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