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Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

While investigating a string of bloody gangland murders, Batman comes face-to-face with the newest member of his rogues gallery-the brutal Mr. Baseball! Dennis Culver and Otto Schmidt tell a gripping, violent tale of the Dark Knight! In a Knight Terrors tie-in, Stormwatch members Flint, Phantom-One, Core, and are trapped in a nightmarish world where their deepest fears lurk around every corner…and their fear is just the beginning, because a new enemy has emerged-the Tempest! The return of Emilia Harcourt by Rob Williams and Stefano Landini! And this issue’s Batman Black & White tale by Meghan Fitzmartin and Belén Ortega tells a powerful and brutal story about family, life and death!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
65 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Batman on Film

    The Batman-centric stories featured within the pages of Batman: The Brave and The Bold #4 might not be every fan’s cup of tea, and let’s face it-supernatural or Bat-Family stories don’t resonate with everyone, but these are some well-told tales with fantastic art, including several beautiful two-page spreads by both Jones and Ortega. If you’re in the mood for a bit of a throwback or a spooky tale, you can’t go wrong with this issue!

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    The latest chapter of this anthology has another fill-in for King and Gerads’ Joker tale, but it’s one with an impressive creative team—Lanzing, Kelly, and legendary Batman artist Kelley Jones on “Enter the Abyss,” a chilling tale that finds a mysterious force kidnapping people all around Gotham. When one of the victims is Cullen Row, the brother of Harper, that leads Batman into the company of one Jane Smith, a supernatural being who knows more than she’s letting on about the thing under Gotham. The story here is compelling, with some great twists, but the star here is Jones—no surprise. The man is just as good as he was 25 years ago when I discovered his art, and some of his visuals here are genuinely disturbing. Surprisingly, this is also a tie-in to Lanzing and Kelly’s other DC work right now—Batman Beyond.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Story 1: “Enter the Abyss” – A wonderfully dark and engaging story that brilliantly encapsulates everything great about Batman and his connection to Gotham. I loved the lore, the surprises and what they could mean for the character going forward.

    Story 2: “Down with the Kings Part 4” – A thrilling adventure with some entertaining moments and a great tease of the cracks in Stormwatch’s mission and leadership. I like giving the reader more insight into the characters through their fears.

    Story 3: “Second Life Part 1” – An interesting and compelling debut for a character that could have some interesting stories to tell in the future. I liked the intrigue of the story as well as the action and the character is interesting enough to make me want to know more about her.

    Story 4: “My Family” – An entertaining and thrilling short story that exemplifies everything great about Batman and his family. I also loved the art throughout and how dramatic and beautifully detailed it was.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Giving fans an almost all new line-up of Bat-tales, Batman: The Brave & The Bold #4 lives up to the hype of the previous issues and then some. With Tom King returning for the final part of his and Mitch Gerads’ Batman and Joker story next issue, we’ve only got more to look forward to with this awesome anthology series.

  • 70

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman: The Brave And The Bold #4 continues Ed Brisson’s Stormwatch story but shakes up the rest of the anthology with newer creators and different stories for a greater variety than the previous issues. The most intriguing short is Rob Williams’s first chapter in an Emilia Harcourt story, and the best art goes to Belén Ortega for a character piece about family.

  • 60

    Batman: The Brave and The Bold #4 presents four stories, all of which are essentially new additions to the serialized anthology. Only “Stormwatch: Down With The Kings” continues an existing story, but even it is drawn into the events of “Knight Terrors” in a fashion that only serves to push the narrative forward in the final few pages; however, most of the nightmares witnessed in this addition read as unnecessary distractions lacking in both style and substance. The opening story, “Enter the Abyss,” drawn by Kelley Jones is the primary reason to pick up this month’s installment as it presents Batman’s encounter with a primal horror. It’s a story with sufficient twists to still function as a brief mystery while carving out abundant space for Jones to work his characteristic magic with shadows and monstrous forms on the page. The final pair of installments may please fans of Peacemaker and excellent penciling as “Second Life” returns Emilia Harcourt to the pages of DC Comics and “My Family” depicts a black-and-white showdown featuring an abundance of Gotham City’s finest. Yet neither offers much that is memorable resulting in the weakest installment of The Brave and The Bold to date, one lucky enough to have Jones available to save it from dismissal.

  • 60

    Graham Crackers Comics

    Well, it was bound to happen. Batman the Brave and the Bold has finally tipped the scales with more Batman than Brave or Bold. Oh, we still have some Stormwatch and an Amanda Waller/Emilia Harcourt story but that’s much of a team up book. And while I know I have been complaining about this for a few issues, Issue #4 really jumps the shark for me by including a Batman story that turns out to be a lead in to yet another Batman title, Batman Beyond: Neo-Gothic. And the Stormwatch story seems to be a tie-in to the Dark Terrors story line. This really is the final straw. C’mon DC! Two-thirds of your monthly output is Batman titles. Heck, you’ve even managed to work Batman into the new JSA series as a big player. Which is a shame because the stories being told here are rather well done. When you guys can come up with a real team-up book, call me. Until then its a 6 out of 10 Grahams here.

  • 55


    Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4 is a rougher entry than the first three. A combination of obligatory tie-ins and questionably paced beginnings leaves little to highlight. Nothing is so notably bad that you won’t be able to enjoy at least some of it, but still an overall forgettable entry in this anthology series.

  • 20

    The Batman Universe

    No Tom King; no Superman; the addition of two more cliffhangers; and a story that continues in a different comic. Despite some highlights, as a whole, Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4 is a frustrating mess.

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