Thursday, March 15, 2012

(COMIC REVIEW) Batman and Robin #7

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Artwork by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray

And just like that, Batman and Robin picks up exactly where it left off last month; no flash-forwards, no frills. Even from the first pages, this has been my favorite issue of Batman and Robin thus far. I'm sure this is partly due to the completion of Peter J. Tomasi's first story arc and the satisfaction that comes with following a plot for months toward it's climactic conclusion. It's also because this is such a solid issue.

Morgan Ducard and Bruce go head to head this month, a proper bout that brings out the emotional instability in both men. Morgan still blames Bruce for 'stealing' his father away, and Bruce wants to kill Morgan for hurting Damian, and nearly does before stopping himself to show his son the meaning of restraint. The fight is incredibly fun to read, with expert shading from Mick Gray complimenting Patrick Gleason's subtle, yet descriptive pencilling.

The final pages, in which Damian murders Morgan - even after Bruce stopped himself from doing the same thing - are a terrific build-up for the next arc. My only complaint: Damian getting all religious with the "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned," shtick. It's annoying and grating. Other than that small snafu, Batman and Robin #7 sits at the top, in terms of quality, for this series thus far.


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