Batman Prelude to the Wedding #1 Part 1 “Robin vs. Ra’s al Ghul”
Written by: Tim Seeley
Pencils by: Brad Walker
Ink by: Andrew Hennessy and Mick Grey
Colors by: Jodie Bellaire
Covers by: Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCraig
What Just Happened:
Save the date! The wedding has been set and Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne are finally getting married. After double dating with Superman and Lois (with costume swaps), the decades of teased romance between the cat and the bat is finally underway and in full swing in Batman: Prelude To The Wedding. Preparations are made as Selina is taking Damien out to be fitted for the occasion. We are shown a detailed look at the relationship that the two are going to have as stepmother and stepson, Damien being the petulant anti-sidekick that he is and talking down to Selina as they discuss her bachelorette party. His words are razor sharp as always and Selina doesn’t seem ready for them. As they part ways for their mutual celebrations, Damien decides that he wants to break into an arcade to play his favorite cabinet where he is confronted by a formidable and unexpected foe. Damien is then faced with his insecurities about the marriage and himself, contemplating what its gong to change about his current life.
Opinions and Such:
This introductory into one of the most important weddings in comics is so far well-written, with the tone being set very early as to what questions not only the readers are going to ask, but what the characters are going to ask as well. It gives a glimpse into Damien that we very rarely see: his soft spot, and in doing so brings the character back down to earth from the arrogant dynamo he is. The art style has a very good way of transitioning from reality to Damien’s inner self to where you almost feel like you’re in his head. Coupled with the softer view we are given of him, it flows quite well and leaves you with your jaw on the floor with some sympathy for a character who is mainly delivering “I told you so” on a regular basis.