Batman #4 review I am Gotham – an instant classic

I Am Gotham reaches tragic note

Tom King and David Finch are making it easy to move on from the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo era of Batman. I am Gotham’s fourth chapter takes a heartbreaking turn en route to making this a Batman tale for the ages.

Last issue didn’t exactly end on a promising note for Gotham and Gotham Girl. They encountered Hugo Strange and Psycho Pirate, which led to predictably disastrous results. Now Batman has to pick up the pieces before Gotham’s newest heroes reach the point of no return.

I am Gotham plays out fittingly like a Gotham tragedy. King raises the question if anything good can truly come out of Gotham or if the city itself is so toxic it kills the merest hint of light. Gotham and Gotham Girl haven’t been part of the Bat Family for years, but it’s hard not to be moved by their predicament.

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King continues to craft a refreshing take on Batman. He isn’t the all-knowing, unbeatable or emotionless character that’s become the crutch for too many writers. King’s Batman doesn’t know it all and isn’t 30 steps ahead of everyone. In making Batman more human, King has made him a vastly improved character.

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Batman isn’t superhuman and able to do all things at all times, making his efforts far more impressive. And Duke Thomas plays a pivotal role in aiding Batman’s investigation.

I am Gotham encapsulates everything wrong with the city and why it needs Batman. King subtly reinforces a notion from The Dark Knight in which Batman is the hero Gotham deserves.

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Finch is operating at a career-best level right now. His art is masterfully detailed. Finch’s positioning of the characters is dead on giving the issue a very cinematic flair. Considering that he’s creating some of his best work with an accelerated bi-weekly pace, the quality is even more impressive.

I am Gotham has been one of the strongest initial story arcs in the entire DC Rebirth line. With this issue’s cliffhanger, two weeks seems like a long wait for what’s been a classic story so far.

Rating: 10 out of 10

Image Credit: DC Comics

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