After finding the mysterious Fabergé egg on Dinosaur Island in the possession of Vandal Savage, the egg zaps Batman and Green Lantern to the past in the Old West. Here they meet Jonah Hex, who once owned the egg. Hex joins the duo and together they search for Vandal and the egg. Soon they encounter Vandal Savage and his henchmen, but things don’t go according to plan in Batman Universe #4.
Batman Universe #4 is another fun adventure. The dialogue is good and often quite funny.
That said, there are passages where the wording could have been more precise and simpler. For example, when Batman warns Savage about the dangers of the egg. Other than this, the dialogue is brisk, snappy and humourous, as stated earlier. The story moves along nicely, never lingering too long. The characters are always moving and taken to interesting locations and placed intense and fascinating scenarios.
There is genuine suspense as you ponder on Batman and Green Lantern’s fate. Will they be able to retrieve the egg and escape back to the present? Can Batman solve the case of the mysterious egg? What is it? Why does it create unstable wormholes?
Bendis revels in suspense and, hopefully, we get more answers soon. It’s great fun tracking Batman as he tries to uncover the mystery and stop Savage. The plot wades into Back to Future territory but never feels like it is outright ripping off the beloved film series.
The artwork in Batman Universe #4 is simple but effective. However, simple does not necessarily mean simplistic. Nick Derington’s pencils don’t overshadow and his characters are not overdone. Yet, their movements and expressions are perfectly on point with the story. Derington, once again shows his mastery with composition as he expertly utilizes panel space. You can understand the entire plot solely from his visuals, which is a testament to his skill as an artist.
Batman Universe #4
Batman Universe #4 is a fun-filled adventure and a pleasant romp through time and space.