Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Javi Fernandez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 20, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 25
7.5Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

Red Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad - which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman's bachelorette party - and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd!

  • 10 - Nicole Drum Jun 20, 2018

    Batman Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood Vs. Anarky #1 may be the weakest of the Prelude one-shots, but that doesn't mean it's not still a worthy issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Jun 22, 2018

    Another hugely entertaining story. The way that all roads have been leading to the Joker have me so excited for next week's final chapter, and for the wedding in Batman #50. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson Jun 20, 2018

    Although Im so excited in the next few weeks the big wedding is finally happening in Batman #50, Ive been thoroughly enjoying Seeleys Prelude series and I cannot WAIT to see the mad love between Harley Quinn and The Joker in Part Five. The suspense of knowing whether or not Bruce will finally be happy is terrible"I hope it will last. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Jun 20, 2018

    I think this is the strongest showing of the Prelude to the Wedding so far. Red Hood was at the focal point of the issue, but also had the advantage of having a great supporting cast and a villain who had the clearest ideological connection to Red Hood's relationship with Batman. Anarky was a weird choice to bring in, but he ended up being a crucial part of the formula that made this all work. Seeley and Fernandez played off each other to craft a night to remember. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Jaimee Nadzan Jun 20, 2018

    There's no pleasing everyone at a wedding, and Tim Seeley really highlights that in Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky (2018-) #1. This is another great prelude issue. The wedding, as a theme, continues to produce some truly great storylines and mash-ups. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 20, 2018

    With dashes of humor and character insights from Tim Seeley, gorgeous costuming and fight choreography from Javier Fernandez and Hugo Petrus, and a glitzy, grimy, and just plain red color palette from John Kalisz,Red Hood vs. Anarky#1 is another successful Bat-family-centric one-shot in the run-up to Batman and Catwoman's wedding. It even has some semi-controversial political commentary to boot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jun 20, 2018

    The order of this story seems a bit out of wack as this chapter would have made a lot more sense as the second installment. Events in this story occur before Batmans bachelor party with Superman and Nightwing and show Selenas bachelorette party. Its not a deal breaker, but the kind of thing that probably should have been caught by the editor. Maybe the inevitable trade will assemble the story in chronological order? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    That's Entertainment - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Aug 27, 2019

    Unlike the previous issue, Red Hood vs. Anarky#1 doesn't necessarily have to be read for this Bat-event. While there could be one line in the issue that foreshadows the outcome ofBatman#50, it's not a crucial line the requires a reading of this issue. However, the writing is on point and if you're a fan of Red Hood, this issue will be right up your alley. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 21, 2018

    Red Hood vs. Anarky is a fun and solid one-off story to build up to the grand climax of Bruce and Selinas wedding. Red Hood gets plenty of good lines and scenes, and Anarky gets a moment to be that complex antagonist that he is. Its not brilliant, but its good and well-rounded comic. This one earns a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Connor Willesden Jun 20, 2018

    Theres some super questionable decisions when it comes to Anarky but the high point of this issue is Javier Fernandez's art. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Jun 20, 2018

    Red Hood vs. Anarkyis hardly essential reading, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth your time. Nobody will be talking about its significance in continuity in five weeks, much less five years, but it is nevertheless a very well-put-together book that more than earns its price tag. If you've got a few bucks to spare this week, you could do a lot worse. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jun 20, 2018

    The issue is better than the Nightwing or Batgirl ones mainly because it's not as bizarre a main plot and there's a good amount of humor here " Seeley is obviously having fun writing the caustic relationship between Bruce and Jason. However, the closer we get to the big event, the more doubtful I get that the wedding is a status quo change that will stick. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jun 22, 2018

    The Red Hood-Anarky is a breezy, vapid issue that showcases good characterizations and a decent plot. It is not the worst of the wedding specials, but not the best either. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    On Comics Ground - Travis Tucker Jun 20, 2018

    I liked this comic, but if you're new to the Prelude issue, don't pick this one up first. its a little hard to get through even with Jason and his typical antics. The illustrations to me are the redeeming trait in this issue, keeping me curious during the short lived action panels with exposition just heaped on top of it. For me this wouldn't have been so bad is the information we were given wasn't old news repackaged and was actually resolved. Not this time, feel like Jason's edginess was used this time solely to close off some already meh dialogue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jun 21, 2018

    The ending leads into the next issue which is Harley Quinn and the Joker. Maybe Seeley will do better there. The art is decent enough on this and is probably the best thus far on these prelude issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GWW - Kristel Yeager Jun 20, 2018

    This prelude issue definitely started out strong with was a decent escalation then just fell pretty flat. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Jun 20, 2018

    There's good news and bad news when it comes to BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - RED HOOD VS ANARKY. The good news? Red Hood edginess is highlighted in both the story line and artwork. The visuals accentuate the character's darkness. Bad news? Things like Anarky's quickly resolved plans and weak motives muddle the overall plot line. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 20, 2018

    While I'm normally a fan of anything Red Hood, this installment to the wedding preludes just comes off boring and doesn't really capture the characters in the book as well as it could have. On top of that, I'm not a fan of the art in this issue and when you put all of that together...Well, you get a big disappointment. Not a great issue overall and these preludes have pretty much worn out their welcome. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Jun 20, 2018

    This book suffers from a severe lack of focus. Is this an Anarky story, a Red Hood story, or is this just about Catwoman getting a night of dancing? I'm honestly not sure. Read Full Review

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