BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL
Mother knows best
released OUT NOW! Publisher dC Comics
Writers scott snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim seeley, steve Orlando
Artists Tony daniel, Paul Pelletier, scott eaton, ronan Cliquet, steve Pugh
For those who feel there just aren’t enough comics out there starring Batman, DC is happy to help with a sequel to their recent year-long weekly epic Batman Eternal. Here, the Caped Crusader’s sidekicks get equal focus, and with this new saga only scheduled to run for 26 weeks, Batman & Robin Eternal feels like a far more streamlined experience.
Set in current Batman continuity, where Bruce Wayne has retired from crimefighting and an unexpected new Batman is prowling the streets, the story sees Dick Grayson and other Bat-characters coming under lethal attack, with a mysterious criminal called “Mother” manipulating events…
Featuring regular flashbacks, the story structure gives the first six issues an involving sense of tension and purpose, and the multiple writers are largely pulling off the actionheavy intrigue. Art-wise, the visuals range from pretty good to barely functional, and anyone not fully up to speed with DC continuity will be lost at sea – but despite these flaws, Batman & Robin Eternal still looks to be one of DC’s livelier weekly efforts. Saxon Bullock
It also features the first appearance in the “New 52” DCU of Cassandra Cain, the 1999–2006 incarnation of Batgirl.
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