Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul #1

Writer: Tim Seeley Artist: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 30, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 22
7.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Ra's al Ghul returns to have a heart-to-heart with his grandson, Damian. Once upon a time, Ra's thought Bruce Wayne would be the heir apparent to his criminal empire, but now that Batman has turned his back on Talia for good, Ra's wants to know if Damian Wayne will honor his mother by stepping into the family business at last.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson May 30, 2018

    To be honest, this prelude is a MUST read for any Belina (Bruce and Selina) fans out there who are just as hype about the wedding as I have been for who knows how long at this point. While the 4th of July and the release of Batman #50 still seems far away, this series combined with the regular publication adds both excitement and nervousness about the big day for the Bat and the Cat. From the normal beginning to the outrageous (but not THAT surprising) to be continued last page, Batmans prelude to the wedding is a rollercoaster everyone is tall enough to ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum May 30, 2018

    The march towards the wedding of Batman and Catwoman continues, and Batman Prelude to the Wedding #1 Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul is perhaps one of the best moments of that march. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 30, 2018

    In all honesty, I was worried these various build-ups to the wedding were going to be some cheap cash-in on a major Batman event. If they stay at this quality I'll happily and excitedly await the next few chapters and embrace these various confrontations. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Travis Tucker May 30, 2018

    Overall, this issue was very good. It was quite nice to see such a brazen character be brought back to an area that is actually relatable to the fanbase. The art was exceptionally complimentary to the thought provoking writing, I am elated to see what this and the wedding will hold not only for Damien Wayne, but the entirety of the Batfamily. This issue certainly gets the deep story cogs turning. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Connor Willesden May 30, 2018

    A fun story with some great artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder May 31, 2018

    Seeley and crew clearly had a blast creating this issue, and you can feel it in your bones. It's a strong start to what will be a rollercoaster of a prelude before the big day. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Jun 1, 2018

    If the remaining four books in this series are just as good, we're in for a treat. I definitely recommend this one"enjoy! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 30, 2018

    Robin vs. Ra's al Ghulis a nice start to the Wedding Batman story arc. We get to see how all of this is affecting Damian, and he faces down a member of the extended family who has a stake in this wedding too. The art is solid to boot, and this comic earns a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee May 30, 2018

    These one-shot specials can easily be a boring cash-grab. Fortunately, Seeley infuses Damian's story with drama and action to create a nuanced look at Damian Wayne and his feelings about the Bat-wedding. While the art is spotty in some instances and Ra's role was compulsory, the issue still was a great Damian character piece. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    That's Entertainment - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Jul 17, 2018

    Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. R'as Al Ghul has two terrific stories at its core; but it does seem like the wrong one was picked up as the "main story"the 'B-story' featuring Selina nad Damian should have been the focal point. Other than that; this book felt right at home with any other "Bat" story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steve Ray Jun 2, 2018

    I'm anxiously awaiting next week's installment, pitting Nightwing against Hush. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 30, 2018

    Overall, this isn't bad, just rather slight. Maybe the other upcoming issues will have more depth. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - Lucas Fashina May 30, 2018

    There is a lot to digest in Batman Prelude to the Wedding Robin vs Ras Al Ghul #1, but the development in the issues pages will leave speculators happy. Most of it feels more like the opening trailer to demonstrate that once Bat-Cat union happens there is going to be a lot more than Happy Ever After with Bruce and Damian. Wednesday warriors will want to pick this one up also keeping in mind that the five covers will connect to make on image. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Sequential Planet - Josh O'Farrell May 31, 2018

    A fun chapter that builds the excitement for 'the Wedding' by focusing on the other members of the Bat-family. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones May 31, 2018

    "Batman Prelude To The Wedding: Robin Vs Ra's Al Ghul" #1 adds the context for the Selina and Damian relationship missing from the "Batman" ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 30, 2018

    Tim Seeley gives us a prelude to the wedding that felt more like a Damian Wayne primer. I guess it's needed since Tom King has done absolutely nothing in his run with Damian and call me crazy, but with the wedding approaching, it seems kind of necessary to know a little bit about Bruce's son. Seeley does provide some nice moments with Damian and Selina, but even with good art from Brad Walker, I can only recommend this to anyone who knows nothing at all about Damian. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly May 30, 2018

    Books like this are meant to be character pieces, with a clear build to the big event of Batman #50 where the Joker looks to be getting ready to do something horrible. While I can appreciate some of the ideas that this book wants to play with, I just don't feel they are conveyed or executed well. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Bastards - Noel Thorne May 30, 2018

    Batman #1: Prelude #1 to the Wedding #1, Part One #1 - Robin Vs. Ra's Al Ghul #1 #1 is a steaming pile of number two - don't bother. Stick to reading just Tom King's Batman run instead. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    myconius May 30, 2018

    this comic was very run by the numbers and pedestrian, but i still found it very entertaining.

    the highlights of this issue comic for me were-

    -Damian’s fascination with a Cheese themed videogame
    -the reference to Batman 666
    -the reference and handling of Dick Grayson
    -the way Selina Kyle was portrayed

    i think my absolute favorite part of the story was seeing Selina and Damian finally have a heart to heart conversation. i really do not know what this sort of thing wasn’t addressed within the main Batman book long ago? or why it needs to be put off into a supplementary title by another writer?
    but seeing how things have been going in the main Batman book lately, maybe this is for the b more

  • 8.0
    ComickerPerson May 30, 2018

    Does a solid enough job looking at Damian's insecurities, and giving some fun but meaningful interactions between Damian and Selina. Was a bit more wordy than it probably needed to be.

  • 8.0
    Dispatchdcu May 31, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    We now kick off our lead up to the wedding with Damian and Ra’s. And it wasn’t that bad. The art was fantastic and the story kind of made sense... to a degree. Let’s take a look. The story opens with Damian and Selena going to a tailor to have Damian fitted for the wedding. While Damian is getting fitted he gets pricked by a sowing needle, which we later find out had a drug on it that made Damian go a bit coo coo for cocoa puffs.

    After the fitting, Damian uses his assassin skills to break into an arcade to play a video game named Cheese Viki more

  • 5.5
    Herushalaim May 30, 2018

    There wasn't any point to this story. It was filled to the brim with Seeleyisms (ie bad dialogue, mostly in the form of horrid jokes, and more exposition than is really needed.). The funny thing is that it somehow humanizes Catwoman unlike the majority of the Batman title. So it gets some points for that. But that doesn't excuse the poor writing. Most of the issue is dedicated to a hallucinatory battle that makes references to Batman #666 and... There's not much besides that. The issue creates a character conflict and resolves it all on its own, and while that's nice and tidy, it seems very pointless and like there was never any weight to it because it's resolved so easily. This series is supposed to show how different members of the Batfam more

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  • 8.0
    Br'er Lapin May 30, 2018

    I am surprised I liked this. Like, you have no idea. I couldn't stand Seeley's Nightwing and his Hellblazer is awful, but I actually found this pretty well-written.

  • 7.5
    Dani Jun 8, 2018

    This was a decent issue. I wish the arcade scene was written better because I was initially confused by what was happening. The conversations between Damian/Ra's and Damian/Selina were the highlight for me and saved the comic. As mentioned in my Nightwing vs Hush review, it's good that they are finally showing how the upcoming wedding is impacting Bruce's children. Some of Damian's insecurities showed in this issue. I was hoping for a better start to the Prelude to the Wedding series but it was ok, not great but not bad either

  • 6.5
    Nihilist May 30, 2018

    I have rather mixed feelings about this one. While I love how Catwoman is being written in Rebirth comics, including this issue, her relationship with Damian wasn't especially entertaining nor interesting to follow. Sure, most of the issue focuses solely on Damian, as the title suggests, but that only shows he was outshined in his own comic. I feel like reading about Selina's night out could have been more enjoyable to read than Robin's hallucinations (although, exposing his insecurities and fears added him much needed depth as a person). Yeah, let that sink in, bachelorette party possibly more interesting than Ra's al Ghul, I don't believe in what I'm saying.
    Last two pages are definitely the best this comic has to offer - elegantly s more

  • 10
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    Omer Jul 5, 2018

  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
    Floronicman Jun 4, 2018

  • 8.0
    matmene May 30, 2018

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    blackmanta221 Jun 15, 2018

  • 8.0
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  • 8.0
    Bigbooty Jul 12, 2018

  • 7.5
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  • 5.5
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