A fresh start post-Bat/Cat engagement begins this week with a new arc from writer Tom
King, artist Joelle Jones, and colorist Jordie Bellaire. “The Rules of Engagement” finds Batman on the road again, but this time he’s got family issues to deal with instead of Gotham’s rogues gallery. Coming off the overly drawn out “War of Jokes and Riddles” this comic has me hopeful for a good Batman story because as of late Batman has been one of the most frustrating books to read in all of comicdom.
look fantastic. Batman takes Catwoman to a secret cave, which will seemingly alert the Justice League in no time and Batman doesn’t care a bit. He’s got “woman troubles” of a sort. He is bringing his current love to meet a previous love. The idea for all of this family or matters of the heart business isn’t the norm for Batman, but here we are. I REALLY DON’T WANT TO RUIN the last page reveal, but wow post orgy cliffhanger? Not what I saw coming!
A new arc for Batman begins with family drama around the globe. The art is where this issue excels, but the story is widescreen in technicolor, and could go almost anywhere. After the let down of “Jokes and Riddles” this new Batman Betrothed plot has real potential.
Reviewed by: Jeff “Mr. Mom” Daily
Written by: Tom King
Art by: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Release Date: October 18, 2017