Batman #39

Writer: Tom King Artist: Joelle Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 17, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 56
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6.7User 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
    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
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - 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

  • 5.0
    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

  • 1.0
    Phantom Jan 17, 2018

    • It's basically Action Comics #761.
    • The plot that you can fight for so many years without any consequence in your mental health was stupid then, it's stupid now.
    • If the door can only be opened from our world, why do they need a warrior keeping the demons at bay? It's the same thing with the UN - Justice League agreement that "no one can enter Talia's Kingdom", but without explaining us why there is such a deal in the first place. These are just unexplained plot holes for drama effect.
    • Really weird how Batman, the guy who don't trust anyone, trust a total stranger with the hope that some day he will return.
    • Using other established characters (Diana, Talia) only to strengthen the Batman - Catwoman bond is ridiculous. You don't need to use Diana as a prop, just so Batman can prove his love for Selina. That's not how relationships work.
    • Wonder Woman being overly flirty all of a sudden from the start; forgets that she is in a relationship with Steve Trevor, ignores that Bruce is engaged to Selina and spends the issue trying really hard to seduce him. (obvious in the shower scene), even though she would never disrespect Bruce and Selina's relationship, not even after a thousand years, she's too honorable for that.
    • Poor Steve Trevor. Not even a mention.
    • Easily one of the worst Wonder Woman characterization ever.
    • The previous issues were a nice team up with Superman and Batman. God forbid Wonder Woman be treated that way, with at least that much amount of respect. She's a woman, he's a man let's make them fuck already. Top quality writing.
    • Batman, the very model of willpower and self-control doesn't seem too hesitant to cheat on the love of his life. Back in Action #761, it was 1000 years between Clark and Diana before they even thought of that.
    • Batman, apparently, doesn't care about his family. "I have three sons and I haven't see them for 10 years. lol jk, who cares."

    By far the worst Tom King issue ever written.

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  • 4.0
    myconius Jan 18, 2018

    the whole premise of this comic was just ridiculous.
    this whole ‘Gentle Man’ thing . . . just stupid!
    even more stupid is Bruce and Dianna having to go in there together, right before Bruce is supposedly getting married. it felt like a case of- "we need to do this just because".

    Wonder Woman acts like a total bimbo in this issue.
    there’s even a panel where Wonder Woman’s butt looks awkwardly smushed into frame, just so we can get a close-up of her ass.
    but she still manages to throw out some dialog about the inferiority of man, so she's STILL an inspiration to women everywhere! Go E.R.A.!!!

    there was a double page splash that looked VERY lacking in detail and form for what i’d expect from a
    double page splash.
    it looks more like a regular old run-of-the-mill panel blown up to eat up a full two pages.
    Tom King, the master of decompression.

    i thought the first installment of Super Friends with Superman was fun, but this chapter with Wonder Woman is just cheesy schlock.

    everything just felt like an excuse to get to the last panel, for our melodramatic cheesy cliffhanger.

    the next story arc, Bruce, Selina and Diana will all appear on the Jerry Springer Show.

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  • 3.0
    TheGeekWonder Jan 17, 2018

    This whole comic arc was made for two reasons: have Wonder Woman be seen by the Batsignal and turn Batman's romance into something you would see on a reality TV show. Thanks, Tom King, I really needed this burning garbage in my life.

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  • 3.0
    Yogurt Jan 17, 2018


  • 2.0
    daddyT Jan 17, 2018

    garbage art and a worse than garbage story. why bring in Wonder Woman if all you're going to do is draw her terribly and write her completely out of character? I'm so angry over just how badly this was done. has Tom King even read any WW lately? obviously not. complete and utter garbage. dropped.

  • 10
    The bad who Jan 18, 2018

    I can see I'm not with the majority here when I say this issue was just stunning. First of all, the work of Joelle Jones is on a whole other level than some other artist in the business and with the genius of Bellaire's coloring, it's quite a sight to be seen. Every panel is a work of art and every emotion from the script are carried perfectly through the character's eyes and body language. On the script level, it's very interesting way of putting a strain on the Bat-Cat relationship as all seems to be too perfect for them since the rooftops. I don't believe the ending "cliffhanger" will have any long lasting impact on their relationship (wishful thinking here because I love their douple dynamic), but I'm curious as to what will the Gentle Man do, Will he keep his promise? Overall a nice way of showing the attraction between Bruce and Diana, even if it's not meant to be. I loved it, bring on the trolls, I can take 'em!

  • 9.0
    edcorners Jan 14, 2018

    Fun read as with the last 2 "superfriends" issues.

  • 6.5
    Nihilist Jan 17, 2018

    Marriage of Bruce and Selina was somewhat divisive among fans, but I really like the idea - for once, the characters could progress and grow as a couple, especially since the previous issue shown them in a realistic, mature light. Remember phenomenal Rooftops mini arc, for example?

    I don't know if this issue will change everything (either by establishing Batman and Wonder Woman as an awkward couple similarly to what DC has done in New 52 between her and Superman, or reversing Batman and Catwoman's relationship, essentially making last two dozen issues pointless), or is it just a one-off obstacle in otherwise nicely progressing series, but I surely hope it's the latter.

    As much as I've enjoyed two non parallel narrative lines, it's the conclusion, or just cliffhanger, that leaves rather bitter aftertaste and makes the entire issue feel just wrong. Even Selina and Gentle Man's day like any other, written great (well, Catwoman's writing in Rebirth is generally great, so this is not an exception), can't escape its shadow.

  • 9.0
    Pallaki Jan 18, 2018

    The art is awesome, I love this wonder woman, Jones and Bellair are the best drawing women. I think Tom King knows what is doing, let's see what is coming

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Jan 17, 2018

    Uuuuuh ok I don't know how to react here

  • 8.0
    Face Puller Jan 17, 2018

    BATMAN #39,
    Batman and Wonder Woman's relationship is put to test in this issue of Batman, though the story in this comic book feels somewhat lacking and in direct contradiction with the Bat-Cat engagement Tom King's writing is still very much respectable and Joelle Jones's art is endearing.

    Rating out of 100%
    1-Art: 20
    2-Story: 10
    3-Design(Style): 16
    4-Colors: 18
    5-Lettering: 16

  • 6.5
    Herushalaim Jan 17, 2018

    I couldn't decide whether this deserves a 6.5 or a 7, it's somewhere in between. This issue was mostly average. The problem is mostly how unoriginal this story is and Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman seems off, in her dialogue and how she acts. She's oddly flirtatious with Batman, despite being in a relationship herself and knowing that Bruce is also in a relationship. Even with the justification that ten years has passed, I don't see Wonder Woman or Batman acting like that. Maybe the cliffhanger is a fake out (they'll probably get attacked or hear a noise or something) but if not, that really just doesn't seem right to me.

  • 3.0
    William McKelder Jan 21, 2018

    I really like Joelle’s art. Someone please takeover Batman from Tom King before I have to drop my favorite character.

  • 10
    mufla Jan 17, 2018

    Enter the wonder woman trolls.

  • 10
    Ellrick Jan 18, 2018

    Whaaaa, my the woman isnt behaving the way I want, whaaaa.

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  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Jan 21, 2018

    Sorry. I liked it. I saw the comments from fellow readers and was kind of surprised that this issue is provoking so much vitriol. I kind of understand some of the complaints, but would be disingenuous if I said I thought about any of that while reading and enjoying the issue. I like the idea of Batman and Wonder Woman, even as I really enjoy Bruce and Selena's relationship. And the art of Joelle Jones is, as always, breathtaking. This is a good read.

  • 9.0
    Steve C Jan 23, 2018

    Really great! Cool story, incredible art, complex relationships and high tension. Loved it.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Jan 26, 2018

    This was a pretty good issue. The art was amazing. I really liked the concept and we will see what happens with that marriage.

  • 7.0
    bucswin611 Jan 17, 2018

    I understand the criticisms. However, this was a stunningly-drawn issue, possible the best in all of Rebirth. And what works as an interesting plot element does not translate as well in the execution. We will have to see how things resolve in the final part of the Superfriends arc. I am firmly on team Batcat, but I still enjoyed #39. Somehow, the issue feels worse/average because the rest of the run has been so stellar, grounded, and character-driven in a humanizing way.

  • 7.0
    Supes' soups Jan 17, 2018

    Batman's a f%$#@* cheater!! Dude can't keep it in his pants, just ask Talia. Sure Talia drugged Bruce but unless some of it was crushed up Viagra, dude is still responsible for poppin that boner. C'mon Tom King, we know you just want the editors at DC to green-light writing your fantasy porn of Batman in a reverse gangbang with Catwoman, Wonder Woman, and Talia!! You SICK BASTARD!! Then again if such an issue existed, it would probably go to a second-printing...

  • 6.0
    Fearless0610 Jan 17, 2018

    This was fine more hit or miss if anything very much like Tom King's run of Batman has been up to this point. Interesting setup, decent artwork and a really dumb cliffhanger. But I will admit I do love seeing Bruce and Diana working together just the two of them doesn't seem to happen much anymore. I'm curious to see where this arc goes

  • 5.5
    thecomiccookebook Jan 17, 2018

    I'm surprised, this is not very good. There's still the possibility that the cliffhanger could be resolved in the next issue but as of right now, this was a bad call. Especially because I have been loving Tom King's run since the engagement and to potentially fuck that up already is frustrating. Joelle Jones knocked it out of the park, at the very least.

  • 2.0
    greywarden_60 Jan 25, 2018

    2 Points just because the art is amazing. Joelle Jones is one of the best DC has right now. But the story and dialogue is absolute trash. Throwing Diana under the bus for other superheroes seems to be DC's favorite past time these days.

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