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Batman: Urban Legends #4

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

-The penultimate chapter of the Grifter story is here! Grifter’s walking a deadly line between Lucius Fox and Halo’s plan…can he survive the endgame? Oh, and yeah, now Superman is after him!
-As old wounds threaten to sabotage Batman and Red Hood’s investigation into the Cheerdrop drug turning Gotham City upside down, they run afoul of Gotham’s coldest criminal, MR. FREEZE! And the force behind the Cheerdrops will be banking on the former dynamic duo’s demise…
-TIM DRAKE has returned to the streets of Gotham City and is seeking a new purpose, but what he finds is a string of young adult kidnappings committed by someone known only as “the Chaos Monster.” will Tim be able to get to the root of the kidnappings, or will he fall prey to them? Critically acclaimed Future State Robin Eternal writer Meghan Fitzmartin returns to tell this Tim Drake story with rising star artist Belén Ortega.
-Acclaimed creator and actor Camrus Johnson writes an action-packed story featuring Luke Fox-the character he portrays on the CW’s hit television series Batwoman!
Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
70 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Batman: Urban Legends #4 is packed full of stories featuring fan-favorite Batman characters, including thrilling twists and turns. Now that the book has hit its halfway point, things are starting to get interesting and I’m eager to see where the next two issues go from here.

  • 96

    Forces Of Geek

    This anthology series is a cut above the rest. I love the stories in this and I love the quality that the creative teams have put into this.

  • 95


    Matthew Rosenberg has stolen the show with his Grifter story. That’s not to say Chip Zdarsky’s Red Hood story has been very good as the Batman: Urban Legends leadoff. But between the writing, Ryan Benjamin artwork fitting the character so well and all the cameos we keep getting, the Grifter story has taken over as my favorite from this series.That could change by the next issue, which is a testament to the pillars of Batman: Urban Legends.

  • 93

    Comic Watch

    Cheer Part Four brings the anger, pain and insecurities stewing between Bruce and Jason for all these years to the surface and confronts them with the demand at the heart of the best fiction: Change or die. While change is notoriously difficult for both characters, hopefully they do take that step, because theyve already tried death.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Overall, another excellent issue with some great stories and nice surprises.

  • 90

    Dark Knight News

    My best recommendation is to go back and grab issues #1 – #4. The story lines are rich and they weave together, like a great tapestry hanging in the Wayne Manor!

  • 87

    The Super Powered Fancast

    A great short story that brilliantly defines the relationship between these two characters and their connection. Beautifully detailed art throughout the story and intense action.

    Superman Punch
    A satisfying short story that teased a lot of interpersonal conflict that I wish was given more time to develop.

    Sum Of Our Parts
    A great short story that leads Tim to an interesting mystery. The story also features some dynamic visuals.

    The Long Con
    An incredibly fun story that is filled with great action and twists. I love the reveals throughout and cannot wait to see where it goes next.

  • 85

    Weird Science DC Comics

    I still haven’t gotten the golden goose issue where I love all four stories, but this comes pretty damned close. It’s hard to say that it’s worth it to everyone, but I can recommend this issue, even with its higher price of admission.

  • 80

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman: Urban Legends #4 once again delivers several compelling stories involving the Batman Family. The lead story involving Red Hood and Batman by Chip Zdarsky continues to do a great job exploring the status of their relationship as partner’s and father-son. The new stories with Luke Fox and Tim Drake both did a great job bringing both characters back into the fold as Batwing and Robin, respectively. It all comes together to create a strong comic book that Batman fans should not be missing out on experiencing.

  • 80

    DC Comics News

    Batman Urban Legends #4 is good. Three of the stories are five stars. The development of Jason Todd in particular is amazing. This may be the best stuff since Judd brought him back from the dead. I did enjoy a lot of the Outlaws stuff, but it was trying hard to be funnier than it should have been. Jason isn’t funny. Dick is funny. Tim is funny. Jason is angry and confused. This book just nails it. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  • 70


    With high highs and” well, middle lows, this is maybe the most inconsistent issue of Urban Legends to date. Given the quality of the best material here, though, there are also points where this is the absolute best issue of the series too. Even the lesser installments are readable and have enough pros to give at least a soft recommendation. I’ll still hope for better going forward, but I’d hate to have to be content with occasional greatness among the exceedingly average.

  • 70

    The Batwing story didn’t really clock with me on any level, but 3 out of 4 is certainly impressive, and frankly, it’s worth it for the first story alone.

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    Three-fourths of the anthology featured entertaining stories, which is a decent ratio for this kind of book although winner after winner would better justify the price.

  • 40

    Comic Crusaders

    I would compare the revelation to U.S Comics biggest competitor for the attention of the next generation, Manga. In manga there is a specific genre dedicated to boy love romances called Yaoi. The difference in those stories and what’s happening in Batman Urban Legends #4 is Slow burn romances . Slow burn is the concept of a romance that takes either the whole season or more to progress. Slow burn is not only featured in romance books but all over Asian entertainment.

More From Batman: Urban Legends (2021)

About the Author: Chip Zdarsky

In the ever-evolving landscape of comic books, Chip Zdarsky emerges as a figure of immense creativity and versatility. Known for infusing his narratives with both humor and emotional depth, Zdarsky has charted a course through the comic book universe that is as diverse as it is compelling. From the groundbreaking humor of “Sex Criminals” to the gritty streets of Marvel’s “Daredevil,” his journey is a testament to a talent that refuses to be pigeonholed.

The man behind the pseudonym, Steve Murray, became a household name with “Sex Criminals,” co-created with Matt Fraction. This series broke new ground with its audacious blend of comedy, romance, and the supernatural. It was here that Zdarsky’s knack for balancing wit with genuine storytelling first shone, earning the series critical acclaim and a dedicated following.

Zdarsky’s portfolio, however, spans a broad spectrum. His unique voice has breathed new life into “Howard the Duck,” where he explored themes of identity and belonging, and his run on Marvel’s “Daredevil” has been celebrated for its moral complexity and rich character development. But Zdarsky’s talents are not limited to writing. As an artist, he has lent his distinct visual style to numerous projects, enhancing his narratives with expressive artistry and dynamic visuals.

In recent years, Zdarsky has ventured into the shadowy alleys of Gotham City, bringing his distinctive flair to the world of Batman. His work on Batman titles has quickly garnered attention for its fresh take on the Dark Knight, blending the character’s traditional brooding intensity with new layers of psychological depth. Through stories that delve into Batman’s complex psyche and the morally ambiguous landscape of Gotham, Zdarsky adds to the rich tapestry of Batman lore, proving yet again his ability to navigate and innovate within established universes.

Beyond his impressive body of work, Zdarsky’s engagement with the comic book community — through social media, conventions, and insightful industry commentary — has made him a beloved figure among fans and fellow creators. His contributions have not only earned him awards and nominations but have also solidified his role as a pivotal voice in contemporary comics.

As Chip Zdarsky continues to explore the darker corners of Gotham City, his journey exemplifies the power of storytelling in comic books — where humor meets heroism, and the human condition is explored in the flicker of a bat signal against the night sky. For those drawn to the art of comics, Zdarsky’s work offers a masterclass in creativity, inviting readers into worlds both wildly imaginative and intensely real.

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