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Batman #40 Review and *SPOILERS*

Apparently, The Horde Is Everlasting

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 7, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to finish up the Super Friends arc by getting back to Batman and Wonder Woman fighting for decades in an alternate dimension, where the sins of man-made flesh are relentless in their fight to come into our world............. Somehow........ because it seems that you can only open that door from our side.  Nonetheless, Catwoman is losing her mind now that she knows how many years she's been apart from her husband to be in his mind and now it's up to her to get the Gentle Man to replace them.  Hopefully, he doesn't lose his nerve after he sees his wife again for the first time in thousands of years.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Catwoman threatening The Gentle Man so that he'll bring Wonder Woman and Batman back and now that Selina is apparently able to kick the shit out of anyone in the DCU, he better listen to her, which he will, but first he still needs to go visit his wife.

Back in the other dimension, Batman and Wonder Woman don't kiss like the previous cliffhanger would like you to believe and instead go through years where Wonder Woman's dialog is terrible and where they both say over and over again how the horde is everlasting.  

In the end, after The Gentle Man sees his wife and the two have a chat about her passing the police academy, he suits back up into this armor, opens the gates and replaces Batman and Wonder Woman.  As our issue closes, Selina says that the next time the Gentle Man needs a break, she'll be the one to go with Batman and with that, the heroes go off to have their next adventure............ after Selina finds out the dirt about what Batman and Wonder Woman did over there all alone for all those decades.

That's it for this issue of Batman and like you'd expect from Tom King, he gives us repeating dialog, a Catwoman who can beat up anyone and the bare minimum of storytelling because the most interesting part of this story was the Gentle Man, who we find out nothing about.  The art in this issue is pretty damn terrific and like the majority of times in this Batman run, the story is the biggest problem because there are plot holes and barely any writing involved.  It seems that as long as Tom King can just say "Bat" and "Cat" in his issues he thinks his job is done and at the end of the day it just makes a really lackluster issue that thankfully has some of the best artists on it so at least we can say that the book looks fantastic, but besides that........ There isn't much to it.

Bits and Pieces:

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.


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Batman #40 Review and *SPOILERS*


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