Batman #37

Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 20, 2017 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 87
8.9Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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"SUPERFRIENDS" part two! Torn apart by betrayal, Batman and Superman try to find a way back to friendship, to trust. Both understand that the future of the DCU depends on this relationship; both understand that without the help of the other, their lives will fall apart. And yet, one is still the spoiled rich boy, and the other is still the naive farm boy. Men from two worlds confront each other and try to see the hope behind the madness.

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 23, 2017

    Writer Tom King works his magic on the Batman/Superman friendship, delivering a series highpoint two-parter. He also introduces us to the magic of Selina Kyle and Lois Lane becoming fast BFFs. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 21, 2017

    I may have to consider altering my comic book grading system. I try to only give out 10's sparingly and reserve them for the best of the best. So giving Tom King, Mann, and co. a second 10 back-to-back is incredibly rare. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 20, 2017

    The only bad thing? That the issue inevitably had to end. But hopefully King and Mann are already plotting their next collaboration to focus on Bruces bachelor party. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Dec 21, 2017

    "SUPERFFRIENDS" part two is something I never knew I would ever want from a Batman comic, and I loved it. It has the right amount of humor, chemistry, and depth these iconic characters deserve. Everything is put together naturally, from the awesome art to the fantastic dialogue. This is one issue from King's run that will be remembered for a while, and I think there's good reason. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Dec 21, 2017

    Want to know how good this single issue is? I have read it three times already, and I intend to read many more times. It's an absolute delight of an issue and a reminder that even Batman is capable of emotional vulnerability and humour. It's great to see. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Dec 20, 2017

    I really enjoyed this arc and am excited for the future of their relationship. I have my fingers crossed hoping that they actually get married and it isn’t a continuous engagement. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 28, 2017

    While the action is light (other than taking down a mugger, or Bruce and Selina in the Tunnel of Love), there are some great interactions and character moments that fans of both the Dark Knight Detective and the Man of Steel will enjoy. Best of the Week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 20, 2017

    This is one of my favorite issues of the year giving us a new dynamic between Batman and Superman and making me want to see a Lois Lane and Selina Kyle road trip comic. Simple in concept but deep in execution, Tom King has cemented himself as one of the top writers of the year with just this one issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Dec 23, 2017

    A flawless issue that one gives to others to hook them into becoming comic book fans. A quiet tale where all four characters reveal things about themselves is riveting reading. The visuals are gorgeous in every possible way. This gets my vote for the best issue of Batman of the year. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Dec 24, 2017

    So, the epilogue to the saga of the Batman-Hater is yet another recommendation of a Batman comic from the phenomenal Tom King, Clay Mann, and Jordie Bellaire. This comic is one of the most joyous experiences one could get from a comic, and it brightened my day. I highly recommend it, and you should definitely give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Dec 21, 2017

    Batman #37 is a monumental issue, one that manages to capture the essence of the characters it features, while also remembering that superhero stories can and should be fun. If you're tired of the same old superhero slugfests or just want to read a fun and beautiful book, then I highly recommendpicking up this gem. I'd even consider bringing it up on your next date. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley Jan 3, 2018

    In all, its a stellar issue, and perhaps my favorite single issue of this series this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 20, 2017

    This is far and away better than any Batman/Superman team-up we've gotten in years, and makes me wonder if King has a plan for Superman in his future. I, for one, can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 20, 2017

    This series truly offers an embarrassment of riches. Issue #37 caps off a short but enthralling celebration of the Batman/Superman friendship, one that inspires both laughter and love for these enduring icons. The only reason this issue doesn't qualify as the series' best to date is that it's had such stiff competition over the past few weeks. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Dec 20, 2017

    What does Batman think about Superman; what does Supes think of the Bat? These are just some of the ideas that Tom King is willing to spend entire arcs of hisBatmanstory exploring. And with good reason. It's new, it's fresh and it's fun. It's Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Dec 20, 2017

    This is one of the funniest Batman stories I've read in years. Given the depressing and allencumbering nature that so many of King's Batman stories have pushed, it was a real delight to finally get something so lighthearted. There will be those out there who aren't happy, because admittedly, there's no superheroing to really speak of in this issue. The situations are all pretty much just played for laughs. But if you don't like a joke, don't worry….the comic has like 40 of them in there. So, you're bound to find something that will tickle your funny bone. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Dec 21, 2017

    Batman #37 is a good read and nice change of pace from the hectic last few issues we've had. King gives Bruce Wayne some normalcy in this issue and it's good to finally see Bruce enjoying life for once instead of always preparing for the worst. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Dec 19, 2017

    The world's finest double date is as charming and enjoyable as one might imagine it to be. Great art, and a incredibly fun story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Dec 22, 2017

    Another fun ride of an issue. There are so many great moments that it's hard to pick a favorite. There's the Ferris wheel ride, the throwing ball game, superheroes eating corndogs and many more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Dec 20, 2017

    Batman #37 is a fun, charming comic " plain and simple. A Silver Age story infused with a modern day twist, "Superfriends" Part Two will make you laugh, make you think, and by issue's end, unable to wipe the smile off your face. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Dec 30, 2017

    Visually, Batman #37 is a stunner. Penciler Clay Mann and colorist Jordie Bellaire are tasked with setting the scene for a quiet, slice of life issue, and they rise admirably to the occasion. Mann's clear layouts convey the chaos of a county fair while ably keeping the focus on the issue's cast. A creative use of panels adds a sense of whimsy to the county fair setting. Bellaire ‘s dark, yet vibrant colors makes the night Batman and co enjoy feel palpably real. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Dec 20, 2017

    This issue is a fun throwback to the roots of where are heroes came from. In our youth they were fun loving adventure stories that made us laugh and dream. As we have grown, they have matured with us, sometimes leaving behind what we once loved about them. The creators of this issue obviously had fun creating this story and injects that enjoyment into the pages. Its a great reminder to take a step back from the sagas and legends that we revere and just have fun with them again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 26, 2017

    This is truly a World's Finest story for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Dec 20, 2017

    That's it for 2017 and the main Batman title. We go out with Tom King showing us exactly how human superheroes can be with this quick, quiet two-part story. The work was wonderful across the board, even if King's take on Superman was laying it on a little thick. I'm excited to see where the engagement goes from here and I'm hoping to see more of the extended family pop back up. I have heard of more than a few readers who have stepped away due to King's uneven take on the book. I hope they give it another chance as I feel King has really been finding his swing the past few issues. I have good feelings about 2018 and what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Dec 22, 2017

    The efforts of King and Mann produced another great tale. It was funny, witty, and dramatically interesting. However, the plot was not super complex and King's repetitious writing style did hinder the issue a bit. But overall, it was an enjoyable comic filled with gags, sharp one-liners, and fantastic art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jan 5, 2018

    Tom King continues to write Batman as an actual red Blooded Human male and is succeeding in making the Man shine in the Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Rob Ferreri Dec 20, 2017

    I really enjoyed this issue and if you are a fan of either Batman or Superman (or both) I highly recommend picking up a copy and checking out the World's Finest double date. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Dec 20, 2017

    Tom King, Clay Mann, Seth Mann, and Mikel Janin work as a wonderful team to show us a double date that we all have been waiting for. To see Bruce and Clark understand each other and what their symbols mean shows us they are both working to finally become more than just friends, but super friends. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Dec 20, 2017

    We are treated to great dialog, wonderful art, and just enough emotion to keep the pages turning. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Paul Mason Dec 21, 2017

    This comic is quite cute and fun overall. King seems best writing filler self contained stories and this is a light hearted examination of who the bride and groom to be are at their heart. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Dec 20, 2017

    King's banter, even when flawed, is huge fun for me to read. And most of all, I found it incredibly refreshing to have a superhero book take time out of its regular schedule of beat-em-up stories to contextualize its heroes on a relatable, human level. That might not be what you want out of your superhero comic, but I promise" kisses now will make future fights all the sweeter. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 20, 2017

    A lot of dialog from last issue is repeated here, while we have new dialog repeated throughout as our World's Finest and their significant others spend a night at a fair, where they're forced into a nonsensical situation.  The art is decent, even if it's not a style I really enjoy, but overall, this story just makes our heroes feel weird, while it works up to a wanna-be Flash/Superman race that feels ridiculous by the end.  Read Full Review

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