Batman #40

Writer: Tom King Artist: Joelle Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 71
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"SUPERFRIENDS" part four! Since the beginning, the friendship between Batman and Wonder Woman has stood at the heart of the DC Universe. Now that friendship is coming apart, and as it does, the universe itself begins to crumble. The conclusion of Batman's team-up with Wonder Woman. (This story was previously slated to run in BATMAN #39.)

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Justin Cooper Feb 16, 2018

    As I mentioned last month, this is a memorable story. One that I can not wait to tell fellow Batman and Wonder Woman fans about. The Romantic tension that is held back by their Willpower, and their desperation as they each lose hope at various points. This was a great story and a continuation of the Super Friends Arc. My hope is that Tom King continues to include more of the DC family in these adventures and that the stories maintain the quality that has shown King's run to be one of the best! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Feb 7, 2018

    Simply put, there's no better Batman book on the stands, so you might as well jump on now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Sam Graven Feb 7, 2018

    I've been reading Batman for many years, under many writers, like so many of us. To me, Tom King's success lies in the understanding of the broader narrative, of Batman's wider relationships and, above all, his humanity. I've not felt so compelled to read, to buy, since Knightfall, even without some grand over-arching storyline – just the unfolding of a love story, the timeless tale of Bat and Cat (and the kangaroo – no, really). King's run is essential; it's brilliant storytelling, by turns dark and terrifying, vicious and tender. If you aren't reading this, you're crazy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Feb 10, 2018

    Batman #40 was a great read and I can't wait for the next issue. King does a wonderful job of giving us action, dramatic moments, and a little dose comedy from beginning to end. It's clear by the end of the book that Batman and Catwoman's love is nearly unbreakable"if 40 years apart doesn't prove that, I don't know what does! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 16, 2018

    Arguably, King, Jones and Bellaire's Batman is the best Batman book on shelves and it should be essential reading for anyone who's a fan of the character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Feb 7, 2018

    A lot of comics explore relationships. Honestly, it wouldn't be a far stretch to say all of them do to a certain extent. But this issue does a splendid job of navigating that space where desperation begins to overshadow loyalty and what one experiences at that precise moment. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Russ Whiting Feb 7, 2018

    Joelle Jones (pencils, inks) and Jordie Bellaire's (colors) are once again nothing short of spectacular. From the burning orange glow of the cavefire around which Batman and Wonder Woman's forehead-touching, eye-locked "will they, won't they?" kiss revolves in the opening scene, to the looks of surprise on Julian's wife's face when she answers the door and bliss on Wonder Woman's when she's engrossed in battle " the art in this issue is awesome, top to bottom. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Christopher Rodriguez Feb 6, 2018

    Epic battles with moments of reflection and love, this issue of Batman had it all. Tom King is really putting Batfans through a gauntlet of sweetness. Which should worry anyone familiar with his writing. He is an evil man and will rip out our heart at a moments notice. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Feb 7, 2018

    King's run on the character continues to surprise and thrill in equal measure, even as it presents a warmer version of Batman than we've seen in some time without sacrificing all the noir badassary fans have come to expect. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 7, 2018

    Theres a lot more I could opine on, from the silly moments about Ace and Jumpa (!!) to the most appropriate reaction to Bruces weakness Diana could possibly give, but at its root, Batman #40 jumpstarts a ton of questions and ponderings about marriage and its place in Bruce and Selinas journey that feel like they take the series to the next level. Next time, just dont pop Diana into the center of it. She deserves more than to be that tool for a narrative. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 7, 2018

    Batman #40, the conclusion of the Batman/Wonder Woman arc delivers satisfying moments for everyone involved, but it's really Selina who steals the show in an issue that resolves a lot of the questions people had about the first part. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 13, 2018

    Batman #40 is an excellent close to the "SuperFriends" story arc. From the friendship between Batman and Wonder Woman to the continued progression of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle's growing relationship everyone involved grew stronger. With how much emotion he packed into Batman #40 Tom King was able to add some fun, light hearted moments when needed. With great artwork from Joelle Jones this "SuperFriends" arc is something fans will enjoy for all the ups and downs the characters went through. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 7, 2018

    King spares Batman from a two-issue slump and with Jones and Bellaire's great art, this is more of the Batman title we've come to expect and love. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Superbromovies - Marcos Melendez Feb 8, 2018

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  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Feb 7, 2018

    Good as the story is, though, Joelle Jones's art and Jordie Bellarie's colors are really what sell it. Jones's figures are startlingly expressiveso much so that even a full two pages where Bruce and Diana close-talk in the same position conveys every shade of emotion they feel. Bellarie's colors, meanwhile, are not so much realistic as moody. They help make what could be a totally overwrought story feel grounded. Jones and Bellarie make Batman #40 the perfect marriage of art and words. King is lucky to have such partners and readers are lucky to have him finally telling this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 8, 2018

    Batman #40 has its story problems, but it saves itself with charming character interactions between the leads and excellent art form Jones and Bellaire. In the end, it still lands a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Feb 7, 2018

    The artwork for this issue was pretty decent on the whole, though there were some odd moments too. I loved the imagery from the panels were Bruce and Diana almost kissed (even though I was hoping they wouldn't) " it's just too well drawn for me to ignore. I also loved the panels where the Gentle Man was opening the portal (and donning his battle armor), that was pretty epic, if I may say so. Meanwhile, there was one scene where Wonder Woman got grappled by a monster, and"well it looks like she's laughing? I believe it's supposed to be her showing the struggle she's having, but it reads wrong. Also, am I the only one that thinks Selena Kyle looks a lot like Carrie-Anne Moss (as Harper in Jessica Jones) in this issue? Perhaps it's just the haircut and setting combined to make me feel that way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 10, 2018

    As cool as I found this story overall, with amazing art, it comes to an end with little consequence. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Feb 7, 2018

    A fun two-part story with Wonder Woman, and delving into Bruces character and Selinas psyche make this a memorable story. I look forward to rereading in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    On Comics Ground - Luis Cruz Feb 7, 2018

    The horde of enemies never ceases. Will Wonder Woman and Batman persevere despite their exhaustion? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 9, 2018

    Though I would have liked a bit more meat on the bones of this story, Batman #40 still stands as a gorgeous team-up for some DC's bravest and boldest. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Jeff Feb 7, 2018

    As always the art is simply beautiful and worth a read for fans, but I'm not sold on the two episodes featuring Diana. This is a bit of a miss for me as a reader. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 7, 2018

    Ultimately, the latter half of "Superfriends" proves unable to do for Batman and Wonder Woman what the first half did for Batman and Superman. There's too much wasted potential, and this issue still suffers from poor choices made in Batman #39. Both the Catwoman scenes and the generally gorgeous art help offset those problems to some extent, but not enough to redeem the story in the end. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 8, 2018

    This is not a bad issue. There's plenty here to talk about and analyze, as is always the case with a King comic. The themes are carefully implemented and come full circle in the end. However, in my opinion the highlight of the comic is early on, and therefore the subsequent scenes feel like they lack some substance as they don't manage to live up to the highlight. The ending also left me with a feeling of: "So, that's it?", which is never a good sign. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Feb 8, 2018

    This issue is not King's best scripting efforts. It is riddled with odd character portrayals and plot points being introduced and then quickly dropped. However, King was able to showcase an enjoyable display of Batman and Wonder Woman's relationship. Additionally, Jones' art is drop-dead gorgeous and elevates even the most mediocre material. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Feb 7, 2018

    King needlessly continues his incessant tropes that disconnect me from the characters I'm reading about. I don't think he's going to stop anytime soon which is why I've decided a lot time ago that this run isn't for me. I don't ever want to see a reference to the Gentle Man and his plight ever again. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 7, 2018

    Our Super Friends arc comes to a close and by the end...Well, we really learn nothing besides for if Batman will cheat on Catwoman and for how interesting the story concept was with the Gentle Man and the dimension full of man's sins manifested, that's not enough.  The art looked great, but all in all, the story was just dull and full of the normal King tropes that just pad out of the issue until it's over. Read Full Review

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