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  1. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    Mixing Batman and humor is a little like bringing your insanely smart but incredibly weird coworker to trivia night with your friends On the surface, it seems like a good match Hey, Frank knowsabout Italian renaissance architecture than I do about my own body, and I spend a LOT of time exploring that, so he could really help us out, and my friends are good eggs, so they ll be okay with the fact that he s a little off But, five minutes into the first game, Frank s only contribution has Mixing Batman and humor is a little like bringing your insanely smart but incredibly weird coworker to trivia night with your friends On the surface, it seems like a good match Hey, Frank knowsabout Italian renaissance architecture than I do about my own body, and I spend a LOT of time exploring that, so he could really help us out, and my friends are good eggs, so they ll be okay with the fact that he s a little off But, five minutes into the first game, Frank s only contribution has been to ask your friend Melissa, in a scientifically inclined monotone, whether her exceedingly hard nipples are a result of the cool air temperature or sexual arousal as a result of being in close proximity to your friend Marvin, whose girlfriend is sitting right there, and you re suddenly starting to wonder if these two things can co exist.That s the first part of this book Batman and his lady love Catwoman set out to meet up with Batman s former flame Talia al Ghul to resolve an issue that might stand in the way of their impending thing I won t say because spoilers , which leads to a ridiculous sword fight and some forced humorous banter between Damian and Nightwing The art is solid and King lands a few good lines, but the whole thing just feels tonally off I m okay with a little humor being dropped into a Batman book, but it doesn t feel right when it s driving the story Redemption soon follows, however, in a brilliant story in which nary a bad guy is punched out save for one low level thug who s taken out with a baseball in ingenious fashion , but in which Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle that would be Catwoman for those of you who aren t regular readers , Clark Kent aka Superman and Lois Lane spend some quality social time on a double date at the local fair I recently lamented to some GR comic peeps how little mainstream superhero comics focus on character these days due to the unrelenting assault of and focus on massive events This issue is the perfect antidote to that, and hats off to King for crushing it A five star issue without a doubt.The volume concludes with a schmaltzy future tale that might make even the most ardent This Is Us viewer long for something less saccharine, but I again appreciated the character driven nature of it In all, a worthy outing And, in case you re wondering, Melissa actually does have a thing for Marvin And Frank was asked to leave before he could provide a single answer because he told your friend Raul about all of the disgusting things that live underneath his fingernails right after Raul bit off a hangnail


  2. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    The Bat finally popped the question to the Cat and now they re getting hitched Which means Bruce has gotta do the banal things many single fathers do when they remarry meet with the ex, have a talk with his kid about his new soon to be stepmother and break the happy news to his friends But Bruce is not an ordinary person so these tasks inevitably involve taking on a small army of silent soldiers, breaking UN agreements and sword fighting in the desert with a lunatic Which do you prefer your The Bat finally popped the question to the Cat and now they re getting hitched Which means Bruce has gotta do the banal things many single fathers do when they remarry meet with the ex, have a talk with his kid about his new soon to be stepmother and break the happy news to his friends But Bruce is not an ordinary person so these tasks inevitably involve taking on a small army of silent soldiers, breaking UN agreements and sword fighting in the desert with a lunatic Which do you prefer your Batman comics to be character or plot driven Ideally both, right Well, if it s plot driven then you might not enjoy Batman, Volume 5 The Rules of Engagement as there s barely any attempt at a story this is unabashedly all about the characters And this one in particular is a unicorn it s all about the feels I know cold, stoic Batman and emotions R r romance Oh my god It s so good I m gonna stop underestimating Tom King s Batman series Against all of my expectations because I haven t cared for any of his other highly acclaimed comics, The Vision Omega Men The Sheriff of Babylon it s been really, really amazing so far, despite the overlong mediocre last volume, The War of Jokes and Riddles And, somehow, it s only gotten better five books in I know, I rolled my eyes too when I heard Batman and Catwoman were getting married Oh, that ll last Oh, here come the gimmicks getting desperate now, King Y know what, even if it doesn t last, and it probably won t, this book is still fan bloody tastic King writes a really amusing Talia al Ghul as she reacts to Bruce and Selina s nuptials by giving them swords and attacking them Blunt, arrogant, elegant and deadly, he absolutely nailed her character And the spectacular Joelle Jones draws it all so damn beautifully, with swirling, confident lines, piercing facial expressions and mesmerising body language I wish she was a regular on Batman And I liked the cheeky bit of self promotion she threw in Damian s reading a book called The Lady Killer Murders of 1961, a nod to Jones 60s set Dark Horse series, Lady Killer, which is an absolutely brilliant comic I love how King writes Damian here Like father, like son, he s standoffish but he s also a kid and he s obviously conflicted about what s going on That s why I loved how Dick is there for him, like a big brother should be, waiting outside with him while Talia s rages at Bruce inside Dick and Damian are still the best damn Batman and Robin there ever was and I really appreciate King continuing to build these characters friendship long after that partnership ended The Superfriends two parter is definitely the standout of the book Bruce finally sees Clark and they decide to go on an adorbs couples double date Bruce Selina, Clark Lois to a fair with a superhero theme and decide to dress as each other Bruce goes as Superman, Clark as Bats, Lois as Cats, and Selina as sexpot It s such good fun watching Clark and Bruce s batting cage rivalry and Lois and Selina swigging from a hipflask and bonding It s King s laconic, almost singsong in its repetitious call and answer style, dialogue that makes it work Bruce quipping that the Bat symbol stands for bats, Lois and Selina giggling over their mens abs, Bruce saying that he ll need to kick a bunch of trees to work off the fair food and Lois wondering why anyone would kick a tree it s a Year One reference The love boat panels made me laugh, seeing Clark and Lois emerging cutely hand in hand and then Bruce and Selina coming out, Selina crawling all over Bruce The book closes out with an overview of Bruce and Selina s tempestuous courtship King s Batman Elmer Fudd artist Lee Weeks draws this story with a nod to their previous collab as Catwoman crashes the Batmobile into Porky s Bar Weeks art always looks good but it s particularly eye catching here there s a lot of dramatic perspective shifts, from intimate close ups to cinematic pull backs, and a remarkable use of light and shadow Michael Lark I know, this book has all the best artists draws the final story which is 100% pure schmaltz And I didn t care It was a fine way to round out a book all about love You can nitpick this book if you want Batman and Catwoman rescuing Holly Robinson, the woman who killed 237 people which Selina took the blame for, just happens to be sheltering with Talia Al Ghul It s pure contrivance, designed just to get the Bat, Cat and Talia together to do their thing Superman getting upset that Batman was breaking UN sanctions against Khadym was pointless as there were no consequences to it Would Selina really best Talia in a swordfight And Selina s meeeow ing gets old fast They re small criticisms though that don t affect the overall themes of the book, derail what s happening or take away from my enjoyment of it And I really enjoyed this one it s so much fun King nails the characters, gives them terrific dialogue, concocts very amusing scenes with them and has one amazing artist after another visually bring it to vivid life Like I said, if you don t care that much about the characters and you prefer story heavy books, this one probably won t do much for you But Batman is my dude and if he means as much to you as he does to me then it doesn t get much better than Batman, Volume 5 The Rules of Engagement Right, well, best start shopping for a top hat the wedding s right round the corner I wonder if Superman s gonna be the best man what would a Superman stag night look like Probably sweaters and board games Let s hope Jason Todd is in charge of that detail


  3. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    Tom King has done it He has made a 5 star volume of Batman It s been a LONG time since I gave a Batman book a 5 star See this volume does something the previous did not There s no big threat, no danger looming in the background, nobody dies okay maybe someone at one point but this is a story that gives real humanity to Bruce We finally see a extremely vulnerable Bruce who s going through shit internally and you can see it effecting him This is because last arc Batman had asked Selina to Tom King has done it He has made a 5 star volume of Batman It s been a LONG time since I gave a Batman book a 5 star See this volume does something the previous did not There s no big threat, no danger looming in the background, nobody dies okay maybe someone at one point but this is a story that gives real humanity to Bruce We finally see a extremely vulnerable Bruce who s going through shit internally and you can see it effecting him This is because last arc Batman had asked Selina to Marry him and she said yes Now we face the leading up to marriage We have a story of the Batman and Catwoman traveling into the desert to face Talia Not so much for combat, though she does send guards to attack them, but for Batman to know how serious he is about this Marriage Funny enough it will be Selina who will do the talking Then we have a one shot annual that goes through Bruce s entire life with Selina and it swell we ll get to that Then we have a two parter about Bruce and Clark meeting up, and their lovely ladies chatting it up, and you see a very human side to everyone Good Everything Seriously The first arc probably being the weakest but still really strong To get a littleindepth on Selina mindset here and how much she cares about Bruce is wonderful The reaction from the Batfamily is wonderful The best being Damien and Dick, and then watching their reaction and talk is near perfect The annual might go down as one of my favorite stories ever for Batman I love the emotion it captures It hardly has Batman dressed up at all but you get to see his first meetings with Catwoman till the last few days of their life, and it s bitter, and beautiful, and very very very well done Last but not least you have Superfriends two parter which is Clark and Bruce first refusing to call each other Too scared to have the ladies meet However, hearing them speak about each other is so wonderful and a great insight to how they really feel Second part is them all going out, including lois and Selina and it s so wonderful, and cute, and well done, and feels like it s made for ADULTS Like only adults can understand the relationships going on here because you ve been through it Bad NoneI honestly loved every moment of this volume Well paced, amazing dialog, truly strong character moments, and a future that sounds bright as can be I only fear the happiness Bruce is trying to seek will be taken from him so for now, I bask in it till it s gone A 5 out of 5


  4. Chad Chad says:

    Wow I m impressed There s barely a villain in the book and I loved it Tom King has quickly made me do a 180 on the Batman Catwoman romance Their relationship and banter here is so fantastic He s really gotten into their heads.First up, Batman and Catwoman head to the desert to talk to Talia The dialogue in this book even in the midst of sword fights is fantastic The character moments between Damian and Dick are spot on I wish we d getmoments like this among the Robins Joelle Jo Wow I m impressed There s barely a villain in the book and I loved it Tom King has quickly made me do a 180 on the Batman Catwoman romance Their relationship and banter here is so fantastic He s really gotten into their heads.First up, Batman and Catwoman head to the desert to talk to Talia The dialogue in this book even in the midst of sword fights is fantastic The character moments between Damian and Dick are spot on I wish we d getmoments like this among the Robins Joelle Jones gets a chance to play with the big boys and her art really shines I can see some Adam Hughes and Terry Dodson influences while still giving her own distinct look with her swirly line work DC should snatch her up while she still can I also dug the easter egg to Jones s Lady Killer series.Next we move onto Superfriends I love when they present Batman and Superman in parallel, showcasing how they are opposite sides of the same coin Both of them are reluctant to make the first move about Bruce s engagement Tom King just really gets relationships It takes Lois Lane and Selina Kyle forcing them together, much like my own wife would, for the boys to talk Then the four of them head out a county fair on a double date and it is glorious Finally, we have the annual which showcases the origins of Batman and Catwoman s relationship Then we get a little addendum set in the future at the end of their lives It s all very well done


  5. Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote) Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote) says:

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.After the newly found quality that surged from The War of Jokes and Riddles, writer Tom King delivers another excellent volume featuring no supervillains at all How is that event possible Rules of Engagement is an exploration of various relationships, notably the two new lovebirds who came crashing in with a love for each other bigger than life itself.In this volume, we are presented with three different stories The Rules of Engagement 3 par You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.After the newly found quality that surged from The War of Jokes and Riddles, writer Tom King delivers another excellent volume featuring no supervillains at all How is that event possible Rules of Engagement is an exploration of various relationships, notably the two new lovebirds who came crashing in with a love for each other bigger than life itself.In this volume, we are presented with three different stories The Rules of Engagement 3 part , Some of These Days annual 2 and Superfriends 2 part What they all have in common is the presence of Catwoman, view spoiler the woman to whom Batman Bruce Wayne asked to marry him and received a surprisingly pleasant yes hide spoiler It is a relationship that has been teased over the years in Batman s lore, but Tom King takes it upon himself to make it happen If anything he delivers a synergistic relationship that has an authentic chemistry where they both stay loyal to who they are while being a perfect match for each other.Of all three stories, The Rules of Engagement was the oddity in all this It started off mysterious in every way possible with two different narratives taking place simultaneously One featuring the kids part of the Batfamily Jason Todd, Damian Wayne and Duke Thomas as they wonder what has been going on with Bruce Wayne and what he is now up to, and another featuring Catwoman and Batman off to an obscure place called Khadym But as Tom King slowly peels the layers away and presents us with the purpose of this story, onlyquestions arise At first interesting, they quickly turned into plot holes for which I doubt we ll ever see any explanations in the future volume.While it had its issues the same kind of problems I often seem to have with King s writing it did have its upside, especially in regards to the banter between Cats and Bats view spoiler I definitely enjoyed the overload of cuteness that radiated from these two as they enter a cave filled with misery and blood Not only are they dressed similarly and just make us want to root for their relationship to be eternal, they also show how much they known each other and why they are meant to be together It only gets better when you throw in Talia into the mix, also known as the crazy ex In fact, it also definitely helped that her psychopathy was showingthan a 15 month pregnancy hide spoiler The artwork was also nice, even if it s not Mikel Janin It sometimes felt like it was bordering a cartoonish bubbly style, but it never lasted long enough to annoy me for this story.The second story in chronological order of their single issue release is the Annual 2 issue called Some of These Days This is by far the best annual issue story that I have ever read The first thing I just have to mention is its phenomenal artwork that clearly raised this little story into a work of fiction worth putting side by side with other classics What Tom King delivers is a cat and mouse story quite literally too, really between Bats and Cats It takes place early in their careers as heroes and villains, and highlights their complex relationship and their undeniable understanding of each other It ends with a glimpse into their later years that will easily be qualified as one of the most bittersweet endings of all time This was simply masterful Beautiful Brilliant Sad.The last story is called Superfriends This two part mini adventure is a hilarious and cute I d even say hot to some extent adventure featuring Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Bruce Wayne and Selena Kyle Again, Tom King nails the personalities of these characters as boys are boys and girls are girls He also brilliantly delivers a side by side dialogue where Batman explains the greatness of Superman, and Superman explains the greatness of Batman, while they both sell themselves short in the process It was beautiful and almost tear inducing This story also answers the one question that every fan has been dying to know Can Batman hit a baseball pitched by Superman And with that, Tom King delivers a successful story arc without any big villains or major world threatening event With Rules of Engagement, he actually makes us care for this newly formed relationship, but honestly, I wouldn t be surprised if something really horrible happens to someone in particular in the next volume Besides the first story within this volume, this was perfect I definitely enjoyed the improvement in King s work since his debut on this Batman series and I hope he ll be able to continue this streak of quality content.Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog King successfully delivers a volume without any supervillains Events focus on the relationship between Cats and Bats, as well as the two power couples So much cuteness and sweetness packed within each panels I had a good laugh in the Superfriends story, but the Batman Annual 2 packed a helluva punch too Sad and beautiful I d blame the first story, The Rules of Engagement, for being the oddity in all this Otherwise, this was another great volume after the newly found quality that King showcased in The War of Jokes and Riddles Volume 4.P.S Full review coming soon.Yours truly,Lashaan Blogger and Book ReviewerOfficial blog


  6. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    Meow Wow Okay, I m a year late as so many of y all have read this, but it is really, really good Yes, Rules for Engagement is an actually funny and well written story about the brooding Batman s engagement to Catwoman So the joke is that with an engagement comes certain rules that must be followed Bat takes Cat to visit his ex, Talia al Ghul, leading to a sword fight between the two women Bat of course has to tell his kid he is getting married, leading to fun scuffling between Damian Meow Wow Okay, I m a year late as so many of y all have read this, but it is really, really good Yes, Rules for Engagement is an actually funny and well written story about the brooding Batman s engagement to Catwoman So the joke is that with an engagement comes certain rules that must be followed Bat takes Cat to visit his ex, Talia al Ghul, leading to a sword fight between the two women Bat of course has to tell his kid he is getting married, leading to fun scuffling between Damian and Nightwing Later, Superman and Lois double date with Cat and Bat will Superman be the best man , to celebrate the engagement, but when girls and boys talk separately, they seriously question the sanity of this move The volume concludes with an imagined future tale, where we see the couple grow old together It s all very, very good.No battles with villains and yet this is a five star story Yep, this works as a character driven volume drawn gorgeously by Joelle Jones Damian is reading The Lady Killer Murders of 1961, pointing to Jones own Lady Killer, nice touch, and then she gets her own Catwoman run And yes, Batman actually smiles a couple times in this one True Great dialogue and art Yes, you can read this as a stand alone volume, if you normally dislike Batman and prefer romance Very memorable, and yes, it was coming for decades, this engagement between the cat burglar and the crime fighter Good times


  7. Wing Kee Wing Kee says:

    PerfectWorld The art is just simply beautiful and the tone is beautiful and this arc is entirely and utterly the perfect arc The world building is fantastic cause it not only moves the world forward in a way that u did not expect that DC would allow but also honors and deals with the past with Talia and even Damian It s well thought and we ll constructed Story What can I say about this arc It s perfect in every possible way From the tone, the pacing, the stakes, the dialog, the everything PerfectWorld The art is just simply beautiful and the tone is beautiful and this arc is entirely and utterly the perfect arc The world building is fantastic cause it not only moves the world forward in a way that u did not expect that DC would allow but also honors and deals with the past with Talia and even Damian It s well thought and we ll constructed Story What can I say about this arc It s perfect in every possible way From the tone, the pacing, the stakes, the dialog, the everything This is a culmination of a relationship that has been brewing ever since modern Selina has come into being This is a new status quo and I love it It s so tied into their lore and history that it makes so much sense King honors the past and honors readers and their feelings and builds a new world moving forward Brilliant Then to follow that with Superfriends My brain exploded That first issue with Bruce and Clark expressing why the other us a better man is justyou have to read it Then Cat and Lois and their banter This arc made me cry Characters Perfect A microcosm of what Batman and Superman represent and also a reminder of why Cat and Lois are so perfect and the best female characters in comics I can t express enough Perfect Onward to the next book read individual issues


  8. Artemy Artemy says:

    Who has the patience to wait until May to read the new Batman volume by Tom King Certainly not me So I got the single issues and read them all at once.After the brilliant thriller that was The War of Jokes and Riddles, Tom King is taking it slow with Rules of Engagement There are no super villains, big schemes, crazy explosions or anything like that in this volume It s just pure, unadulterated character piece, and it s perfect Tom King is phenomenal with literally every single character in Who has the patience to wait until May to read the new Batman volume by Tom King Certainly not me So I got the single issues and read them all at once.After the brilliant thriller that was The War of Jokes and Riddles, Tom King is taking it slow with Rules of Engagement There are no super villains, big schemes, crazy explosions or anything like that in this volume It s just pure, unadulterated character piece, and it s perfect Tom King is phenomenal with literally every single character in this book, from all of the Robins to Bruce to Selina to Clark Kent and Lois Lane So the relationship between the Bat and the Cat grows deeper and stronger, and I love it It feels weird to admit it, but I have rarely ever been this invested in a relationship between two fictional characters the last time that happened to me it was Root and Shaw on Jonathan Nolan s wonderful Person of Interest TV show, and my soul still hurts a bit from how that played out King also toyed with my sappy heart in this volume with Annual 2, an outstanding issue that almost brought me to tears.But it s not all relationships and melodrama here in the Rules of Engagement There s also bromance Clark and Bruce, Supes and Bats When it s done right, they have the best bromance in comics, and it s definitely done right here Tom King just gets both their characters so well, so of course his Batman and Superman are perfect buddies There is a whole excellent issue 37 here which sends Clark, Bruce, Selina and Lois on a double date with an awesome twist, and it may easily be one of the best single issues of the last year It makes me ache for Tom King s Superman book in any possible form Please, DC people, pretty please It would be the best present for Supes, your best and most important character, on his 80th birthday He deserves it.Tom King jumps from strength to strength with his Batman run, and Rules of Engagement is yet another incredible success It took me a while to get into his run, but now I honestly don t remember the last time I was enjoying Batman comics that much I am one happy fan


  9. Scott Scott says:

    The best Batman book ever Wellthat s a matter of personal opinion.The best Batman book I ve ever read Yes Vol 5 Rules of Engagement continues the story line from the climax of Vol 2 I Am Suicide if memory serves I read it 11 months ago in regards to the Batman Catwoman let s take it up a notch relationship This volume is ALL about the two of them, and contains three distinct short stories.The opener shares the title of the volume, as the boyfriend girlfriend dynamic duo rid The best Batman book ever Wellthat s a matter of personal opinion.The best Batman book I ve ever read Yes Vol 5 Rules of Engagement continues the story line from the climax of Vol 2 I Am Suicide if memory serves I read it 11 months ago in regards to the Batman Catwoman let s take it up a notch relationship This volume is ALL about the two of them, and contains three distinct short stories.The opener shares the title of the volume, as the boyfriend girlfriend dynamic duo rides into the desert in a search for Talia al Ghul They re going to get her blessing for their weddingjust kidding But Ghul s reaction goes about as well as expected Lots of action adventure between the quippy dialogue, and also featuring the past and present Robins back at Wayne Manor for the most part being briefed by Alfred and then having a sort of round table discussion on the situation Next is Super Friends, with concerned guest star Superman trying to wrap his head around his JLA colleague s choice of a romantic partner Naturally then Lois Lane Superman and Catwoman Batman promptly go on a double date The venue and the theme night happening at their destination along with the decision for their choice of attire provides much of the humor Heavy on the dialogue, but so well written especially the Lois Selina scenes and true to the characters.The less said about the powerful finale Some of These Days the better just read it and be moved.Writer Tom King should be really proud of his work I really loved every minute of this volume


  10. Diz Diz says:

    This volume explores some of the Batman s key relationships before his marriage to Selina Kyle We get to see Batman and Catwoman visit Talia, Batman and Superman work on their friendship, and Selina and Lois bond for the first time Relationship centered books like this are they types of comics that really let readers connect with characters More like this, please.


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  • 160 pages
  • Batman, Volume 5: Rules of Engagement
  • Tom King
  • English
  • 22 February 2018
  • 1401277314

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