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: 53
8.2Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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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
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - 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

  • 4.0
    myconius Feb 7, 2018

    the entire premise of the 'Gentle Man' and Everlasting Hoard is just dumb.
    i hope we never see or hear of this idea again.
    the whole thing felt like just a cheap excuse to get Bruce and Dianna alone together for years on end.

    i have other gripes with this story, but my head hurts too much from reading this comic to even get into it right now.

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  • 6.0
    daddyT Feb 7, 2018

    I suppose this should be a 10 just because it was an UNDO button for last issue which was steaming garbage. this issue basically reverses everything from last issue. either someone really told Tom King to wipe this crap under the rug, or else he planned this all along - that he'd just waste two issues doing nothing but stirring up the pot for no reason. either way he seems like an asshat to me now. making me wonder if Vision was really all that good?

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  • 5.0
    TheGeekWonder Feb 7, 2018

    What was the point of this arc?

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  • 8.5
    Nihilist Feb 7, 2018

    I'm very pleased to report the last issue's highly controversial ending did not lead to anything fans would absolutely hate. King, so far, did not make a mistake that'd send the run on very, very wrong track, like Snyder did once Court of Owls story ended (remember Harper Row and Mr. Freeze's butchered retcon?).
    King was able to continue developing Bruce and Selina's relationship - it's mature, faithful to both characters, and there's literally no bad thing I could say about it. I only wish such fleshed out romantic relationships existed in bigger quantities - Superman and Lois, or Green Arrow an Black Canary both deserve so much depth and believability.
    One more thing to praise is surely the Jumpa easter egg - it's such an abscure, silly reference, only invisible plane could top it.

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  • 8.5
    NewComicguy Feb 7, 2018

    Yup people seems to fall for this again.I give credit for Tom King for being a good emotional manipulator.It's pretty funny seeing people falling for this again and again.First Catwoman being a murderer and a traitor,Batman siding with a child murderer,and now Wonderbat kiss.It's fun reading some of those reviews.Now the comic itself it's pretty good.Seeing Batman,being loyal to Catwoman and trying to be loyal is great.He shows a little weakness,which we saw in the previous issue ending,but like many times he overcomes it.It's good to see Wonder Woman liking Catwoman,even calling him a hero.And the art is really good.I think Tom keeps learning everytime he writes.Which is one of the reasons why I love this run.

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  • 8.5
    Dispatchdcu Feb 7, 2018

    This two parter shows the connection that Bruce has to Selena and leads us to believe their love will last. If the annual didn't get you to think that way, maybe this will. I would love to no more about the Gentle man and maybe we'll get that in the future. But this issue has great art, great takes on Diana and Bruce, and I hope continues to show a special bond between Diana and Bruce in the future.

    Favorite part:
    When asked if they would say yes and go back to fight in the future, Selena basically answers for Bruce to say, "sure, as long as I come too."

    Now Superman and Wonder Woman accept the relationship, which I feel is important for this set up to become permanent.

    If you like what you heard, love talking comics, and are interested in joining a DC book club, hit me up at dispatchdcu@gmail.com. Catch you all later! Peace

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Feb 7, 2018

    Ok, I take it back, everything's fine. The story was fun, and the art was just stunning.

  • 6.5
    Herushalaim Feb 7, 2018

    I have become less and less of a fan of Tom King's Batman as the series has gone on. Tom King's dialogue is so specific that it really hurts my experience. And I've only recently been sold on the Batman/Catwoman relationship with the second annual. This comic really seems to have lacked forward momentum since the War of Jokes and Riddles and I can only attribute that to the focus on Batman and Catwoman's relationship. Anyway, this issue mostly undoes everything that the last issue did and, despite disliking last issue, I was almost annoyed with how Wonder Woman snaps back from flirtatious to the opposite. It made last issue all the worse because that means that Tom King specifically wrote her that way in order to drum up drama in this arc, I guess. And it sucked. In this issue, Wonder Woman still talks like year one Wonder Woman and that goes back to my biggest problem with this issue. More than the backtracking and the lack of interesting things happening. The dialogue. Once you get the pattern of King's dialogue down, it becomes so noticeable and almost feels like parody sometimes. I would take the Superman issues in this Superfriends arc over the Wonder Woman issues any day. But with a new arc coming up, I still have faith that we can finally get out of this post-WOJAR rut of nothing much happening.

  • 8.5
    bucswin611 Feb 7, 2018

    Such sweetness and humanity...from a Batman book! Joelle Jones is a rockstar. These characters are growing together, and I feel lucky to witness it.

  • 2.0
    Bloodraven Feb 8, 2018

    Well that sucked. Tom King really needs to step his game up on Batman. This crap isn’t cutting it.

  • 10
    Jung BBoab Feb 7, 2018

    Last issue Agguro ending is ... Hoho ^^

    It's like an episode that portrays the friendship of Trinity like the title.

    Batman and Wonder Woman, who had been together for decades and almost passed away, but remained friends.

    Batman and Superman who build their own homes and show their differences and respect.

    And Jantleman is ... so good.

    (지난화 어그로 앤딩은...호호^^

    제목처럼 트리니티의 우정을 잘 표현한 에피소드같다.

    수십년동안 함께 지내면서 잠깐 넘어갈 뻔했으나 우정으로 남은 배트맨과 원더우먼.

    각자 가정을 꾸리고 서로의 차이점과 존경심을 보이는 배트맨과 슈퍼맨.

    그리고 잰틀맨은...너무 좋다ㅜㅜ)

  • 9.0
    Spock's Brain Feb 14, 2018

    The comics internet collectively lost its shit when it looked like Batman and Wonder Woman might hook up last issue, but that issue is solved relatively quick in what is really a tale of love and fidelity. I found this to be an enjoyable read, but the real star of the issue is Joelle Jones. The two-page spread on pages 2 and 3 is absolutely gorgeous, and her facial work, the expressions of her characters, does as much as King's dialogue to bring impact and meaning to the story. She's one of the best.

  • 8.5
    FT Metler Feb 8, 2018

    An amazing run. A great storytelling trick to divide the main characters and explore what they mean to each other. J jones art is phenomenal. Loving this time of Batman.

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  • 8.5
    ak94 Feb 10, 2018

    love JJ arts. King is very good with the human side of batman.

  • 8.0
    Alf1014 Feb 7, 2018

    Nothing crazy Happened, just a solid book.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Feb 9, 2018

    This was a pretty good issue. I do not see what all the fuss is about. I thought it was pretty well written and I actually liked the Gentle Man idea. Overall, a pretty good book.

  • 7.5
    Caped-Comic-Reviews Mar 8, 2018

    It was okay - didn’t like the whole Batman and Wonder Woman kiss tease, it just felt out of character for them both if I’m honest, but great artwork as there always is in Batman and the main idea of the story was excuted quite well if you ignore the whole Near kiss situation and just focus on the basic concept, but compared to this previous issues this just feels like it fell a bit of a let down in the end.

  • 3.0
    Sav Feb 8, 2018

    Last issue was pretty good. The concept had some traction. And I can't say that the two of them couldn't have remained chaste. BUT you can't spend 37 years together with someone and not develop a bond that surpasses almost all other bonds. It's literally impossible. SO this better not be brushed off. You can't ignore something like this. It needs to affect all future stories that include the both of them.

    The whole thing was just a dumb way to test Batman's faithfulness. It makes no sense that they're the only ones to help this guy out. They mention that superman couldn't go, but in the recent Trinity issue, Batman mentions how superman can hold his own in a powerless fight. Which begs the question: why? Why was this plotline needed? Batman is truly in love with Selena though being tempted by wonder woman for 37 years = socially retarded writer who knows fuck all.

    I'm sorry. I'm just upset. This issue was weird. Right down to the: 'if you're unfaithful, I'll hit you. Even though I'm being super flirtatious and sending mixed signals and who cares about Trevor. This is about you and Catwoman. By the way, jumpa is continuity again.'

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