Comic Book Reviews - Batman and Robin #10 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews, DC Comics Reviews
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Publisher Website: www.dccomics.com
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Colorist: John Kalisz
Number of Pages: 22
Safety Content Label: Teen
“Terminus: Scar of the Bat”
Someone calls a meeting of the Robins, but who and why? And will the exiled and egotistical Red Hood answer the call? Red Robin learns of Damian’s betrayal—but how long will the youngest Robin’s lack of discipline stand? Many of Gotham City’s villains blame Batman for their downfall, but what happens when they stand together in a pact to bring the Dark Knight down?
There are a number of titles within the New 52 where Batman plays a vital role, so it’s a delight to find a title with his name in the headline where Batman is actually second fiddle to his co-star. With Batman and Robin the series could stand to be renamed: Robin featuring Batman… Occasionally as Robin has proven to be the breakout star of the series.
Say what you will about Grant Morrison’s run on Batman, but it’s tough to argue against the creation of Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian. The Son of the Bat is arrogant and rash with violent characteristics similar to one Jason Todd. But where Jason was an annoying cynical one trick pony, Damian has actually grown despite his short comings. With Batman and Robin #10, Damian takes another step in his personal development.
Coming fresh off the heels of the events of “Born to Kill” and the “Night of Owls” tie-in, this issue has all the markers of being a fill-in; meaning, nothing happens. This is a partial truth as there is more character development taking place on behalf of Damian as well as the introduction of a new villain—Terminus—who despite his name might present the Dynamic Duo with a future challenge.
Now back to Damian.
For his part in this issue, and without giving away all the details and being a spoiler sport, the current Robin lays out a challenge to the former Boy Wonder’s that Peter J. Tomasi, or other writers within the DCU, can take full advantage in both the short or long term.
Although issue #10 of Batman and Robin lacks the pulse pounding action moments of previous issues there is still enough character and plot development packed within the 22-pages of this series to warrant a look-see. If you claim not to be a fan of the current Robin, do yourself a favor and check out this book. Truths me, Damian might not warm your heart but through his cocky arrogance behavior there is enough friction to propel in story in which his (co-)stars in forward. And at the end of the day isn’t that what we want from our fiction: conflict?