Thursday, February 25, 2010

Batman & Robin #9

This comic is just a good time. The plot and characterization are top notch and the art makes everthing sing.

The story is pretty simple, in an attempt to resurrect Batman in one of Ra's Al Ghul's Lazarus Pits, NightBats(Dick Grayson as Batman) has instead brought back a near-mindless clone of Batman created during Final Crisis. (When I look at that sentence, it doesn't seem so simple, actually.) With NightBats, Batwoman, Knight and Squire trapped underground in England, it is up to Alfred and Damian to stop the raging clone as he lumbers around Wayne tower. It's a great sequence since the clone is rapidly degrading as he struggles with the agonies and trauma that dominate the real Bruce Wayne's thoughts. Morrison gives the clone some great dialogue that really spotlights all the damage the clone is dealing with (both emotional and physical).

Nightbats and Batwoman decide the easiest way for her to deal with her injuries is to just resurrect her in the Lazarus Pit, which made me laugh. If it is that easy, why don't more people do it? There's some great dialogue between Knight, Squire, and Nightbats that makes me wish I could see more of the English Dynamic Duo. There is a ton of potential there. After Nightbats makes it back to Gotham to help out his buddies with the clone, I loved how Dick Grayson just full on hits on Batwoman. He doesn't know he doesn't really have a shot...

Cameron Stewart's art is fantastic. The shot of Nightbats swooping in to catch Damian was fantastic. The smirk on his face is classic showboat Dick Grayson. The whole sequence in Wayne Tower was well done too, I really got a feel for the layout of the current Batman & Robin's HQ.


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