Batman Eternal #4

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The Good

A weekly book can be pretty tough. We've seen DC try it twice in the past with some mixed results. However, one month into BATMAN ETERNAL, this book feels like it has a good direction and is way more than just another Batman book. If anything, this book should be called "Gotham Eternal" because it covers so much more than what Batman is up to.

The main focus of this story is Barbara dealing with her father's incarceration after the events of issue #1. The opening courtroom scene is a hard one to read for any James Gordon fan as there seems to be no justice for the character because there's no real proof that the train crash wasn't his fault.

Barbara does what any person would do when someone you love and care about is falsely accused of something, beats the heck out of some low level thugs. Well, maybe only vigilantes do that. The reader can easily become empathetic with the character through her struggles here. It's a very satisfying opening to the book.

The Stephanie Brown part of the story is great, as she realizes what/who her father is and tries to find a place that is safe. Her scene is brief, but Spoiler fans and non-fans alike will feel for this character who walked into the wrong place at the wrong time.

What a depressing ending to the issue. It doesn't look extremely good for James Gordon, and while there isn't some huge reveal or cliffhanger, the ending works perfectly at keeping the reader hooked into the issue and story. Luckily, they won't have to wait a whole month to find out what happens next.

Opening this book, it was a breath of fresh air to see Dustin Nguyen doing the pencils, with Derek Fridolfs on inks, and John Kalisz on colors. Traditionally, Nguyen has flatter colos associated with his art, but here, Kalisz does a bit more with shades inside the panels. It gives Nguyen's art a bit more depth. There's just something about this art team, for this issue. that really works well on this book. Sure, there's other artists who put an immense amount of detail into every panel, but Nguyen's style has always worked well with Batman and more importantly, Gotham, to lighten up the book a little bit.

The Bad

The first few issues of BATMAN ETERNAL were good, but this one really worked well. There's no real problems with the issue. It was a ton of fun.

The Verdict

BATMAN ETERNAL is four issues in and it feels like a solid direction to the new weekly series. This book is much more about Gotham than Batman and it really shows here as the issue splits time between the Gordons, Batman, and Stephanie Brown. The art style keeps this issue a bit more light-hearted, which is the perfect match since it's a pretty depressing issue, with what is happening with James Gordon. Normally, I'd say to be very cautious of weekly series, but so far, this one has been top notch. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

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Have to catch up on this. Like the idea of rotating team so the stories won't feel the same too often.

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#2  Edited By comicbookfan93

The only issue I had with this issue was the change in art I realise why it's happened and I do like the art but the difference between this issue and last is initially jarring

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Really enjoyed it, Nguyen's art was great as always.

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If you're not reading Batman Eternal....you're doing it wrong

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#5  Edited By XescapetheliesX

This book has been insanely good and the fact that it comes out every week is almost too good to be true. This has quickly become one of my favorite books

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Only thing I didn't like was the art. Looked way too simple

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#7  Edited By CaptainHoopla

I'm glad I jumped on board for this. Four great issues so far. If they can keep this up for a year it's going to be epic.

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#8  Edited By mysoulz

@jayc1324 said:

Only thing I didn't like was the art. Looked way too simple

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..This comic keeps getting great reviews!

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@jphu8414 said:

If you're not reading Batman Eternal....you're doing it wrong

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I actually thought this was the weakest issue yet of Eternal. Layman's dialogue wasn't very good. The art change was jarring, and I wasn't fond of it in general despite usually liking Nguyen.

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Great series. Interested to see what Snyder has planned down the line.

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@jphu8414 said:

If you're not reading Batman Eternal....you're doing it wrong

I feel the same way. This story has been great so far.

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This series keeps getting better. I have a few observations.

1.) Why did Batgirl refer to her dad as Jim Gordon instead of dad when talking to Batman? Don't Batgirl and Batman know each others secret identity?

2.) They still have pay phones in Gotham? How lame is that? I understand Steph may have suspected her cell to be bugged but why not just use someone else phone?

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#15  Edited By Darth Coleslaw
@jdp180 said:

1.) Why did Batgirl refer to her dad as Jim Gordon instead of dad when talking to Batman? Don't Batgirl and Batman know each others secret identity?

I thought that was strange too. At first I figured it was part of the whole keeping the secret identity thing since they were out in the open, but then right after that she refers to him as "Dad".

Also, maybe I'm confused, but Agatha Zorbatos interaction with Gordon really threw me off. Didn't they team up in Arkham War?

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#16  Edited By LiveForever

I'm REALLY impressed at the quality of this book so far. I was gonna hop on it until it gave me a reason to drop off, and I'm actually not expecting that anytime soon.

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@jphu8414 said:

If you're not reading Batman Eternal....you're doing it wrong

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#18  Edited By Jphu8414

@jdp180 said:

This series keeps getting better. I have a few observations.

1.) Why did Batgirl refer to her dad as Jim Gordon instead of dad when talking to Batman? Don't Batgirl and Batman know each others secret identity?

2.) They still have pay phones in Gotham? How lame is that? I understand Steph may have suspected her cell to be bugged but why not just use someone else phone?

1. Speaking in code I guess...

2. lol, I think Steph even said something like "This must be the last payphone in Gotham" or something like that

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The last pay phone in Gotham and she just happened to stumble upon it while on the run from her crazy dad. Gotta love comic books.

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@jayc1324 said:

Only thing I didn't like was the art. Looked way too simple

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Another good issue! Man, I hope they can keep this up. Top of the stack!

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I was worried it was going to drag on till we found out what was going on in Batman 28? What ever issue the sneak peak was but it's been a blast so far I hope it keeps up.

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I hated the art. I just cant stand how unclear and simple the faces and everything look. Also batman just never looks right

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#24  Edited By ILLO_29

@jdp180: That was kind of odd, I even think later in the issue they are in the batcave together sans cowl.

I am enjoying this however.

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Yea i had one problem and it was the way Bat's dismissed Batgirls evidence. Yea she's paranoid, but it was pretty good evidence and i'm pretty sure we've seen him go on less.

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