Batman vs Bigby A Wolf in Gotham #4
Written by Bill Willingham
Art by Brian Level
Colors by Lee Lougheridge
Inks by Jay Leisten and Anthony Fowler Jr
Letters by Steve Wands
The Rundown: Batman and Bigby team up to stop the theft of a powerful and magical book.
Batman faces off against Bigby with a small army of Robins guarding the area. As the two face off, Batman employs a new tactic to take down the big bad wolf while the man who set up everything begin the next phase of his plans. Gordon decides to do something about the attack on rare books as Batman and Bigby race back to the batcave. After exchanging information, the pair decide to team up to stop their common enemy.
At the secure location for the rare books, Bookworm and his team infiltrate and begin their search for a special book from Bigby’s world. As they begin their search, Bookworm will discover that his plan has not accounted for a couple of big time distractions.
The Story: The biggest problem I continue to have with this series is the way Batman is portrayed. I have no issue with creative license and Willingham can interpret a character however he chooses, but this version of Batman is so unlikeable in every aspect and so dim in his reasoning and detective skills that he seems more of a hindrance to the story than as asset. I was unimpressed with almost everything about this story from the fight between Batman and Bigby to the confrontation with Bookworm.
The Art: Brian Level does some great work with the art in the issue. The panels and pages look like illustrations from a novel and that style works well with the aesthetic of the story.