Writer: Tom King / Artist: Joëlle Jones / DC Comics
Issue #39 of Batman continued the “Superfriends” run by switching out the partnership of Batman and Superman with the one between the former and Wonder Woman. This left a lot of room to play with as these characters have a wealth of history between them, including the occasional romantic tryst. Which made it all the more interesting when it appeared that Batman and Wonder Woman were going to explore those repressed feelings.
This brings us to issue #40. Batman and Wonder Woman are in The Realm fighting off a never ending horde of monsters trying to get to the earth that only they can defend. Back in Gotham, the Gentle Man is spending the evening at the side of Selina Kyle as he goes to visit his wife.
As a sucker for time manipulation stories, this issue hit all the most important strings. While one duo in the story is only living out a night’s worth of events, the other is living decades. Miserable decades, at that.
I was admittedly distraught at the end of issue #39 when Wonder Woman and Batman were about to throw it all away for a loving embrace that I kind of wanted to see but wasn’t sure I was willing to pay the price for it. This issue doesn’t bother stringing us along and dives straight into it. To avoid spoilers, you’ll have to see for yourself if Selina and Steve Trevor have anything to be upset about.
A lot of comics explore relationships. Honestly, it wouldn’t be a far stretch to say all of them do to a certain extent. But this issue does a splendid job of navigating that space where desperation begins to overshadow loyalty and what one experiences at that precise moment.
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