Batman #49

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mikel Janin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 20, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 62
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"THE BEST MAN" part two! Now it's up to Catwoman to rescue her one true love. It's the Cat vs. the Clown in one exciting showdown that sets the stage for our giant anniversary issue-and the biggest union in comics!

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Jun 20, 2018

    'Batman' #49 is an instant classic and is not to be missed. It is an intense, emotional and deeply revealing story about two of the Dark Knights most important relationships. 5 Stars Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jun 21, 2018

    Overall I enjoyed Batman #49 and it seems that any and everything is attempting to stop this wedding from occurring! There are times such as these where you do feel almost sorry for Batman at some point because the Joker makes an interesting point in this very book– he can't be Batman and also be happy. It's this very point that Joker seems he wants to demonstrate to them both. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how this all of this plays out in the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 21, 2018

    Batman #49 is a stellar issue with King successfully deconstructing two of Batman's oldest foes. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - Patricia Loupee Jul 3, 2018

    An appropriate ending to a great story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker Jun 21, 2018

    This issue was amazing. It was a great set up to the wedding coming soon. The way King is steering this series and its characters more into the cerebral and existential feels like a fresh take on these very old characters. I am very much excited for what the wedding has to tell us and the last prelude before the big day. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this if you can. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jun 20, 2018

    I'm still of two minds about the wedding (cue the Two-Face jokes) but this Prelude To The Wedding issue is brilliant and stands on its own quite well. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Chris C. Hernandez Jun 20, 2018

    This issue is an absolute must read for any fan of the Batman mythos. The reader may find it to be as powerful and revealing as some of the past big stories that is alluded to in these pages. The look into THIS Joker's thoughts put this issue among one of the best of the year. Batman #49 proves that Bruce Wayne's legacy is more than just Batman but the antagonist that rise up to balance him. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jun 20, 2018

    There was no way to have a moment this big for Batman without an appearance from his top villain. The highlighting in the previous two issues is a great way to give The Joker his moment without letting him steal the spotlight, which he effortlessly does. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jacob Robert Nuckolls Jun 25, 2018

    Between Janis' dynamic, character-focused artwork, Chung's popping color, and King's contemplative script, this book is a must-read for long-time readers and newcomers alike. The "Best Man" arc is a perfect two-part bottle episode to remind us why we love these characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jun 20, 2018

    BATMAN #49 has it all. From gorgeous artwork to immense attention to detail, the issue never misses a beat and is undoubtedly worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 20, 2018

    Joker's perspective here is interesting and further shows the complexities of a madman. This is the last issue before the presumed disastrous Batman and Catwoman attempt to get married. We'll see how that turns out, but this was an enjoyable warm-up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jun 20, 2018

    It's cat versus clown in a fight to the death; in Batman (2016-) #49, Catwoman and the Joker square off, and writer Tom King utilizes this time wisely and focuses on Batman's unique relationship with his villains as well as his villains relationships with one another. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 20, 2018

    Between the gorgeous art and an ending that will have people guessing for two weeks, it's one of the most distinctive issues of King's run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 20, 2018

    The issue is an interesting one that'll get you to think about the relationship between the Joker and Batman and with its ending, it'll be interesting to see the impact on both Batman and Catwoman. This is one I've been thinking about and the quality is solid. This isn't a comic you pick up for the action, this is a character study of two of Batman's greatest villains. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 20, 2018

    Batman #49 downplays the Dark Knight in favor of a harrowing reunion between Catwoman and Joker. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Jun 20, 2018

    As we head into Batman #50, the wedding is (as far as we know) still on. The most fascinating thing is, we're left as readers to ponder for the first time in a long time, not "is Batman truly happy and in love?" but does the essence of Batman truly prevail if he's found happiness? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jun 20, 2018

    A really good, solid issue that slows down the action at the right moment to explore some character relationships that set up what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Jun 20, 2018

    It's not exactly revelatory stuff, but I've found the Joker in recent years to be rather tired anyways. He's been mined for so many stories over the years that it's hard to keep track of up and down with him anymore. That said, he is an indelible part of Batman's legacy, so it's nice that we get to spend some limited time with him here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Jun 20, 2018

    This is an odd issue, to be sure. In some ways it's better than the first part of this, in that at least they're not having Batman act out of character. Unless you count him being knocked out for being so long as out of character"and you'd have a pretty solid argument for that. It's likely that anybody with any sort of medical training will be screaming at the pages for this one, but besides that, it was somewhat interesting. It's not every day we get to see Catwoman and Joker interact anymore, so it's sort of refreshing in its own way, even if they are trying to kill each other here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Jun 20, 2018

    It isn't often that readers get to see the, dare I say, human side of the villains in Batman's world, but Batman #49 does just that and it makes for one of the more thought-provoking and powerful issues of this run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jun 21, 2018

    This is a book that rarely disappoints, continuing to shine a much-needed light on Gotham and its inhabitants, both good and evil. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 21, 2018

    Tom King continues to do some interesting structural things with his run on Batman, delivering an inversion on the classic Batman-Joker frenemy dynamic from The Killing Joke and transferring it to the Dark Knight's bride-to-be Catwoman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jun 26, 2018

    Check out this small arc that got better with the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jun 20, 2018

    Just like her beau, Catwoman is not easily done in by the games and schemes of the gangster clown. Or is she? The final pages leave a few questions hanging in the air in a more confusing than captivating way. It's genuinely unclear how this arc ends, but it seems the wedding is still on. Outside of this mild frustration, Batman #49 has some incredible dialogue in conversation that gets to the very core philosophies of every character contained within. It's interesting, it's unique, it's Tom King. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sequential Planet - Quinn Morris Jun 21, 2018

    Batman #49 has a lot going for it, there are just a few odd decisions that hold it back. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 23, 2018

    Talking heads comics are not everyone's cup of tea, but I rather enjoyed this chat between two long-standing characters. It was witty and clever at times. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Jun 27, 2018

    Mister Miracle also tends to be a very dialogue heavy book, in relation to the action, but at least Miracle and the others move from spot to spot, or the action cuts between them. Even in Kings run on Batman there has been a significant use of flashbacks to show action. But he does like to script like a playwright, and delve into conversation. I have defended this before, but for once, I have to take the other side of the argument. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jun 20, 2018

    Catwoman and Joker walk down memory lane, after they both gravely injure each other, and the Joker reveals his true reason for trying to stop the wedding. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Jun 20, 2018

    Gorgeous artwork and a final page with plenty of mystery to mull over. This issue was weird at times but has more to offer than meets the eye. Stories like this are what make reviewing single issues so difficult because we clearly don't have the full scope of things going on just yet. I didn't love this story arc, but there is a lot to like about this comic book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jun 20, 2018

    It is clear that King and Janin have volumes to say about the Joker and Catwoman. These are great motifs that spin-off from the conventional “Joker secretly loves Batman” idea. But King forces the characters to jump through a lot of plot hoops to get there. It makes them out-of-character and, worse, idiotic. This issue is profound, but highly flawed. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 20, 2018

    While this issue is literally nothing when it comes to story, there are a few conversations in this issue that may delight readers and the art here isn't too bad either.  Yeah, I'm not a fan of this book, but this issue at least gave some insight into characters that felt legitimate and for that, I like this issue more than anything we've been getting out of Tom King lately.   Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 24, 2018

    I get what the creators were going for, but it didn't really come together for me, as a reader. Read Full Review

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    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jun 20, 2018

    The majority of this issue is nothing but dialogue, which isn't typically a bad thing, but in the case of this issue, it is. Most of the conversations that occur are completely random and inconsequential, occasionally feeling like they are simply there to fill up pages. Other things broached within the conversations are ideas that we have seen explored before (and with more skill), and still others seem like things that belong in a fan group discussion as opposed to something that should be shared between two characters within the confines of their own story. Essentially, it's a bunch of jibber-jabber that ultimately doesn't amount to a hill of beans and doesn't push our story forward in any relevant way that prepares us for the wedding issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Jun 23, 2018

    Honestly the ONLY reason to read this issue is for the last 2 pages and thats so you can know whats going on in the next issue. Im giving this issue 2 stars which is a huge drop from the previous issue. The previous issue was good as it was different and I enjoyed the Joker in it, but this issue tried for the same gag and it just falls flat. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Jun 20, 2018

    So this is all fine except that it's not fun to read, nor is it fun to even ponder because the text is all so on the the nose. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    William McKelder Jun 20, 2018

    Ok. So, this is slightly better than the previous issue. I still don’t care for it. What is King trying to do? Reminisce about the “good old days” of Batman villains? Won’t Batman be a little pissed that Catwoman went for the kill? Is she “jokerized” or something? When did Joker poison Batman? Quit making Batman so inept. Quit trying to be clever and meta and write a comic Batman fans want to read.

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  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jun 20, 2018

    Another great Joker-centric issue. This has been a very good read and made me a lot more excited about the wedding next issue.

  • 1.0
    myconius Jun 20, 2018

    that was just AWFUL!

    Tom King not only does not understand these characters,
    but he wastes an entire issue showing that he has no idea what to do with them either.

    just pointless filler before the wedding issue.

    i'm not a fan of this traced art.
    looks like screenshots from the Telltales Batman game.

  • 10
    Batman Jones Jun 20, 2018

    That was fantastic. Who knew we'd get so many surprise duos in the lead-up to the wedding? Each Prelude to the Wedding is 'false advertising...'

    Ra's vs. Robin was about Robin and Catwoman
    Hush vs. Nightwing was about Nightwing and Superman

    And Tom King is really not a writer that repeats himself. After last issue's monologue we got all kinds of terrific insight into Batman's rogue's gallery and how Catwoman was always different. And we get a clear discussion of Batman's quest for happiness, the most special thing about King's run.

    And we got Janin's Joker again. To me only Jim Aparo and Neal Adams hold a candle to Janin's interpretation. He draws a great Catwoman too.

    This whole event has b more

  • 7.5
    Nihilist Jun 20, 2018

    Issue #49 will be remembered as a divisive one, and if you hoped to see a big fight between Catwoman and Joker, you'll be disapppointed. King, instead of giving us a spectacular battle, focused on developing their rather troublesome relationship, which surely is a nice touch, but on the other hand it doesn't really push the story forward.
    I have to say, I liked this story for what it was. I may have expected more, but at least I must admit I was genuinely surprised to see the story unraveling this particular way.

    Finally, it's the end of fillers, doesn't matter if they were good or not, we can proceed with the wedding - something we all wait for.

  • 6.0
    daddyT Jun 20, 2018

    this is strange for a few reasons. first of all the issue itself is very non-standard. it is interesting and seems good.

    however, it is hard to really say I LIKE IT because.. Tom King just hasn't yet earned anything other than distrust.. and this issue leaves the door open for some really awful "next issue" stories. any other writer and I'd be saying this was good and entertaining. right now, however I'm just filled with dread at what he's really doing. I hate that Tom King has earned such distrust. when I can't even enjoy something that is GOOD simply because I fear what he's going to do NEXT.. that's bad.

    fingers crossed.

  • 5.5
    egon244 Jun 21, 2018

    Filler, filler and than some more filler.

    Selina fights Joker to save Bruce. That's good. But then she and the clown start acting like old friends who reminisce about old days and talk about their other "friends". That bit felt really odd and out of place. Joker murdered people, shot and possibly killed Batman (the man Catwoman loves), but she acts like they're in a coffeehouse just hanging out. It gets a little better after that when they try to on up each other in the game of "who knows Batman better". I think Selina won. Then issue ends with Catwoman laughing maniacally. Seemed really out of character for her.

    "O.K." it looks like we are done with the filler issues. The wedding is just around the corner and I reall more

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  • 4.5
    DarePool53 Jun 21, 2018

    Bleh.

    I wasn’t a fan of the previous issue and this one did nothing to change my mind.

    Devoid of plot and featuring staccato dialogue that jarringly juxtaposes deadly sinister with plain goofy... I just can’t seem to get a distinctive feel for the characters or their voice.

    I have nothing against Tom King (in fact, very much looking forward to reading his work on Mister Miracle and The Vision at some point), but hope that whatever lies beyond this wedding arc takes a different tack.

    Again, those who think this run is the best thing since sliced bread will probably find a lot to like here.

  • 8.0
    bucswin611 Jun 20, 2018

    Not your typical Batman issue, even for Tom King. We have decades of punching and detective work, but the Joker-Catwoman sibling rivalry is a new angle. Bring on 50!

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jun 22, 2018

    Wow...this one was awful.

    They all wanted Batman to love them? Come on!

    How about the Joker is a lunatic?

  • 10
    Comicswatch Jun 21, 2018

    Stellar

  • 9.0
    Troy Jun 21, 2018

    Catwoman's Killing Joke, basically.

  • 8.0
    DDJamesB Jun 21, 2018

    This was a really cool book. It was pretty much all dialogue, but it was done so well and creatively that it was fun to read throughout.

  • 7.0
    Herushalaim Jun 21, 2018

    This suffers from a lot of inconsistencies, but at least there's less of them this time. I really wish this series would move quicker. It's just slogging at this point. Tom King wants to write 100 issues? He should have enough story for those 100 issues instead of enough story for 40 issues.

  • 7.0
    Spock's Brain Jun 28, 2018

    I get what King is going for here, with each page of Catwoman and the Joker lying in a pile of rubble, bleeding out, talking to each other treated as a separate segment--but what it lacks is the power of a real conversation, and one could argue that the Joker could never present a coherent argument, but it still seems sorta...gimmicky. And lacking real substance, and reading between the lines, there's nothing too deep here. There are some clever references to Batman past, but I wanted to like this more than I did. I must say, Mikel Janin made an issue with two characters lying in ruins conversing look really great. So, yep.

  • 4.0
    Talon1load Jun 24, 2018

    This issue was so pointless and poorly executed that I wish I could give it a negative rating based on writing alone. Once again the art is the only good thing about Batman these days.

  • 8.0
    MullholandDerp Jun 21, 2018

    I thought this was a solid issue for Tom King. He really did a good job of characterizing both Catwoman and the Joker. I'll say up front that I liked this issue for a lot of the reason's I liked the "I am Suicide" arc, so if you didn't care for that, then this is a hard recommend. I would have rated this a tad higher, maybe a 8.5 or 9, but I really don't care for this art style. It is serviceable, but it looks off to me, as if I am looking at plastic statues of the characters, instead of hand drawn art.

  • 8.0
    adp1222 Jun 29, 2018

    I was getting tired of the Joker dominating these Prelude to the Wedding issues, but they found a way to get me invested again. The relationship between Joker and Batman has been explored heavily in the past, but I've never seen a real deep dive in the Catwoman and Joker relationship. It was an interesting take. This issue was a reminder that Catwoman is a villain and probably always will be to a degree. Despite this she knows Batman better than anyone and they chose to be together. While I liked Catwoman's portrayal in the issue, Batman's incompetency shown thru like the previous issue. Hopefully he will get back to form with the wedding finally happening.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Jul 14, 2018

    This six-shooter that magically fires 15 shots really took me out of the comic but Janin's layouts pulled me back in. The dialogue ends up dragging the middle of the comic out, I started to get very bored and almost hated this issue, but the last few pages sold it for me. I think it would have been stronger if it was shorter in the middle and the creators weren't lazy with the revolver, but at least it turned out to be interesting.

  • 1.0
    Sav Jun 23, 2018

    what a shit show. at least the other batman comics are cool. they havent completely emaciated batman.

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    Melkor Jul 12, 2018

    AWFUL

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