Comic Review: All-Star Batman #4 is one hell of an 'off-road' adventure

Scott Snyder said it best in his appearance on our show, Tom King's Batman is the main car leading the way down the road,  and All-Star Batman is the ATV, off-road adventure in the Batman family of books. 

Nothing drives that sentiment home better than the fourth issue of All-Star Batman from Snyder and John Romita Jr. This issue, and series for that matter, has it all. 

(Jon and I each did, a review for ASB #4. I hit it with the words here, and check out Jon's video below:)

Art and colors that add layers you didn't know possible in a comic book, paired with a funny, dark, deep and insane Batman storyline. Not only do we get the progression of the Bruce Wayne-Harvey Dent relationship, but we watch Duke and Batman grow even closer. 

If I would have wrote this review at the halfway point, I would have -- deservedly so -- gushed over the happenings between Two-Face, Harvey and Batman. But, when all was said and down and the final page was turned, it was the slow progression of the relationship between mentor and mentee. 

It's done in classic Batman fashion. He's reluctant to ever say he likes something, but there is some personality trying to burst out of that beautifully designed new Batsuit. 

It's things like this that make Snyder stand out as the quintessential Batman writer of our generation. He knows this character like none other, and he proves that with each passing page.

It surely doesn't hurt to have someone like Romita Jr. on the art. My goodness, I can't count the number of times I felt my jaw drop at some of his work in this issue. Every panel feels deeper than the next, the colors add a texture that you can almost reach out and touch. It's just damn fine impressive work from someone who gets talked about a lot, but still not enough when it comes to the quality of his work.

He has made this new Batsuit work. The way that emblem shines in the dark, and the manner in which he details every crook, cranny and boobytrap are the things that will last in Batman lore.

Rating 10/10: It doesn't get better than this for Batman fans. The slow progression of the relationship between Batman and Duke are the things that make Snyder stand out as THE Batman writer of our generation. He knows this character like none other, and he proves it with each passing page. 

It surely doesn't hurt to have someone like John Romita Jr. on the art. My goodness, I can't count the number of times I felt my jaw drop at some of his work in this issue. Every panel feels deeper than the next, the colors add a texture that you can almost reach out and touch.