Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Batman #42 Review and *SPOILERS*

Eat Your Greens

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 7, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Batman and Catwoman are trapped in a world where Poison Ivy has taken control of everyone except our heroes........... Yup.  That's about all I got for you with this because it doesn't matter to the rest of the DC continuity and I'm sure we'll just get a bunch of big scenes, repeating dialog and by the end, nothing with make sense.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Explain It!;

Our issue begins with us discovering that Batman and Catwoman have somehow gone three weeks with Ivy being the ruler of the world........... or at least being the love of everyone's life, where whatever she wants she gets.  It's weird, the rules of what's going on are kind of fuzzy to me because it seems that people are merely brainwashed until Ivy decides to take them over, but I'm not quite sure.  So with that, Batman and Catwoman go to Batburger and have dinner........

Eventually, the issue picks up and leads us to Batman going after a kid, who supposedly is the only other person in the world who isn't affected by Ivy because he's allergic to vegetables....... which Ivy used to take control of everyone........ One person in the world........ who can't eat greens.

In the end, Batman taunts Ivy about the boy, who she has secreted away somewhere to the point where Ivy, through the body of Superman, punches Bruce in the face to the point of death.  It doesn't matter though because Ivy uses everything at her disposal to bring Batman back from the dead because she killed some people in The War of Jokes and Riddles and feels bad about it now..... I guess, Catwoman has another night where someone else tells her their biggest regret.

That's it for this issue of Batman and everything feels so basic in this issue and story in general that I can't take it seriously because it doesn't take itself seriously.  The world is at an end and Batman is chowing down at Batburger and the cure to the whole shebang, which may or may not have something to do with what Batman inoculated himself and Catwoman with is a single person who hasn't eaten vegetables.  Not to mention that everything going down here seems to negate anything Ivy has done since The War of Jokes and Riddles because in Tom King's mind, that's the only continuity that matters, while also continuing to propel Catwoman to the biggest bad ass in DC Comics history by allowing her to be able to take out Flash, Wally West and Kid Flash with only one blow each.  So yeah, I hate this story, but like usual, the art is amazing in this issue and Mikel Janin continues to "wow" me every time I see his work.

Bits and Pieces:

Ivy's takeover of the world continues here and with that......... Batman and Catwoman do and say things that feel odd and the story feels really thin with the only motive behind our villain's actions being linked to The War of Jokes and Riddles.  While the story and dialog suffer here, the art continues to be amazing.......... so at least we have that.



  1. I thought "Monster Men" and "War of Jokes and Riddles" were bad, but they weren't bad. They were a PRELUDE to bad. THIS is bad.

  2. Lol, this comic is the worst. I just don't get it...

  3. Maybe we should be asking why the editors are letting this wonky shit happen.

  4. Everyone else gives a 10/10, Weird Science a 4.5. What a surprise...

    It's not a review, it's clickbait when people see an absurd score on comicbookroundup and therefore you get traffic for your site. Having your own opinion is fine. But a 4.5/10 should be unreadable, close to offensive. Your review pretty much says "this is a decent but not original story" all the words imply a 6-7/10ish rating, lower than normal but a fair and honest review. Then you slap on a 4.5 instead and wait for the clicks to flow in.

    You have a right to an opinion, but I have a right to call it stupid. It was a great issue.

    I'd like to give you the benefit of the doubt and at least assume this horrible review was intentionally horrible...

    1. Or now hear me out Eric honestly didnt like all that much shocker im so sick of people crying what other review sites say every critic is supposed to agree with what the other said thats absurd

    2. That 4.5 is exactly why I trust this site. It says it right at the top. . .

      "DC Comics site for the common man and woman. We're not high falutin, just a bunch of dummies who love comics just like you...we just spend an insane amount of time working on this site for no pay."

      There's a difference between an honest look at popular comics for no pay by my fellow comic fans and paid reviews by professional critics. You can see the same difference in the reviews of "The Last Jedi" between professional critics and actual movie lovers.

      With this review, Eric Shea took the words right out of my mouth. This particular issue of Batman F*cking Sucked. He's one of the VERY few reviewers who has been honest about this Batman run. And I'll defend him for that.

  5. Damn the fake news got me ... You son of a bitch