Batman and Robin 9 (April 2010)

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Morrison recovers pretty well for the conclusion. With Batwoman, Batman (Dick Grayson), Damian and Alfred all fighting a zombified Batman… I wish I could say Stewart’s art finally fulfilled the promise his name brings. But it doesn’t. It’s this mainstream, glossy Cameron Stewart. Maybe it’s the colors… but I don’t think so. I think it’s Stewart trying to “appeal” to a wide audience.

Speaking of wide audiences, I forgot where the Knight and the Squire are from (besides being generally from some Morrison story), but I was fine with them. Having to know Tim Drake thinks Bruce Wayne’s alive somewhere… that information isn’t something contained in this comic book. Or even this series, I’m pretty sure. I would have thought Morrison would go more for accessibility.

But this issue makes it painfully clear–Batman and Robin succeeds because of Robin. Without Damian along, Dick Grayson is a painfully boring Batman.

CREDITS

Blackest Knight, Part Three: Broken; writer, Grant Morrison; artist, Cameron Stewart; colorist, Tony Avina; letterer, Pat Brosseau; editors, Janelle Siegel and Mike Marts; publisher, DC Comics.

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  1. Yeah, it’s amazing that Dick is so dull compared to his mentor that rarely talks at all. His chemistry with Damian is smooth and witty. Stewart’s art, while perhaps too “cartoony” for such a sombre book as Batman, is still light years ahead of predecessor Tan in terms of composition and storytelling ability. Several flaws, but still fun to read. The best scene is Dick attempting to pick up Batwoman after the fight. Guess I’m still a fanboy at heart. Easily the best Batman book on the stands, but maybe that’s not saying all that much. Morrison can pull out aces when he buckles down and skips the stylistic nonsense. These comics seem to have great moments rather than a completeness to their credit. Like I’ve said, when you’re reading Morrison, you’re in for a penny, you’re in for a pound.

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