Batman: Eternal #4

Batman: Eternal #4

Writer: Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman, James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder Artist: Dustin Nguyen Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 30, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 14
6.9Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Batman battles Batgirl as Jim Gordons troubles take a turn for the worse!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Apr 30, 2014

    BATMAN ETERNAL is four issues in and it feels like a solid direction to the new weekly series. This book is much more about Gotham than Batman and it really shows here as the issue splits time between the Gordons, Batman, and Stephanie Brown. The art style keeps this issue a bit more light-hearted, which is the perfect match since it's a pretty depressing issue, with what is happening with James Gordon. Normally, I'd say to be very cautious of weekly series, but so far, this one has been top notch. Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Darius Mcdaniels May 1, 2014

    If you are looking for an action heavy issue as the first three issues, you will not find it here. This issue was really character driven, specifically driven by Batgirl, and I loved it. The reality is, this issue's plot played out exactly as I wanted it and exactly as it was supposed to plan out. I barely saw any negatives in this issue and it is probably my favorite issue in this series so far. This is a must read! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Mike Logsdon May 1, 2014

    Dustin Nguyen takes over art duties, and as fans of his work have come to expect, it's beautifully sleek and a treat to follow. Some character models are a bit off though, as Bard's hair suddenly grows a few inches, but it's a slight distraction in what is otherwise the strongest issue of this series so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz May 2, 2014

    The good thing about the weekly format, is we as readers get immediate payoff, and that is quite nice. Thus far the quality of Batman Eternal has not skipped a beat, and it continues to be a great investment as the series marches on again and again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Apr 30, 2014

    With the initial setup out of the way, we are now starting to see where Batman Eternal's various plots will begin to separate and go their own way, all while continuing to develop and add or hint at larger additions to the big picture. The only drawback I can really find this week is the fact that I couldn't really tell this issue, which was scripted by Layman, apart from the first three that were scripted by Snyder and Tynion. Going forward, I hope that the individual issues/arcs will have more noticeable differences in styles between the writers. That said, through it's first month, Batman Eternal has had an incredibly strong debut and doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner May 1, 2014

    Snyder, Tynion and company slow things down a bit to show some fallout from the first three issue.  I loved seeing Batgirl kicking butt and seeing James Gordon's situation in Blackgate Prison ups the tension to clear him soon. Dustin Nguyen's art is good, but the differences from last week are a bit jarring.  Overall though, I think this was another good chapter and fans reading the series will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Brandon Stines May 3, 2014

    Batman Eternal has consistently been one of the best Bat-books on the racks since it launched just four short weeks ago, and this week's issueis no exception. It really is a wonder that the team has managed to keep the quality consistent week after week with an intriguing plot, multiple character threads, good pacing, and quality art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin May 1, 2014

    Batman: Eternal continues to rock as though it needs something to take it to the next level it remains a must have for Batman fans. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng May 2, 2014

    The transitions are very smooth for so many changes of setting, and the action of the story is rapid and satisfying across many interconnected subplots: Batgirl and Batman, Jim Gordon, Batman and Falcone, Gotham's criminal world and within the GCPD. Snyder, Tynion and Layman keep all these plot lines strong. "Batman Eternal" #4 feels like a well put-together TV show, and not just in its faster week-to-week pacing. There are many interlocking parts to the plot, and each part holds its own. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain May 3, 2014

    Decent issue at best, but a huge step back in the quality nonetheless. I can only hope that the future issues are better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry May 4, 2014

    A solid issue with an unexpected twist. It's a must-read for anyone who loves Jim Gordon, Steph, and Barbara. While we don't hear much from our favorite mustachioed Commish, his storyline is quickly becoming the most interesting to follow as his world continues to crash down around him. Dustin Nguyen's artwork looks nice, especially since it's complemented by the inks of frequent collaborator Derek Fridolfs and John Kalisz' diverse color palette. Eternal #4is not going to knock you out of your seat like some of the previous installments, but it remains a very satisfying chapter in what's becoming my #1 most anticipated Bat-book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Jason Inman May 6, 2014

    When Batman Eternal launched, I decided to give it four issues before decided to stay with it for the whole year. After this issue, I have decided to drop the title. The idea is strong, but the payoff from week to week is minimal. By having characters fill cliched stereotypes to propel the story along, I soon fear that Batman Eternal will run out of gas. Or perhaps it will read better in trade. If you're a huge Batman fan, then this could be the perfect book for you. For the casual DC fan, stay away from Gotham. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Apr 30, 2014

    Batman Eternal continues to deliver strong story and imagery. Comic fans in general should be picking this bad boy up!! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon May 1, 2014

    We are less than 10% through this series, but we're not seeing enough effective payoff yet. The World's Greatest Detective is really taking his time doing any detecting. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Geeks Unleashed - joedwardlewis Apr 30, 2014

    Despite not being thrilled by the preview issue, and aided by the fact it was a 'light week', I yielded to Batman Eternal, and was instantly pleased with its focus on the supporting cast of Batman, who I have my fill of in Snyder's main title, which I have a love/hate relationship with. I prefer the Bat portrayed by the excellent Tomasi and Gleason run on Batman and X (where X originally equalled Robin, and has subsequently featured other heroes) " who are hopefully heirs apparent to the Bat kingdom. REVIEWED: Batman Eternal #4 DC Comics Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 1, 2014

    One thing's for sure; if too many issues of Batman Eternal are like this, I won't be able to tolerate it for very long. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 3, 2014

    There is a lot of ambition behind Batman Eternal. Clearly this creative team has plotted out some big bad mystery that threatens all of Gotham. But I don't think they've really put much thought into making this the best Batman comic it can be. The plot and characters just feel like they're rolling along in the service of whatever big mystery the writers have planned. None of the storytelling and scene-setting skill that Snyder has injected into his Batman run is evident in Batman Eternal. This is a mediocre Batman comic trying desperately to make us care about the plot and the mysteries. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 3, 2014

    Batman Eternal is the pretty much the only "current" timeline Batman book out there now. The book seems to be ambitious in its plot scope but that seems fitting for Batman. This individual issue doesn't quite hit the mark as it reads very disjointed in of itself and doesn't seem in line with characterizations already established. This might be the dud in the bunch unfortunately. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 5, 2014

    Stylistic missteps and an overly slow plot makes this issue of Batman Eternal more filler than killer. Not much really happens here, something that a lot of weekly comics try to get away with (and often do). Everyone wants to see what happens to Batman, and because they get another chance next week, it's easier for them to forgive (and more likely forget) misfires like this one. I just hope for all our sakes that this book picks up and starts putting some weight behind this weekly schedule. Read Full Review

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