Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Jul 2018

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The upcoming wedding between Catwoman and Batman is one of the most hyped superhero events in recent months, and writer Tom King expertly details the struggles that both these characters face as the big day approaches.
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Finally, my favorite super couple is official! I loved being able to read this and I have always been a fan of the comics! Can’t wait to read future issues.
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Thank you to netgalley I received this as an ARC. I enjoyed it very much was good solid read. Solid 3 Stars for me!
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Thank you to by Tom King, DC Entertainment, DC Comics, and NetGalley for allowing me the extreme pleasure of access to an advanced reader copy of “Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar” for an honest review. 

I found this book to be a little unbalanced. I neither found my expected amount of brooding, and bloody, Batman, nor as much focus on the impending nuptials as I expected. There were more pieces that were entirely off subject than I thought should be in the book at all, given the title and the time period.
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ARC From Netgalley.
	3.5 Stars.
A very odd and weird Volume of Batman that was much less focused on the wedding preparation than I thought it would be. Stories contained:
- A very creepy one-shot about a kid who is so obsessed with Bruce Wayne that he commits crimes (including murder) to get Bruce to assist him financially, yet ultimately ending up in Arkham, with Thomas and Martha's names carved on his cheeks
- A two part story where Batman and Wonder Woman go to an alternate dimension to battle demons and beasts to allow the defender who normally guards that portal to have a break. Only snag? He forgot to mention that time flows differently... one night of freedom for him equaled 37 years of defending for Bruce and Diana.
- A three part story where Ivy uses her plants to take over the entire world, with the exception of Bruce and Selina. She does achieve a type of world peace, though she must control every person on Earth to do it. Unfortunately, she based her decision to do so on a lie told to her by the Riddler during the War of Jokes and Riddles. With the help of Harley, they are able to stop her.
- The last story, a fun story, has Selina reflecting back on the history of Batman vs. Catwoman, while she steals a very expensive wedding dress, after using all night to try on dresses in a bridal shop.

This whole Volume had a weird pacing and seemed very like filler. Overall, fine, but not the best. Recommend.
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This story was interesting. It includes stories with some of the women of Batman's life. Is a funny reading and I wasn´t expecting less of the art that was great. 
The story with Wonder Woman was interesting because it puts on evidence Bruce feelings for Selina and how happy she makes him.
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Women Rule Batman’s World in ‘Batman 6: Bride or Burglar’
Posted on September 23, 2018 by Beth Bartlett • 0 Comments
Reading Time: 3 minutes
 

Batman Vol 6/DC Comics
DC Comics
I’ve been out of the Batman readerverse for a while, but I jumped back in with Batman Vol. 6 to see what the Tom King buzz was all about. This graphic novel includes many women from Batman’s life: Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman, of course. Although this collection from DC Comics didn’t give Selina Kyle much to do, it was still fun.

This volume covers issues 38-44 of Batman, but the stories were easy to pick up midstream. First off was a twisty tale about an orphaned boy who wants to be Bruce Wayne. At first, it seems that Batman relates to him too. After all other adults in his life are gone, Batman figures out what’s truly disturbing about this child, and denies him the path he wants. Bye, kid.


Now for the good stuff! Next, we have “The Gentle Man,” where Batman and Wonder Woman follow up on a promise to give a warrior a well-earned night off from fighting demonic hordes for thousands of years. Turns out, time works differently in his realm because he’s only been gone for a year in Earth time, and he wants to see his girlfriend. But while he’s doing that, Batman and Wonder Woman are trapped in the other realm, and time passes. Catwoman figures out what could happen between the superheroes, and wonders if Bat will be faithful to her. After all, when you spend twenty years fighting demons together and there’s no one else around, how long will you keep those promises to your fiancé? It was more of a love story than I was expecting in Batman, but King did an amazing job, and I laughed out loud at some of Wonder Woman’s remarks about Batman’s tiny pointy ears and how odd any man looks holding a weapon from an Amazon’s point of view.

In the multi-part “Everyone Loves Ivy,” Poison Ivy returns and takes over the minds of everyone in the world, except for Batman, who administers the antidote to himself and Catwoman. She listens, watches, and talks to them through different people, from Alfred to Superman, but she promises to leave them alone if they stay at Wayne Manor.

Of course, they can’t, and they interrupt her in her plans to dominate and heal the world. She retaliates by having Superman punch Batman, and then brings Bat back to life through plant magic. Eventually, Bat and Cat figure out what she’s really doing, trying to heal the world because she can’t reconcile the deaths she caused while working with the Riddler. Instead of simply punching his way through a problem, though, Batman seems to have grown during his time with Catwoman, and realizes Ivy needs to heal herself. The best way to do that is with love, and he manages to break her worldwide spell long enough to get the one person to her that can help: Harley Quinn.

I truly loved this story because it showed nuances of these characters and a self-awareness of their own world that we usually don’t see. Also, Mikel Janin and Joelle Jones did an amazing job on the art, depicting Poison Ivy in an almost photorealistic way, out of step with everyone else until the very end.

The volume wraps up with “Bride or Burglar,” a sentimental and very meta tale exploring Batman and Catwoman’s relationship throughout the comics.

Selina Kyle slips out of Wayne Manor in the middle of the night and breaks into a bridal shop to do a little shopping. As she does this, we see the relationship of Bat and Cat, back and forth, sweet and sour, in snippets from their past. They trap and release each other, or give the other the slip, numerous times in costumes from every decade, as their relationship builds. It’s a very nostalgic piece, and I was totally there for it, especially this bit of dialogue:

“What if we change again? What if this doesn’t work?”

“Oh Bat. It just seems like we’re changing, because we’re always looking. But if we’re always looking then we’re not at all changing.”

A lovely note to end this volume on, especially if you’ve already read the issues after it and know what comes next. Batman and Catwoman are both dark and light, in an eternal dance.

Disclaimer: This writer received an ARC for review purposes.
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Batman and Catwoman are engaged, but they have plenty of obstacles to overcome before they walk down the aisle. The first is Batman and Wonder Woman taking the place of The Gentle Man facing the Endless Horde in a different realm. Next is Ivy taking over the world to make everything right. As if that would ever turn out well. Then there is the question of the dress. That quest continues.
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This volume contains a couple shorter arcs on the road to the wedding. The title comes from a single story in which Catwoman sneaks out of bed to go dress "shopping," which means the actual bulk of the book isn't really about what you think it will be about. A bit of misleading advertising there. One of the other arcs sees Poison Ivy take over the world, and another has a Batman and Wonder Woman team-up. There is a guy called the Gentle Man who fights a never-ending battle against a horde of demons in a different dimension. The thing is, time moves differently there. He has fought for thousands of years while much less time has passed on Earth. Batman and Wonder Woman offered to give him a break so the Gentle Man can visit his wife. While he's taking his sweet time, 37 years pass for Bruce and Diana, and of course there's a moment between them. I don't recall what issues it's from, but there's a very similar story that predates this one, except it's Superman and Wonder Woman who get caught in another dimension where thousands of years pass while they fight together with no realistic expectation that they will get home and no one to take comfort in but each other. Superman of course doesn't do anything with Wonder Woman because he's in love with Lois. My question: why repeat this story for Batman? I doubt Tom King wrote the original Superman story, so it's unlikely that he's cribbing himself. Just a curious choice from the editorial team to let that slide.

Overall, entertaining enough, but not Tom King's best work.
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So, I haven't read a comic book this year until I was given a copy of this to review.  It was an interesting look at Batman and Catwoman's relationship.  I truly enjoyed the art in this comic.  I thought the attention to detail in the drawings really added to the story.  The comic had four different stories in it.  The first deals with a young man losing his parents in a way similar to Bruce Wayne's loss.  The second story is about Batman and Wonder Woman fighting the Horde.  The third story is the Bat and Cat against Poison Ivy, with visits from many other comic book characters.  The last story is about Batman and Catwoman's relationship through the years and their potential marriage.  A lot of ground is covered in this short comic, but if you are at all a fan of Batman, it is a good one to pick up!

*Review copy provided by NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Thank you Netgalley for a chance to review this comic trade! As always, this doesn't influence my opinion of the book. 

You can't read this trade without having read the others. That's one of the small downfalls of this run is that it doesn't have any extra jumping on points....until maybe after issue 50? 

This trade covers multiple small arcs that are really good, though the cohesiveness is a bit off. Batman and Wonderwoman give The Gentle Man a break, which is only a few hours but feels like decades. Poison Ivy is dealing with the repercussions of The War on Jokes and Riddles. It's all GOOD, just...short and a bit confusing. What's the point of this trade? Particularly the last issue — Catwoman is trying on dresses (gorgeous dresses!) but everything else going on...I don't quite understand. 

I think this is a section that actually works better in issues than as a trade, and is still good. Onto finding out what happens as we get closer to the wedding!
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I'm loving these stories where it's just the Bat and the Cat together, seeing their relationship deepen while they battle bad guys. There's no larger narrative, just some very well told shorter stories with fantastic art by Joelle Jones and Mikel Janin. These two, even though they have very different styles, are at the top of their game.
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This was an enjoyable book, but not great. I was a late-comer to Tom King's run on Batman, but all of the trade paperbacks have been a fun read, thus far, and I'm looking forward to fully catching up. A couple of the individual stories in this most recent collection were slightly weaker than in previous collections, such as the two issue Poison Ivy story, but it ends on a real high note, with the Bride or Burglar story, focusing on Catwoman while Bruce is sound asleep. Also it was great to see the work of Joelle Jones, the new Catwoman writer and artist. I look forward to seeing more of her work.
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Bride or burglar? Is there any doubt? Getting this book was a wonderful opportunity to immerse myself in Batman's story again. Movies and series are all great, but there is nothing like a graphic fiction from Tom King to get the blood pumping and get the mind into Batman.
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BATMAN VOLUME 6:  BRIDE OR BURGLAR - I'm still not sure how I feel about Batman marrying Catwoman.  The continued addition of family and hangers on sure takes away from the lone avenger in the night mythos, but I guess everyone has to evolve.  Seeing the pair tackle such domestic issues as separation (through time travel) and finding the perfect dress (through burglary) makes me reconsider my position.  Its the ability to handle the mundane that builds the foundation of a marriage.  That these characters are doing it while fighting alien hordes and murderous children makes me think these crazy kids might just make it after all.
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A collection of Batman stories focusing on different villains and cohorts. We get a glimpse of a young man with delusion being a master criminal, a picture of Batman and Wonder Woman falling in love w hile fighting a never-ending hoard of evil, Poison Ivy trying to control a broken world through love, and a continued look at the romance between Batman and Sabrina (nee Catwoman).



For this reader who grew up during the Silver age of Batman, the stories are a bit hard to follow, but not completely off the wall either. I enjoy the modern, almost 3D, artwork coming from the current class of artists.



Though the 2018 Batman may seem a bit darker than I remember from the late 50’s through the early 70’s, in some ways he better represents a truly broken character with real problems and hurts. We baby boomers need to learn to appreciate the new image of Batman, not as a super superhero, but as an ordinary man with super skills.

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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.
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I liked this collected trade a lot! As someone who is planning my own wedding, I enjoyed the stories of Batman and Catwoman leading up to their big day. I particularly liked the issues about their anxieties playing out in bizarre ways. I also loved the Ive storyline that was included in this trade.
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A series of individual and connected stories leading to the wedding that may or may not happen. Tom King is just so good at the Dark Knight story arc and the art throughout is absolutely stunning. My favorite of these stories was the last, showing the instinctual nature and independence of the Catwoman we know. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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The clear star of Tom King's Batman Vol. 6: Bride or Burglar? is the Ivy story. Lushly illustrated by Mikel Janin, it is itself a wonderful puzzle. First, King creates some amazing stakes, putting Batman and Catwoman against literally the entire Poison Ivy-controlled world The second issue, where seemingly innocuous acts like Batman and Catwoman getting a meal or taunting Ivy's Superman all tie into a grand plan, was cleverly executed, and that continues into Batman and Catwoman's timed-to-the-second recruitment of Harley Quinn against Ivy. The final pages are both a nice Gotham City Sirens reunion and, I thought, a rather caring take on trauma and recovery (King can write this Harley any day). The books' final chapter where Selina is picking out (read: stealing) her wedding dress reminds of King and Tim Seeley's excellent Grayson #12, with its call-outs to these characters' long histories.
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I feel like this is just a filler book in between storylines. None of the stories seemed to mesh well, and I didn't particularly love any of them. Still, the artwork is nice, and it might be interesting to anyone who loves Selina Kyle or Poison Ivy.
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