Review: Batman #39

Review: Batman #39

Written by Scott Snyder with James Tynion IV

Art by Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, and FCO Plascancia with Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs, and Dave McCaig

Things are not looking great for Batman. The city is infected with a Joker virus, the Joker may or may not be unkillable, and now the only people he has left to go to for help is the Court of Owls. Things couldn’t possibly go bad, right?

The Good

First and foremost, Greg Capullo’s artwork in this issue is simply fantastic. It has been fantastic since the very beginning of the New 52 and it continues to be the main draw for me. The Joker looks both ridiculous yet incredibly scary, the dread is just dripping off of Batman, and a certain homage to the Tim Burton Batman movie has to be seen to be truly appreciated. I almost forgot about the new Talon. He has a small, yet important bit in the story, but his character design was really interesting. Imagine if the Scarecrow was a Talon and you might have some idea of how he looks. I can spend days just flipping through this book looking at the art alone, but that is not to say that Snyder isn’t pulling his weight as well.

Man, that Joker fellow is sadistic. Everything caught in his wake is changed forever in some way. He leaves scars on bodies and souls and no place is that more evident than in this issue. One character in particular gets maimed in this issue which I thought was brilliant, but I can see a lot of fan boys decrying. Nothing is sacred to the Joker so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise when he does something like this, but man I was still surprised.

Tynion’s back up has been the weak link in this epic Batman story since the beginning, but here he wraps up in a very redeeming way. It is an excellent cap on his back up, but also makes a very great point about the Joker’s origin that people who hated the last issue’s reveal may want to look into.

The Bad

Um, I have nothing. This was a really great issue.

The Verdict

Batman #39  is dark, sadistic, and crazy. In other words, Batman #39 is a great Joker story. Snyder’s story is great, but it is Capullo’s fantastic art that has me coming back to this issue for more. It is simply brilliant. This is a must read book.

Story: 5 out of 5
Art: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

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