After reading thoughts here on the board, decided to give it a look over myself in a B&N. It was so good I bought it.
It's so refreshing to see a simple day-in-the-life story, where the only 'heroic' event is Clark and Bruce tag-teaming to take out a purse-snatcher (one of my favorite moments in the book, actually).
But what I really loved is the underlying subtext of the whole issue, which is something I've been told King did a lot of in his critically acclaimed 'Vision' run over at Marvel (a book I still need to get my hands on, one of these days).
Is it possible for a costumed criminal to redeem herself? Is it possible for Batman to ever have a functioning romantic relationship, let alone a marriage?
Heck, expand that to the character concepts themselves. Is it possible for an alien, that looks human, to someone make their way to Earth? To gain superpowers? To not become a tyrant or selfish prick?
How possible is it that a billionaire who looses his parents to violence would rather dedicate his life to personally stamping out crime, instead of wallowing in drugs, alcohol and hookers?
A lot of people would say any of the scenarios turning out positive would be impossible. And yeah, realistically speaking, it's highly improbable that any of the above, including a Bruce/Selena marriage would work out. The story has Selena steal the thief's wallet, despite being engaged to a superhero... that doesn't bode well for their relationship going forward.
Bruce admitting he has no idea of what a real marriage entails, because of his profession and since the only 'healthy' relationship he knows is still from the viewpoint of a child, also doesn't bode well.
To some, it would mean a happy ending is impossible (and with DC Editorial, it probably will be, but I digress).
But really, scenarios are improbable, not impossible.
Bruce hitting the ball at the end is the cap of it all. Yeah, it should be impossible to hit a fastball from Superman, just like a successful marriage between two very damaged people (who dress up in costumes and go prowling at night) should be impossible.
Yet, Clark saying "Here's to the impossible" is the best way to cap off the night, because nothing is impossible, just improbable.
So when Bruce hits and connects, it gives a reason to believe that perhaps, just like Bruce hitting the ball, his marriage to Selena will beat the odds.
I was enjoying the issue, but the issue's subtext and ending metaphor turned it into unabashed love.
Might need to add this to the mix with New Super-Man...