This July, Batman and Catwoman will finally tie the knot in the long-awaited Batman #50. It’s been an event a long time in the making, from their first meeting back in the original Batman #1 from 1940 all the way up to the proposal in last June’s Batman #24. The past several months have seen the duo prepare for marital bliss by going on double-dates, engaging in sword fights, and preventing worldwide plant-based takeovers by Poison Ivy.
You know, normal stuff.
In an exclusive with Nerdist, DC Comics have revealed plot details for the final two Batman issues before the wedding take place, where the Joker gets wind of the impending nuptials and no doubt reacts like a rational human being.
Also revealed are five new one-shots from Tim Seeley, each focusing on a specific member of the Bat-family as they prepare for the wedding. Each issue will be illustrated by a different artist with interlocking covers from Rafael Albuquerque.
Per the Nerdist exclusive:
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.
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding will ship weekly beginning May 30. Head on over to Nerdist for more details and Albuquerque’s Robin and Nightwing covers.