by Michael DeLaney
This article will contain SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
If you haven’t been paying much attention, Tom King is a big shipper of Batman and Catwoman. In Batman Annual 2, King forgoes any direct connection to his current Batman run and instead writes a Batman/Catwoman tale that functions as the first and last word on the couple.
King writes a “cat and mouse” tale about Catwoman’s concern for making Batman stronger. This is the kind of argument that The Joker usually makes for his attacks on The Dark Knight. But where Joker wants to challenge Batman’s philosophy, Selina merely wants to ensure that Bruce survives.
Lee Weeks draws the first half of the issue, opening with a magnificent first page of Catwoman sneaking into the Batcave, with a wide spotlight on her intended joyride. I’d also like to throw praise Weeks’ way for giving Bats the ‘ol underoos.
King writes a Cat/Bat love story that mirrors itself in its opening flashback and closing flash-forward. Michael Lark never draws the elderly Bruce in cape and cowl in the flash forward but the man is Batman to the very core.
The way that he nonchalantly suggests that The Flash travel to an alternate Earth and scoop up a similar Bruce Wayne to take care of Selina after he dies is pure gold.
In both time periods, Sophie Tucker’s “Some Of These Days” is present— first as Alfred sings it, then later when it’s playing on the background as old Brucey tries to get a workout in. A song about missing your lover is only fitting for the last Batman/Catwoman story.
“From the first kiss to the last” indeed.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?