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Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #4

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

The Sword of Gotham strikes! Neo-gotham gave Terry McGinnis a chance to leave-he was warned a Batman could not live in this new city. Terry refused and now he’ll have to live with the consequences: a fight for his life with Neo-Gotham’s unstoppable soldier, the Sword of Gotham. Tonight Batman Beyond falls.

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25 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Women Write About Comics - WWAC

  • 95

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: In this issue I was particularly struck by the sentimentality of Batman’s inner dialogue. Terry McGinnis is a very different type of Batman and the writer’s do an excellent job of depicting the emotions and continual self-evaluation of Bruce Wayne’s final successor. The Art: This issue is filled with intense and well-crafted action scenes. This high-octane thriller is both visually stimulating and emotionally connective.
  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #4 pits a weakened Terry against the Sword of Gotham to reveal that not all is as it seems. The art is excellent, and the story is furthered through the action. Still, when the Sword of Gotham's true identity is revealed, the creators seem to suggest that this arc draws heavily from another, better property. In isolation, this is a solid issue, but the future direction of this story is now cast in doubt.
  • 80

    Geek Dad

    As we pass the halfway point of this miniseries, it continues to be a highly entertaining, fast-paced sci-fi thriller. After a tense intro segment as Gotham stalks an old man that it claims to have poisoned, Terry is confronted by a massive sword-wielding warrior only known as the Sword of Gotham. This powerful adversary is cloaked in holographic light and has no problem getting through its defenses, and Terry barely escapes with his life—until he lures it out into the open, ambushes it, and exposes the shocking secret under the armor. As it becomes clear just how deep Gotham’s clutches go, he seeks out the help of his new frenemy Officer Boonma, but their reunion is brief before the action explodes again. What works best this issue is Terry’s narration, as he continues to grapple with the loss of Bruce and tries to figure out what kind of Batman he’s going to be. The plot isn’t as compelling yet, but the character work is top-notch.
  • 80

    Gotham's "Sword" stands revealed, and it's a pretty cool twist that shows just how terrifying a foe Batman is facing. This entire arc has served to strip Terry McGuinness's Batman down to his very core. Now that he's lost even his suit, how will he rebuild? This was a great issue and opens up a new Batman story – a low-tech Batman operating in a high-tech world.
  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    The antagonist has been unpacked a little more and is putting the squeeze on Batman. With Bruce gone, he may yet believe what it has to say about a Dark Knight who’s no longer needed, or even welcome, in Neo Gotham. In any case, Batman Beyond: Neo Year has brought action and drama to a title that ought to be getting more attention.
  • 70


    This is a well done fight issue that's tense and exciting. It's fun to read a story where it feels like the hero is constantly has their back up against the wall and can barely keep going. The attempt to tie that fight to something deeper is commendable. However, that connection is often tenuous and doesn't always work the way the story wants it to when you step back and think about it.

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