Batman, Volume 4 by Tom King

Batman, Volume 4

Early in Batman’s career, the Joker and the Riddler would seemingly be natural allies. But each man determined that he and he alone must be the one to kill the Bat...and either would sooner burn down Gotham than be beaten to the punch line.Untold until now, one of the darkest chapters in Batman’s history sees all of Gotham’s villains choosing sides in a battle of wits that soon turns into a full-blown war—complete with civilian casualties...

Details Batman, Volume 4

TitleBatman, Volume 4
Release DateDec 19th, 2017
PublisherDC Comics
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Dc Comics, Batman, Superheroes, Comic Book

Reviews Batman, Volume 4

  • Sean Gibson
    For anyone out there who has ever wanted to root for a bad guy who eviscerates someone as he asks them “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?”*…have I got a book for you.Forget Adam West’s biff-sock-pows; this incarnation of Batman makes even Frank Miller’s grimmest and grittiest look like the Muppet Babies (though, in Miller’s version, I have zero doubt that Gonzo would have an uncontrollabl...
  • Sam Quixote
    The Joker’s lost his sense of humour and he’d kill to get it back - specifically Batman but also anyone standing in his way. Like The Riddler, whose ego won’t allow anyone else to take down Batman but him. And so the two go head to head in all-out war on the Gotham streets, roping in every villain in town in Batman, Volume 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles. I’ve been surprisingly enjoying Tom King’s Batman run a lot though I’ve also bee...
  • James DeSantis
    If you asked me to name top 5 villains of Batman both Joker AND Riddler would be on my list. While Joker is insane and his unpredictable tactics make him interesting, Riddler cold calculated, overbearing personality makes him almost as equally interesting. Put them together and at each other throats? Now that...that sounds like a book made for me. The story starts with Bruce speaking with Selina and telling her what happen years ago. When Joker c...
  • Chad
    The Joker and Riddler go to war. We just see windows into the war instead of the war as a whole. While there were parts of this I liked (Kite Man, surprisingly), there was a lot that didn't ring true. For one, all of these villains picking a side. There are way too many egos involved for villains such as Two Face and the Penguin to willingly work for someone else. King's writing is often unclear. For a long time in this I was unsure if this was s...
  • Richard
    FINALLY! Finally, a solid, well-done solo Rebirth Batman story! I was not a fan of the first three volumes in this series, but this one really made up for it. Tom King has had some great ideas in this series but until now, they've all been fumbled by messy storytelling. This one was concise and compelling, I'd love to see them make a movie out of it!Bruce has recently proposed to Catwoman but before she answers, in an effort for her to really kno...
  • Artemy
    Tom King is firing on all cylinders with The War of Jokes and Riddles. An incredibly tense, emotional and downright scary story of a mob war between two of Batman's greatest villains, the Joker and the Riddler. I could get a bit nitpicky and say that not every story beat here works well, but damn, the overall result is still incredible, reaching Zero Year levels of impact. Speaking of which, in my opinion Tom King has already surpassed Scott Snyd...
  • Logan
    Pretty good! So The War of Jokes and Riddles has been a pretty good batman arc that's been happening low key while Snyder is doing his METAL story. I think overall I liked this one! So the story is Batman telling Catwoman the story of The War of Jokes and Riddles, which is basically in the same vein as The Long Halloween I feel, where its this year long story, with Batman's entire rogues gallery. In the story, Joker cannot laugh, he doesn't find ...
  • Sud666
    OK. So I suppose the new D.C. Rebirth is going to do a reboot. They seem to have suckered Tom King into doing it.Batman is caught between two rivals- The Riddler and the Joker. They are battling to kill each other and Batman. To be fair, Batman is mostly reacting to events. It's Joker and Riddler who are truly driving the events. So the premise is that the Joker can't laugh and Riddler can't riddle-so they decide to band togther (it doesn't last ...
  • Steve
    I received this from Edelweiss and DC Comics in exchange for an honest review. I also received a copy from Netgalley.Another instance with blank pages, with the added bonus of missing the last two issues. An incomplete volume, and that makes this nearly impossible to review.
  • Stewart Tame
    Most of this volume is an extended flashback. There's a framing sequence set in the present where Bruce is telling Selina about a pivotal adventure from early in his career, what pushed him to the edge, what stopped him from going over, and how the Joker regained his sense of humor. It's very well-written, some of the best I’ve ever seen from Tom King. Characterizations are well-nigh perfect, and he even manages to write Kiteman in a way that s...
  • Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.With unique charisma and a never-before seen story, writer Tom King, alongside artists Mikel Janín, June Chung and Clay Mann, resuscitate the hopes of fans with what will probably go down as one of the most intriguing wars that the Dark Knight and Gotham have ever faced.Taking place after the events of the New 52’s Zero Year, The War of Jokes and Riddles tosses two of the most unpredictable vi...
  • Jay
    I've read a lot of Batman throughout my life. There's been plenty I've had to muscle thru, but also a lot I couldn't put down. This was the latter. You've done it, Tom King, you've made me fall in love with your Batman. An even greater compliment is that this style of story also doesn't fit with my typical preference. *SPOILER* I'm not big on the entire rogues gallery appearing throughout a single storyline. It usually just feels like the writers...
  • Diz
    I really loved the characterizations of the Joker and the Riddler in this book. They came across as very dangerous and mysterious figures. Also, it explores Batman's insecurities, and a dark secret that he must tell Catwoman before she responds to his proposal. Oh, and we get Catwoman's answer in this volume. Without giving any spoilers, I can say that this book sets up an very interesting future for this series.
  • Wing Kee
    Really good that is hurt by a choppy issue 3 and 4.World: The art is great, this is the Joker I love, the Riddler that is interesting to me and the splash pages are so good. The art is subtle and brings so much emotions to the story without a single word bubble (just look at Joker when he's thinking). The world building is also fantastic, pulling in the past of the characters and building towards the new status quo of Batman in the Rebirth univer...
  • Mladen
    When it comes to Tom Kings Batman run so far i only read Vol 1 I am Gotham.And i wasn't that impressed by it, i thought it was good and entertaining story.I read a couple of issues after that before i got bored and the only reason i came back to read this story was because of issue 24 to find out the answer to the question that was set up.My major complaint when it comes to tom kings writing is that his narration can be a little annoying.Especial...
  • Rory Wilding
    You can definitely say that Batman has the greatest rogues gallery in comics for many reasons. Each villain is so distinctive that there have been many stories about these characters that even steal the spotlight away from the Dark Knight, which was a curse during the Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher cinematic era. Although there is a section of the audience that would suggest that the villains are the only interesting element in the Bat-mythos — som...
  • Dan
    I think King wanted this to be over the top epic, but it just read as really average for me. I mean how much can you really draw out a story centered on two villains pitted against each other before it gets old. Especially the whole dinner scene that was really meh.
  • Frédéric
    After he's lost his sense of humor for some reason the Joker wants to kill Batman, hoping that'll make him smile again. But Riddler can't allow that. He's the one who should kill the Bat. And so starts the war of jokes and riddles.Tom King is one hell of a storyteller. The plot is great but not amazingly great. There are some flaws and some scenes drag out a bit. But the way it is structured simply blew me away. Lots of narrative effects; symmetr...
  • GrilledCheeseSamurai
    I'm not following this Rebirth title. Actually, I'm not following any of the Rebirth titles, but I watched this review of The War of Jokes and Riddles on Youtube the other week and the dude did a good job of convincing me to check it out. So I went out and picked up the run. I liked the covers and the art immediately worked for me, all 8 issues have some AWESOME 2-page spreads that make for spectacular eye candy!Tom King was the other thing that ...
  • Colleen
    Best rebirthed Batman yet.
  • Scott
    I had eagerly grabbed Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles at my library once it hit the new release shelf -- it had been about four months since I had read the previous books. I was curious to see status of Bruce and Selina after some of the prior developments, if nothing else.Well, in the first ten pages (view spoiler)[a police detective is graphically slashed to death in an interrogation room, then a police officer is shot in the back and an i...
    This is the best Batman comic I've ever read in all my life, and the illustrations are perfect for the story.Questo é in assoluto il miglior numero di Batman che io abbia mai letto e le illustrazioni sono perfette per raccontare questa storia.THANKS TO EDELWEISS FOR THE PREVIEW!
  • Brendan
    Tom King is a fantastic writer and while he is doing good work with Batman you can't help but feel he could be doing something original. The conflict is interesting and anything with the joker involved is worth the time to read. My only complaint is the arc, as it doesn't have anything epic to add to the Batman world. The artwork is top notch and has that new 52 vibe. King is clearly heading into the realm of one of the memorable writers, but I f...
  • Shannon Appelcline
    A fun story of Gotham's past, and a war between the Joker and the (dark and gritty) nu52 Riddler. It offers a great view of how demented Gotham can be, and even if the Riddler claims that not all stories are about Bats, this story definitely is. It's a good look into Bruce's psyche, something that's been continually the case in King's Batman.
  • Jon
    Nothing in King's run on Batman ever matters. Remember when Bane got his back broken, but he was fine the next issue? Or when Bane broke into the bat cave hanged three robins, but no one died? So in this volume we are treated to more things that look "cool" but will once again never matter. Riddler shot in a fatal manner? Don't worry he will be back with the worst scar in all of comics. Riddler and joker fight a dumb war because that would be coo...
  • Siobhan Johnson
    I think the main problem is that I have quite a specific view of the Riddler, and have problems with how this portrays him. For one thing, he's too muscular! For another I can't see him walking around woth his shirt unbuttoned. For another his actions just read as slightly off to me?Ah well, at least we'll always have Bane!
  • Max's Comic Reviews and Lists
    I'd read some pretty terrible reviews for this book so I had no intention of reading it, especially when I really don't like Batman Vol. 2 I am Suicide. But then good old IGN had to say it was "An Instant Classic!" It rivals Dark Knight Returns, Long Halloween, or Year One! Blah blah blah no. Now just stick with me here I will get to the story soon I just want to say my piece about the characters first. I will just get this out of the way first m...
  • Scott Foley
    I'm not totally on board with Tom King's Batman. Tom King is a good writer, don't misunderstand, but his take on Batman just isn't really doing much for me. In this volume, Bruce Wayne is in bed with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman. He is baring his soul regarding a horrific moment during his first year as Batman, a moment that occurred during The War of Jokes and Riddles. First of all, that's a really awkward name for a war. Maybe a little too literal...
  • Jeff
    This has to be one of the all time best Batman stories I have ever read. And in most ways, it's not even a Batman story. The focus is more on the Riddler and the Joker. And that, in my opinion, is all for the good. Not that I don't like Batman, but this was a refreshing change of focus by expanding the world in which Batman lives.Tom King's story had me from the first page. I haven't read such a captivating superhero comic in a long time and ever...
  • Jenny Clark
    The art was pretty good, and this was an interesting plot. Batman is a messed up man, as we learn more and more in this run. I enjoy seeing him as a man, as well as the super hero antics. Joker saving him was interesting but not totally unexpected, as Joker needs him to survive and he needs Joker to give him a purpose. I have been pleasantly surprised by this series so far. The art work is also really good throughout. Kite Man... Hell Yeah!