Review: Batman #4

BM_Cv4_ds copyWhen Gotham City falls prey to true evil, will Batman be abandoned by the new heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl? The Dark Knight must decide who to entrust with the safety of his beloved city if he hopes for any of its citizens to survive.

Predictable is the best way to describe Batman #4, but even with that, it’s still enjoyable. Written by Tom King, the comic begins to put the pieces of the puzzle together as to what’s going on (after the tease at the end of the last issue). It also has some turns of characters that you could see coming from a mile away.

King is attempting to give us a blend of Batman and Superman with his new characters Gotham and Gotham Girl and while the characters are interesting we haven’t gotten to know them well enough yet that I really care what’s revealed about or happens to them.

The art by David Finch is great. The emotion and pathoes comes through in the art. The issue I do have is that there’s not enough to break the panels. The layout and presentation is pretty basic, though looks fantastic. I’d like to see some more interesting variation beyond the standard panels.

I think some of the issues I’m beginning to see with the comic is due to it’s twice monthly release which has slowed some things down, and sped others up. But, it doesn’t feel like the right things are slowed down and the right things are being sped up. I want to get to know Gotham and Gotham Girl so I care about them before they’re predictable broken down and/or turn. It’ll be interesting to see how things continue. But right now we’re seeing a few cracks in things.

Story: Tom King Art: David Finch
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.9 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review