Batman and Robin #1

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Aug 2009 | DC

Writing: Grant Morison
Art: Frank Quietly
Colour: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Patrick Brosseau

Part One: Domino Effect

After Batman’s death, the new dynamic duo has gotten back together to clean up Gotham. This time, it’s the Circus of Strange and their twisted boss Pyg up to no good.

Wow. The art is kind of dark and creepy. Toad and especially Pyg and his dolls look wonderful. I really like it. The only thing I didn’t care for was the cover.

It might have helped if I read through the Battle of the Cowl and maybe the previous series more. It might have explained why Nightwing is now Batman, how Bruce died, and why Tim Drake isn’t Robin. I’m not sure how I feel about this sort of reboot after Bruce’s death. I’m not sure if I can ever accept anyone else as Batman. I also know nothing of Damien. Fortunately, though, this issue is presented well enough that  I don’t feel the need to have to read anything prior. I know who’s who and that’s good enough for me for now.

There’s a lot of tension between the two characters. I can see it tough for Batman’s son having to to ride shotgun to some guy who took his father’s place. I expect their relationship will mend itself as things progress. It should make for some typical, interesting drama, though.

That flying Batmobile looks really retarded to me.

I’m surprised I liked this issue, despite my reservations of Bruce being replaced. The storytelling was good and the art really stands out. I just don’t know if I’ll be able to get over a new Batman. It just seems like meddling with something that should have been left alone. I’m reconsidering reading the Battle of the Cowl in hopes that the story will ease these feelings, but I think I’ll keep going with this and see how it goes. I’m loving the Circus of Strange.

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