Not to long ago, Batman asked Catwoman to marry him, thus finally “catching up with” the continuity from decades ago, when the Golden Age characters married, eventually producing Helena Wayne, the Huntress, as their daughter. Whatever happens in their future, this slice of their present is damned entertaining. Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Bruce Wayne, and Selina Kyle go on a double date to a county fair. Unfortunately, they’ve shown up on superhero night, and you need to be in costume to get in. Not only do they break out the costumes, they switch.
It sounds like a low-level comedy of errors, and it’s not. It’s actually a great character story, focusing mostly on the friendship between Clark and Bruce, with Lois and Selina getting to know each other. The costume swap has some entertaining moments, but it’s not the focus of the issue. It’s the four of them enjoying the fair and talking about their relationships. There’s one minor crime to foil, but it takes about 2 panels.
Because it’s superhero night, the backgrounds are filled with people dressed as just about everyone. From the Wonder Twins to variations of big names like Flash, Green Lantern, and even Beast Boy, keep your eyes peeled to see the various not-quite cameos. Character-driven stories are rare, and all the moreso in the current age of comics. Seeing them do it here, and do it well, was an entertaining read and I’m glad they were given the chance to do it.
Plot: This was a fun issue. It was a simple story, but well executed. I enjoyed it a lot. I’ll give the plot a 4.5 out of 5.
Art: The art was great. All the fun characters running around in the background were great to watch, and the costume switch, especially Lois’ reaction to putting on Catwoman’s costume, was great. I’ll go 4 out of 5 for the art.
Positives: It was a great story. Even Batman needs a light-hearted outing occasionally, and this was a fun way to do it.
Negatives: What Selina eventually did for her “costume” was a bit of a stretch, and everyone fitting into each others’ clothes was a bit unlikely. But worth the ride anyway.
This was a fantastic issue, and should be a serious contender for best stand-alone of the year.
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Clay Mann
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Clayton Cowles