Batman/ Catwoman – The Wedding Album by Tom King

“Well, what’s the matter? Haven’t you ever seen a beautiful girl before?”

This line starts the seventy-eight year tumultuous relationship between Catwoman and the Caped Crusader. Bill Finger and Bob Kane introduced her in Batman #1, a jewel thief who dresses up as an old lady to steal prize diamonds. Selina Kyle’s outfits may have changed over the years, but there’s always been that simmering love and hate between the characters.

I am not knowledgable of all the plot lines in the DC universe. I’ve watched all the films and read some of the fiction, but what got me into the Batman world was the animated series circa the early 90s. I’ve seen every episode over and over again. I love what Adrienne Barbeau does with the character of Catwoman. She’s always been one of the best characters to follow.

The Wedding Album collects three stories from the ramp up to the big day. The proposal, picking out the dress, and the long-awaited day itself. But this volume also includes over thirty cover-works created by some of the best artists in the comic book word. Does this book move the story along? Not too much. Does it collect some amazing art work? Absolutely!

I flipped through it once, and then went back for a more thorough read. I found myself saying, Is that all? But I slowed down and spent some time with the art. Each artist creates a unique interpretation of the relationship. For the casual fan, a commemorative piece and a glimpse into a day that many thought would never come. For the longtime fan, a collection of art that gives new prespective of these two iconic characters.

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4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley, DC Comics, and Tom King for the advanced copy for review.

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