Review: Batman #32

This is the finale everyone will be talking about for years to come! As the Riddler and The Joker desperately fight for supremacy in Gotham City, Batman reveals how far he had to go to end the war. Now, knowing Batman’s greatest sin, Catwoman must make her decision: Will she marry Batman?

“The War of Jokes and Riddles” wraps up in this final issue which pits Batman against both the Joker and Riddler as well as gives us the response to his marriage proposal to Catwoman/Selina Kyle.

Writer Tom King has delivered an intriguing story and issue with Batman #32 as it explores the difference between Batman, Riddler, and Joker. Is he all that different? We get an intriguing answer based on his actions and an intriguing response which is sure to spark debate among many, especially with Batman: White Knight treading a similar theme in the same week.

Your enjoyment of the issue is really going to hinge on what Batman does and what Catwoman responds. We don’t spoil here, so I’ll leave it with my thinking that this is an issue that merits multiple readings and a lot of exploration of the words that are used. It’s more of a psychological exploration of Batman, his role, and dynamic within Gotham and his rogues. The riddle and joke that’s to be answered is, how have they shaped the Dark Knight?

The art by Mikel Janin is solid as usual. There’s a lot of emotion here and Janin does an excellent job of filling every panel with them and there’s an amount of detail at moments that’s really impressive. King’s story is delivered with visuals that give it the right punch.

After reading this issue, I find myself debating what King is saying and exploring which is a good thing. It’s not the usual punching, there’s a bit more to the comic and this is one that challenges to reader to think and come to their own conclusion. The cerebral aspect of it all is fitting for a comic featuring “the Detective” and King is absolutely creating his own mark for this classic character.

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janin
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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