Issue by Issue – Batman Eternal #4

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes, Time Seeley
Artist – Dustin Nguyen
Inker – Derek Fridolfs
Colours – John Kalisz
Letters – Rob Leigh

Commissioner Gordon finally gets to court, at least for pre-trial motions and it is decided that he is a flight risk and should be held over in Blackgate Prison. It is obviously not the outcome he was looking for and not a very nice prospect to look forward to and Barbara, his daughter who is also Batgirl, is a little peeved about it. It is good to see Batgirl doing something about Gordon’s predicament and being pro-active as Batman, so far, has seemed to be merely reacting as things are happening incredibly fast around Gotham and splitting his focus upon far too many things. This issue does see Batman go and confront Falcone about his actions and they do trade a little banter with Bats eventually leaving it with a veiled threat instead of any real action. While it was slightly disappointing in a way, it allows Falcone’s story to build and lets Batman observe exactly what it is that Falcone’s end goal might be. Stephanie Brown makes another appearance giving her mom a call and not realizing that she literally has no one to trust right now. It was good to see her again but hopefully, she gets a meatier part as the book goes on, readers itching for Spoiler to make a full appearance rather than just her civilian identity. The artwork by Dustin Nguyen is solid and while not as detailed as Jason Fabok’s, it has a cleaner look to it letting readers enjoy it a little more without getting completely lost in it. The book eventually ends almost where it began with Gordon in prison and it looks as if he is not going to have an easy time of it, the man has been responsible for more than his share of arrests, many of whom are now his neighbours. The story was decent overall and even though a little more action would have been appreciated, one has to understand that it is a weekly series and things have to bubble and boil before one digs into the meat of it. Though this issue might not have been as sharp as the last one, this outing was still a good one that continues to keep readers wanting more.

3.5 out of 5

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