Tom King and Tony Daniel wind up the story of Booster Gold’s dismal attempt at giving Batman a wedding present in the latest issue.
The tale veers between comically bizarre and depressingly tragic. It’s really a compliment to King’s skill at writing that this odd combination of moods works so well.
The story is set a full year after the previous issue. Booster Gold has been working to repair Skeets, who is critical to his plans to fix the altered time line and turn Bruce Wayne back into Batman. But Booster has all but lost his own mind along the way.
There is a happy ending to this story, more or less. The fact that it is far from a completely happy ending is also very suitable to this being a Batman tale.
The art is also a huge part of what makes this issue work so well. It’s a deeply emotional story, and the feelings of the characters are conveyed so effectively in Daniel’s art. He also does a great job on Booster Gold, in his varying levels of cleanliness and sanity.
Every so often a team takes on Batman, and finds a new way to view the character, new things to do with him. That’s far from an easy task, more than 50 years after the character was created, and with so many talented writers and artists having applied their skills to his adventures. But with each issue of this run, Tom King is showing himself to have achieved a new pinnacle with the dark knight.