REVIEW: Batman & Robin #3

Batman & Robin #3Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by
PATRICK GLEASON & MICK GRAY
 Colors by JOHN KALISZ / Letters by PATRICK BROSSEAU

In this week’s issue of “Terrible Parenting with Batman”, Bruce tries to make up for being an absent father by buying Damian a puppy. The boy wonder, however, is not as pleased and is growing annoyed after being left behind while Bruce goes off on patrol every night. He also doesn’t seem too keen on the whole dog thing, either.

There’s depth in this issue, as the dog is a sign of Bruce trying to find a companion for his son. He thinks that like most young boys, Damian would love a dog, but unfortunately he isn’t like most boys. Instead of collecting baseball cards, Damian collects weapons and most likely the shrunken heads of his victims. Having assassins for babysitters can do that to a kid.

Gleason’s art is still topnotch with it comes to action sequences, though the first half of the book that focuses on Damian and Alfred talking over chess looks a bit flat. Gleason does seem to be branching out when it comes to backgrounds, however, though a few panels fall back to full face shots.

Towards the end of the book, Morgan let’s on about his plans for revenge on Batman Incorporated, proving that Grant Morrison’s lovechild has survived the New 52. I’m eager to see if there will be a crossover in upcoming issues, as this latest installment ended on quite the cliffhanger.

Overall, though, this issue felt short. While Tomasi is still focusing on the relationship between Bruce and Damian, I feel that the last issue already did a solid job of establishing their circumstances. Their strenuous relationship hasn’t improved in an issue, and there’s no need to keep harping on that aspect.

What needs to happen now is action, showing how their relationship outside the capes and cowls affects their partnership. There’s a taste of that in the last few pages, but not enough to categorize this book as anything but filler. Granted, it’s still a promising book and I’m excited for the next issue, I just wish Tomasi would hurry up and get there.

WRITING: 4 / ART: 3.5 / OVERALL: 3.75

About Caroline Albanese

Caroline watches a lot of cartoons, reads a lot of comics and plays a lot of video games. Evangelist for each iteration of Robin the Boy Wonder, Caroline's a self-proclaimed Pokémon Master, lover of candy, and most importantly your friend. Follow her on Twitter @Calbanese

One thought on “REVIEW: Batman & Robin #3

  1. Re: Tomasi is still focusing on the relationship between Bruce and Damian, I feel that the last issue already did a solid job of establishing their circumstances.

    Although I see where you are coming from on your criticism of the portrayal of the relationship between Bruce and Damian, I really think that Tomasi manages to execute his point on their relationship well. Also, the graphics in this portion are particularly sharp, as to portray the tenseness of the situation. It’s as though Bruce and Damian are sitting in a room where the floor is covered in sharp glass- it is representative of their relationship- don’t fall on the glass!

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