Tom King’s Batman run has had many high points, but several storylines can rival the brief”Super Friends” arc in Batman #36 and 37. Those two problems captured the show at its most charming and lighthearted, even making BFFs from Selina Kyle and Lois Lane and exploring the bond between Superman and Batman. Issue #68 is a welcome cure, then, as it functions as a companion piece to”Super Friends.” This issue gives a welcome dose of levity in the midst of a gloomy tale , even as it also paves the way for the final stage of Batman’s nightmarish odyssey.

The bulk of the issue plays out as a type of missing chapter at the Batman/Catwoman marriage saga, showcasing the two personalities enjoying their parties. It is both hilarious and sad to see Bruce like in Wayne Manor with Clark Kent as both sip soup, play chess, research artwork and struggle to find anything at all. There’s a faint Batman’89 homage to the entire thing as Vicki Vale’s and artist and King Amanda Conner evoke Bruce awkward first date.

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