Batman #39
DC Comics

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Joëlle Jones
“SUPERFRIENDS” part three! 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. Don’t miss the conclusion of Batman’s epic team-up with Wonder Woman!

(SPOILERS)

After taking a break from “SUPERFRIENDS” storyline with last weeks more serious issue, the finale is here and it dissects the relationship between Batman and Wonder Woman this time around.  They both embark on a mission to help out someone they met before; The Gentle Man. He has fought for thousands of years against the Hordes of Gehenna in an otherworldly place, where the amount of Hordes derives from the sins of our world. They’re pretty much endless, so this means someone has to continuously fight them to make sure they don’t make it to us. Time is extremely different there so when a year takes place in our world, thousands of already past in The Gentle Man’s.

So when Wonder Woman and Batman attempt to take his place for a little while, it ends up being around ten years after only minutes had passed while Selina and The Gentle Man were roaming about. This is a pretty cool plot point, albeit a bit too familiar. I really did enjoy the mythology aspect of this issue though, and Batman’s armor looked cool as hell.

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Once again the characterizations here done extremely well by Tom King, specifically giving Wonder Woman her own voice that we know and love. The dialogue is pretty spot on as well, especially the opening with Commissioner Gordon. The MVP of this issue, however, is the art. Joëlle Jones does an amazing job with every visual here. From rain hitting the ground to blood be spilled, it all looks quite magnificent.

The ending has a pretty large cliffhanger that will likely affect Batman’s engagement with Catwoman. After spending ten years together, it seems like Wonder Woman and Batman have gotten very close. A romance between them could be brewing, but I think this all may be a rouse. I speculate that the opening of the next issue will reveal they decide not to pursue on another as I think that would be a cheap way to complicate his relationship. I’m not entirely convinced of this ending and it’s probably the weakest part of this issue, but I’ll wait and see how this all turns out.

In Conclusion:

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.

Rating: 8/10

– Marcos Melendez

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