Comic Book Review: Batman (2016-) #38

Title: Batman (2016-) #38
Publisher: DC
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Travis Moore
Colorist: Clayton Cowles
Lettering: Tim Sale and Dave Stewart
Publication Date: January 3rd, 2018    
Publisher’s Summary: “’THE ORIGIN OF BRUCE WAYNE!’ If Mattie could grow up to be anybody, he’d grow up millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne. But what would happen if he was forced to relive the worst tragedy of Bruce’s life and his parents were murdered? Batman’s hunt for the killer puts him face to face with a strange mirror version of his own past.”

What a ride. Batman (2016-) #38 is the type of comic that does more than entertain or leave readers thinking after its conclusion; Batman (2016-) #38 is an experience that is worth fare more than the price of admission.

Tom King’s writing here, both from panel to panel and from page to page, is stunning. Batman (2016-) #38 is dark, real dark. After reading, readers will certainly be left thinking about the events that transpired on the page as this one is hard to forget. The book’s ending came as a complete surprise to me and, having done so, has become one of my favorite comic book endings of all time.

Travis Moore’s highly-detailed artwork takes some of this book’s more graphic scenes to a whole new level, and ultimately, Moore produces pages that are brutal masterpieces. This book is wonderfully twisted and intense and the illustrations alone provide readers with good reason to return for a second viewing.

While I feel as though this story could have, and should have, been expanded upon and split into several issues, the book worked. The story didn’t feel rushed per se, but there was certainly room available for expansion. Regardless, Batman (2016-) #38 is a fantastic read that’ll leave readers begging for more.

The Bottom Line

Batman (2016-) #38, ah, where to begin? All aspects of this standalone issue are impressive, and the book’s ending is one that readers won’t soon forget. King’s script is dark and twisted and Travis Moore’s artwork is powerful full of chilling detail. I’ve read through the book several times and still can’t stop thinking about it. I want more.