Batman and Robin 2: Batman vs. Robin

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Art: 7/10

Decent story, decent art

Overly complicated, prefer Frank Quitely's cover to the interior art

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Batman and Robin (Volume 1)

Publisher:  DC Comics

Writer:  Grant Morrison

Artist:  Cameron Stewart/Andy Clarke

# of Issues:  6

Release Date:  2010

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Batman and Robin (1) #8

Reprints Batman and Robin (1) #7-12 (March 2010-July 2010).  Bruce Wayne might be alive!  As Batman searches for answers in England, what really happened to Bruce Wayne might be revealed.  Meanwhile, Robin visit from his mother Talia means a new spine…and new problems as the quest for his father leads to a team-up with Detective Sexton who is keeping secrets of his own.

Written by Grant Morrison with art by Cameron Stewart and Andy Clarke, Batman and Robin 2:  Batman vs. Robin collected two storylines from the first volume of the Batman and Robin series.  Following Batman and Robin 1:  Batman Reborn, the three part “Blackest Knight” (Batman and Robin (1) #7-9) and “Batman vs. Robin” (Batman and Robin (1) #10-12) has also been collected in a deluxe hardback edition.

For me, Batman has always been a character that is solid but never drew me in.  Morrison helped make Batman interesting to me again and I read much of his run of the series.  The Batman and Robin series was the best part of Morrison’s run because it eliminated Batman and created an almost “what if” situation involving Dick Grayson becoming Batman after years of speculation.  Here we see the fun Damian finally having to learn to work with Dick, and the two actually coming together as more of a team.

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Batman and Robin (1) #10

Damian is a great character.  Unlike Jason Todd who was just obnoxious and a jerk, Damian is written in a way that he’s a jerk that you kind of like.  Much like a Guy Gardner, the character thinks high of himself but is also fallible.  I like that the character can really back-up his boasts (unlike someone like Jason Todd) and I like that he wants to best Dick on a level playing field (not being controlled by his mother).  It is an uneasy alliance that is turning into a friendship which is something new for Damian’s character.

I do have some storytelling issues.  Morrison often over-complicates his stories and sometimes takes odds jumps.  The whole Black Glove storyline which started in his run of Batman just never really worked with me and the twist ending of this collection involving the real identity of Oberon Sexton also seems gratuitous (though it is somewhat explained later).

The worst part of this collection is that it is tying in to one of Morrison’s weaker runs on the story:  Batman:  The Return of Bruce Wayne.  The conclusion of this volume is a lead-up to what had been happening in that comic and preparing for Wayne’s inevitable return.  I really like the combo of Dick and Damian and wish it could have continued longer though I wish that the art continued to be by Frank Quitely (who only does covers here) had continued.  Batman and Robin 2:  Batman vs. Robin is followed by Batman and Robin 3:  Batman & Robin Must Die!

Related Links:

Batman and Robin 1:  Batman Reborn

Batman and Robin 3:  Batman & Robin Must Die!

Batman and Robin 4:  Dark Knight vs. White Knight

Batman:  The Return of Bruce Wayne

Batman and Robin 1:  Born to Kill

Batman and Robin 2:  Pearl

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