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Batman: Preludes to the Wedding

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Wedding bells are ringing in Gotham City…and the criminal underworld is determined to silence them! Following The Joker’s discovery that Batman and Catwoman are getting married, Gotham City’s villains jump into action. If they are going to lose one of their own, it’s not going to be so that their greatest enemy can be happy!

Spinning out of the pages of DC NATION and leadin
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by DC Comics
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Chad
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
What a great premise. The Joker is offended he didn't get an invitation to the Bat and the Cat's wedding and sicks Batman's rogues out to ruin it. The Bat-Family steps in to stop each of the villains. I had a lot of fun with this. All of the one-shots are by capable artists. A recommended read prior to the wedding.

Received a review copy from DC and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
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While Batman and Catwoman might be just days from walking down the aisle and from going on one of the most special journeys they could ever live to enjoy, the Gotham underworld are far from ready to let this kind of happiness exist within their territory. After all, who would have actually thought that a wedding between these two could ever happen in peace? With a whole array of villains ready to jump on any opportunity to ruin a good moment, it
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James DeSantis
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was just okay. Just 5 different stories all concluding to Batman's big wedding. While the Nightwing one and Damien one were pretty solid the other 3 just kind of fell flat. None of them really added much and could be skipped but nothing terrible. A 2.5 out of 5.
Scott S.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment, especially after reading the very good Volume 6: Bride or Burglar just last week and the outstanding Volume 5: Rules of Engagement only a few months ago. (Also, Batman is barely a supporting character in this; Catwoman doesn't have much to do here, either.)

Preludes to the Wedding is a collection of short stories, with the connecting thread of course being the impending nuptials between Batman and Catwoman. The Joker segments bookending the volume are, respectively, a l
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Steve
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars. Given the obvious reasons for publishing this volume (making as much money off of the upcoming Bat-Cat wedding), I'm not sure that it met the mark.

Out of the lot, I enjoyed the Batgirl/Riddler chapter the best, and really disliked the Robin/al Ghul chapter. Seriously, what happened?

Overall, the artwork was very good, with the Harley/Joker chapter coming in with the best artwork.
Malum
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was an ok collection of VS one-shots. As I was reading it, however, the fact that this book is just a pointless "Batman Wedding" cash grab was never far from my mind.
Todd Glaeser
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for the free e-copy.

As you would expect, a mixed bag. The Joker stories were the highlights for me, particularly as he waits for his invitation.
Roy
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Solid without being as good as Kings arc. Good prelude into the wedding. Also provided some build up to what may happen at the actual wedding. Always love seeing the joker.
Wing Kee
Jun 28, 2018 rated it liked it
A mixed collection.

World: The art is solid, each issue has a different artist and some are better than others but overall the tone and the color matches and it’s consistent. The world building here is solid, it’s a bunch of tie-ins to the event and offer different parts of the overall world to give a larger picture of the Bat/Cat wedding. Solid.

Story: Five issues here and all different in quality. The best one is of course the Damien issue cause it ties directly with Cat and him and their relati
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Kat
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Basic Plot: As Bat and Cat get ready to marry, the Joker is very upset he has not been invited.

There were a lot of fun moments in this little lead up series to the wedding. I definitely got some smiles out of it. The art was solid. Each character addressed got a bit of time to connect to the wedding somehow, and did it in a way that made sense. I think this idea of the Joker being offended at not getting an invitation is a great one. It connects each individual story just enough to move it towar
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Chris Lemmerman
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[Read as single issues]
Not sure if you’ve heard, but Batman and Catwoman are getting married. Unfortunately, Gotham’s worst criminals are well aware of this joyous day, and they’re going to do their best to ruin it for everyone. Of course, Batman’s got friends, and they’re not about to let that happen. When Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, and Harley Quinn face off against Ra’s Al Ghul, Riddler, Hush, Anarky, and the Joker, all bets are off and the countdown to the wedding begins with a bang
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Jen
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I love Batman and Catwoman. Two of my fav graphic novel characters out there and I SHIP them. So when this and the "Wedding Album" came out, I was ALL over requesting them. Since this one has the word "Preludes" in the title, I read this one first. I also assumed it would tie in with the "Wedding Album", but not so much, more's the pity, because this one was really quite great and I think the other one would have done better if it had followed the storyline in this one.

I don't want to get too mu
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GONZA
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
The irony of this comic was the best thing of it all, plus the Joker and Harley Quinn.

La cosa migliore di questo numero é l'ironia che lo pervade, piú Joker ed Harley Quinn.

THANKS EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!
Pochodnia
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
Jasonowy zeszyt najbardziej mi podszedł do gustu i może dlatego tak wysoko oceniam, ale śliczna kreska w zeszycie Harley i to, jak ona podchodzi do Jokera teraz, mając go i jego manipulacje w dupie, również zasługuje na wysoką ocenę.
Becca
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a copy of Batman: Preludes to the Wedding from DC Comics via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This review also contains some small spoilers.

What’s it about, Becca?

It’s the wedding that we’ve all been waiting for! Batcat is busy preparing their vows & attempting to enjoy their bachelor(ette) parties! In a few days, they’ll be exchanging their ‘I do’s’.. or will they? Not if the villains of Gotham City have anything to say about it. The Joker’s caught wind that Bat
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Kenneth Roman
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Weddings can bring people out of the woodwork, and that is certainly the case with the upcoming nuptials of Batman and Catwoman, Everyone wants to attend, from members of the bat family: Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood; to some non invited guests: Ra's al Ghul, Hush, Riddler, and of course it would not be a party without the Joker and Harley Quinn. This collection of six issues creates a shadow that will hover over the couple as they move even closer to their big day. The art is on par w ...more
Alan
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
You know, I probably enjoyed these more than I should have. I mean, I know they're a marketing ploy. Tim Seeley, for the most part, raises this collection of one shots above the mere marketing and $$$ grab.

I haven't been reading the mainstream Batman titles for some time, but Seeley makes good use of minor characters (ex: Anarky). The underlying plot thru these titles, well really in the background, is Joker's complaint that he didn't receive an invitation.

Go get some popcorn, and sit down with
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Diane Hernandez
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Batman: Preludes to the Wedding includes six stories providing background to the events that occur in Batman and Catwoman: The Wedding Album.

The first and last story describe how the Joker receives his wedding invitation. The last also includes Harley Quinn. From This Day Forward includes a scene of Damien Wayne getting his wedding suit tailored where he describes his history to his soon-to-be stepmom, Catwoman. Later after returning from her bachelorette party, Catwoman and Damien have a seriou
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Ben Truong
Batman and Catwoman are getting married and the Joker is genuinely perplexed as to why he was not invited to the wedding. He truly thought that he and Batman had a closer relationship that warranted an invitation to such an auspicious event. In his way, he goes to Ra's al Ghul, Batman son's maternal grandfather, and Thomas Elliot, Bruce Wayne’s childhood best friend to find some answers. He asks, after a fashion, the Riddler to solve this conundrum and uses the Anarky, which also causes some pro ...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
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Batman: Preludes to the Wedding by Tim Seeley is a collection of stories where side characters in the Batman universe react to his upcoming wedding to Catwoman. This graphic novel collects Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Nightwing vs. Hush #1,Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 and Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1.

This graphic novel tells separate stories, all connected to the upcoming wedding of Batman (Bruce Wayn
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Tom McDonald
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

The relationship between Batman and Catwoman is of the stuff that makes comic book romance, conceived at the very inception of Batman’s mythos and nearly 80 years old in counting. Everyone is excited about the impending nuptials, and such a core event reverberates to each member of the Bat-Family. Tim Seeley and Tom King are giving us a story told from the inside out. Our Bride and Groom are everywhere yet r
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Adam Fisher
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
With Batman and Catwoman getting married soon, villains have started coming out of the woodwork to challenge, yet none stronger than the Joker. This Volume has an overarching story of Joker searching for his invitation in the mail of many people, but doesn't really focus on him until he is attacked by Harley. (Back to that in a bit...)
- Robin gets chemically and psychologically attacked by Ra's Al Ghul. Primarily focused on being "the heir", the story ultimately ends with Damien and Selina comin
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Yas
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2018, dont-own
I've deleted the reviews to the single editions in favour of listing the volume as one book, so I'm gonna paste them here again.

Robin vs. Ra's al Ghul (read 9th June, rated: 2/5): ... What? What even happened here?
Nightwing vs. Hush (read 9th June, rated: 3/5): This had the potential to be fleshed out bigger, I'm sad they used it for these shorts :(
Batgirl vs. The Riddler (read 14th June, rated 4/5): Oh, I enjoyed this!
Red Hood vs. Anarky (read 21st June, rated 4/5): Red Hood vs White Elitists i
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Wayne McCoy
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Batman: Preludes to the Wedding' by DC Comics collects a lot of one shots leading up to the big event.

The prelude story, written by Tom King, is about an anxious Joker waiting for his wedding invite, and it sets a tone that isn't quite met for the rest of the book. The remainder of the book is a series of vs. confrontations between the Bat-Family and some of the various Batman villains. Tim Seeley does the writing with various artists doing good work.

Damian gets paired off against his grandfath
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Kristine
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Batman: Preludes to the Wedding by Tim Seeley is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early September.

This comic initially comes off as creepy, lurking, shadowy, and exquisitely inked, but a whole lot of time switching and interlaced storylines wears at the overall charm and look of the greater story quite a bit: the Joker and the Riddler are keen on including themselves in the forthcoming wedding; a smarmy and somewhat hyperviolent Damian Wayne is in the care of Selina/Catwoman, even tho
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Matt
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Collects Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. Ra’s Al Ghul #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1, Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. The Joker #1, and material from DC Nation issue #0

I almost skipped this collection, but parts of this ended up be better than I expected. But, the majority of this book wasn't that necessary. I did like seeing Ba
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Downward
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
a fun collection of one shots leading up to the batman and cat woman wedding that explores batman's relationship to his peers, villains, and gotham. though each story functions individually and usually uses both a different villain and a different hero - red hood, harley quinn, nightwing, damien, batgirl - a recurring theme here is villains jealousy that they're not invited to the wedding, illustrating thematic issues that have existed since the beginning of batman as a character: his most intim ...more
Brittany
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars
On Sale: September 5th

This graphic novel is a collection of one-shots all with the common theme of Batman and Catwomanś wedding. There were times when I was genuinely confused by the story (Robin vs Raś al Ghul), but that could be my own fault for not keeping up with the storylines. But hello, who could pass up on the drama building up to a wedding?! On the other hand, there were other storylines I loved (Batgirl vs Riddler and Joker vs Harley). I enjoyed the art throughout the
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Aidanmark30
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
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Megan Farve
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this graphic novel in advance from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I enjoyed this prelude to the Batman/Catwoman wedding. It was interesting to see how the criminal world responded to Batman's upcoming nuptials, from increased destructive chaos to self-evaluation in the face of a hero and reformed villian finding love in one another. This novel gave us a chance to review some of Batman's most important relstionships, good and bad alike, and how they would
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Tim Seeley is a comic book artist and writer known for his work on books such as G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Dark Elf Trilogy, Batman Eternal and Grayson. He is also the co-creator of the Image Comics titles Hack/Slash[1] and Revival, as well as the Dark Horse titles, ExSanguine and Sundowners. He lives in Chicago.