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Review: Batman: Eternal #4

In life, family is a constant in life not matter what you always have your family as the old saying goes, sometimes you hate them and most of the time you love you them. So when the one of your family members have their back against the wall or are in some danger you will have their back and fight till the death for them or as Batgirl said “I will not let him rot”.


Spoilers Below:


In Batman Eternal #4, James Gordon is at trail seeing if he can post for bail but is declined and sent to spend his time in Blackgate prison until his trail for the subway epidemic. As anyone would act if their father was imprisoned unfairly, she goes berserk and unleashes her rage all throughout Gotham beating henchmen to near death and even getting few slugs at Batman. She vows not to let her dad rot in prison, Batman investigates Falcone, and Stephanie Brown's story progresses.


This issue was written by John Layman and drawn by Dustin Nguyen and by far this has been my favorite issue in the series. The art in the book is Dustin at his best it is fluid and beautiful to look at, I prefer Dustin to Jason Fabok the people look diverse and the colors stand out making it more appealing to the eye. My only problem with the art is that the new detective Jason Bard is drawn completely differently not just in an art style way but he just looks like a completely different character. As for the story I loved seeing Batgirl go berserk because it something you don’t ever really get to see. Most of the time she is the most tame member of the Bat-family, but watching her beat up villains and even Batman it makes me think of her as more of a badass character who could really hold her own.  In the last three issues there has been a lot of set up and absolutely no pay off to anything that has happened, so I was glad to some reaction instead of just action. As Batman: Eternal world builds into a dastardly place to be a masked avenger I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the Bat-family fits into this dark puzzle.


Batman: Eternal #4 is the best issue in the series so far. We get to see Batgirl kick ass, the first confrontation between Batman and Falcone, also we get to see some suspense with Stephanie Brown's story and its all tied up in a beautiful bow by Dustin Nguyen making a truly memorable issue as well as moment in the series and the New 52.


Batman: Eternal #4:


5 out of 5 Batarangs


Reviewed by Jonathan Closner

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