Saturday, April 14, 2012

Batman and Robin #8 (New 52)

I really enjoyed the last issue of Batman and Robin but was put-off by the final panel which saw a tortured Damian kill Nobody in front of Batman. I was skeptical as to how this event would play out, but I have to admit Peter J. Tomasi gives us a thoughtful follow-up that includes a frank, and loving, conversation between estranged father and son that should lead to a fresh start for Batman and Robin.

The issues is definitely light on action but character is brought to the forefront as Batman and Damian lick their wounds and discuss Batman's desire for deadly vengeance and his promise to his parents to never let that happen.

The issue doesn't ignore Damian's actions from last issue, but it also doesn't condemn him for it (as I expected it to do, further driving a wedge between the two). Instead Bruce uses the opportunity as a lesson for his son to move both of them forward. By the end of the issue we're given a Batman and Robin I really want to see more of, and that's really all you can ask. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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