BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 BY TIM SEELEY AND TRAVIS MOORE
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Although some moments were a bit confusing and unnecessary, the real stars of BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 are the characters. The bond between Batman and Nightwing is the focal point of this issue. Tim Seeley brings the character relationships into the spotlight. Also, the artwork by Travis Moore is eye-catching and vibrant. RSVP to this wedding invitation, because BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING - NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 is a must read!
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FOR RICHER, FOR POORER!

Unfortunately, no superhero wedding ever runs smoothly. There’s always a few uninvited guests. During Batman’s bachelor party, a blast from the past has come to put a damper on the celebrations. In BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING – NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1, the big question on everyone’s mind is who Batman will choose to be his best man?

Will it be fellow leaguer, Superman? His ward, Nightwing? Or an old friend from Bruce’s childhood? Writer Tim Seeley highlights the friendships between the heroes before Batman’s big day. Also, Travis Moore‘s artwork is not to be missed. Fair warning, spoilers ahead!

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The story starts off very lighthearted. While celebrating Batman’s upcoming wedding, Superman and Nightwing plan the world’s greatest bachelor party for the world’s greatest detective. What could be better than eating burgers at a superhero-themed restaurant with your best friends?

Batman is actually smiling. In a sweet moment, Batman says he appreciates what they’ve done for him and that he misses Nightwing. Since moving to Blüdhaven, the once dynamic duo doesn’t spend much time together anymore. But the night is not over yet. This is where the story takes a strange turn. Surprisingly, Superman pulls out of his pocket a portal that can access other worlds in the multiverse. Don’t question it.

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BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING – NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Suddenly, Tommy (AKA Hush) appears. In a fit of jealousy, he claims he should be Batman’s best man and that Bruce cares more about Nightwing than Tommy, his childhood friend. As Nightwing and Hush fight, the two fall into the portal. They are transported to another dimension called the Betwixt, a world between the real world and the “unworld.” With an army of “Slenderman” looking people out to get them, Nightwing and Hush must “go somewhere that reflects where your identity is strong and distinct.” I couldn’t make this up even if I tried.

Sadly, Nightwing is able to escape this nightmare realm, but Hush isn’t. BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING – NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 concludes with a heartwarming scene between Dick Grayson and Bruce. Batman tells him that he chose Superman to be his best man at his wedding. Even though he left the nest, Grayson still wants to maintain that special father-son relationship he has with Bruce.

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

The main point of conflict in BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING – NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 is a bit perplexing to me. I understand that Hush was incredibly jealous and wanted to be Bruce’s right-hand man again. Also, he was envious of Nightwing and Batman’s close relationship, what he used to have with Bruce.

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BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING – NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 page 3. Image Courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Hush being driven by jealousy is interesting motivation. However, some parts of the story seem unnecessary and overly dramatic, like the brief visit to an alternate universe. Did they really need to be transported to another dimension? Probably not. Would the fight have been more dynamic and interesting if Batman was present? It’s possible. The reason for contention between Hush and Nightwing was a mixed bag for me.

Batman and Nightwing Bond

The bond between Batman and Nightwing is at the center of BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING – NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1. Since Dick Grayson became Nightwing and moved to Blüdhaven, the dynamic duo aren’t as close as they used to be. Even though Batman chose Superman to be his best man, Dick Grayson is understanding and will be right by Batman’s side when he marries Catwoman. Despite the distance between them, Batman and Nightwing will always be there for each other, like a father and son.

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When the capes and the masks come off, it’s nice to see these characters as human beings who genuinely care for each other. Tim Seeley does a fantastic job highlighting the relationship between the characters. Batman’s friendship with Superman. Bruce’s father-son bond with Dick Grayson. It’s a real sentimental part of the story. I mean, Batman smiles more than once in BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING – NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1.

That has to count for something.

Final Thoughts

Although some points of the plot seemed convoluted, the real focal point of this issue is the characters. Tim Seeley makes these characters shine in their best light. Even though Nightwing was not chosen to be Batman’s best man, they still care for one another, like father and son.

Unfortunately, things like the all-too-convenient portal to other dimensions and everything that happens in the Betwixt realm seem a little too far-fetched. These unnecessary plot points bog the story down. I enjoyed the vibrant artwork by Travis Moore. Everything in this issue seems to just pop off the page.

Also, the art style really captures the sentimental moments between these characters well. I look forward to further pre-wedding chaos that’s to come. Up next in this series of one-shots, is Batgirl versus Riddler!

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