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Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic #4 (of 6)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.

Beyond the darkness, a brightness always shines. Hope is at the end of the tunnel, but how much of it is real? Terry McGinnis comes face-to-face with his past, reliving moments of his pain and history. When the Batman Beneath takes from him the only people he’s ever loved, Batman Beyond is forced to confront those dark moments all over again. But he won’t do it alone. Kyle the Catboi has to face the root of his sorcery, the master magician John Constantine, but so much time has passed since they’ve last seen each other. The truth will be revealed on this long, strange trip!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
25 pages
Amazon ASIN

6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100


    This comic’s story is dark, but not without a light of hope. It’s giving us some great new interpretations of DC characters that allow it to stand out from the crowd, and it would be a shame if you didn’t check it out.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    All these callbacks comfort us, but they could very easily feel saccharin-sweet or over the top. Thankfully, they actually pull double-duty in Batman Beyond Neo-Gothic #4. They give us that nostalgic reminder of many great moments that have led to issues like this, but they also show the other kind of struggle that heroes can go through in comic conflict. The past has been weaponized against our heroes and how they handle it could be their biggest test yet.

  • 85

    Geek Dad

    Lanzing and Kelly have done an excellent job of getting us invested in this new character, even as the overall threat in this series is far more cosmic than I would expect from this franchise.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic #4 gives some great insight into Kyle’s backstory and his mentorship by Constantine, even if it isn’t how it really happened according to him, but since that’s all we as readers have to go on right now, it helps us learn more about him as a character. Also, despite most fans knowing Terry’s actual backstory, seeing a twisted version of it changes it up and helps us recognize Terry’s fears and doubts, getting a little more insight into his character as well. How might they stop those who are kidnapping children and what lengths will they go to to protect the city and rescue the missing children?

  • 70

    Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic has been superb through its first three issues, and while issue #4 is a different beast in some ways, it’s no less compelling. Neo-Gothic #4 takes fans on a trippy journey through the minds, memories, and emotions of Terry and Kyle, one that is brilliantly brought to life by artists Max Dunbar, colorist Rain Breed, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Incredibly personal moments hit all the harder as a result of the stellar artwork and vivid colors, and the book keeps you on your toes with a switch-up in styles at unexpected times. Writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing keep you guessing as to what the could be, and while this particular journey can be a bit confusing at times, it results in a full circle moment between the book’s two leads that felt earned and genuinely satisfying. I still have questions about how things have played out, but I’m willing to give the series the benefit of the doubt that those answers will come in time. Despite those small hangups, the series has yet to disappointment, and I’m eager to see where things go next.

  • 50


    In conclusion, I believe the lack of continuity, nonsensical prose, dialogue, and esoteric metaphors aid the nightmarish premise. While this book takes a lot of effort to read, its execution significantly lacks clarity. Objectively, neither the abstract art nor the heavy text lend itself to easy reading or interpretation, but it may be up to readers to decide if they like it. I certainly don’t. Yet, I think Constantine’s selfish but entertaining story fit right in with the mystical tone. If you aren’t willing to drop Neo-Gothic by this point, you might be the target audience. Personally, I’m certainly happy to hand the reigns of wrangling this incoherent mess back to Jackson as soon as he gets better!

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