REVIEW: Batman (Vol. 2) #38

Batman (Vol. 2) #38 – Cover by Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia & Danny Miki

The following is a full written review of Batman (Vol. 2) #38 – Written by Scott Snyder, with art by Greg Capullo – Release: January 28th 2015.

The New 52 version of Batman is currently doing Scott Snyder’s Endgame storyline. This issue is part 4 of the storyline revolving around a toxin being released by Batman’s greatest foe. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on Batman singlehandedly made me read DC again, and it’s my very favorite DC comic book-series of all-time.

Warning – the following brief plot-summary might contain spoilers.

Endgame Part 4 opens with the Caped Crusader going across town, in search for Jim Gordon – who we last saw staring down, and even gunning down, The Joker one-on-one. As the toxin takes hold of Gordon the Dark Knight is almost blindsided, but, thankfully, Julia Pennyworth shoots a couple of tranquilizers into Gordon’s neck. The World’s Greatest Detective consults with Dick ‘Birdwatcher’ Grayson – trying to figure out what exactly is in the toxin. They eventually decide on a specific Doctor. The Doctor reveals that he believes in the stories we’ve heard – that the Joker is superhuman, or rather, (greek-) God-like. I’ll leave here, so that the very final pages aren’t spoiled – but I’ll say this – Snyder masterfully ties the story into his very beginning with Batman… The greater history of Gotham.

It’s very difficult to critique the story in a Snyder comic book, and the only little note I have is that the dialogue seemed way too fabricated when Dr. Dekker calmly chats about greek Gods ‘outside’. Which isn’t to say that I disliked the dialogue, I loved it – but I don’t think it worked right in that moment. The thing is – Snyder’s one of my favorite comic book writers, and even in what may be interpreted as a filler-issue his story is captivating.

Capullo is equally great, I’ve grown accustomed to his style – and his last page is so strong, so good. Kudos, as well, to FCO Plascencia – in my opinion one of his better issues. I loved the colouring.

While I usually like the stories by James Tynion IV, I wasn’t fascinated by the back-up story this month. I think my biggest problem here is that the art was too different from the rest of the issue. Sam Keith definitely has his art-style, but I’ve grown accustomed to Capullo’s style, and Keith’s doesn’t come close to his. Not saying it’s worse, I’m just not a fan of the art-style by Sam Keith. You win some, you lose some.

Final Grade: B+ – Another great story by Scott Snyder featuring Capullo’s amazing art-style, and equally fantastic colouring by FCO Plascencia. Some might call this a filler-issue, but it’s perfect in keeping with the lore of Snyder’s Batman-story. The back-up story is fine, but the art-style will be polarizing. For full list of Comic Book Review grades go here.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex.

What am I reading? 1 of 6

The following post is the first of six revolving around what I am reading (comics) in 2014. Every post will cover two months, and therefore this one will cover January and February.

My ‘Getting Back Into Comics’-post received good feedback. I was adviced to return to my Spider-Man roots, as well as to dive deeper into the world of Gotham. I’d say that I followed both advices somewhat. You know I am still in the process of reading the Guardians of the Galaxy, but I have yet to pick up the latest issues of it, therefore I will not go in-depth with that series in this post. So, Drax & Co. will have to wait for now. However, I did get to pick up some Marvel comics.

Yes, Carnage. I opened my former post with a picture of the said villain, and though I did not get to read more about Carnage in a traditional setting, I am now happily returning to Carnage – this time as the sole villain in this series. To be completely honest, I have not gotten around to reading this in January, but it will be read during the month of February, as I try to, not only return to comics, but to return to Marvel fully.

Owls, Owls, Owls.

Moving on now to something that blew me away. The New 52 was really interesting to me, it would allow me to get re-familiarized with some of the great heroes and villains of the DC-universe. I believe Scott Snyder is doing this Batman-run, and it really is amazingly entertaining for me. The opening issue has an ominous feel to it, and it just fits so well into my current mood and, of course, to the universe itself. Every cliffhanger I’ve read has been of the highest quality, and I can honestly say that without overestimating its level of writing. This series alone has me excited for DC Comics as a whole.

I’d love to go further into the story of the New 52 Batman, but I will not be spoiling anything in this post. Perhaps I will have a spoiler-filled review of Batman sooner, not 100% yet, though.

What have you been reading? Sound off in the comments, have any sort of opinion on the series’ I’ve mentioned, please give your opinion in the comments-section.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex