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Batman Annual 002 [2017]

> Read one of the year's most buzzed about comics, with a surprise ending that will be talked about for years to come!

> 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 cowl, and a little crimefighting.

This will probably be nominated for some award. This was a quite engaging and entertaining read. Bat&Cat together from past to present to future. Some fun little Easter Eggs and lots of believable chemistry & banter. Nice touch with the pearl. It could be canon pure or it could not be - it seems pretty safe for the reader to decide how much of this telling is written in cement - and it doesn't take away from the endearing relationship that Bruce and Selina share here.

Would you give it your vote for anything?

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Not really. It was too short a read for an annual. Plus, again King uses Selina as a plot device. She keeps breaking in Wayne Manor to attract Bruce’s attention in a plush down on playground because I like you sort of way.

We do not know why she is attracted to Bruce beyond we are broken. We never learn how she knows who Batman is. We do not know how she broke security. When we see her at the safe she is just twirling the dial. It is a little harder than that.

Why does Bruce like her? We do not see. We are just told.

Also lead paint? Bruce has one specific paint data base.

I did like that King showed them growing old together. DC does not have the guts to make that permanent. (See Spider-Man marriage for further details.)

King has good plots, but he really breaks down when it comes to combining plot and character. We see things we like. We are all bat-cat shippers, but his work lacks that spark of personality that makes for a great comic book.

Or I could be wrong.

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