Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bruce Wayne Enters a Madhouse in Batman Annual #4

James T. Tynion IV puts Bruce Wayne in the center of Arkham Manor and at the mercy of a gang of his greatest enemies. Batman Annual #4 is 36 pages of strikingly illustrated panels by the hands of Artist Roge Antonio. Sean Murphy provides an elegant, yet coarse, introduction to the tale with his cover handiwork.

Batman is gone…but Bruce Wayne is alive? What does that mean for Gotham City? And who is Bruce Wayne without Batman? Batman Annual #4 delves deeper into the mystery building, and whether or not Bruce can ever really escape from the shadow of the Dark Knight.

The fourth annual for Batman is rated T for Teen. We stay in PG-13 territory with violence, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Younger readers might be startled by the vengeful subject matter and retribution the criminals attempt to rain upon Bruce.

Batman Annual #4 is more of a Bruce Wayne story than a Dark Knight one. I know many will say, "What's the difference?" I get their point. The difference is he's not in the suit! He doesn't have all his body armor and gadgets at his disposal. It's a tense one-shot full of action and drama that leaves room for a new era to begin for Bruce Wayne. But will he ever decide to don the costume again? Of course he will!

Batman Annual #4 is available now in print and Kindle editions.

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