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COMIC REVIEW: BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL #4

DC Comics
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Scot Eaton
Price: $2.99

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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.

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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.

click for super-sized previews of Batman & Robin Eternal (2015-) #4

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.

click for super-sized previews of Batman & Robin Eternal (2015-) #4

Scot Eaton’s pencils are also a weak point in this issue. His characters don’t look like themselves, with some of them simply hard to recognize. The facial structures are often odd, especially when it comes to the chins and jawlines. The long action scene in the restaurant also suffers from inconsistent art, which is full of odd character poses and strange angles. There’s one scene in particular that looks especially awful where a character looks like he is dancing rather than fighting. The rest of the issue is acceptable, but this series has seen better looking panels.

Batman and Robin Eternal #4 is a decent issue that doesn’t do too much to make itself stand out. It’s the weakest issue of the bunch, but is still entertaining due to the witty humor and massive roster. The issue ends on a strong cliffhanger that establishes how formidable the antagonist might actually be. This is still a series very much worth your time, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

DC Comics Writer: Steve Orlando Artist: Scot Eaton Price: $2.99     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. Scot Eaton’s pencils are also a weak point in this issue. His characters don’t look like themselves, with some of them simply hard to recognize. The facial structures are often odd, especially when it comes to the chins and jawlines. The long action scene in the restaurant also suffers from inconsistent art, which is full of odd character poses and strange angles. There’s one scene in particular that looks especially awful where a character looks like he is dancing rather than fighting. The rest of the issue is acceptable, but this series has seen better looking panels. Batman and Robin Eternal #4 is a decent issue that doesn’t do too much to make itself stand out. It’s the weakest issue of the bunch, but is still entertaining due to the witty humor and massive roster. The issue ends on a strong cliffhanger that establishes how formidable the antagonist might actually be. This is still a series very much worth your time, and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.
Story - 6
Characters - 8
Art - 5.5

6.5

A weak issue despite strong characters and a strong cliffhanger.

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