Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Penciller: Patrick Gleason
Inker: Mick Gray
Colorist: John Kalisz
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Cover: Gleason, Gray, & Kalisz
Editors: Katie Kubert, Harvey Richards, & Mike Marts
Batman Created By Bob Kane
Each Bat-title, as I’ve said in other reviews, has its own individual theme appropriate for to its title. Batman and Robin is a “focus on the family” kind of title, no pun intended. However, what’s ALSO been true of this title, thus far, is the amount of explosive action coming from every corner. While #4 began with a lot of punching, kicking, and fireball action, it quickly went into an epic duel between father and son.
Certainly, Morgan is coming back, that was made clear by the issue’s end, but Morgan’s part in this tale seems to be done for now. (Unless, of course, I’m completely wrong and he shows up next month in #5…wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been wrong.) But to be honest, I really don’t care about Morgan. He has a few interesting traits, but surrounded by the tension between Damian and Bruce makes his part in the story seem trivial and minor.
As intense as the exchange between Bruce and Damian is, there’s still this strong feeling of literary excellence that you don’t see too often in comics whose selling point is in the action and adventure. As annoying as Damian is, there’s an incredible amount of angst built up between the two that really makes me want to see what happens with Damian. Before, I was hoping he’d just fall off a cliff and die, but now I’m wondering if Damian will be the next Robin to go off the deep end and become one of Bruce Wayne’s arch villains.
Gleason has always been a top pick for me when it comes to artists, and this issue delivers the best art a comic can provide. It’s obvious Gleason has a love for the more cartooney style of art, but there is a realism in everything he does that gives every panel some “umpf.” And what an absolutely terrifying cover! The city, ripping apart with Damian coming out from the middle, and Morgan’s reflection gleaming in the water. This might be one of the best DC covers of the year!
Every Bat-Title is playing its part, with Detective Comics leading the way in quality. But, without a doubt, Batman & Robin is boosting itself into a close second. Damian, there may be hope for you yet….but not much.
8 out of 10 stars