Dark Knights of Steel #4

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Bengal, Yasmine Putri Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 2, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 48
8.1Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

The arrival of the Els by spaceship 19 years earlier was a pivotal moment for the kingdom, and a prophecy was born! But what were those early years like for the Els, and how did they come to be monarchs of the kingdom? And what catastrophic event triggered everything that was to follow?

  • 10
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Feb 1, 2022

    The artwork in this issue gives off a medieval air that perfectly matches the tone of the story. The changing color palette and attention to detail create an immersive visual that is emotionally connective and pleasing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Feb 1, 2022

    Dark Knights of Steel #4reveals the origin of its medieval universe's Batman, which is laced with equal amounts of tragedy and triumph. It also makes for a great interlude in the ongoing story, and I wouldn't be surprised if we get another issue like this down the line. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Feb 7, 2022

    Added to that is some really strong artwork from the art team, who I'd say do a fair bit of the heavy lifting in terms of showing and not telling. The panels of a Dying Martha Wayne asking the Els to take over the Kingdom were brilliantly drawn. As was Luthors transformation and introduction as a key villain. The final page where we see The Dark Knight and Alfred ride out is really cool. I can't wait for more Dark Knights of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 1, 2022

    Four issues in, this isn't as dark as the previous Taylor alternate realities, but it's no less fascinating. It's essentially a family tragedy, and one of the best books in DC's stable right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Comic Watch - Bethany W Pope Feb 1, 2022

    This is a very effective installment, a strong link in the chainmail that Taylor is forging. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Feb 2, 2022

    While there aren't as many shocks like the previous episodes, I did like the creepy take on the Green Man and felt that it provides a fresh take on a pair of classic DC villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Feb 7, 2022

    Tom Taylor is definitely giving me what I need here, not what I wanted. Add to that the very pretty art and I am still on board. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 9, 2022

    While I wasn't expecting an artist change – and I dislike them mid-series – having Bengal come in for this one to deal with a flashback piece works well enough. I really liked getting the extra focus on the Wayne's and El's here to see more of what went on back then as well as how the El's handled settling into things before getting drawn into humanity and all that they were dealing with at the time. It's a solid piece that also clears up the origins of the Green Man and reinforces why so many others are fearful, or at least very wary, of what the El's represent in the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 5, 2022

    This was a wonderful issue, packed with information. I still hold my stance on becoming curiouser and curiouser, as more questions are being answered, as even more questions unfold. I loved the scenes of Bruce, Kal, and Zara playing because compared to other universes, Bruce looked like he had a decent childhood, with five parents instead of just one father figure. He was loved fully, and that was lovely to see. I'm greatly looking forward to the next issue and more behind the scenes of Kal-El in this Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 2, 2022

    Dark Knights of Steel #4 fills in some interesting gaps to the story. We get to learn a bit of the world's history through Alfred. While the issue is mainly devoted to the past it's very much about the present and by the end, has set the series up for its next arc and direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 1, 2022

    Dark Knights of Steel #4 is a nice break away from the main story to give readers a fuller picture of what Batman is going through as far as his identity and role. It sets up a cool hero's journey for Batman as we close in on the midway point of the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Feb 1, 2022

    Now, I say qualm as well because I think Taylors creativity may have gotten the best of him in DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL #4. Without spoiling too much, I just feel obligated to explain why I disagree with a decision made by Taylor on this issue. Taylor ultimately introduced Luthor as a corrupt, psychotic, GREEN LANTERN and the true villain of the past and this very issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 6, 2022

    Dark Knights of Steel #4 does its job of filling us into the backstory of this DC Universe. Getting into Bruce Wayne's backstory and how it actually plays a big role in the current state of things opens various roads this series can take moving forward. The big villain reveal also creates a major wild card who could quickly shift things depending on how they decide to create even greater chaos than they have already. All of this leaves you with a feeling of wanting to find out what will happen next, which is exactly how one should feel at the end of a chapter for a story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 1, 2022

    Still, it's hard not to go through the issue and wonder just how much more elegant it would have looked if Putri was able to handle the art on it. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Feb 1, 2022

    DC Comics' DARK KNIGHTS OF STEEL #4 is full of punchy action that ultimately feels quite forgettable. But in the margins of these scenes, in the respites from the chaos and drama, there are beautiful moments that will stick with you. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 5, 2022

    An issue-long flashback interrupts the main story just as it's really getting started, and the flashback itself doesn't provide good enough revelations to make it worth the trouble. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 1, 2022

    Dark Knights of Steel #4 slows things down to fill us in on the past and what happened after the Els crash-landed on Earth.  Unfortunately, some explanations were a little too easy, while others were a bit over the top.  It all ended up feeling forced.  Hopefully, Taylor rights the ship next issue because this one was disappointing. Read Full Review

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