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"Batman And Robin" #2 Review

In Comic Reviews on July 2, 2009 at 9:00 am
"Batman And Robin" #2

Batman and Robin #2

Batman Reborn” Part 2: The Circus of Strange

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Frank Quitely

Colors: Alex Sinclair

The first issue of Batman and Robin was woefully glossed over when review time came up, and I honestly cannot recall for the life of my why that was.  Regardless, the second issue of Morrison’s fresh take on the Dark Knight rounds out a week rife with sidekicks filling out their mentor’s shoes, and this may be one of the best interpretations so far.  Spoilers within!  Read the rest of this entry »

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"Battle For The Cowl": A Retrospective

In Comic Reviews, Comics on May 20, 2009 at 8:19 pm

“Batman: Battle For The Cowl” ended today, with the ultimate revelation of the new Batman and Robin. In case you were wondering, yes, it ended exactly how you thought it would. Dick Grayson is the new Batman, Damien Wayne is the new Robin, Tim Drake is alive somewhere with a series of cuts in his chest (and one can safely bet, a brand new Red Robin costume), and Jason Todd has fallen to a death that fails the litmus test of all comic book deaths: there is no body. Half the characters from the covers played no role in the comic whatsoever, and the sub-plot of Gotham being devastated by a new Black Mask has met no resolution, other than Dick proudly announcing that it was clearly not the work of Two-Face or The Penguin.

So, why do we care? Its definitely a temporary change, even Dan Didio has acknowledged that Bruce Wayne will be back eventually. And the upcoming stories are still by Grant Morrison, who has written one hell of a mess of a Batman story lately. Its been a less than well kept secret that Dick would take over, so there was certainly no surprise or suspense to the ending. Damien is the new Robin, despite the fact that, let’s face it, the character is an annoying brat. In short, Battle for the Cowl feels like a poorly plotted, haphazardly created thing that exists solely to give Frank Quitely more time to draw “Batman & Robin”, which debuts two weeks from now, during what I’m lovingly calling DC’s “Oh Look, We Have A New Batman, He Should Appear In Everything” Month.

The story was good for a few cheap thrills, but all in all, “Battle for the Cowl” falls short of its ultimate goal, and fails to provide anything to give me a reason to care much. Hopefully the coming months and Dick Grayson’s baptism by fire as the new Batman will provide us with something enjoyable.