Gotham City: Year One #4

Writer: Tom King Artist: Phil Hester Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 4, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 10
8.4Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

The new crime-noir classic rolls on! Slam Bradley’s search for the Wayne heiress takes a tragic, deadly turn and the simmering pot that is Gotham City is about to boil over! As the world falls apart around him, Slam must decide between justice and revenge-a choice that will echo down the generations and redefine both Gotham and Batman!

  • 9.8
    Comic Watch - Theron Couch Jan 6, 2023

    Gotham City Year One #4 sets out to accomplish more than any issue in the series has. But its very much a transitory issue. Each of the previous three was constructed both in story and theme to advance the mystery plot in a specific way. This issue puts the broad strokes of that plot to bed as King starts to do something new. It is compelling in its own right, but because so much is open ended it doesnt function quite as well narratively as a single issue. Without a doubt riveting, though, is Bradleys attack on the police commissioner. Both in a real and metaphorical sense, its the most visceral moment in the series yet. This is yet another must have issue in a must have series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 3, 2023

    Gotham City: Year One #4 is another enticing chapter revealing truths about Gotham, the Waynes, and possibly Batman himself. It's exciting to see there are hidden tales worth telling expertly unveiled by the creators in each chapter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 3, 2023

    This is a tense, gripping story that immerses you in a very different Gothamone less crime-riddled, but maybe just as cruel. It hasn't reached the heights of King's other works yet, but it is building towards an explosive finale. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jan 3, 2023

    Gotham City: Year One #4 combines some of the best qualities of a crime noir and mixes them together with a historic, continuity dream that places so much more history in Gotham and with the Waynes. Sure, Gotham City: Year One #4 isnt as powerful as the last issue but this issue still had its decisive moments. Batman fans interested in Gotham and the Waynes need to be reading this series. Film noir buffs should also hop on this train while they still can. I simply couldnt be more excited to see this series come out each month. Its so weird for me to say this but Keep it coming Mr. King! Keep it coming! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless! Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Jan 4, 2023

    When the final page of issue #4 arrives, it's abundantly clear this ought to be a series everyone is talking about before it ends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jan 3, 2023

    Gotham City: Year One #4 uncovers the truth behind Helen Wayne's murder and gets the main character, Slam Bradley, beaten up... a lot. All that's left to do is find out how Slam resolves the murder while keeping the Wayne legacy intact, so we'll see how it goes. In the meantime, this issue is a serviceable time waster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Lee Jan 4, 2023

    Gotham City: Year One #4 is a very entertaining read as it kicks its film noir influences into overdrive. Even a somewhat mediocre mystery doesn't dampen the sharp characterization and moody art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Jackson Luken Jan 5, 2023

    Gotham City: Year One #4 offers an exploration of Slam at his lowest point. Seemingly everything and everyone has turned on him. King continues to deliver a gripping, character driven detective story with plenty of twists and turns. The past three issues have set up all the pieces, and now everything is coming together. If you have any interest in detective fiction in your Batman stories, be sure to pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Ian Miller Jan 4, 2023

    King returns to the leaden, expected "twists'' of the first issue, leading to a denouement that hits with all the force of a whiffle bat, though Hester, Gapstur, and Bellaire's art once again lifts the book up. Read Full Review

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