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COMICBOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews Batman: Endgame #40

April 29th, 2015 by Marc Comments


Batman: Endgame #40
Written by: Scott Snyder
Pencils by: Greg Cappulo

Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of movies might have captured the public imagination but for many people the definitive version of Batman in the 21st century has been Snyder and Cappulo’s comic book tales.

That comes to an end, there’s a clue in the title, with this epic and heartbreaking tale that is a must read for aficianados of Batman.

This is a run that deserves to be remembered as a key event in the character’s history as much as The Dark Knight Returns or Year One.

Snyder is one of the few writers since the mid 80s run of Frank Miller to put a unique spin on the character and create a compelling take on the entire Batman mythos.

Here we see Batman finally getting to grips with his arch nemesis The Joker in a showdown that doesn’t disappoint. The first few pages deal with the battle to stop The Joker’s latest nefarious plot but it’s the latter stages of the tale, when Batman and The Joker are alone with each other that really gets to the meat of the tale.

Spoilers are easy to find if you want them but it’s much more fun to go into this cold as we are given a stunning chapter in the Batman lore that will have repercussions for years to come.

There’s a real sense of peril as both Batman and The Joker realise that this is it, as far as their intertwining fates go, and you can’t help but be touched by Snyder’s mature and poignant take on both these men facing up to their destinies.

It keeps you guessing right up to the final panel but if you haven’t got on board with Snyder’s take on the tale you’ll want to do yourself a favour and rectify that.

This is how Batman should be done. Pathos and grandeur are in large supply and you’ll be counting the days to see how this, the most beloved of franchises, unfolds next.



Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….