Batman, Catwoman, Superman, and Lois Lane are going on a double-date at the Gotham Fair. The problem is that it's superhero night, and only people dressed as superheroes can get in. Where oh where can Bruce Wayne, Selena Kyle, Clark Kent, and Lois get their hands on costumes this time of night?
Also, this follows up to the Batman-Hater reviews of Batman Annual #2 and Batman #36 from earlier today. Think of this as an epilogue and an ending, if you will.
So, this comic is absolutely delightful. Seeing these four get along in a slightly awkward setting outside of a super-powered fistfight is one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had in a comic in quite some time. Seeing the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight struggle to not get along despite their myriad similarities is great. Selena and Lois make for great girlfriends, and watching them pick fun of their super-romantic partners is frigging hilarious.
Also, never forget that the bat stands for a bat, and no, Bruce is not going to have fun.
There is a running challenge between Bruce and Clark as to whether or not Batman could hit a pitch off of Superman. You bet that comes to a head by the end which involves a pitch and a baseball field.
Lois and Selena are both baffled by each other's choice of partner. Selena finds Clark boring. Lois finds Bruce to brooding. In the end, they understand it by understanding one another better. It's really sweet.
Clay Mann's artwork remains impeccable, and he brings this double-date to life in a way few other artists could. The detail is really good, the panels feel deep, and seeing Clark wear glasses over a Batman cowl never gets old. The characters are really expressive and show a lot of body language, and the overall comic looks fantastic. This is in-part thanks to the color art of Jordie Bellaire too, who balances the color palette near-perfectly. The colors add a lot of depth and atmosphere of their own.
So, the epilogue to the saga of the Batman-Hater is yet another recommendation of a Batman comic from the phenomenal Tom King, Clay Mann, and Jordie Bellaire. This comic is one of the most joyous experiences one could get from a comic, and it brightened my day. I highly recommend it, and you should definitely give it a read.