Batman #42 Review


Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
Colored by: June Chung

“Everyone Loves Ivy Part II” arrives on shelves this week and follows up on last chapter’s surreal vibes. Honestly, I am not sure I knew what was truly going on last time, but loved the unsure thoughts my brain had to process. Will the truth be revealed this week?

As far as I am concerned this installment is a bit of a drag. The art is great throughout, with lots of fun details. I’m just not into the overly wordy narration and dialog and why, why, why is the Justice League ALL controlled by Poison Ivy? There seems to be part of the story missing. Is it me? Last issue’s dream/nightmare aura was intriguing – here the whole premise is confusing to point of boring.

The best part of this story for me is Catwoman. She is always quick witted and strong. I like the idea of somehow involving the women of Gotham in Bat/Cat’s wedding planning, but it could have been approached in a less ham fisted manner. I struggle to care about this story with each page turn. The callback to “War of Jokes and Riddles” also reminded me of one of my least favorite Batman stories of all time.

Overall, this is a miss in the Batman run by Tom King. His unique and sometimes dazzling character studies (see Mister Miracle) do not work with Bruce Wayne or Poison Ivy. This chapter in the wedding engagement saga is not one I will likely ever go back to.