Batman #40 Review
With Batman #40 capping off the second half of “Superfriends,” it’s clear that this series won’t be able to do for the Batman/Wonder Woman relationship what it did for Batman and Superman late last year. This issue has gorgeous imagery to spare, and some strong ideas to boot, but it’s not able to combine those elements into an effective whole.
This issue may well have been doomed from the start given how Batman #39 played out. Issue #39 made some exceptionally poor choices regarding Diana’s characterization, painting her as a sexual temptress threatening to drive a wedge in Batman and Catwoman’s relationship. This issue walks back on that portrayal to some extent, as you might expect, but at some point it’s too late to matter. Writer Tom King clearly wanted readers to react a certain way to Batman #39’s cliffhanger, regardless of how that cliffhanger plays out now. We can only hope that lessons will be learned from the mistakes of this arc and that Diana’s characterization will benefit when King inevitably writes her again.