Batman #38

Event\Storyline: Endgame Writer: James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Sam Kieth, FCO Plascencia, Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 28, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 35
8.9Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

Endgame part 4. The Joker is back! This time, no more funny stuff. And in the backup story, five Arkham Asylum escapees share their encounters with The Joker!This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

  • 10
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 2, 2015

    The fact that Batman has to seek counsel alone lends credibility to Joker's story. The who in this equation augments the investigation to the nth degree and will conjure up endless possibilities of the finality of End Game. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Jan 28, 2015

    There's a reason this title has managed to dominante the sales rankings for so long, and with what's been happening in "Endgame", there's no sign of things letting up any time soon. Batman just can't be stopped. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jan 30, 2015

    What is Joker's master plan? Is this new origin the truth? Will Batman find out what he needs to stop Joker? This “Endgame” is proving to be one of the all time great Joker tales. While Snyder says this is his last Joker tale, I hope he'd allow Joker a cameo here and there. He's brought a suspenseful terror back to the Clown Prince of Crime that should remain as a part of the character. With the odds growing slimmer and the casualties mounting, can Batman actually stop Joker this time? We must continue reading, even as a cold shiver goes up our spine. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Herald - Bill Zeiders Jan 30, 2015

    "Endgame" is basically the last major story arc in Batman before "Convergence" throws everything in the DC universe into a continuity-blender (again), but Snyder and Capullo's run has already carved out a permanent place in the history of great comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Jan 31, 2015

    Scott Snyder's Batman Epic is starting to come full circle. Everything is falling into place and we discover some things about the Joker's new toxin. This story is really digging deep into the history of Gotham which makes me curious as to what Snyder's Endgame is for this story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Jan 31, 2015

    Make no mistake, this is a dream team for the Dark Knight. Snyder and Capullo are leading the charge for one of the strongest runs the Batman title has had in a long, long time and this issue sums up everything that is great about it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 4, 2015

    There's no superhero book out there like Batman at the moment because Snyder gets to play with the best toys, and he's deft in handling them with care. He knows how to create terse plots that make you fear for the safety of the main characters. We don't usually read Batman expecting to see him die " and because of that sort of predictability, serials often suffer because the biggest prize is never at stake. But with the Batman series under Snyder and Greg Capullo's direction " we know there's a fate worse than death for Bruce Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Feb 1, 2015

    I think this creative team gets overlooked because they've been so consistently good for so long. Many of the original 52 titles are long gone from DC's line-up, but the Snyder/Capullo Batman has lived up to its namesake and has found a way to not only be the best title at DC, but one of the best titles in all of comics. I said in my last review that if Death of the Family was a love letter to Batman that End Game is a scorned lover back to get revenge and that juxtaposition comes full circle in a sick, beautiful way in this issue"you're going to love it! I've read nearly every classic Batman title that's been put out; The Long Halloween, The Dark Knight Returns, Hush, and Year One just to name a few. I would put End Game onto that list of titles that I've grown to love so much over the years that I visit over and over again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 28, 2015

    Batman #38 is a fantastic chapter in this brilliant story. It feels almost foolish at this point to say that Batman is “must-read” as it is fairly common knowledge, but if you've strayed from the title, get back here now. Snyder and Capullo are about to burst this powder keg and you want to be around for the fireworks. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 28, 2015

    There's no letting up in the action and suspense with Endgame. Scott Snyder is not letting up with Joker's attack against Batman and Gotham City. It does indeed feel like the end is coming. Snyder is pushing the confrontation between Batman and Joker. It's hard to tell what's scarier, what Joker might do or what might become of the revelations about Joker. The art and color adds to the creepy and suspenseful mood of the story. Batman: Endgame is not a story you'll want to miss. It's already proving to be quite the game-changer. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jan 29, 2015

    Nothing is set in stone yet, and everything is still up in the air. However, the implications are too much, and the possibilities can be really fun. I personally can't wait to see the end of the particular arc, and new ideas adding to Batman mythos. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Jan 30, 2015

    In conclusion, if you're reading this then you've been reading Batman. If you haven't started, get started" you're missing out! Buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 29, 2015

    As I read EndGame, I get the feeling that Scott Snyder is telling me the wickedest bedtime story in the history of forever. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 28, 2015

    This issue continues the Endgame story and while this is an intriguing Joker story, I'm enjoying watching Batman struggle even more.  The Joker is back, but the game has changed and the cliffhanger shows the reader how desperate Batman is and I can't wait to see the results. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Mike Logsdon Jan 29, 2015

    Endgame is certainly one of the most excitedly unexpected story arcs to come from the mind of Scott Snyder. This arc continues to shift in fun and unpredictable ways that continues to make Endgame an unstoppable powerhouse of storytelling might. Snyder impressively uses the foundation of his own stories and those of the DCU to deliver a story both unbelievable and utterly convincing. Greg Capullo is back to bring Snyder's already wonderful script to life in ways that only he can. Capullo's layouts, figure work, and interesting use of perspective wrap things up in an appropriately shadowy bow. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - ChrisG Feb 3, 2015

    Batman is a strong book from start to finish. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Jan 28, 2015

    Overall this was a very thought provoking issue and is probably up there with several of Synders best issues. I am thrilled to see how Batman will confront the Court of Owls and see if they can shed some light on this immortal pale clown that Dekker was referring to. I am anxiously anticipating next month to see how Endgame unfolds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White Jan 29, 2015

    As Batman heads towards an uncertain fate, one that potentially lead to a completely altered Gotham, I'm left with a thought. This isn't the end, instead it's the start of a new beginning, one that I'm terribly excited for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 28, 2015

    More is revealed about who the Joker really is and it all ends with a cliffhanger for the ages. Fans of Scott Snyder's work cannot miss this issue! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Feb 2, 2015

    Batman #38 continues the monthly trend of Batman being awesome. The story that the creative team has crafted immerses the reader in a terrifying world, and it is wonderful. "Endgame" might just be this team's best work to date.To top it all off, they managed to find a way to include the much demanded Z-lister, Crazy Quilt " and it worked! That alone is worth the price of admission. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 28, 2015

    In "Batman" #38, Snyder, Capullo and crew bring all the storylines together: "Zero Year," "The Court of Owls," "Death of the Family." It all congeals as readers follow Batman against the Joker, each trying to outwit the other, with the rest of Gotham teetering on the brink as the Clown Prince of Crime appears to have the upper hand. Batman is fighting for the city, but he's also fighting for his pride, his sanity and the lives of everyone in his city. "Endgame" stretches throughout Gotham's history, so it's only appropriate that Snyder and crew dive through Batman's. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brendan McGuirk Jan 28, 2015

    I don't have a preference between caped crusader and dark detective. My favorite Batman stories are just the ones where he's got the steepest challenge. And the thing about Joker stories is they just seem to get steeper all the time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Jan 29, 2015

    So, I'm eager to see this arc play out. I do think this is a storyline that will play out amazingly in trade as a cohesive whole, where this amount of exposition won't have as big an impact. But even from issue to issue, it's a great time to be a Batman fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jan 28, 2015

    Well, it looks like Endgame could be Snyder and Capullos best. If that last page is anything to go by, things are about to get even crazier. This is Batman comics at its absolute finest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jan 29, 2015

    That ceaseless unrest is exactly what propels Endgame: in the entire 30 pages of this book " with the exception of writer James Tynion IV and Sam Keith's reliably spooky tie-in " the Clown Prince of Crime only appears for a single page. But it's his grim spectre that haunts every open leaf of Batman#38's parchment. It's all found on the cover " we, like Batman, may be staring directly at the atrocities the killer has wrought, but he will continue to elude us, cackling in the shadows. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Chris Lemmerman Feb 8, 2015

    Endgame's endgame (Yep, I did that on purpose) is fast approaching, but if this issue or any other in the storyline has shown us anything, we've got no idea how it's going to conclude. With cliffhangers galore and some jaw dropping revelations, the fact that this issue doesn't really move the story forward is easily off-set. The back-up story works well with the art style applied, and of course, Greg Capullo is doing superb work on the lead story too. What more is there to say than “Batman is phenomenal, and there's a damn good reason it's DC's top selling title ever month.” If you're not reading it, you should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 31, 2015

    Batman is the best book DC publishes. The stories are all epic. The characters are all A-list. The details are all clever. This issue is no different and brings the same high level of storytelling we've come to expect. The comic includes a backup story that sort of ties into the main story but isn't essential reading. It will be interesting to see how Batman gets out of this one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Spencer Maxwell Jan 29, 2015

    Greg Capullo continues to aid Snyder in his nightmarish depiction of Gotham City. Showing Batman soaked in the shadows and contrasting that with the bloodthirsty activity of the citizens on the street presents a strong sense of madness. It's hard to know what to focus on the ground presenting his influence is all over. The expressions of those affected by the toxin are what standout most. Their grins are creepy, but their eyes are piercingly haunting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Joey Garces Jan 29, 2015

    “Endgame” has certainly proven to be one of the most exciting and unexpected Batman story arcs from Scott Snyder. With this latest head scratcher that Joker MIGHT be eternal, and that the Court of Owls is now tied up in this mess, the fun meter is at an all time high. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Miller Feb 2, 2015

    However, the last page reveal was a twist that surprised me, and Im glad to see Snyder tying his entire run together and getting the plot back on track after the insufferably interminable events of Zero Year. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jan 29, 2015

    Batman #38 might find its weaknesses turned to strengths when collected, but as a standalone issue it just feels like trudging through Snyder's "A-ha!" moments. Read Full Review

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