Future State: Dark Detective #4

Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Joshua Williamson Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis, Dan Mora Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 24, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 43
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Bruce Wayne may be a dead man in the eyes of the villainous Magistrate, but this dark detective isn’t through yet! In this pulse-pounding finale, Bruce makes his final move and comes face to face with the man at the top of Gotham’s oppressive regime, Peacekeeper One! With bombs planted and the trap waiting to be sprung, this final battle will decide the fate of Gotham City once and for all...
And after the events of the last “Red Hood” chapter, Jason Todd is a wanted man. He got too close to the mystery of the new Red Hood Gang, and that forced the Magistrate to take extreme measures-because no one can know the truth. Hurt and more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Seth Singleton Feb 25, 2021

    Joshua Williams transitions from writing The Flash, Justice League, Endless Winter, to one of the most beloved anti-heroes in the DC Universe with ease. A clear-cut grasp of Red Hood is matched by the thoughtful and expressive lines of Giannis Milonogiannis. Fans of Batman and Red Hood will treasure this four-part series and all it has to offer. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 24, 2021

    There is an interesting Red Hood backup story as well here that I don't want to say too much about as it leads to future events. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Feb 23, 2021

    As a self-contained story about Bruce Wayne and the roots of Gotham's corruption, "Dark Detective" is brilliant. As a prologue to Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora's "Detective Comics" run, it's even better. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 23, 2021

    If this is any indication of what Tamaki has planned for us in her regular run, bring it on"this has been one of the best stories of Future State. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Joseph Gilmore Feb 23, 2021

    Overall Future State Dark Detective was an absolute home run. Tamaki and Mora were cranking on all cylinders start to finish as if they had been working together for years. Here's hoping that they get more opportunities to write for DC and get to take on more characters that we know and love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Steve J Ray Feb 23, 2021

    I hate that this series is over, and more questions have been raised than have been answered, but I've absolutely loved it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Feb 23, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #4 shows two sides of Future State Gotham, offering both an absolute end and a conspiratorial cliffhanger in its two excellent stories. Both unmissable in their own unique ways, Dark Detective #4 is the cream of the Future State crop. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 23, 2021

    Dan Mora delivers some exceptionally detailed art throughout the issue. There is a glorious beauty in those pages. Milonogiannis brings some awesome energy to the action in the Red Hood story. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Comic Watch - Cody White Feb 24, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #4 (#DCCOMICS @marikotamaki @Danmora_c) simultaneously ends decisively and leaves threads dangling in this final issue before returning to the current timeline. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Feb 23, 2021

    If DARK DETECTIVE is a sign of what we can expect from Tamaki's upcoming tenure on DETECTIVE COMICS, well... it's nothing but a very good sign. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 27, 2021

    The better Future State Batman comic comes to a satisfying and gorgeous finale. This issue embraces and lives up to the very idea of “Future State” better than most comics in the initiative. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Feb 24, 2021

    While the story does feel like it moves a little fast and there's a sense of wanting more, it's a solid issue of a truly great Batman story. I can't wait to see what happens next when Tamaki and Mora take over Detective Comics next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 23, 2021

    Dark Detective doesnt offer a strong conclusion to this arc, but for Bruce Wayne and Jason Todd fans itll still be worth seeing how they enter into the next era of Future State. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 25, 2021

    Mariko Tamaki and Dan Mora saved the best for last as Future State: Dark Detective #4 delivered the most compelling reading experience for Bruce Wayne's actions against the Magistrate. Joshua Williamson and Giannis Milonogiannis' Red Hood back-up story further strengthened the content we got in this issue by showing us where Jason Todd and Rose Wilson are at this point in Future State. In many ways the Red Hood story stole the thunder from the main story in Dark Detective #4. Overall, this issue just further drove home how the Batman Family stories were some of the best content delivered by the Future State direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Feb 23, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #4 is frustrating. The stories within have been fantastic. It truly has felt like the world of Judge Dredd has infiltrated Batmans life. Tamaki has generated interesting moral quandaries and used themes that are fascinating. But the ending leaves a bad taste in the mouth because it doesnt feel final. Perhaps the readers could have benefitted from an extra issue, as the sudden stop is jarring. Red Hoods part of the issue is also great but may belong within its own series. The art is superb, in particular the stunning colours from Bellaire, but one cant help but be confused as to how the series concludes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Casper Rudolph Feb 23, 2021

    If you are looking for an issue with well-rounded characters, an intriguing plot and a full-circle ending, then I can't recommend this comic. If you don't mind any of that and are just looking for beautiful artwork - and perhaps the best rendition of Bruce Wayne and Gotham that I've seen since the start of Rebirth - then I absolutely recommend this comic! Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Scott Waldyn Feb 23, 2021

    Future State: Dark Detective #4 rushes to a bewildering conclusion that opts for a cliffhanger rather than a satisfying ending, which is a shame, considering that the art in this four-issue miniseries has been stellar. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    fenixalasnegras Feb 23, 2021

    This whole event starts without a solid story, with a chronological disorder, a lot of bad new characters with the exception of Yara and terrible unfinished endings. Which brings us to the story of Bruce THE REAL BATMAN.
    The idea was really good, a Bruce without fortune, struggling to survive, a Batman in the dark doing the impossible to end a fascist government and Dark Detective started very well, it even looked much more interesting than what it had been doing in its usual series. But then the writing becomes sluggish and like the other books it doesn't get anywhere "Much ado about nothing."
    In return we have the counterpart, the backup story despite a lousy art the twist was not bad, Red Hood is playing a dangerous game with more

  • 3.5
    Nihilist Feb 23, 2021

    You know what annoys me? The fact that Tamaki wasted the entirety of issue #1 of this series, leaving us with only 3 to tell a story that clearly needed more time to unravel and offer us a satisfying conclusion. Funnily enough every Dark Detective comic dragged at times and featured overwhelming amount of stagnant filler. Even this one, which makes its ending even worse than it actually is, because if it wasn't for the nauseating amount of exposition and filler, maybe it could have dealt with actual consequences of Bruce's actions throughout the series. Where did it all lead? To one big bang, and that's it?
    Imagine A New Hope ending with Death Star blowing up. That's it. One gigantic explosion and nothing more. No conclusions to main c more

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  • 3.5
    Bats20832 Feb 23, 2021

    Dark Detective "Finale" (eye roll) Issue #2 (I mean #4) ends with a bang, but no real conclusion (of course), after stretching out 2 issues worth of story into 4 issues at $6 each. Was it worth $24? DC and writer Mariko Tamaki thinks so. And we have gotten interesting art from Dan Mora and great coloring from Jordie Bellaire. The lettering is intended to be "futuristic," and Aditya Bidikar continues the same annoying lettering from previous issues.

    It wasn't as bad or as expensive as "The New Batman." So there is that. But of course, there was never any intent to have a "story" with any real conclusion.

    We have a Bruce Wayne who is struggling with uncertainty, guilt, self-blame, doubt. The same Batman who defeated co more

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  • 8.0
    Merlyn Feb 23, 2021

    Tamaki brings this whole issue down with her writing. Mora's art is still pretty good, but her writing is as chaotic as ever. The Red Hood story was pretty good and it turns out there's more to Jason's role in FS than what seemed to be, looking forward to that one.

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  • 4.0
    Afre Feb 23, 2021

    I really liked the art of this series. At least the first part. But that's about it. Stuff does happen, Bruce's inner monologue is shown to us, but I really just don't know if anything happens. If this is the end, it's a very bad ending. A big bad boom is not a good way to end the mini-series, if we don't have enough time with these characters. I really didn't care about anything and I was confused if we should know who Peacekeeper One is. It was a disappointment, I really wanted it to be better because I loved the artstyle.

    As for the Red Hood story, eh. Just eh.

  • 8.0
    silencecaptif Feb 24, 2021

    batman's story is bad, art is beautiful
    the backup story was great even though the art was like the bad Batman story.
    I will definitely buy the Future State Gotham drawing book,

  • 8.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 8, 2021

    No backups again lol.

  • 3.5
    Onomatopoeia Feb 24, 2021

    While reading this, my wife was playing Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" in the other room. I think it was a bit serendipitous considering I will always love Batman, no matter how stupid the storyline ends up being. I understand that as times change so to do the mindsets of the audience. A billionaire taking matters into their own hands and enacting their own brand of justice just doesn't resonate the same way anymore. That said, watching the same billionaire genius devolve into little more than a street hobo fighting a corrupted version of their former self is equally painful. I hated the Magistrate, I didn't like the Peacekeeper, you can't be an alien conspiracy theorist considering all the countless aliens in DC, and while I will more

  • 8.5
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  • 8.0
    fearUhavemeisenough Feb 27, 2021

    I didn't have time for the review until today, The Batman-Bruce's story is full of clichés, I've skipped a few numbers, but clearly haven't missed much.

    The backup story gave me a very pleasant surprise, Jason dives into the entrails of the beast, acting as the traitor when in reality is an insider, was a great twist . This story would be 10 if it had another cartoonist. Dexter Soy would have been perfect.

    Batman-Bruce's art is perfect, but not the story, the opposite of Red Hood. This has led me to the conclusion that I will definitely buy Future State Gotham,

  • 8.0
    EDiakota Mar 4, 2021

    " For the moment, i still own the shadows. I crawled into the darkness to strike fear into the hearts of my enemies. Did i protect Gotham ? Or did i make it vulnerable to men who would use the darkness to control it ?"
    - BATMAN

  • 7.5
    F.T. Wolf Feb 24, 2021

    I thouroghly enjoyed both the Batman and Red Hood (featuring my girl Ravager) stories.
    While I don't agree with the direction Future State has taken with Bruce Wayne (and many characters come to thin of it) I can't deny that the more down to earth approach and focus on his detective skill really work for the character.
    The Red Hood story is just enjoyable. Not that overcomplicated or too surprising, but well executed.

    In short: Good writing, good art and good characterizations throughout.
    However: is this really the end of the Future State Batman story? Because if it is, it's a really unsatisfying one.


  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Mar 21, 2021

    Decent book, even if the ending itself was a bit underwhelming. I wonder whether there will be a follow-up sometime in the future. The Red Hood story was decent as well, I might pick up the upcoming book.

  • 7.0
    DDJamesB Feb 28, 2021

    Its way better than next Batman. Even the red hood story was ok but it just didnt really have an ending that felt like it warranted the story overall.

  • 6.5
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    This is the best the issue of Dark Detective, but that’s been a very low hurdle to clear. The strongest factor that helps this issue to soar above the others is that Mariko Tamaki doesn’t have much story to tell or inane inner monologues to annoy us with. Instead, we get final showdown between Batman and Peacekeeper-01 with a bunch of punching, kicking, and explosions. Sure, we still get a lot of dumb thought balloons like: “What I know.” “There is no end.” “Only endings.” “Clean cuts.” “Rarely.” “Mostly frayed edges.” “Collateral damage…” “The cost…” “…of my mistakes.” Blargh.

    At least Dan Mora and Jordie Bellaire really outdo themselves on this one. The battle scenes are beautiful, more

  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Feb 23, 2021

    I liked the Bruce Wayne story. Much more than the Red Hood story!

  • 4.0
    myconius Jun 17, 2021

    Definitely not what i was hoping for.
    Dan Mora's art deserves a much better story than this.

    definitely skip this.

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