Batman #39

Writer: Tom King Artist: Joelle Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 17, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 80
7.6Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

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SUPERFRIENDS" part three! Batman and Wonder Woman fight together in an epic battle that will define and then redefine their relationship. What bonds these two pillars of the DCU together? What tears them apart? Find out as Batman continues on his quest for the one thing he's never had, happiness.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Jan 17, 2018

    Batman #39 is definitely a good read. Anytime we can see Diana and Bruce fight together is a real treat, however the ending that King gives us really throws Selina and Bruce's engagement in doubt. There's always been some attraction between Batman and Wonder Woman and King does a great job of teasing it here in this book, especially at it's end. I can't wait to see what the Gentle Man's real intentions are"I don't think he plans on keeping his promise to Batman and Wonder Woman at all. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Jan 29, 2018

    At the core this is a story about how loyalty is a choice, and a difficult one to keep at times, and it just struck me as comic moment that I will remember. Wonder Woman and Batman are fighting a battle on multiple fronts, and to a large degree, we are getting to see just how serious Batman's love for Selina really is. This is a beautifully dine story, and a must pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Jan 17, 2018

    Batman #39 is a strong issue. Its got a rad premise, some rad artwork, and some rad character moments. It balances the quirky fun of the last few issues with the somber gravity of those earlier on in the run, and it does so well. Also Cat Woman is the best. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 17, 2018

    Another great issue in King's run. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Chris Campbell Jan 17, 2018

    This is another great issue of Batman that is worth owning and reading over and over. Its a treat to see Joelle Jones draw Wonder Woman and enjoy Tom Kings story with it is a perfect pairing. DC should start a new title that just has the Super Friends in one off light stories like the ones we have been treated with in recent Batman issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 20, 2018

    Tom King and Joelle Jones work their magic on a Wonder Woman guest appearance that uses typical comic book insanity to tell a surprisingly intimate story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jan 20, 2018

    Batman #39 is another fun and endearing installment in this delayed continuation to the Superfriends story arc. Tom King continues to make this an incredible read, and Jones and Bellaire make the comic quite beautiful on the whole. I strongly recommend this one. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jan 17, 2018

    Together with Jones and Bellaire, with some excellent atmospheric lettering from Clayton Cowles, Batman #39 is a beautiful book with a little something for Batman fans of all stripes. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jan 17, 2018

    This “Super Friends” story arc and the Batman getting married story arc as a whole is just way better than it really should be. Tom King just has a way of making these stories super interesting. I love the dialogue between the characters and just the whole story that is happening. The cherry on top is having superstar artists like Jolle Jones and Jordie Bellaire; Batman #39 is just wonderful to look at. Dealing with Batman's relationships has turned into a great storyline, and I got to reference the Biz Markie “Just a Friend”! I would never have thought I would get to do that talking about a Batman comic book. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Nicole Herviou Jan 18, 2018

    From heartwarming to heartbreaking, this book will definitely make you feel some stuff. The characters are on point, which par for the course with King. Jones and Bellaire set the perfect tone for a BATMAN book and portray characters like Wonder Woman and Selina Kyle with expert style. The twist of the knife at the end of this comic is truly superb, and I'm not mad at all even though I want to be. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Ben McElveen Feb 2, 2018

    Overall, I found this issue to be just alright. While I didn't get as riled up about the Wonder Woman problems as some fans did, I can still see where they're coming from. I did enjoy the new concepts though and I am very intrigued by the cliff hanger! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jan 18, 2018

    What works in favor of this issue is that while its story may not be the strongest " interdimensional travel is far from a new trope in comic books " it will surely be remembered as it could possibly looked on as the beginning of the end of the “Brulina” relationship that's served as a major fuel source for this series as of late. Then again, no one expected this to last forever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Jan 17, 2018

    The artwork for this issue was pretty fantastic. There are plenty of details, dramatic poses, and close ups to go around. The cover was a bit more stylized, with softer colors diffusing the background. And of course there's the image I already talked about; Batman in full armor. The details are pretty spectacular, and worth checking out when you have a moment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Jan 17, 2018

    The third part of the "Superfriends" arc in Batman arrives this week and it does not disappoint as Wonder Woman joins the party. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Jan 18, 2018

    The story may seem familiar and a bit underwhelming, but the visuals and dialogue are what really make this an enjoyable read. Although not as good as "SUPERFRIENDS" Part 2, this still has the familiar dynamics we know from the Trinity. The cliffhanger ending caught me by surprise, and it took me a while to come up with how I felt about it. Overall it seems like this may be used as a quick way to complicate Bruce and Selina's relationship, but I hope it all pays off. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Jan 17, 2018

    Let's just say Catwoman will not be pleased on how this issue ends. As for Wonder Woman and Batman, they continue their fighting against monsters for many years and their friendship grows stronger with every passing day, maybe even getting closer than before. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Russ Whiting Jan 17, 2018

    Batman #39 is a visually stunning issue with a fun premise; however, the narrative is difficult to judge on a single issue basis. We'll need to see the conclusion next issue to see whether characterization inconsistencies and insufficiencies were due to seeing only one face of the overall prism or if the whole thing was merely for soap operatic shock value. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 17, 2018

    The last two issues have been some of the best of Tom King's run but this issue falls flat with weird dialogue and an odd take on Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman. This is an attempt to continue the focus on Batman's relationship with other heroes as well as with Selina Kyle but what's presented is just bumpy. There's some solid stuff there, especially Selina's aspect of the story, but the rest is off. Maybe the next part will save this one, but what's presented just doesn't work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 18, 2018

    King and Jones make due with tougher material. Wonder Woman and Batman are not nearly as compatible as Superman and Batman. It shows in the script, but the creative team still puts out a decent effort in making the Diana-Bruce dynamic fun. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 17, 2018

    The story is way too familiar here, but Id recommend checking out this issue for the incredible artwork. Hopefully, King can find a different approach next issue to end the Superfriends arc on a high note. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jan 18, 2018

    "Batman" #39 is an interesting take on the 'stranded island' tropes, with strong characterisation on Batman and the regular supporting cast. The lights shone on Wonder Woman are still up for grabs and the art misses some opportunities to really explore this outlandish dimension. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 17, 2018

    It doesn't appear that this Batman/Wonder Woman team-up storyline will reach the same heights as the recent Batman/Superman pairing. The art is great, with Joelle Jones painting a vivid portrait of two heroes united in an eternal battle. Unfortunately, the characterization isn't as deep or compelling. Worse, King makes a very misguided choice when it comes to Diana's role in this story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Donovan Grant Jan 17, 2018

    Overall, the issue falls flat as it feels that this situation was forced and the redeeming aspect of the issue is the art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 16, 2018

    While the idea for the story was fun, it was something that was done previously and in my mind better.  Even with that though, we got a decent cliffhanger that seems like it will bring a new dynamic to the Bat/Cat engagement and what it means to be the person who would marry the Batman.  The art in this issue is amazing, but there's barely anything in this story and it moves at a breakneck pace, not to mention that Wonder Woman's dialog felt extremely off. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Geekery Magazine - Will Morin Jan 18, 2018

    Batman #39 is available now. The issue continues a genre-bending tale that sees some DC fan favorites how you never knew you wanted to see them Anybody who likes stories that break the mold should give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Brandon Mulholand Jan 18, 2018

    After loving the last two issues of Batman, I was taken aback at how little I liked this issue. I'm just very unimpressed with it. Lots of questionable character actions, weird dialogue, unclear rules, and atypical events. While I think the theme is extremely worthwhile, I think the execution is poor. Admittedly, I was unimpressed with the first part of the Superman section of Super Friends, so maybe things will pick up for me when the story continues in Batman #40. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Crusaders - Jamin Pierson Jan 23, 2018

    This story is said to be the finale of the “Super Friends” story but it really seemed like a part 1 to me. Certainly not like a finale. I feel like it can't be. If the structure of the story was as unstructured as this issue then I guess it would check out. The cliffhanger and the art may keep some on board, but for me, it's not enough. Batman is my favorite character, but I'm putting my comic book money towards other titles. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Batmanaruto Jan 17, 2018

    This series has high points and low points, but I really think that the low points of the series really drag this book down so much. Whenever I feel the series is getting better and better, that excitement crashes so hard. I really hope that the following issues can regain the strength it had before. Read Full Review

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