If you didn’t already know, on Wednesdays (Aka New Comicbook Day) I work at Richmond Comix on Richmond’s South Side, where they are nice enough to give me a Pick of the Week! I post that pick on Instagram and Twitter, and then review that book/series here on Thursdays! Nick’s Pick this week is Batman and Robin #36, and more specifically the Hunt for Robin/Robin Rises Story arcs!
I want to start by saying, there are only two titles I’ve followed ever since the New 52 Reboot, and this title is one of them. Why? Because it is consistently awesome. Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason are one of the best writer/artist combos in comics right now period! If you haven’t been following these two since they came together on Green Lantern Corps, then you have missed out on fun, beautiful, action filled comics!!! I remember being hesitant when they moved from Green Lantern Corps to Batman, but you know what? They rock no matter what the title.
Let’s get into why Batman and Robin is so great right now though; The current story arc, Robin Rises, Batman (Bruce Wayne, duh!) as he attempts to prevent Ra’s Al Ghul from resurrecting both his daughter (Talia) and grandson (Bruce and Talia’s son, Damien) using his Lazarus pit. As if this and the epic battle in the arctic with Frankenstein at Batman’s side isn’t enough, it really hits the fan when a small army from Apokolips shows up.
They’re after Damien’s body as well, as they detect a power source within his coffin. It turns out Ra’s had an ancient talisman inside the coffin to aid in the resurrection. Long story short (Go Read it!!!) Damien’s body is taken to Apokolips. Batman then decides to pursue him no matter the cost, which puts him at odds with the Lex Luther led Justice League. (Yes, Lex is leading the JL, crazy right? We’ll see how long that lasts.) Batman then takes on the JL after they refuse to help him.
He infiltrates the Watchtower and steals a suit made specially for him by the Justice League in preparation for a crisis-level battle. The Hellbat Armor! He takes the suit through a boom tube he creates with a stolen mother box, and heads to Apokolips to wage war. Next is pure Batman Badassness once he gets there! He’s no non-sense and straight to business. Hell hath no fury like a Batman scorned! But I’m sure you’re asking, “What about the cover with all the Robin clad themed bat family?”
The Bat Family has been through ups and downs in the New 52, and even though Damien wasn’t the most popular with the fam, he became accepted, respected, and even loved. When Batman left Batgirl, Red Robin, and Red Hood to protect Gotham as he left for Apokolips, they couldn’t let him go alone. Leaving some friends to watch Gotham, they don modified Robin armor Alfred made (Handy!), and wore his iconic ‘R’ to remind themselves who they’re fighting for. They show up, and again there is no let down in action!
This may not be the best jumping on point specifically in issue #36, but if you want some great story and art, I recommend picking up at The Hunt for Robin story arc through trade or back issues (Starts at Batman and
Robin Aquaman #29), and then lead into Robin Rises! Also if you’re looking for awesome art check out Pat Gleason on Instagram or Blogspot because this guy is one of my absolute favorites! Here are some of my favorite Batman and Robin covers for you to enjoy!
Come back next week for more reviews, or check out some of the other stuff here at Blackhole-Comics.com!
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