Summary: The story begins with an elderly Bruce Wayne sitting behind a typewriter reflecting on his early career as Batman, his adventures with his friends in the Justice Society, and his guardianship of Dick Grayson. He states that all of these individuals have been very important people in his life, but admits that the person who changed his life the most was his one-time adversary and later wife: Selina Kyle, the Catwoman. Bruce then takes us to the moment in his life that forever redefined his life’s meaning.
This review is hella late, and no even Wednesday anymore, but I nonetheless treat you to THE BEST Batman story ever told, and it was first published three years before I was even born!
HAPPY BATMAN DAY | The legend began on the world known as Earth-2.
YOU HAD ME AT HELLO! | When Batman was sure he met his future wife.
A HUNTRESS OF MY OWN | Earth-1 Batman thinks of having a Baby Wayne.
Reviewer’s Note: This review is hella late, but you know what? So was the actual crossover event when it was actually released. Between DC Comics constantly delaying the issues—including releasing them out of order—and my working a full time schedule on top of that, I think I can be cut some slack here.
Considering the hot mess the scheduling for this event turned out to be, I did find myself wishing I had done what I originally thought of doing when this crossover was first announced: reviewing it in full upon completion. After all, I did exactly that with the first Batman/Superman story arc that took us to Earth-2 in Cross Worlds, and it actually turned out to be a wise decision on my part considering that those issues got delayed in their initial releases as well. So guess what’s happening with this review? I’m doing exactly what I should’ve done from the go: reviewing it in full.
Yes, I am fully aware of the fact that I already discussed the first half. But I also mentioned in Paragraph 1 of this reviewer’s note that I never got around to discussing the second half because of the aforementioned reasons. I did try to review those issues individually when they were finally released (well, the Batman/Superman one anyway, cause I was only going to summarise the World’s Finest concluding issue), but then it started to feel like a chore to do so. Not only did I find myself addressing the same stuff I had already addressed in the first review, but I also just didn’t feel motivated discuss it further given the actual conclusion that it got. (More on that in a bit).
At least by reviewing it in full, I don’t have to concern myself with needing to come up with details to discuss, because honestly, there wasn’t a whole lot (as you will see) that happened in this crossover that’s been worthy of discussion. It also allows me to keep the plot summary short (cause again not a lot happened), and I can just say what I liked and didn’t like and be straight to the point about it. My review will still be detailed of course, but at least I won’t be stuck on the specifics of the story. This also means I’m not going to (for the most part) readdress everything I already discussed in my initial review. I’m also going to be mostly discussing Greg Pak’s portion of the crossover because—let’s be honest—his writing is tonnes better than that of Paul Levitz. Not only does it give me something different to discuss, but there’s also no point in me flogging a dead horse by repeatedly addressing the same problems I’ve already discussed with Levitz in previous reviews. That being said, let’s now get to the part you’re actually interested in: the review!