Batman and Robin #4

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Philip Tan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 16, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 14
7.3Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Meet the Red Hood and his sidekick Scarlet, Gotham City's vicious new "protectors," in the start of a new arc! This dangerous duo is out to destroy the very reputation and legacy of the Batman by replacing it altogether. Writer Grant Morrison (FINAL CRISIS) teams with hot new artist Philip Tan (GREEN LANTERN) to bring you what's sure to be the new Batman and Robin's biggest challenge yet!

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Sep 18, 2009

    Another issue of Batman and Robin = another A. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace and Thom Young Sep 26, 2009

    Dave Wallace: Yes, maybe the Red Hood really is just a big Nick Cave fan after all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Sep 16, 2009

    Very solid storytelling opens up bigger and more dangerous things for the new dynamic duo. Get on board. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comix 411 - David Torres Sep 19, 2009

    A good job here by Morrison. I love all of these new characters. It's time for Dick Grayson to have his own Rogues Gallery. The Circus of Strange was a great start and this Gravedigger character looks promising. Still the best Batman book out there. Highly recommend it! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Dan Phillips Sep 16, 2009

    The haunting Red Hood/Scarlett scene is preceded by another two-page sequence that stood out above the rest. The scene introduced another creepy new player named the Grave Digger, an English author decked out in an unusual mask and costume, and although I have no idea how this character fits into the story, I definitely want to see more of him. With any luck, we'll see more scenes like the pair of previously mentioned gems next issue than we will more shots of antiheroes offing rogues. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Sep 20, 2009

    Batman and Robin #4 was another solid issue of this series. Morrison provided plenty of solid dialogue and Tan did a great job with the artwork for this issue. The only thing that keep this issue from being another great issue is Morrison lack to follow the continuity the other Batman writers have set-up with the new status quo. Anyone looking for a fun Batman title than I definitely recommend picking this series up as Morrison is doing a great job on this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Sep 19, 2009

    Maybe he's the id to Dick Grayson's ego and the Batman super-ego. Maybe things will get a whole lot more internal before "Batman and Robin" reaches its conclusion. Or maybe Morrison will just continue to tell engaging, off-kilter stories about the Batman family, regardless of whether or not he has an artist who brings out the best in him. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Sep 23, 2009

    I thought this issue was definitely a step in the right direction. There were still some things that bugged me, like Damien's attitude(must Damien ALWAYS be so obnoxious?)and the Penguin appearing in this issue(I HATE the Penguin!!!), but I thought this issue was a much easier/logical read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 25, 2009

    It's interesting to see Grant Morrison's unorthodox writing style with a more mainstream artist, and oddly, the effect (as with Tony Daniel in the 'RIP' arc) is more unsettling than having the stylized renditions of Quitely or Richard Case. Having the characters and the city look so very much like your average bat-book, with the outre concepts that G Mo brings to the table makes the madness that is Batman even more entertaining. I'm not usually a bat-reader, but the first arc of this book was a high-speed thrill-ride, with an arc that was short and to the point rather than drawn out for potential trade paperbacking down the line. This issue joyfully kicks off a new arc, and it's only real downfall is that I, at least, can't think of anyone else for the Red Hood to be other than Jason Todd. If there were other characters built up, it could be a mystery, whereas this seems more fait accompli to me. Dick and Damien's jostling for control of their relationship seems to have simmered down a Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Sep 17, 2009

    A steep decline in quality, both in writing and artwork, for what had been some of the best Batman work in over a decade. I'm hoping this is only a temporary set back for the title as it's just pedestrian work right now. At least Morrison's preBatman and Robin work was interesting and unique, if not something I cared for. This is just dull and uninspired in comparison to that and the past three issues of this series. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Sep 17, 2009

    This is, by far, the weakest issue of this fledgling series. Philip Tan's disappointing performance on the art and Morrison slipping back into horrible habits, combined with dull characterization leaves very little to like about this issue. This is the epitome of what I like to call a "Burrito Book"a book so lacking merit that you should skip it entirely and use the money you saved to buy yourself a burrito, which you will most definitely enjoy more. Read Full Review

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