Batman #36

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 6, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 90
8.9Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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"SUPERFRIENDS" part one! Batman and Superman. For so many years they've fought together for justice. Sometimes, they've even fought each other. Now, from the creators who broke your heart in "The Ballad of Kite Man" comes a look at how the flaws of each frightens the other and how the hope in each inspires the other. Don't miss this two-part event that everyone will be talking about as the relationship between these two men is forever changed.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Dec 7, 2017

    Batman #36 was a great read. As the world slowly finds out about Batman and Catwoman's engagement, I wonder what the rest of the League has to say about Batman settling down? I'm also wondering what this means for Batman's enemies as well, as Batman's primary concern was always someone he loved being a target. I'm looking forward to seeing where King takes us next with the story of Bruce and Selina in this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Dec 7, 2017

    King and Mann's tale of a simple human social interaction is funny and introspective, while giving readers some new, unique perspectives. It is hard-press to find flaws with this issue. In fact, it makes me want to see King on a new Batman/Superman series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Dec 6, 2017

    When it comes to Tom King’s Batman whenever I feel that I’m out he finds a way to bring me back in and to get excited for what is happening in the future. As long as King continues to focus on the importance of the relationship, I don’t see why the book won’t keep getting better and better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 7, 2017

    If the first thing I want to do after I finish it is re-read it, it's good. If I want to sit in silence and enjoy the remnants of that first read, it's great. But if I stop what I'm doing before I even finish it and start telling my friends all about it, it's fantastic. Let's just say my text messages while I read this issue were all over the place. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 6, 2017

    Engagements are tricky to begin with, but Batman #36 shows how superpowers and the "professional" relationship between superheroes complicates matters even further. I mean, it isn't like Clark Kent can just send a bread maker and call it even, right? But Tom King, Clay Mann, Seth Mann and Jordie Bellaire deliver a Batman/Superman story that cuts to the quick of their relationship with plenty of heart, laughs, and a deep respect between the two heroes that neither they " or the comic reading audience " can deny. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Dec 6, 2017

    It's the best thing you'll read all year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Dec 11, 2017

    There is so much to love here. There are revelations and conversations which are magical. The interplay between the couples, clearly equals and partners, is sparkly. Enough gushing. Go buy the issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 6, 2017

    Occasionally, DC will put trades of random stories together. For the next Batman/Superman collection, this undoubtedly has to be included. This is my new favorite Batman and Superman story and I'm betting I won't be the only one. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Comic Crusaders - Bryan Spaulding Dec 6, 2017

    The normalcy on display between two couples, who continually do extraordinary things is what makes this issue stand out to me. We're reminded that outside of being Batman and Superman, these are two people who still struggle with who they are. The greatness of Tom Kings writing is on full display, and I can't wait to see how a double date between the two couples plays out. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Aaron Young Dec 6, 2017

    BATMAN #36 is a beautiful dedication to the 65 years of Superman and Batman's friendship. Tom King nails the dialogue, writing, and story in another terrific issue. Clay and Seth Mann deliver thoughtful, rich panels that capture these larger-than-life heroes Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 6, 2017

    Who knew King had such a handle on the lighter side of Batman? I'm hoping for a lot more issues like this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Dec 9, 2017

    DC's Batman title continues to be one of the most fantastic and powerful comics on the shelves today, with this issue starting a fun exploration into Batman's connection to the other elements of the DC Universe that connect to his life. I cannot recommend it enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 6, 2017

    The only thing better than reading a terrific Batman comic from writer Tom King is getting one two weeks in a row. This new story arc looks to be making the most of Batman's surprise engagement, welcoming a stellar art team back into the fold and doing a fantastic job of fleshing out the complicated friendship between Batman and Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Dec 6, 2017

    There isn't much going on in the pages of Batman #36, and that's absolutely fine. The landscape narrated by the words of Tom King and painted by Clay Mann, Seth Mann and Jordie Bellaire is as bright and hopeful as it is dark and terrifying. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 14, 2017

    Fans of both Batman and Superman should enjoy this comic, and I'm looking forward to seeing where “SuperFriends” leads the unusual foursome of a thief in a catsuit, an alien, a reporter, and a man dressed up as a bat. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Dec 6, 2017

    With Batman #36, writer Tom King and company continue to deliver one of the most involving super-hero titles on the stands right now with a funny, warm and surprisingly affecting examination of the World's Finest team, Superman and Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Dec 6, 2017

    This isnt an action blockbuster of a story, but its hitting all the right notes. Im enjoying Tom Kings take on Superman and Lois Lane and I really look forward to seeing how they play off Batman and Catwoman next issue. Kings dialogue is fresh, crackling, and flows nicely and the Mann brothers artwork is always a welcome addition to these pages. Rebirth has been bringing back a lot of long-since-past aspects of the DC universe, and the Batman/Superman relationship hasnt felt this good since the pre-Flashpoint days. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Dec 6, 2017

    Batman #36 is what I want out of a Batman comic. It has some action, it has some serious, but most of all, it has some comedy. It has characters acting like real people and showing vulnerabilities in very interesting and subtle ways. It's fun. It's what I wish the first like 30 issues had been. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 24, 2017

    So, this is it, the Batman-Hater falls at last. In his place is just normal (as possible) Josh. There is still one more part to this saga, and its a review of Batman #37. Check that out when it comes up later today. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 6, 2017

    Just when you think Tom King's stories can't get better, he outshines himself. Combo that with Mann's art and you've got an issue that's entertaining, gets you to think, and will put a smile on your face when it's all over. The first of a two-parter, I can't wait to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Dec 7, 2017

    This is another fantastic issue in King's run of Batman as I really believe he has found his groove. The balance between comedic, dramatic, and warm moments is once again shown. The diversion from the previous storyline is a bit weird, it sometimes feels likes a filler issue even though it's great. The art this week is simply amazing, despite a few parts that were noticeably inconsistent from the rest. I can't wait to see what King has up his sleeve next, and what "Superfriends" will mean for Batman's and Sueprman's relationship. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Dec 5, 2017

    There are comparatively love stakes in this issue, but it does a great job of giving the reader some character insights into both Bruce and Clark and how they feel about each other. Worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Dec 6, 2017

    A strong issue wherein King skillfully weaves a deep analysis of friendship, fear of fraying that friendship and mutual respect with a conventional superhero team-up. Batman #36 is the first part of a story that fans of both characters should find charming, relatable and highly enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Dec 6, 2017

    BATMAN #36 once again changes the tone and pace of the title to tell a poignant, revealing and entertaining story that emphasizes that bond and relationship between two of comic's biggest icons. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Dec 6, 2017

    Tom King's Batman isn't exactly for everyone and I haven't liked most of this run so far, but this issue is pretty great. Clay Mann's art is superb throughout, the colors look perfect and the whole ride is written with sweet intelligence. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Dec 6, 2017

    In conclusion, while Batman #36 is destined to be a brief moment of grins in a collected trade paperback one day, its present incarnation as a single issue is worth it for those who want to see Kings take on a pair of traditional heroic pals and their amazing, confident wives/fiancs who bring out their best qualities. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Dec 6, 2017

    This issue offers readers a break from the (often) monotonous world-ending scenarios and focuses on character. A solid read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Dec 6, 2017

    Tom King takes what we go through in our everyday normal lives and smacks it right in the middle between Batman and Superman. Making them feel like normal people and not an over powered superhero and the world's greatest detective. With what they go through every single day, seeing them question and struggle themselves on calling the other is pretty cool to see. What the next issue brings will be that awkward setting of a double date. What embarrassing stories will Lois and Selina tell, we can only wait and see. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Dec 30, 2017

    A Fun example of the work that Tom King has been doing to make Batman more Human. He has taken him from the Stoic and hardhearted Vigilante to someone who experiences the awkwardness of social conventions, just like most of us.While this has a very convenient plot, that brings both the heroes together in a loose manner, I definitely enjoyed it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Dec 7, 2017

    This story delivers some very stereotypical content. Not only when it comes to the action, but also with how broadly the characters are defined. This is the kind of story I'd say falls into the “paint by numbers” approach. It's safe, it's familiar, it doesn't really push any boundaries, and it's probably not likely to offend too many people either. But since it doesn't really take us anywhere challenging, it's limited in its ability to entertain on a higher level. And that's ok. Not ever comic needs to be the most amazing thing you've ever seen. Sometimes good enough is plenty. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 6, 2017

    If you want Batman to explain how great Superman is and vice versa then maybe this issue is for you.  As for me though, Batman and Superman are more than just dramatic teenagers who refuse to make a telephone call and in the end, this issue doesn't jive with the relationship that our World's Finest team should have. Read Full Review

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