Batman #38

Writer: Tom King Artist: Travis Moore Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 3, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 65
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8.2User Rating

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"THE ORIGIN OF BRUCE WAYNE"! If Mattie could grow up to be anybody, he'd grow up millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. But what would happen if he was forced to relive the worst tragedy of Bruce's life and his parents were murdered? Batman's hunt for the killer puts him face to face with a strange mirror version of his own past.

  • 10
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 6, 2018

    Like I said, this one gets a strong recommendation. It is bizarre, chilling, and brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Dec 27, 2017

    A wonderful homage to classic Batman tales that show off the worlds greatest detective's skills. A one-off story that begs to be read multiple times. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 3, 2018

    Its crazy to say this considering the consistent quality of the title, but Batman is on an absolutely cant miss roll. King is delivering some of the best work in comics right now by devoting just as much time to the man behind the cowl as the crime fighting vigilante protecting Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Dave MacPhail Jan 8, 2018

    Batman remains a smart choice for anyone looking to strike a balance between the Dark Knight of the old DCU and the more modern stuff. The book continues to justify Batmans very existence while showing us his struggle and allowing us to really see what makes him the most suitable hero for Gotham City. The series always comes with a high recommendation but this tale in particular is one of the best reasons to be reading the series to date. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Jan 3, 2018

    King's reign seems to be both lovely and exhausting for Bruce. But it's nothing short of comic perfection for readers. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jan 3, 2018

    Batman already has one of, if not the best rogues galleries in comics. This issue adds another potential villain to the mix that is more chilling than most of the bad guys in that lineup. And yes, I understand that there's a guy in there literally called Mr. Freeze. You know I didn't mean chilling in that sense. Anyway, this is something that could give Batman pause, forcing him to rethink his actions both as a crime-fighting vigilante and as a billionaire playboy. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Jan 3, 2018

    Batman (2016-) #38, ah, where to begin? All aspects of this standalone issue are impressive, and the book's ending is one that readers won't soon forget. King's script is dark and twisted and Travis Moore's artwork is powerful full of chilling detail. I've read through the book several times and still can't stop thinking about it. I want more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Dec 28, 2017

    As the first one-shot in King's run of the series, this would likely be a great jumping in point for anyone looking to get back into Batman or comics in general. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Jan 3, 2018

    here's a question posed early on in Batman #38, the nature of which will take on a very different meaning by issue's end. "Who doesn't love Bruce Wayne?" A better question might be "Who doesn't love 'The Origin of Bruce Wayne,'?" the latest notch on Tom King's Bat-Scribe Utility Belt. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 4, 2018

    This is officially the best Batman story King has ever written. Or, at least from my perspective. Surmising everything that I loved about this issue in a few sentences is literally impossible. There's just so much to like. It's a serious murder mystery on a small scale showing a competent Batman utilizing mastery levels on multiple different skills to track down a killer. Aside from that, it's absolutely gorgeous, cinematic, and completely engrossing in the visual department. If you're the kind of person that doesn't want to invest in a gagillion comics in order to get a complete and fulfilling narrative, well, this is the Batman comic for you. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jan 7, 2018

    It's a great tale of horror with a personal touch, so I'm looking forward to the next issue and much more from Tom King and Batman this year! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 6, 2018

    Batman #38 is one of those comics that gets better each time you read it. Tom King created such a fascinating new Batman villain in the kid named Matthew that when you read the issue again you take the story in differently. The fact that Matthew ended up being more of a Bruce Wayne villain added to how terrifying the kid was during the final few pages of his issue. If you are a Batman fan and did not pick up Batman #38 yet do yourself a favor by purchasing this comic book. This is a must buy for Batman fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 4, 2018

    Though it would be nice if we got this kind of procedural, crime-busting story throughout a whole arc, I am more than happy taking what I can get if these one-offs continue to be as good as Batman #38 is. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 3, 2018

    King once again takes a break from his main narrative to do something completely different in Batman #38, and once again, this isn't an issue that will leave my mind anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 5, 2018

    Despite some minor flaws, King and Moore's comic is everything one wants in a Batman detective story. Twists, shocks, interesting emotional arcs, and classic villains are all in the story. It is a testament to King's growing skills as a writer and a showcase for creepy and great comic art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Jan 6, 2018

    Although it trembles a bit while introducing a new villain in "Master Bruce", it overall is one of the strongest Batman issues yet from this run. The art compliments the overall tone and Sherlock Holmes-ish style the story goes for. The characterizations of Batman and co. are as great as ever as Tom King doesn't miss a beat. I'm very much looking forward to what type of impact this new story will end up being for the Caped Crusader. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 3, 2018

    Batman #38 is another fantastic entry into Tom King's run on this series. Batman #38 is a nice “one and done” story that has Batman doing a lot of detectivework. The trend of impressive art also continues with this issue as Travis Moore and Giulia Brusco shine. As someone who is not normally a Batman fan, I continue to find myself intrigued by this series. King continues to bring new things to the table and, for now, he has me reading Batman regularly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Andrew Fontana Jan 6, 2018

    Travis Moore and Giulia Brusco craft brooding, atmospheric artwork that conjures the simmering horror that underlays the comic. The colors and pencils are evocative of horror, giving the visuals a portending sense of dread. Brusco's lush dark colors do much of the heavy lifting through backgrounds painted in ominous tones. King's Batman run has had constantly good art since the beginning, and that doesn't change here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Jan 8, 2018

    Although the idea of a dark take on Bruce Wayne is not entirely unique, 'The Origin of Bruce Wayne' manages to put a warped, dark spin on the tale through a clever writer and well handled color palettes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jan 3, 2018

    What Tom King does is just a work of art. He takes Bruce Wayne's origin and turns it around to face Bruce Wayne so that he never forgets what he fights for. But, the best part is how he makes a simple story we all know and tweaks it just a bit; making it feel fresh and new as we walk with Batman trying to find out the killer of a young boy's parents like he lost his own. What waits for Batman will only make Bruce Wayne question who he truly is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 3, 2018

    Batman #38 is a perfectly solid and entertaining comic, just not one that meets the same high standard as the previous few chapters of the series. This issue struggles to establish its new villain as a worthy addition to Batman's rogues gallery, but at least it manages to offer a well-rendered, carefully constructed detective story. There are far worse ways to spend $3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Jan 4, 2018

    I'm pretty happy with the artwork in this issue, though I think my favorite piece would probably have to be the cover. Its macabre theme really hints to what's inside, and it fits the ending perfectly while not giving anything away. The artist did a fantastic job of making all the graphic scenes disturbing, and not by overdoing it on the blood (though there was a decent amount of that). Zsasz's arms were a horrible sight, for sure, but beyond that I find myself impressed by the effort put into them. They have years' worth of scars built up, one over the other, until it creates a whole new texture. It's surprisingly intricate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 6, 2018

    Tom King creates and executes a very fun, done-in-one detective story, getting to the heart of Batman as the world's greatest detective. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Matthew Mahar Jan 3, 2018

    This issue could easily have been a momentum killer, but Tom King has presented us with a simple, elegant story the likes of which we haven't seen since probably the 2016 Annual or May's Swamp Thing-centric tale. It was refreshing to have another self-contained story that focused more on existing traits than development and I hope King continues with these brief forays into classic story-telling. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Jan 3, 2018

    Batman #38 is a standalone story, it is one and done and kind of a filler book issue it is interesting in its own light but it also does not move the story forward, other than the fact we do know it takes place after issue 33. So in that sense at least the time tframe is clear, but other than that it does not do anything to expand on Batmans lore. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jan 13, 2018

    This is a bit of a departure from the story as of late with Batman and Catwoman, but I am glad that we are getting a bit of Bruce Wayne written into the story. Tom King writes Batman as an actual human, and now he has Bruce blended in to show the multi-faceted nature of Batman's character.The story was a good bit of detective work with an unexpected outcome, but a predictable twist. I enjoyed the details most, the letter, the nod to Denny O'Neil and especially the cover by Tim Sale. Worth a read, but more of a palette cleanse in between stories. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geekery Magazine - Will Morin Jan 8, 2018

    If youre following this book monthly, you can pick back up next month and not miss anything. As a single, isolated story, BATMAN #38 doesnt stack up to Kings previous issues, or much else of the Batman stuff released recently. That isnt any reason to shy away from an otherwise solid run thus far, and if you arent following the series already, its easy to recommend everything before this month as something to binge-read before the kids go back to school. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Jan 3, 2018

    Seeing what potentially Bruce could have become in Gotham City; it's a dark treat that keeps the pages turning. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 3, 2018

    While this issue starts out feeling like a really cool detective story, the pieces quickly fall apart as things start making less and less sense just to get us to the big reveal at the end.  The art in this issue was decent, but overall, this story is pretty damn thin. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Dec 27, 2017

    Let's hope the next King script delivers something more than a bland detective story and forgettable villains. Read Full Review

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