For those who have read Batman #4 from Tom King, you can join me in an impressive "wtf just happened?"
Seriously, I had to go back and skim Batman #3 to make sure I didn't skin an issue. I didn't, and you know what? The plot jump is a little distracting at first, but it did its job in stomping on the accelerator with the Gotham and Gotham Girl plot.
It was admittedly already running its course and needed this shift, which is going to prove to be a high risk high reward type of choice. Some will applaud it for its speed shift, while it could be jarring for others.
I'm somewhere in between.
I seriously had to stop reading and go re-dig up Batman #3. So, that was a new one. Once I had returned to this week's edition and finished it up, I was feeling much better.
We've got something to look forward too. We've got a dark, hopeless, disastrously gloom and doom city that is Gotham and hell, we've got Amanda Waller, Hugo Strange and the Psycho-Pirate.
So, as you can see, we've made a lot of moves.
King paints a creepy Gotham, so I'm really looking forward to that developing as our storyline takes massive turns like this.
The art is highlighted by a homage to a well-known scene from a past All Star Superman tale with a man standing on the ledge of a skyscraper contemplating suicide. It takes an obvious dark Gotham twist as all hell breaks loose.
Check out two images of the explosive scene below:
David Finch and Jordie Bellaire really capture the chaos. The sudden bright burst with the explosion, and Finch's shift in scene shots. In the All Star Superman #10 scene, it's a teen girl and it ends with a hug. King and Finch's, clearly, doesn't end with a hug.
Bellaire's colors are what makes these images, and much of this issue, stand out. I feel like it's such an impressive showing in attention to detail. Look at that explosion, the cloud, the flying bodies and debris, the volatile colors are what makes it stick.
Rating: 7/10 This issue goes for it all in a high-risk, high-reward plot jump. In the long term, I feel that it's the right move, but it might be a little too jarring for some. Finch and Bellaire once again mess well in Batman #4.