Comic Book Review: Batman (2016-) #36

Title: Batman (2016-) #36
Publisher: DC
Arc: Super Friends
Part: 1
Words: Tom King
Art: Clay Mann
Inks: Clay Mann & Seth Mann
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: Troy Peteri
Publication Date: December 6, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “Batman and Superman. For so many years they’ve fought together for justice. Sometimes, they’ve even fought each other. Now, from the creators who broke your heart in “The Ballad of Kite Man” comes a look at how the flaws of each frighten the other and how the hope in each inspires the other. Don’t miss this two-part event that everyone will be talking about as the relationship between these two men is forever changed.”

If you find yourself feeling weighed down from reading comic book after comic book that centers around intense situations where your favorite heroes are pitted against unbeatable odds, well, then take a breath and pick up Batman (2016-) #36. In removing the ever-looming danger that encircles Batman and Superman, Tom King provides with the opportunity to learn more about their favorite characters in a book that is humorous and character driven.

In  Batman (2016-) #36, Tom King takes humanizing Batman–and Superman for that matter–to a whole new level by centering the book around not only their friendship but their stubbornness and the similarities that they unknowingly share with one another. The book is mostly dialogue, but there is enough action to keep the story moving forward. Thanks to this action, and Clay Mann’s artwork, the book feels light and energetic and can be easily enjoyed.

Batman (2016-) #36 makes for a great breather; enjoy it.

The Bottom Line: 

Wait, so Batman and Superman are getting together and the fate of the world isn’t at stake? Well, no…not yet at least. Despite centering around two of the most well-known superheroes to ever grace the pages of comic books, Batman #36 is about the men who just so happen to wear capes of different colors, but at their most basic levels, are very similar; Batman #36 is about friendship. This issue offers readers a break from the (often) monotonous world-ending scenarios and focuses on character. A solid read.