Review:Batman & Robin #1

Published on September 20th, 2011

Batman & Robin has been one hell of a ride with Grant Morrison. He gave us Dick Grayson as the Dark Knight and Damien as the disrespectful Robin. These two heirs to the Dark Knights throne were playing at being in the big time all by themselves. They handled themselves pretty fair if you ask me. Now with Batman & Robin #1 by writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason we get a fresh take as Bruce is back in charge and his son Damien is riding shotgun as Robin. Is this book good enough to keep you interested or is it “just another Bat book”? Read on to find out.

batman-and-robin1I have always and will always be a Batman and Robin fan. If there is one part of the DC Universe that I can always find a good story in it is in a Bat book. Having said that there are plenty of bad ones out there as well as some pretty bad art to go along with it. In the last few years however I have seen some truly unique and GREAT Batman stories come and go. This one book is something different. I am not sure what made me realize it more than ever but in this book you have a father and his son fighting crime together I never truly thought about Dick, Jason or Tim as Bruce’s son, even though they more than qualify to be, I always looked at them as his partners.. This is the first time where it felt like something different to that and me has me excited about this book.

The story itself starts off like a pretty a typical Batman story. Something bad is going down and of course Batman and Robin are there to the rescue. On top of that layer though is a wonderful layer of international intrigue and some very personal family matters. None of which I was expecting. In fact I would say that Tomasi has done something so very specific in this book that I feel sorry for any one who comes in after his run. Likewise Patrick Gleason is on top of his game with his art showing us a very kinetic paced and detail look for Batman and Robin. He is able to show us the iconic look as well as the more modern style all in the same frame. Just brilliant work all the way around!

In this one issue Tomasi puts to rest the long running pain in Bruce’s history, the death of Bruce’s family. He is able to realistically lay to rest the motivation behind what Bruce does to become Batman in just a few frames allowing new readers to catch up and old readers the chance to see a man moving forward with his life. As I said earlier we also see Bruce being more than just a mentor to a child but we get to see him being a father and a new Evil who is bent on breaking down Batman’s iron gate.

Final Verdict: In all of Batman’s history there has never been a story that has told so much in so few pages. At this rate Peter J. Tomasi might just be creating some of the most personal and moving stories in the long history of this character.