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Batman: Four of a Kind (Legends of the Dark Knight #30)

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  138 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
"Batman: Four of a Kind" chronicles Batman's battles some of deadliest foes; Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, The Riddler and Man-Bat. Taken from the acclaimed "Year One" series, Batman must find a cure for Poison Ivy's kiss, but he must find her first. Our hero must face some of his worst fears in a battle with the Scarecrow, stalk down the deadly creature Man-Bat and find the key ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by DC Comics (first published 1995)
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Andrew
Nov 29, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
AS the cover says this is a compilation of four stories in one book.Each story focuses on one of the more famous of Batman's foes - Poison Ivy, The Scarecrow, The Man-bat and the Riddler.
In many respects the stories follow the familiar path you would expect and have seen played out on screen and book before. So I guess for some fans there is nothing really that new, you have the artwork and the subtlety how things play out slight different but eventually the results are the same. So am I disapp
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Alayne
Feb 17, 2016 Alayne rated it liked it
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Este cómic reúne 4 historias sobre hipotéticos comienzos de 4 enemigos de Batman: Hiedra Venenosa, Espantapájaros, Acertijo y Man-Bat.

La historia de Hiedra Venenosa (Poison Ivy) escrita por Alan Grant y dibujada por Brian Apthorp, cuenta la primera aparición en el mundo de Batman de la hermosa y misteriosa villana. Besando a los hombres, puede lograr que hagan lo que quiere, y ella, inmune a cualquier efecto botánico a raíz de experimentos ocurridos en su adolescencia, puede depositar en sus lab
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Sep 21, 2013 Cassandra Stapleton rated it really liked it
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Peter
Dec 05, 2008 Peter rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Batman fans
The book consists for four separate sections, each focused on a different antagonist (Poison Ivy, the Riddler, the Scarecrow, and Man-Bat). This is clearly an attempt to follow in the footsteps of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One (which itself was, I believe, the inspiration for the very good Batman Begins movie). The artwork of the first section is either by the Year One artist, or is a well-done imitation. Clearly they were going for high-concept Batman.

Nonetheless, it somehow all falls flat. I
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JB
Aug 10, 2014 JB rated it really liked it
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Great origin stories for four Batman villains.
I enjoyed every story.

Poison Ivy was her usual seductive self in a great story.

The beginning and ending of the Riddler story was great, seeing him doing a monologue/talking to himself in his Riddler costume in the beginning and finding out where he really is the hole time.

The Scarecrow story was very interesting as to where he found his idea for the Scarecrow persona.

The Man-Bat story was kind of mad scientist story. The transition of the man into t
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Laura
Apr 23, 2008 Laura rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi, fiction, comic
I hated the Poison Ivy story. I tolerated the other three.

I am a pretty critical comic-books reader. I see no reason to enjoy one unless it's got the same kind of narrative scope that a Watchmen or a DKR has. I know that's unreasonable to expect to find in regular old issues like the ones collected in this book, but still. I dislike these, and I would avoid them for the same reason I dislike and avoid cheesy-ass paperbacks. I know they don't aim high, but I don't see the fact that they perfectly
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Ithlilian
Sep 04, 2013 Ithlilian marked it as did-not-finish
Batman: I train really hard to be able to do the things I do.
Bad guy appears, causes havoc
Cut to Batcave, Alfred giving Bruce a hard time, then a charity event. Wayne is introduced to the bad guy though he doesn't know it's him.
Bruce Wayne: This is really the mask, not Batman
Bad guy screws up, gets caught, is revealed.

Ugh, please make it stop. All the brooding, boring, heavy handed inner monologue is so very lame. These are the same old stories told over and over and there is nothing special.
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Harry
Nov 08, 2013 Harry rated it liked it
A fairly well put together collection of Year One-type stories featuring the origins of Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Riddler, and Man-Bat. I enjoyed the Scarecrow portion in particular, but would have liked if this collection told an over-arching story. Still, it fills time well for what it is.

The cover, however, is probably the worst cover I have seen on a Batman TPB in some time, and I think it is indicative of the amount of time that was spent developing this as a unique project.
Edbury Enegren
Sep 05, 2012 Edbury Enegren rated it really liked it
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I read this out of order in my quest to complete the chronology. Boo.

Middling art and story in general, but Batman is characterized well and it's an entertaining collection. I'm always happy when Batman villains actually seem insane.
Mike
Nov 20, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
I'm getting spoiled by the really great DC comics (e.g. Kingdom Come), so I probably am rating the old, standby villain stories lower than I should.
Four good, comfortable vignettes with the classics.
Andrew
May 12, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: own-print
Pretty good "Year One" era collection. Origin stories of four famous villains. Predictable and somewhat silly, a fun read – nothing more.
Jon
Oct 09, 2012 Jon rated it really liked it
Its okay. I think the Scarecrow was the best of the four. The story really reminds me of the Animated Series story. Overall good.
Ola
Jan 10, 2013 Ola rated it really liked it
Above average? 3,5 stars! I liked the Scarecrow and the Riddler origin stories the best.
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