Thursday, September 22, 2011

Batman and Robin #1 - Review


Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason continue their work on the new Batman and Robin #1 by pairing Bruce Wayne with his son, Damian Wayne. The story finds Bruce and Damian traveling to crime alley in costume so that Bruce can mourn the anniversary of his parent's death once more, but makes a new pledge to his caped son. He decides that instead of celebrating their death, he's going to celebrate their lives instead. He wants to be a bigger part of Damian's life and wants to be the mentor to finally shape him into the Batman disciple that he deserves to be.

Damian, however, isn't as on board.

Over the course of the last series developed by Grant Morrison, Dick Grayson and Damian had been Batman and Robin together for a long time. They ruled the night in Gotham, both trying to adjust to their new roles in Batman Incorporated. Damian's entire strategy of attack, command, and partnership came from working with Dick, who was more accepting of Damian's personality. Bruce is much more abrasive and expects more from his son. That isn't completely out of left field, because Damian has been reduced to the same character he was when he was introduced. He's brash, disrespectful, and eager to hurt someone. It seems that the New 52 required him to reset his character development as part of the process. This kind of pissed me off, because I had started to like the new Damian who was learning to work together with people and learning his role as The Boy Wonder.

The issue isn't bad, far from it. It's been one of the better New 52 titles that I've read. I just wish they hadn't reset things so much with it. I give it a solid 4.5, and I do hope that the quality of this title continues as it has been the past few years. If you're looking for a fun Batman book to pick up, this is a great one to start off with.

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