Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SPOILERS: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. Joker #1


What is love other than an overly elaborate death trap?

So in the final issue of this series... I mean it ends with Joker going to that church he was in for Batman #48.

THE END.

...But before that, there's an episode with Harley and Joker and elaborate death traps from the good old days you hardly see anymore, along with metaphors. There's some standard post-Joker Harley standing up for herself while she's got Joker in a trap, but ultimately she falls victim his planning more steps ahead, he spares her life and in some true shitty ex-boyfriend speak, tells her he's looking forward to her crawling back one day. Then the church.

So yeah, I didn't get much from this issue, much like the Batgirl and Red Hood ones. I said this last week, but after the first issues with Damian and Dick, it all sorta went down. I feel like there was a missed opportunity to make this more about the family reacting to the wedding, not putting them in loose vs. match ups. Honestly, the whole vs. Villain X was completely unnecessary for me personally. Would have much rather had more stuff with all the hero characters interacting with Selina and Bruce leading up to the big day.

...MAYBE IT JUST MEANS THERE ISN'T GOING TO BE A WEDDING AND THAT'S WHY THEY DIDN'T WANT TO DWELL ON IT TOO MUCH, YET STILL PRODUCED A FIVE ISSUE SERIES ABOUT IT LATER TO BE COLLECTED AS A TRADE ABOUT A WEDDING THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN MAKING IT A QUESTIONABLE PURCHASE ON SO MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS.

JEEZ, wouldn't that be funny, huh?

They'd never do that? Right?

...

Right?

3 comments :

  1. There was still a consistency in the mini-series here to lead up to and pretty seamlessly segue into the "Best Man" story, so there's that - it's not in the "Bruce Wayne Road Home connects how?" camp or even in the "Why do Court of Owls/Death of the Family/Zero Year have all these frigging tie-ins again?" camp.

    I liked Nightwing Superman Hush, because it's two dudes who are really Batman's best friends, and a villain that thinks he should be. I got more out of contrasting Jason and Anarky than I thought I would but it was still the weakest issue. Babs/Riddler was kind of coming from the same high concept as Dick/Hush but not executed as well because Riddler stories are hard to actually make good.

    All-in-all not bad. I like that Seeley's Joker straight up reads in Mark Hamill's voice, and kind of has this weird Batman '66 tone even as he's operating in Modern Joker Standard Mode. And I like that King's run, and therefore this issue too, have Joker in that classic kind of showman-meets-gangster costume, straight out of the Golden Age Joker sense of style.

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  2. If the wedding won't happen, nobody in his right mind will buy the TPB of the Preludes or the wedding deluxe book.

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  3. It's kind of weird that this Joker is the same Joker as the one in Best Man. This one is a bit more BTAS (maybe a little darker) and the one King wrote is like Scott Snyder's, like he's out to prove a particular point. Both can be good, though, depending on the situation and story.

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