All-Star Batman #4 Review: A blinded Batman can still bring the pain?

ALL-STAR BATMAN #4
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by John Romita, Jr., Danny Miki, Dean White, Steve Wands, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: November 9, 2016

All-Star Batman #4 is a rollercoaster of one of the best rides on the planet.

When you have a story like All-Star Batman #4, written by Scott Snyder who is arguably one of the greatest if not the greatest batman writer of all time and drawn by John Romita, Jr. Danny Miki brings some sharp, clean inks to help polish up Romita’s line work for colorist Dean White, who does not shy away from portraying vibrancy in his colors for this issue. Steve Wands brings some gravel to rough up Two-Face’s dialog and balances the rest of the story around the art quite nice.

This series might be insainely violent. We definitely saw that at the end of  the previous issue , But it’s absolutely dazzling – commanding the reader to be dragged along this rough and rugged captivating story that at it’s heart is about a lost friendship between bruce and harvey. The story itself is incredibly layered throughout all of it’s characters. With many of them being long-time Batman villains themselves, it’s full of familiar faces and also barely seen villains from the past. And it’s also one of the few stories that shows Bruce to not be an invulnerable, omnipresent God-like character everyone think he is either(back against the wall bats, yes!). We see just how human he really can be, and it’s an important reminder that he is incredibly flawed.

Let me show you how much fun these guys are having on this series..

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From there, the action jumps to Batman and Duke Thomas, pinned down by Two-Face’s goons, setting the stage for another ingenious escape that shows off more special features of Batman’s costume: projectiles in the chest and knuckles, and pectoral speakers that allow Batman to use echolocation if he’s ever blind. This team is having so much fun creating new gadgets for batman to use if he’s ever in a pickle.

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The first cycle of “The Cursed Wheel” comes to an end this month, and it’s fine. Duke uncovers why Zsasz targeted the victim in this particular case, which is refreshing to see that his  detective skills are progressing still quite nicely. I’m really loving the way Duke Thomas is dealing with his parents being consumed by the joker toxic, but actually looking passed all the ugliness and is using what happened to them as energy to help him through these struggles. Very admirable. He might become a great sidekick after all.

I wish I could go into more depth with this but I just suggest you go out and pick up the issue yourself. It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the struggle between Bruce and Harvey. They both manipulate each other, they both strive to out manoeuvre the other in an attempt at escape – only to end up in the same situation as before. It seems like it could become repetitive, but it just keeps the readers firmly in it’s grasp at all times. We’re completely head over heels for All-Star Batman.

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