Batman #4

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Greg Capullo Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 21, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 64
8.1Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Shocking discoveries lead Batman deeper into the mystery of the Court of Owls and its secret and bloody ties to both Gotham City and the Wayne family. But an even deadlier threat awaits Batman: a trap set hundreds of years ago, far beneath his city. The war for Gotham's soul begins here!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 21, 2011

    Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo are taking us and Batman to a place he's never been before. Reading each issue is like walking on thin ice. There is so much intensity sitting beneath the surface. We have been seeing things that Batman hasn't, such as the Talon and possibility of the Court of Owls. This is something Batman refuses to accept and you know it's going to explode in his face, just as the tripwire did at the end of the last issue. Batman is so focused and sure he knows what's going on, the thought, for us readers, that he could actually be wrong is a scary one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Dec 21, 2011

    Call it hyperbole if you like, but this is another Batman story–the second in 2011–that we'll be talking about for quite some time.More of this, please. Until the Devil comes to collect. And then I hope there's some stashed in a drawer somewhere. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 1, 2012

    Part of what makes Snyder's Court of Owls so cool is that it is so steeped in myth. Bruce is convinced the Court can't exist, but the signs are all around him and he really doesn't know what to do. And as always, Greg Capullo's artwork is damn near perfect for the Dark Knight (unlike David Finch's weird renditions of Gothamites.) Without spoiling the last pages, this arc is set to get even more engrossing in the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 23, 2011

    Plus, if you've been reading Capullo's Twitter account, it sounds like things are about to get crazy-awesome so you better come aboard now before you miss out on something spectacular. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Dec 24, 2011

    Someone recently asked me which book I thought was the best of the New 52. Try as I might, I couldnt decide between this title and one other but make no mistake, if this isnt the best book DC is putting out right now, its in the top two. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 24, 2011

    Just a terrific comic, and a good, fresh look at a classic character. Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Dec 22, 2011

    See, again I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Dec 21, 2011

    Joey is IGN's Comics Editor and a comic book creator himself. Follow Joey on Twitter, or find him on MyIGN. You may or may not discover a profound number of cat pictures. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Dec 22, 2011

    Jumping on point?: Nope. You could read this issue alone, but you'd be a little confused. Best to start with issue #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Dec 22, 2011

    As Batman gets closer to the mysterious Court Of Owls, The Talon, like a bird of prey is closing in for the kill! Plus: Bruce Waynes first detective case before he was ever Batman. Another great ish! Written by Scott Snyder (American Vampire) and illustrated by Greg Capullo (Spawn). From DC comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 21, 2011

    The story to this point has been a high-stakes collection of near misses, almost fatalities, and compounded stress for the titular character. Given what Snyder puts upon the cowl and cape of Batman in this issue, it doesn't look like it will be changing up anytime too soon. Snyder is doing a very good job of expanding Batman's world without alienating long-term fans. He's found new ground to overturn and, in doing so, just so happens to give Batman an unearthed mystery to try to solve. It's fun reading that combines the very best of the Batman mythos with the energetic brilliance of Capullo's artwork. The duo seems like the odd couple of comics, but with this story, their collaboration shines. Batman's fun to read again, and there truly is a sense of adventure as Snyder and Capullo make this a run that will prove to be memorable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Michael D. Stewart Jan 8, 2012

    But really, what's truly on display is Snyder's work. The layers built into this plot are immense, but not overpowering. The plot is strong, but so too is the character development. This is what hooks readers. While a rip roaring and thrilling premise has its appeal, the examination of character traits and how they affect the narrative progression is what really separates a good comic from an excellent one. Batman #4 is neatly the latter, and that, in and of itself, tells readers what to expect going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 24, 2011

    Batman may very well be my favorite book of the re-launch. Snyder is proving that there are still aspects to Batman that haven't been defined in the decades that the character has seen print. The Owl story is building to something special and it looks like a payoff could be coming in the next issue based on the cliffhanger. It isn't too late to jump on this book. I definitely recommend doing so. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Dec 25, 2011

    Batman is still the best Batman book DC is putting out, even though there are some problems with dredging up the death of the Waynes as the major hook for the issue. The art is still full of detail and the story moves at a good pace, which earns Batman #4 3.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Jakob Dec 23, 2011

    Snyder and Capullo are one of the most talented creative teams working for DC right now, but while Capullo is firing on most of his cylinders here Snyder loses a lot of this issue to clumsy exposition. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 24, 2011

    The art by Greg Capullo looks great, and the comic ends with a panel that suggests things will pick up in the next issue. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Dec 23, 2011

    If you took out the middle 8-10 pages of this comic, it wasn't that bad. But I just never got into Bruce's flashback tale. I'm sure a lot of people enjoyed it, but for me it was just kind of time-wasting... But your opinion of this issue will definitely be decided on that flashback, so for me, this issue was a letdown. Read Full Review

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