The following is a full written review of Batman (Vol. 2) #40 – Written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo – Release: April 29th 2015.
This is it. Endgame’s final chapter. One of the sad things about the business of journalism is that some sites chose to reveal spoilers from the next issue online – and that sparked a debate. Some may have an idea of what’s about to happen going in, but I’m glad to say that this issue works. This comic book review is spoiler free – rejoice. Listen, I’ve praised Scott Snyder a lot on this blog. He, to me, is the best Batman-writer we’ve seen in years. As for current comic book writers, he and Jonathan Hickman are the ones I prefer. Snyder has knocked it out of the park yet again.
Similarly, Greg Capullo is my favorite Batman-artist of all-time. This team of comic book geniuses is utterly amazing. In this issue they’ve managed to give answers, albeit cryptic. They’ve managed to bring the story back to the beginning of it all, and they’ve managed to give us one of the very best Batman/Joker stories of all-time.
You can read Endgame without knowing of Death of the Family – but these two story arcs are definitely related. The same idea of a love existing between Bats and the Joker exists in this issue.
Snyder and Capullo’s issues force you to be searching for clues and answers – they never give anything away too easily. And therefore all they do can be understood a million different ways. You may not get the same out of this issue as I did, and that’s okay – that’s why comic books are art. Interpretation is taken under consideration.
When Endgame was about to end, I shed a tear – this is the ultimate Batman/Joker issue. For either fanbase this issue will be studied for months. Though I don’t feel the need. Snyder and Capullo brought us a great story arc. I can’t wait to see what’s next for the best team in comic books 2015.
Final Grade: A+ – The ultimate Batman/Joker issue? Answers are given, albeit cryptic. ‘Endgame’ never made more sense than now. For full list of Comic Book Review grades go here.
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