DC Comics
All-Star Batman #4
By Avi Weinryb
November 12, 2016 - 23:14

DC Comics
Writer(s): Scott Snyder
Penciller(s): John Romita Jr.
Inker(s): Danny Miki
Colourist(s): Dean White
Letterer(s): Steve Wands
Cover Artist(s): Romita, Miki, White; Variant by Jock

In this latest installment of the “My Own Worst Enemy” arc, Two-Face continues to prove to Batman that he is the worst road-trip buddy ever. Deep into their journey, Harvey Dent’s switch to his Two-Face persona has left Batman in a vulnerable position as hordes of villains try to get their hands on the secrets Two-Face is carrying around. Creatures from the famed Court of Owls torment the Dark Knight and his adopted sidekick, Duke, as Two-Face seeks to give Batman a face full of acid. The never disappointing Bat-suit has more tricks than a magic show and all villains learn not to mess with the Bat. Soon we’re treated to the funny imagery of a half-blind Batman flying a biplane with Two-Face strapped to the back as they navigate over middle-America. An unexpected mid-air encounter lays the Caped Crusader’s plans to waste and we’re soon witnessing some surprising twists and the return of a classic villain and his always devious umbrella. A backup story is both moving and disturbing, featuring Duke and his stricken parents, both of whom have been afflicted by the Joker’s toxins.

Scott Snyder has penned an entertaining issue and if this installment’s twists are any indication, the story is only going to get crazier before it reaches its conclusion. This particular All-Star series was launched with the intention of showing classic villains in a whole new light and it’s definitely delivering.

As always, John Romita Jr.’s pencils are  a joy to behold. The fight sequences are well choreographed and movement is fluid and bold. The level of detail, from cracks on Batman’s helmet, to the graininess of flashback sequences is top-notch. This is an artist who cares about his craft and isn’t rushing to hit a page goal. I mean, come on, it’s Romita Junior. Danny Miki’s ink work is understated and dangerously effective. This book is easy on the eyes. Batman fans owe it to themselves to give this series a read. Start with #1 and get caught up.

Rating: 8/10

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