Batman: Prelude to the Wedding “Red Hood vs. Anarky #1”
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Javier Fernandez
Epilogue Artist: Otto Schmidt
Colors: John Kausz
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCraig
Barbara Gordon took on The Riddler, and not unlike previous issues, he had a lot to say to dredge up Batgirl’s uncertainties. As we’ve seen with Damien and Dick before her, the Prelude To The Wedding arc is one meant to expose our beloved Bat Family to their own repressed insecurities. Letting us know that Damien feels like he doesn’t have a place at home, that he fears being replaced by a son created in the more traditional sense. Showing us that Dick doesn’t really see himself as close to Bruce as he is, which would explain the need to escape his shadow and not embrace his roots. Exposing to us that Barbara may in fact feel herself unlovable, allowing herself to fall in hollow promiscuity with a colleague.
Jason is in the psychological chopping block, the issue starting with Batman asking him to keep an eye on Selina during her bachelorette party. Reluctantly, Jason takes the job. While he’s keeping safe distance from the party and surveying the location, when a group of political zealots show up to make a statement. Jason swoops in to stifle that statement, and in doing so, sniffs out a plot from old fair-weather ally:Anarky. Jason is finding out more about himself then he had initially intended.
Thoughts and Such:
It pains me to say, but to me this arc feels like it’s losing steam. Not to say it wasn’t a good read, it was; however, this and the last issue make it rather apparent that this series is more of each member of the family getting a showcase in ability almost like a character trailer for a movie. The problem is, we know these characters pretty well. Outside of the first two issues of this arc, these last two showings of internal conflict have felt anticlimactic. The great action-packed illustration that we’ve certainly seen before being used to nicely package information that frankly, isn’t very compelling.