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BATMAN #48 Gives Batman and Catwoman Some Pre-Wedding Day Troubles (Exclusive Preview)

If the wedding of the 20th century was that between Superman and Lois Lane, then clearly the wedding of the current century is the upcoming union of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, better known to you as Batman and Catwoman. In Batman #50, coming to comic shops this summer, the Cat and the Bat will finally tie the knot, alongside will surely be the most ready-for-combat bridal party ever assembled. But not all of Gotham will be cheering on these nuptials, as one well-known citizen is going to object very loudly to this marriage. And you can probably already guess who it is. (Hint: he’s a demented clown.)

Before the wedding issue, however, we’ll get a special two-part story leading up to the historic ceremony, kicking off in Batman #48 written by Tom King, and with art and cover by Mikel Janin. In “The Best Man” Pt. 1, Batman and Catwoman decide it might be better to elope rather than go through some big, stodgy wedding ceremony, but no sooner do they put their marriage on the fast track than The Joker appears and kidnaps the Caped Crusader!

Issue #48 of Batman goes on sale on June 6. Issue #49 will come out later that month and will continue “The Best Man” story. You can check out Mikel Janin’s cover for issue #48 down below. The cover for issue #49, as well as Olivier Coipel’s variant cover for issue #48, will be heading your way very soon.

In addition, May and June will see DC Comics publish five separate “Prelude to the Wedding” one-shots, which all explore different storylines that will take place as the Bat and the Cat prepare for their big day. All issues are written by Tim Seeley, who is accompanied by different artists on each issue. The five covers will connect to make on image, and you can see two of the covers for the upcoming specials down below. The other three will be revealed at a later date.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding — Robin Vs. Ra’s al Ghul #1

Written by Tim Seeley • Art by Brad Walker and Drew Hennessy • Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

Ra’s al Ghul returns to have a heart-to-heart with his grandson, Damian. Once upon a time, Ra’s thought Bruce Wayne would be the heir apparent to his criminal empire, but now that Batman has turned his back on Talia for good, Ra’s wants to know if Damian Wayne will honor his mother by stepping into the family business at last. On sale May 30.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding — Nightwing Vs. Hush #1

Written by Tim Seeley • Art by Travis Moore • Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

Dick Grayson has a lot of responsibility. Being the original partner to Batman, he’s the natural choice to be Bruce Wayne’s best man. So if anyone has to get to the wedding, it’s going to be him. Too bad Hush has other plans—and maybe Bruce Wayne does, too! On sale June 6.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding — Batgirl Vs. The Riddler #1

Written by Tim Seeley • Art by Minkyu Jung • Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

On the eve of Batman’s wedding to Catwoman, two of Gotham City’s finest minds clash. In her role as Oracle, Barbara Gordon wired all of her allies together. But when The Riddler takes on Batgirl, will he tear everything asunder? On sale June 13.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding  — Red Hood Vs. Anarky #1

Written by Tim Seeley • Art by Javier Fernandez  • Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

Red Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad—which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman’s bachelorette party—and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd! On sale June 20.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding  — Harley Quinn Vs. The Joker #1

Written by Tim Seeley • Art by Sami Basri • Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

Harley Quinn knows a thing or two about dysfunctional relationships. When she hears that her old flame is trying to get in the way of a happy new life for one of her best friends, the Maid of Mischief tracks The Joker down to give him a piece of her mind—and maybe a few blows from her hammer, too. On sale June 27.

Are you as excited as we are for the upcoming Bat nuptials? Or do you oppose this Bat/Cat union? If so, chime in the comments down below and tell us why, or forever hold your peace.

Images: DC Comics

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