New 52 Review – “Batman and Robin #1”

The alphabetically ordered reviews of the second full week of the New 52 starts right here.

General Information

Title: Batman and Robin #1

Author: Peter J. Tomasi

Illustrator(s): Patrick Gleason (pencils), Mick Gray (inks) and John Kalisz (colours)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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Bruce Wayne and his son Damien are a crime fighting duo. They start a new tradition involving Bruce’s parents before heading out to a situation at the local nuclear reaction. Meanwhile, a new villain is leaving his mark in Moscow.

High Point

Batman: “Show some respect. They were your grandparents.”
Robin: “Just names and dusty frames on the walls to me.”
Alfred: “I take exception to that. There is not a speck of dust collecting on those portraits.”

Low Point

The people in the net would have been seriously, perhaps even fatally, scalded.

The Scores

The Bruce and Damien partnership still feels new and original to me, even if it has been around for a couple of years. This is a very, very different kind of Robin, and one that will likely surprise new readers. The villain has an interesting twist as well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The artwork is interesting. It often seems to lack detail for the emotional moments, putting in the detail for the action sequences. The inking is very light, and the colour pallete often feels washed out ot me. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is well told, and will likely entertain anyone with less background in actual nuclear physics. I give it 4 out of 6.

The characterization is the strongest element here, and has the greatest focus. We have an excellent grasp of the warring personalities and strained relationship here. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response is weak. As incedibly well defined as Robin is, he’s not actually likeable. Add in the physics gaffs, and there is very little here that makes me want to come back next month. The High Point was enjoyable, but the final line of dialogue in the issue (which I will not spoil) is the only one I was interested in following up on. However, it’ll take strong reviews from others to spur me to do so, given how many comics I enjoy more I’ve already picked up. I give it 3 out of 6.

The flow is smooth and effective. 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s not a terrible title, but it’s not a great title either. I’ll stick with Detective at this point. I give it 3 out of 6.

In total, Batman and Robin #1 receives 30 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman