Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

Tomorrow sees the publication of the much anticipated Batman Annual #2 by Tom King, Lee Weeks, Michael Lake, Elizabeth Breitweiser and June Chung. Which purports to tell the take of Batman and Catwoman's first date.

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

BATMAN ANNUAL #2
(W) Tom King (A) Michael Lark (A/CA) Lee Weeks
Travel back in time with us to see the early days of the Bat and the Cat. What was Bruce and Selina's first date? How did this rivalry blossom into romance, and then go right back to being a rivalry again? Tom King reteams with his BATMAN/ELMER FUDD collaborator Lee Weeks to show us a little young love with capes and cowls. And a little crimefighting, too.In Shops: Nov 29, 2017
SRP: $4.99

But instead gives us much more than that. It's a life well spent together, closer to Bingo Love or San Junipero in tone and flavour.

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

But it starts at the beginning – or at least near it. With a cat burglar stealing a vehicle that is yet to be named.

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

This is more like Batman: Year Two than Batman Begins…

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

And who calls it the Batmobile? Who gives it that nomenclature that will last the decades and inspire so many others?

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

Why the barman at Porky's of course. And ble-ah-ble-ah-ble that does make this an official continuity crossover with Batman/Elmer Fudd – also be the dame creatuive team.

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2More reminders that Batman should hardly be walking and treats himself as an immortal.

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

So on their first date, they olay Cluedo…?

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

It has been a long-standing agreement that Batman always wins. He just does. Even against his fellow superheroes, with far greater powers at their disposal, he plans, he out thinks, he out detects his rivals and… always wins.

And in tomorrow's Batman Annual #2, we get the exception that proves the rule.

Batman Always Wins… Except Against Catwoman – Batman Annual #2

Because Catwoman always wins even more…

Batman Annual #2 is published tomorrow by DC Comics.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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