Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Scot Eaton
One of the major drawbacks of having a weekly series is the consistency problems that are almost guaranteed to occur after just a few issues. Due to the nature of comic books, creators simply don’t have the time to dedicate what’s necessary to be on a title every week. This applies to both writers and artists, and it begins to really show in Batman and Robin Eternal #4.
In this issue, Steve Orlando takes the reigns from Tim Seeley on the script. While Seeley really excelled at nailing the voices for the characters, Orlando seems to have a specialty at adding an extra dose of humor. During an unusually long action scene, most of the characters throw in snappy lines that fall on target, adding more charm to the series than usual. The humor isn’t the only successful element of this issue, which also introduces even more characters who are entertaining and naturally fit into this title. The addition of new characters means more banter, which continues to be the best part of this series.
Unfortunately, this issue doesn’t do much else to further push the story forward. Over half of the issue is one action scene that was sparked in issue #3. This wouldn’t be so bad if the scene was at least entertaining, but the battle wasn’t put together well at all. It seems like the battle was prolonged just to give the new characters a chance to show off some of their abilities, but even then this doesn’t impress due to the art not being able to keep up with the writing.