Batman #37

Event\Storyline: Endgame Writer: James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Danny Miki, Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 17, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 44
8.9Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

The ultra top-secret Batman arc known only as Endgame, continues its a story arc so steeped in mystery, all we can tell you is the title!This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Dec 18, 2014

    Batman continues to be one of the most consistent titles month after month. It's hard to find anything glaringly wrong because the issues are polished and precise. If anything, they might suffer a bit from being over-produced " you won't find too many happy accidents " but so what? At the end of the day, Batman #37, like the issues before it, is entertaining and impactful with each page adding one new layer to the overall continuity. So far, each of the story-arcs has brought something to the table, and years from now, they'll be worth coming back to again and again. I'm not afraid to say that we're in a golden age for the Batman series, and each issue feels like another piece of history. We are all witnesses. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Dec 22, 2014

    On top of having an interesting philosophical discussion, the issue is also quite scary. With several creepy moments that are perfect for this new Joker. These moments are thanks to Capullo, Miki, and Placensia working as a cohesive unit. Separately, they're all great, but together they're creating a masterpiece run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 17, 2014

    Batman #37 is another brilliant installment in what has been a fantastic arc so far. Snyder, Capullo, Plascencia & the entire rest of the crew are managing to outdo themselves month after month and are crafting one of the strongest superhero comics in recent memory. This is Batman (and The Joker) at his absolute best and I cannot wait to get my hands on #38. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 17, 2014

    Joker is back and he's done with the jokes. We've seen Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo give us a Joker story before but now, Joker is back with a vengeance. The stakes have been raised. Gotham City has been infected and Batman is struggling to keep up with Joker's plan. With some new developments on Joker, things are about to get even worse. Scott Snyder has said he's writing this as if it was his last Joker story and you can tell. If you thought you'd seen all the Joker stories there were to tell, you haven't seen this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Joey Garces Dec 19, 2014

    Snyder and Capullo have showed us they really mean to honor the “Endgame” title. There is just no coming back from this, The Joker is done messing around, he's out for blood, and he's pulling out stops that we didn't know he was capable of. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Dec 31, 2014

    It's been a while, but this issue of Batman deserves the full 5/5 rating. There are a few little hiccups, but the ideas presented in this issue as well as the reveals about the Joker's potential origins and just how far he's going to go during Endgame to defeat Batman (spoilers: as far as possible, and then even further) are jawdropping. When a comic makes you feel genuine emotion, that's rare. When a comic makes you feel genuinely creeped out to the point where you have to put the comic down, but you can't because it's so engrossing, that's unique. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Dec 17, 2014

    Snyder and Capullo's Batman, somehow, continues to be the most original and thought-provoking take on the character in decades, and what they're building here stands to influence future creative teams at the level of what Miller did with him in the 80's. You don't have to take my word for it, though. Just go read Batman #37 and find out how disappointed you are when you run out of pages to turn. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Jan 19, 2015

    Snyder is in his wheelhouse when he writes a character as creepy as the Joker. If Death of the Family was Joker's love letter to Batman, then End Game sees the Clown Prince as a scorned lover burning Bruce's world down around him. There's not a creative team I trust more to put Bruce through the wringer only to leave him standing stronger on the other side. For that reason I have a message for Snyder and company as their faced with the task of living up to their fans lofty expectations. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Dec 17, 2014

    This may sound like were stroking Snyder and Capullos egos, but thats not the case. Hands down, this is one of the greatest Joker stories in history and thats a history that goes back a long way. Take it from a guy that has read plenty of Batman stories from every era, this is truly one of the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Spencer Maxwell Dec 18, 2014

    This month's book only suffered from one minor discrepancy. A scene in the comic appears to be a hallucination, but is actually happening. A hospital room has a stage and lighting that appears out of nowhere with no transition or set up. It left me confused, and having to look back to see if I missed something. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Dec 18, 2014

    Anyway, it seems like Snyder knows exactly where to stop to have us asking for more. Endgame really gives the vibe that this will be the last story between Batman and Joker, and the story will go all out. Greg Capullo's art is especially haunting too, as I can really feel Joker stepping out of those “doctored” photos. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Matt Petras Dec 17, 2014

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  • 9.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Dec 17, 2014

    “Endgame” continues to feel like it has all the makings of a classic, and even if the strangeness of this issue felt a little off, I'm not yet sure it wasn't supposed to have that effect. Can't wait for the next one. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Dec 18, 2014

    Endgame started off as a big scale action blockbuster of unparalleled proportions and has made the shift to intimate psychological horror. It feels like Scott Snyder is putting down all his cards and giving you the best of everything he has to offer in every world and genre he has at his disposal. This issue was beyond awesome! I cannot find enough words to do this issue justice, you will just have to trust me on that: this issue is amazing! If the scene with Gordon doesn't make you uneasy, then you have no soul. Just like the Joker! Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Book Herald - Bill Zeiders Dec 21, 2014

    I can't wait for the next issue. This is one of the best comics going right now, hands down. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Dec 17, 2014

    Batman #37 is an incredible issue filled with terrifyingly effective imagery and hard-to-forget moments. Scott Snyder continues to convince readers that Endgame is everything the title implies. Through Joker's creepy gags and death traps, Batman faces a threat worthy of all the hype this new arc has had build up around it. Finally, Greg Capullo illustrates every twisted element that Snyder throws his way, and does it in the beautiful style that we've come to expect. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 17, 2014

    Joker gets more complex and Batman nearly loses it in this tense issue that tantalizes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Dec 19, 2014

    With Scott Snyder insisting that nothing about Endgameis meant to be ambiguous, serious revelations are madewith implications that should make any comic book reader – even one primed for Snyder's typicalpsychological havoc – shudder at the mere thought of what they may portend.That gives the issue the severity of a solid white-knuckler of the highest order. Everyone can guess what Batman'sEndgameis going to be, but no one canreally know untilSnyder and Capullo say so. It's the ceaseless disquiet the storytellers provide that givesBatmanreal grace. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen Dec 17, 2014

    Batman #37 is a fantastic issue. The marriage of Snyder's dark script, the detailed work of Capullo and Miki, and vibrant colors of Plascencia create an unnerving experience for the reader. “Endgame” was billed asthe creative team going big to close out the character's 75th anniversary, and they are delivering in spades. Terrifying, grinning spades. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Dec 23, 2014

    Like all the best comics (books and films) Batman #37 spans genres, from psychological thriller to shock horror. The scene with Gordon is a prime example. However, Snyder also weaves in humour and poignancy, a skill which is beyond your average creator in comics (fiction and movies) today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Dec 18, 2014

    Snyder and Capullo find new ways to make the Joker creepier Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Dec 17, 2014

    Batman #37 shows that the Joker is back and has changed up his game.  He has turned Gotham into his own private nightmare and Batman seems to have no solution.  Scott Snyder gives the reader a bit of setup, but it's so intriguing that you won't mind. Greg Capullo and FCO Plascencia make everything look great.  This arc is turning into something special. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Dec 17, 2014

    “Batman” #37 has made ‘Endgame' become a must read Batman story. It's fast paced, intelligent and scary. The Joker is back in a way that's made him more dangerous than ever. He's a mix of the more recent versions comics has seen before but there's a nice hint of Heath Ledger in the characterization. All in all, this is an absolute must read for Batman fans and comic fans alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    The Latest Pull - Dec 19, 2014

    Joker's plan to evolve himself through the fears and paranoia of his victims is an interesting take on the character. Joker has, of course, always relied on his own infamy, but this time the pressure that his efforts are putting on the sanity of those that mean to stop him goes beyond his usual antics and provides us with something weighing more heavily on the horror end of the spectrum. He means to convince his adversaries that killing him will only make him stronger. He insists that all the horrible things he's done up to this point have merely been a game that he no longer wishes to play, and promises the true terrors of his intentions are yet to manifest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 22, 2014

    Like too many stories these days, it all feels like fan fiction, where the rules don't apply and anything goes, no matter how outrageous. We expect a it more self-restraint (and real world logic) in the Dark Knight's adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Dec 21, 2014

    Snyder gives us a fascinating thesis, one with deep roots in modern literature and much older folklore. But as of yet it's hard to say whether this thesis will be a profound contribution to the mythos of Gotham or simply a quaint little daydream of bright colors but no substance. At the moment, the promise is enough to hold interest. But the possibility of disappointment looms all to close, and seems all too likely. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Dec 18, 2014

    Although the issue feels stilted in its very beginning and ending, one can hardly fault the creators for this chapter when considering the prestige of the entire collected edition. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 17, 2014

    Snyder takes his story to the next level in "Batman" #37, which delivers surprises, tension, chills and a lot of extra pages to boot, providing a great story with extra value as a bonus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 20, 2014

    Batman is the strongest comic book in the DC stable since the reboot. This issue just brings another level to the Joker-Batman dynamic. I recommend checking this comic book out. I believe you will find yourself seeking out the back issues once you've read this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 24, 2014

    This would have been much better had the final pages been deleted or placed in another book. One story is great, the other not so much. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Inter-Comics Podcast - Chris Fenn Dec 21, 2014

    Overall this is a solid issue, and if you enjoy reading Snyders Batman series then this will be a must read, however if as a reader you have doubts or shortcomings with Snyders Batman then you may find yourself poking holes with some of the choices in this issue, and story arc as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 17, 2014

    On its own, this issue doesn't stand up but as part of the whole story - it's probably a necessary cog in the machine, but that makes it hard to read (let alone enjoy) issues on an individual basis rather than as a collected whole. But even when writing for the trade, each single issue should gets you jazzed for the next issue, and that just doesn't happen here. The next issue of Batman will undoubtedly be better not because of anything we've seen, here but because that's what we've come to expect from this creative team. Here's to next month. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Dec 18, 2014

    Getting away from the broadstrokes, this issue is easily the weakest in the Endgame arc so far. Where previous issues at least interesting fandering (fan pandering) having Batman fight a Jokerized version of the JLA so as to allay everyone's self conscious fear about whether or not money can defeat natural ability this issue is just very generic zombie pabulum but painted up in Batman colors, which is, again, something I've seen before and better: not recommended. Read Full Review

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