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52apolooza: Batman and Robin

Written by Guitarsmashley and David Dean on Sunday, October 09 2011 and posted in Reviews

The father/ son Dynamic Duo debut in this title.  Will it light the world on fire?

Welcome to 52apolooza, the Outhouse feature focusing on DC's September Relaunch.  All of DC's 52 titles will be reviewed by our pool of reviewers to point out the best and worst that DC's new comic book line has to offer.  To see how this book ranks among the other new DC titles, be sure to check out our 52apolooza Rankings!

We've had Batman and Robin books before but this is the first time that Bruce Wayne and his son Damien have worked as the Dynamic Duo.  Will they form a father/ son bond based on mutual trust and understanding or will they want to kill eachother?  More to the point: Was it any good?  Here's your 52apolooza reviews to find out!

DC Reviewer: Guitarsmashley

When I got my 52palooza assignments this was by far the book I was least looking forward to. Having read it I can say that my reservations were 100% in the right direction.

Damian Wayne is a very polarizing character but in his almost three years is in the DCU he has matured and has become more of an actual three dimensional character, especially under the pen of Grant Morrison. Well, Grant didn't write this book and Damian is back to being the worthless little shit he was when he was first introduced. Damian even mentions how well he worked with Dick in this issue and Bruce totally dismisses it.

The art for this issue is serviceable but like the writing it's nothing special or remotely good. Many times I felt lost as to who was a bad guy and who was talking and really why they were talking. The idea that Crime Alley is being bulldozed is completely ridiculous. And the idea of Bruce recognizing his parents wedding anniversary instead of their death is even more ridiculous.

This comic isn't accessible it's dull. The Batman Inc. plot is interesting but we know nothing about the Batman of Moscow, and we never will. That's how poorly this comic sets things up. If you couldn't tell I thought this comic was just bad and will hopefully be one of the 52's early fatalities. Batman deserves better. I already don't care to have Bruce back if what we're going to get are these "changed man but still grunts" character. GIVE ME BACK DICK.

How to score this book?


Total Score: 48
Grab Bag Reviewer: David Dean

This comic is somewhere between the garbage that is Detective Comics (where Batman does no "detecting" and you're thrown pointless shock images to keep you hard) and the beauty that is Scott Snyder's Batman (I want to reemphasize the word "beauty" in this parenthetical). If you're keeping count, that makes it second in my book, but only because I haven't read the 4th Batman book (The Dark Knight) since everyone is talking about the infamous "One Face" image, I assume it's rubbish.

Unfortunately, if you read this book after any of the countless other great books coming out every month, you're going to judge it harshly. In other words, it's okay.

Is the purpose (or theme) of this book to explore the relationship between Batman and Robin? These Batman books are going to have to distinguish between themselves by theme or I'm going to confuse them going forward. So let's assume this book is about Batman's fatherly (mentor) relationship with Robin and Robin trying to grow taller through puberty. This makes me feel better.

Robin this time around is portrayed by Damian Wayne (Batman's son). He's a wisecracking, too-optimistic-in-his-own-abilities sidekick. Batman plays the typical overly protective father who brings his son out on dangerous missions to take down deadly criminals (dangerous).

Batman opens this issue by talking about his dead parents. He's tired of mourning their deaths and wants to celebrate their lives. In essence, Batman has decided to let go of the one motivation that drives him to slip the cowl every night. Am I wrong in thinking that every criminal he beats up doesn't somehow represent the criminal that shot his parents? To me, it seems if he wants to let this go, then what's the point? Batman should retire and be a frumpy dad. Maybe that's where this is heading: KFC Double Down!

So Batman and Robin go out on patrol. They find the typical villains and pummel them. Nothing unusual. Robin does something a little crazy. He gets scolded. Robin responds by saying, "But dadddd!" Wocka-wocka. Drop the curtain. See you next time.

Oh, there is also something about some guy in Moscow dipping people into green acid. Something to do with Batman Incorporated, I think. But I never read any of those books and this book said it was for "new readers," so I must be mistaken that this has anything to do with anything prior to the 52 reboot. Your guess is as good as mine.


Total 52apolooza Score (with Two Reviews In): 108
(Average Score: 54.0)

Written or Contributed by: Guitarsmashley and David Dean

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