Written by: Tom King
Art by: Clay Mann & Alvaro Martinez
I sit at my desk with two screens open. One hand, my right, typing this review on my keyboard. My left hand is doodling a Mr. Mom comic. I look up to scan over the Batman comic book I just read for the second time. Tom King’s latest installment in the Bat/Cat engagement story finds the “superfriends” or power couples out on a date night. I look down, to my left, and scratch crude pen marks describing my life with a toddler…date nights are a rare treat for my wife and I at this point in time. I feel a certain affinity for the caped heroes and their significant others living as couples do…should they ever get a chance. A night out having fun sounds divine!
Date night for Batman, Catwoman, Superman, and Lois Lane is a fun, humorous, and at times touching story of how adult couples get to know each other as friends outside of their usual routines. Their routines of course are kicking ass and being comic book characters. This night out begins with a cartoonesque switcheroo. The couples arrive at a fair only to be turned away because it is “superhero night” and they are not dressed in costume. The laughs! OK so of course the female partners convince their stubborn men to switch costumes so as not to look too much like they would in crime fighting adventures and go on in to the fair for food and fun.
Anyway, there is more chuckle-chuckle lines of dialog from scriptmaster Tom King about itchy uniforms, etc. etc. The foursome continue on with fairground games, activities, and food. The dude bros try to be cool and macho in front of their women and the two ladies bond over their men. The best part of the issue is the back and forth between Selina and Lois and how they explain the reasons they ended up with their respective heroes. The single best line of dialog is a bit of meta-King when Selina tells Lois about how Bruce proposed and went on to tell her about Kite-Man. As if to let us readers in on the joke of the “War of Jokes and Riddles”.
This is a fun, heartwarming tale, meant for those of us who are perhaps past the age of 25 (maybe older…?). Again, not going into this one issue hoping for action/adventure – though like in #36 there is a quick taking care of a “bad guy” scene, but its not part of the main theme. We are treated to great dialog, wonderful art, and just enough emotion to keep the pages turning. I hope we get to amp up the pacing soon, but this is a rich story that only one Tom King could write.