball rolling nicely with this clever and fun story that stays true to his starring couple. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Apr 4, 2018

    This story is a wonderful ode to relationship that Batman and Catwoman have shared over the years. Starting in the 1940s and ending in the present, King highlights many of the major stepping stones shared between the two of them. I can see how this story isn't meant for everyone, since an intimate knowledge of Batman mythology is necessary to fully appreciate it, but as for me, I loved it! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Apr 4, 2018

    Great dialogue for a very intimate story. Well done all around. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Apr 19, 2018

    It would be easy to sleep on this issue but I've found it to be one that has remarkable re-reading mileage. A hearty endorsement to grab this one up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley Apr 4, 2018

    Its a great character study and the perfect next time towards the wedding of the century. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Apr 4, 2018

    As we build towards the wedding, this book continues to hit on all cylinders. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Apr 4, 2018

    Batman #44 continues to push the narrative toward the Batman/Catwoman wedding in a quiet, beautifully illustrated and impactful issue that focuses on Selina Kyle and her growing identity crisis. Bat Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Apr 4, 2018

    This book continues to entertain me. I loved the guts that it took to do a full character issue on Selina as we approach her wedding, all without her even saying a word. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Apr 5, 2018

    King, Jones, and Janin deliver a fun, breezy analysis of Batman and Catwoman. Even though half the comic was silent and the other half were from older comics, none of it comes off as lazy writing. The creative team worked wonderfully in tandem to really display why Batman and Catwoman are good for each other. The present day parts were silly, but the flashback scenes said something more substantial. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Apr 5, 2018

    Oscillating between continuity throwbacks and a silent nighttime adventure, King's script carries itself with a spring in its step, switching between the two modes as gracefully as Catwoman. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Apr 4, 2018

    Now, does this mean that there are going to be some wedding hijinks that prevent the pair from having anything close to a traditional ceremony? Sure. It's kind of expected. Does it mean that King and Co. suspect there's a secret collection ofSaved by the Dress fans in theBatman community? Possibly. Or maybe this is our big moment because the church bells will never ring. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 4, 2018

    At first glance, Batman #44 comes across as a pleasant but fairly unremarkable addition to the series, one that arranges a few pieces leading up to the big wedding. It's only by rereading this issue and directly comparing it to the classic Batman stories it references that it becomes clear how King, Janin and Jones are commenting on the evolution of these characters and superhero comics in general. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Apr 4, 2018

    Through some impeccable art and poignant characterization, BATMAN #44 brings us into Catwoman's psyche as we take one step closer to one of the most highly-anticipated weddings in comic book history. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 5, 2018

    Batman #44 is a charming tale of wedding dress shopping. A good writer can make just about anything compelling, and King proves that here. The artistic team show they are now slouches either, earning this comic a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Jeremy Joanes Apr 4, 2018

    Batman #44 is a fun lead up to the main event and its safe to say that there will be more twist and turns and this wedding wont play out the way most people will expect. Some readers may be annoyed that the main title Batman ongoing is practically devoid of its signature action and mystery, but its a nice change of pace and has had some much needed character growth. Itll be interesting to see if this wedding will go down in history as a defining moment in comics or retconned away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Apr 4, 2018

    In the end I would say the only downside to this issue is I feel we have read a lot of memories and historical jaunts between Bat and Cat in the pages of King's Batman. This installment however is a lot of fun and I hope we continue to see the art of Joelle Jones because her takes on these characters leap out of the panels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Apr 4, 2018

    Though it will never be accused of having the most substantial plot, Batman #44 stands as a loving, well-constructed tribute to the Cat, her history, and her mercurial nature - and the outfits aren't bad, either. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Apr 6, 2018

    Overall I thought this was a good read. Although there wasn't a threat necessarily for Selina to deal with in this issue, King did a great job with showing how far Catwoman has come as a character over the years. I remember when Batman hardly ever trusted Catwoman, and the times he did, he always had a contingency plan in place just in case she'd betray him. Now things between Bruce and Selina have come full circle"and they both truly trust each other. I can actually say this is one wedding I'm definitely looking forward to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Apr 4, 2018

    The artwork for this issue was fantastic. The present and flashbacks were portrayed with different styles, that made the jumps clear (while not having them be jarring). Selena's expressions were probably the highlight of this issue. Though I have to give props to the beauty and intricacy of the dress she ends up with. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal Apr 5, 2018

    "Batman" #44 is a fun, if a bit too brief, romp through the history of Bruce and Selina that says as much about who they once were as it does about who they've become. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Apr 3, 2018

    Despite the novelty beginning to wear off just a tiny bit, Batman #44 is another much-needed, touching recognition of Batman and Catwoman's storied history together. With the two set to marry in the upcoming Batman #50, I look forward to seeing how King will even further bolster a bond between the two that is the strongest it's ever been. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Apr 3, 2018

    This was a good issue that was filled with a lot of sweet moments and beautiful artwork. Really, Jolle Jones has been a stellar addition to this creative team. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 7, 2018

    Quaint little issue about Catwoman picking out a wedding dress. How are we so lucky to get both Joelle Jones and Mikel Janin on art in a single issue? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Apr 7, 2018

    To see the growth between Batman and Catwoman throughout the years in their different costumes was such a sight to see. We forget how far these characters have come from and Tom King places that nostalgia in a perfect issue. Seeing Selina Kyle now looking for a wedding dress is something many of us thought would never happen, and now we are here geeking out on a wedding that most of us only dreamed about. Can't believe this wedding is truly happened" Batman and Catwoman are getting married; I keep telling myself that hoping it's not a dream and that what we only dreamed of has come true. But if I know Batman and Catwoman, this wedding might not go as planned as they hope it will be. But if everything goes well can't wait to hear those words "I DO." Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Apr 4, 2018

    The story asks the question, "Bride or Burglar?" I think by the end of the tale, right down to the knowing wink from Alfred, that the answer is obvious: She is both. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Apr 5, 2018

    At the end of the day, it's a fine issue that doesn't necessarily get you over-the-moon for the wedding. The art by Jolle Jones shines here like crazy and she once again proves that she needs to take over a comic series asap. Mikel Janin does some good stuff here too, but I feel like his work is overshadowed by Jones'. I'm still excited about the upcoming installments leading up to the marriage, I just wish this wasn't so stretched out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Apr 3, 2018

    This is just another uneventful issue of the series. It reads like a reminder of the two actually being in love, since the series has been so weirdly directionless despite what Tom King wants you to believe. The art is a split for me since Janin's work disappoints. Read Full Review

  • 4.8
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Apr 5, 2018

    All in all, Batman #44 feels like an odd filler issue between big moments. We're done with Ivy (thank god), and now we're stuck waiting for the wedding. I'd like it to just show up though, because other than some silent character work with Catwoman, there's no reason to read this one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 4, 2018

    While some may like this issue because they're getting all excited about the upcoming wedding and maybe because they like wedding preparations for some reason but this  issue was just another in a long line of boring, underwritten issues that fails to answer any of the lingering questions we have about what's going on in this run of Batman.  The biggest takeaway from this is that you at least have some decent art as Catwoman does her thing throughout the night. Read Full Review

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