REVIEW: ALL-STAR BATMAN #4 AUTHOR: Ryan Lower (FOLLOW @LOWER_RYAN)
DATE: November 10, 2016
SYNOPSIS: “My Own Worst Enemy” Part 4!
So close and yet so far from his goal, Batman must now wrangle Two-Face out of his own assassin-filled riverboat casino before it plunges over Niagara Falls to their deaths! The Dark Knight will have to go all-in on the most deadly gamble of his life if he intends to make it out alive!
(Some spoilers ahead)
Batman's road trip from hell continues this month in ALL-STAR BATMAN #4. We pick up right where we left off last month, with Two-Face trying to make the Dark Knight as blind as a bat. While Dent sort of achieved his goals, Batman used every tool in his arsenal to get out of the situation, along with partner Duke Thomas. They solve Dent's signal problem by giving him a bar and the three take off in the Batplane. While things are looking up, KGBeast ruins their momentum, taking them down to a riverboat to come face-to-face with the Penguin. In more dramatic, action-packed fashion, our hero escapes to land, only to be greeted by an angry, violent mob.
According to writer Scott Snyder, we have now traveled 451 miles. Boy does it feel like it. There's no question we are getting our money's worth in this book (and we should with a hefty $4.99 price tag). However, this issue feels like it gets a little bogged down with dialogue. There are many conversations (Batman and Two-Face, Batman and Duke, Penguin and KGBeast) though I don't feel like it's taking us anywhere new or giving us answers on the many questions asked back in issue #1.
Story aside, a comic book simply doesn't work without good art, and John Romita Jr. is delivering the finest art in a long time. When we got our first glimpse of a Dark Knight in the daylight, I was a little worried. By now, any concerns are tossed out of the Batplane. This book looks phenomenal, and is only getting better. I would be interested in getting an issue all taking place at night, given up to this point we've gotten a majority of bright panels.
Minor (and I do mean minor) critiques aside, ALL-STAR BATMAN continues to be one of DC's most bankable titles. For a book that's taking us on a long journey, it doesn't like it will be running out of gas anytime soon. - Ryan Lower
A lifelong Batman fan, Ryan Lower grew up in the midwest reading, watching, dreaming of The Dark Knight.
His favorite Batman stories are THE LONG HALLOWEEN, THE DARK KNIGHT and anything from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.
He currently resides in his own Batcave in Chicago.
Follow him on Twitter @LOWER_RYAN.