Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Writer: Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello Artist: Andy Kubert Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 27, 2016 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 23
7.1Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The Master Race will rise. Cities will fall. Bruce Wayne is dead. What will the heroes of the world do to save it?

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Apr 28, 2016

    DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE #4 establishes very clearly that, in order for the world of men to be saved from their godlike invaders, they'll have to do it themselves. And so, it falls on Batman to be the protector of his people in a way that none of the super powered heroes can be. In the end, though, given their disconnectedness from each other and their actions, maybe Quard and the Kryptonians are right. Maybe human beings don't deserve Earth. It's this kind of depth that elevates DK III and makes it such a joy to read and dissect. Brian Azzarello, Andy Kubert and the rest of the creative team are doing something special with this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 28, 2016

    It aims high, and knocks it out of the park! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 27, 2016

    Not a bad issue at all due to some much needed story progression. Batman is getting on his feet while Superman does the opposite which makes for entertaining Dark Knight-style reading that's leading somewhere, and where exactly it's leading is slowly becoming clearer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Apr 25, 2016

    While I am excited for the next issue, the ending felt very abrupt and lacked the impact the previous cliffhangers had. The fact that Batman has overwhelming odds stacked against him by not only an army of aliens, but also his own city, adds a new dimension to the series. Cameos by Justice League members also add to the excitement, but I hope they don't distract from what is supposed to be a Batman story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Apr 28, 2016

    Miller, Azzarello, Kubert and Janson all step it up this issue, and both the story and the readers benefit from it. "Dark Knight III: The Master Race" #4 will put to rest any doubts fans had about this series' merits. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Apr 28, 2016

    Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4 explores a number of deep issues in interesting and iconic ways. It's a complex and entertaining story that pushes characters to the brink and forces them to make tough decisions to really reveal exactly the kind of character that they are. While the story in general is very good, it does suffer from a number of technical issues including a poor character design and some very rough transitions in the second half of the book. I definitely recommend you grab this one, despite the problems. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans May 2, 2016

    All in all, its a forward progression of the story, though the most interesting aspects are fueled by the cliffhanger in issue #3. The stakes are finally high for Batman himself, so it will be nice to see him back in action next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Apr 28, 2016

    The series is about what I expected and continues its big on concepts, low on exploration of those concepts. But, that leaves a story that the readers can debate with each other and themselves. Honestly I expected a voice and perspective that hasn't quite played out as I expected. A comic you can debate is a success in many ways, and I continue to look forward to see what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Apr 27, 2016

    There's a scene in this issue where Carrie injects a large needle into Bruce's knee, and his mixture of pain and relief could almost capture the sentiments of the reader at this midway point in the series. Dark Knight III: The Master Race is not the messy rollercoaster that its predecessor was often seen as, but it isn't the groundbreaker this version of Batman once was either. At an elongated running time of eight issues, it also feels like a long walk-up to something wholly familiar as well, but with the surprises it has still managed to offer so far, it's hard to count the master out of the race just yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Apr 28, 2016

    Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4 was an issue that I wanted to love, but ultimately found myself barely enjoying. It gave us some great storytelling, with some brutal twists, but at the same time was hindered by a lack of focus and unnecessary additions. And at it's steep $5.99 cover price, it really needed to be a bit better. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 27, 2016

    The fact that The Dark Knight III is slowly falling behind schedule doesn't do anything to help the series' sluggish pacing. And it's disappointing to see what began as a story about a new generation of heroes morphing into another tale about an aging Bruce Wayne. But that's not to say that there isn't promise with this book, or that it doesn't improve on its predecessors in certain key ways. But as it reaches the halfway point, this book isn't exploring its characters to their full potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Apr 27, 2016

    If DK3 has proven one thing about the loose franchise its attempting to tie up, its that the worst thing you can do in that space is to streamline it. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton Apr 28, 2016

    The Dark Knight III #4 definitely has style, but scatters its substance without finding a strong throughline, especially with the unceremonious offing of Superman and the Wonder Woman and Flash cameos. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Apr 28, 2016

    Not awful, just dull, which might even be worse. Azzarello, Miller, Kubert, and Janson offer up something that's fine on a technical level, but it never gets bad enough that it's worth caring about or good enough that it's worth raving over. Will it read better as a whole? Time will tell, but we have a long time to wait before finding that out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jody Cardona Apr 27, 2016

    Oh, how the mighty have fallen! The main issue is full of ridiculousness and subpar art as compared to the rest of the series. The heroes are acting dumb or are underpowered, the villain has gone full stereotype by allowing Gotham a LARGE time period to do his bidding, and while there are some moments that shined, it's just not good. The mini comic was what really brings down the score with it being ridiculous with more bad art than the main comic. I can't recommend this" I really can't" Read Full Review

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