Bernard has been kidnapped and only one person can save him: his boyfriend, Tim Drake!
Plus, the Gotham Marina continues to be the target of both political unrest and a string of bizarre crimes. With every part of Tim’s life seemingly ready to explode, can the young sleuth crack the case of his abducted admirer before it’s too late?
AIPTTim Drake: Robin #4 continues its thrilling story with great narrative choices.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: Fitzmartin creates a compelling story revolving around old-school detective mysteries and community. Although a murderer is on the loose and wreaking havoc, the heart of this story is the community that is built on the Marina. While I love a good mystery, and the reference to crime drama is definitely fun, I am most intrigued by the gentrification and politics that are taking place in Tim’s neighborhood and how those things are potentially fueling his current woes. It makes me wonder if the killer’s objective will be tied into the overall changes in the area, or if their crimes are merely being used by those in positions of power to heighten fear in the Marina’s residence with the objective of emptying the homes there. The Art: This good-looking issue uses a modern comic book styling. This issue is light on action and puts emphasis on character interaction and world building. The artwork’s use of detail, especially in terms of expression and form, helps to create an emotional connection to the narrative and allows the reader a good insight into the feelings of the characters.
Geek DadThe suspense elements of this issue are top-notch, and I think the close focus on Tim and his thought process helped it to rise above the last few. If there’s a weak link in this series, though, it’s probably Bernard. Tim’s new boyfriend is overall a welcome addition to the series, but it does seem like he often slips into “generic nice guy” characterization, and by the end of the issue he’s been kidnapped and is being used by the villain to lure Tim to him. These tropes are all too familiar, and I’m kind of wishing we saw a bit more of the edgy Bernard from the run where he was introduced—and even Fitzmartin’s initial arc with Tim in Urban Legends.
Get Your Comic OnThe premiere arc of Tim Drake: Robin takes a huge step towards its finale with a deeply personal twist for Tim. A villainous reveal, a Batgirls cameo and a coalescing of the clues makes issue #4 a festive treat for fans.
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Dark Knight NewsIt may sound contradictory, but while the story's developing at a pleasing pace, there's a rushed feel to its execution meaning that some moments are either a little muddled or don't quite ring true. Given the amount of character and story drama going on, it strangely gives Tim Drake: Robin #4 a lightweight feel, although the series is still managing to maintain its charming Young Adult tone.
The Batman UniverseI am interested in what happens, but the art style makes it increasingly difficult to care. I am not getting used to the art, and it is starting to get on my nerves as I continue to read this story.
ComicBook.comRiley Rossmo's art just does not work for this title at all to the point of making the whole title nearly unreadable in how everyone seems juvenile in what should be a more mature tale.