Future State: The Next Batman #4

Writer: Vita Ayala, John Ridley, Paula Sevenbergen Artist: Aneke, Laura Braga, Emanuela Lupacchino Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 17, 2021 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 32
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The next Batman goes head-to-head with the Magistrate’s shock troops to protect the...guilty?! It’s a savage running battle across Gotham City, and it will have the next Dark Knight fighting overwhelming odds to prove that justice still lives in the heart of a broken city.
In the finale of “Batgirls,” after discovering the person locked in the high-security cell is the one who’s been sending out “Batman Lives” signals to the Resistance, Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain must work together to make sure they take that person when they escape their prison!
Plus, in the conclusion of “Gotham City Sirens,” Catwom more

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 17, 2021

    Sadly, the two of them aren't very good. The "Batgirls" story is pretty forgettable. Then there is the "Gotham City Sirens" story that just did not work for me at all. The lead story is great though and the book is worth it because of that. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Ariel Bee Feb 16, 2021

    A goodbye that feels like a promise for more, and I'm here for it. Future State has been pretty interesting all around - I've enjoyed nearly everything I've read across the entire line so far, and I'm glad that many these characters and storylines will be continue in some form. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Nick Friar Feb 17, 2021

    I stand by what I said in my Future State: The Next Batman #2 review: Batgirls is outstanding. Definitely one of the best sub stories Future State has produced. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Feb 18, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #4 is the end of this miniseries, but not the end of the Future State Gotham story. This series has done an outstanding job in introducing Jace Fox as a new Batman and the dystopian future he lives in. I look forward to seeing the story continuing is the months ahead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Dan Spinelli Feb 16, 2021

    It's "Closing Time" in Gotham as The Next Batman, Batgirls, and Gotham City Sirens all reach their conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Feb 16, 2021

    John Ridley does a good job of showing Tim Kane's struggle to take on the mantle of Batman. The emotional turmoil he goes through is heartbreaking. It leads one to wonder: Is the cost of saving a life too great a price for losing your own? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Nicole Drum Feb 17, 2021

    They only "bad" thing I have to say about Future State: The Next Batman #4 is that it's the last one and with the quality of this book"specifically this issue and the little series overall"that's just wrong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 16, 2021

    The Next Batman was a decent re-introduction to Jace Fox, a character poised to make big moves in DCs future and this was a solid if not remarkable run to show his potential. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 16, 2021

    The conclusion of the first four-part story in Future State really emphasizes the main issue here"this is a character-driven and decompressed story that would work well as the first chapter of an extended run, but not as a stand-alone miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Feb 16, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #4 is both a solid ending for the main story and a perfect set up for future stories in this universe. Even if the backup stories were hit and miss, I plan to read Second Son and hope that Ridley has many more stories to tell with this Dark Knight. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Feb 17, 2021

    John Ridley, Laura Braga, and Nick Derington did a good job completing the 'Year One' tone that was taken with Jace Fox rise as the new Batman. A strong foundation was built to create even more engaging stories with Jace in and out of the Batman cowl. The back-up stories for The Next Batman #4 added further value to this series. Vita Ayala and Aneke's Batgirls story did a fantastic job creating greater intrigue for the conflict between the Batman Family Resistance and Magistrate. The developments in that story made me even more excited to read all the Future State Batman Family titles together in one sitting. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 18, 2021

    Future State: The Next Batman #4 sees a bevy of creators doing some really fun things with the new status quos set up in 'Future State.' Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 20, 2021

    This perfectly adequate Batman story now has a perfectly adequate ending. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Feb 18, 2021

    The whole story structure is a mess. It is only saved by the pretty and bright art by Emanuela Luppachino. Read Full Review

  • 5.1
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Feb 17, 2021

    The Future State book for Batman comes to an unsatisfying conclusion as major story points that were focused upon during previous issues fall to the waist side as we focus on a long action scene instead of tying up any loose ends. I assume that the creative team was asked to leave things open so that the company can make an ongoing series if the books are popular enough, but ultimately it does a disservice to this book which has been pretty good up to this point. Unfortunately, this ending is incredibly unsatisfying. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Theodis Wright Feb 16, 2021

    What a way to end this story. While the previous installments of Future State: The Next Batman all had their fair share of weak stories, it was typically limited to one and the others held them up. This is the first issue where all of the stories were weak. At this rate, I really wish we would have gotten the full 5G event. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Batman-News - Nicholas Finch Feb 17, 2021

    It's a genuine shame to say this " especially when there are merits to each story here " but I'm very happy to be done with reviewing The Next Batman. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Merlyn Feb 16, 2021

    This was probably the best "Next Batman" story so far. Not that Tim is a compelling character or anything but the interactions between characters were pretty good and the art was very dynamic. Unfortunately, the backup stories were pure shit, especially Vita Ayala's. She's just not a good writer, I don't think I've read anything from her that I liked. I'd say I don't know why she keeps getting these gigs but I do know, unfortunately. Overall I can't say I'm looking forward to the Next Batman's story but it's not as bad as other Future State stories. He still isn't Batman for me but at least he acts in character close enough that I'm not feeling a huge difference in attitude between him and Bruce. Whether that's a flaw or a good thing is deb more

  • 4.5
    Onomatopoeia Feb 16, 2021

    Batman has gone from taking down secret societies, running a team composed of literal gods, and even defeating the mother of the multiverse, only to become a hack who can't even turn in two criminals to the police. This is just sad and a waste of potential. The Magistrate is a boring villain and the fact that DC has tried to convince me otherwise is insulting.

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  • 4.0
    Nihilist Feb 16, 2021

    Here it is - a line ending the issue, but not really. It's there, we can't deny it, and it's there to make you believe it's an end for this series, but I can't say it does its job. Not when it's pretty much clear why it's there to begin with - and it's there because DC ditched the idea of Generation 5, turning it into a 2 month long event. Everything they've planned, all the long running new series, had to be cut short, and the result is this - an overall mediocre issue intended to be merely a chapter of something bigger, ending up being the finale. And honestly, the more I think about it, the more furious I am.

    Look - The Next Batman started out strong. It offered us a lot of background story arcs and complex relationships betwe more

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  • 2.0
    Emma Feb 16, 2021

    I don't like the substitution of the batfamily for this batman, a completely corrupt Lucios and they insist on this man. In the end the sales will speak.
    The backup story was the only thing I liked to read.

  • 4.0
    Quinn Feb 17, 2021

    The problem with the "New Batman" is that it doesn't tell us who these characters are. Granted the original Batman didn't get an origin until six months after the character was launched in 1939, but that two-page story told us what we needed to know - why a guy dresses up as a bat to fight crime.

    Given that this was a comic book in 1939, and people put on costumes as a matter of course to sell 10 cent books to nine-year-olds, that was all we needed.

    But it's 2021. Nine-year-olds don't read comics anymore. I suspect more people over the age of 15 read them than under the age of 15. That means you have to come up with good explanations as to why people dress as a bat to fight crime.

    The New Batman really does more

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  • 4.5
    Psycamorean Feb 17, 2021

    I liked The Next Batman story. I don't really get the dislike of that story in particular. The Batgirls and Gotham City Sirens stories were so bad. I almost couldn't get through them.

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  • 4.5
    Bats20832 Feb 17, 2021

    The New Batman "Crime is Mostly OK" issue number 4 decides portrays a bat family, with "justice" values to aid killers, give a killer a device used in suicide bombing, have several Magistrate figures killed and mutilated, and reject law enforcement punishment for hardened criminals. For a lot of fans, that will be worth $8. Unlike pro-crime figures in Crime Syndicate, we now have justification in persecuted revolutionaries in Future State Gotham. As to "The New Batman" Future State bat family, resistance is all, at any cost. And in issue 4, you should really like Homer, because you will be hearing Homer quoted a lot, and Delphic maxims of course.

    The New Batman (Part 4 finally). Rating: 4.5. Because there is a story, no matter ho more

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  • 8.5
    Todd A. Lonn Feb 18, 2021

    I liked everything except for the GOTHAM SIRENS story

  • 7.5
    EDiakota Feb 23, 2021

    " Love you, Sara will love you always."
    - ERIC

  • 5.0
    axdn Feb 26, 2021

    I think the main story was really boring, I don't really see the appealing or need of the new Batman.

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