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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Batman & Robin Annual #2

February 6th, 2014 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi

Artist: Doug Mahke with Patrick Gleason

Published by DC Comics 

I love Bruce and Damian moments; even more than that, I LOVE Dick and Damian moments. And then you can’t beat the classic of Bruce and Dick moments. So throw them all together? Well, that’s clearly a book after my own heart.

Tomasi continues to make this title his and his alone. He does such an amazing job with characterization of the Bat family and it’s practically unparalleled. From the flashback of Nightwing and Robin on the roof to watching Dick’s school days drag on forever, nothing felt out of place, too long or too short. And even Dick fondly muttering, “Well, that son of a bat…” was adorable and nostalgic. Even Damian leaving the baddie’s other tusk as some sort of trophy to Dick was spot on and grin-worthy.

Even with the pencils kind of split on this one, Gleason’s influence can still be felt throughout, and that’s pretty settling on the story. There were so many gems in this one visually, too; from the first page, to the details of Damian’s room. Dick flipping out of the helicopter to that last splash of Bruce, Dick and Damian swinging over the city; it was all precious and beautiful.

This was a little hint of Damian in happier times, and some reminiscing by the showman Dick Grayson just what this reader, as I’m sure many other Bat-fans, needed.

4.5 out of 5 nerds

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Self proclaimed as hilarious, Sarah is a strange mixture of weird human and sports fan. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA (but currently studying photography in Ohio) she spends most of her time running into tables and tripping over herself while waiting for a TARDIS to show up in the courtyard. If not in a tree or receiving medical attention, she can be found on the tweeter-box (@alfredthebatcat) ranting about ice hockey, baseball or her undying love of Dick Grayson.