Batman Annual #4

Writer: Tom King Artist: Mike Norton, Jorge Fornes Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 30, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 39
9.2Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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Now features art by Jorge Fornes and Mike Norton and a new story:  What's it like to be Batman from day to day? What are the challenges that the Dark Knight Detective faces? From thieves to marauding monsters, writer Tom King takes us across the gamut of experience to show the vast scope of what it takes to fill the Batman's boots...and then what it means when he goes back home.

  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Oct 31, 2019

    Without the restrictions of a long-form story, King was able to reach deep into his bag and take us back into Batman's psyche, which has historically been what his best writing on this series has showcased. And the insane backdrops gave all of the artists something to play with as they'd go from drawing a horde of mummies on one page to Batman crossing the street with an elderly woman on the next. Talk about variety. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Charlie Ashby Oct 30, 2019

    Batman Annual #4 is a perfect standalone Batman book that is a joy to read, visually stunning, and a reminder of why comics are such a brilliant medium. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Oct 30, 2019

    This might be the best Batman book of the year. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Nov 3, 2019

    Tom King gives an astounding tale that lives up to the cover's claim that it's “A Batman tale like no other!” No other tale has quite captured the totality of Batman's multi-faceted essence or so clearly demonstrated that Batman's fight against evil and injustice is truly never-ending. Read Full Review

  • 10
    On Comics Ground - Timothy Quail Oct 30, 2019

    Even if you hate Tom King's Batman, you need to read this book. This comic is the shows the perfect understanding of Batman as a character. Batman fans would be remiss to miss out on this comic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Multiversity Comics - Beau Q. Nov 4, 2019

    For some, "Batman Annual" #4 will be another great Batromp. For others, "Batman Annual" #4 will be the summer fireworks atop Batman's legacy. For DC Comics and Batman, "Batman Annual" #4 is just another day in the book. Maybe after his prolonged suffering, Bruce can catch a break, but given his nature as a constant, Batman's work never ends. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Oct 30, 2019

    A masterful standalone experience that conveys the everyday existence of Batman as a character. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 30, 2019

    As King's run winds down, there's been a lot of debate over some of his story decisions. But this issue is not only King's run at its absolute best, it's one of the best single issues he's ever written. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Sequential Planet - Alex Marks Nov 2, 2019

    Batman Annual #4 is the Batman comic every fan should read. Even if you've been burned on King's run on the main Batman book, give this annual a chance. It's fun, heartwarming and engaging throughout and has absolutely incredible art. The narrative all being told through Alfred's diary is great and makes for an outstanding issue. Don't skip it. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 4, 2019

    King has written a very simple story that actually is very complex when you stop and think about it. Each story and picture is much deeper than a normal comic. It is a really nice and well done annual. It also has some of the best art that Batman has ever seen. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 30, 2019

    With a humorous yet heartfelt adventure, Batman Annual #4 is easily one of the best DC Comics releases of 2019. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Oct 30, 2019

    Jorge Fornes and Mike Norton do an excellent job with the art in this annual. The characters look great, the details and action are fantastic and the sequencing of the panels allows for both the big and small moments to carry equal weight on the page. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Oct 30, 2019

    Tom King weaves a tale from the journal of Alfred Pennyworth, and in doing so creates one of the most memorable Batman stories in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Oct 30, 2019

    This book is a love letter to all things Batman and I had a lot of fun reading it. Also, Batman rides a dinosaur and thats awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Oct 31, 2019

    Tom King delivers an excellent Annual, and while it might not be for everyone, for me, it is spectacular. There's no deep dive into characterization here. No attempt to try and make Batman different. This is merely a presentation of who and what Batman has always been and always will be. A hero in every facet. Every. Single. Day. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Oct 30, 2019

    While the issue starts slow and there is a MOUNTAIN of text for the reader to get through, this has to be one of the most entertaining and fun Batman stories that we've gotten in years. It still has that Tom King feel to it but it manages to borrow from the past to really add color and excitement to this annual. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it highly. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Nov 2, 2019

    Beautiful art is forced to work in concert with a mediocre script in Batman Annual #4 (King, Fornes, Norton, Steward, Cowles). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 1, 2019

    While this isn't the most sweeping of statements about the World's Greatest Detective, Batman Annual #4 will likely appeal to diehard fans of both King and Fornes' work. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Wes Greer Oct 30, 2019

    Overall, this issue really was a waste of an opportunity by King to really hammer out something great for the last time before his work on Batman is over. Read Full Review

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