Mother knows best

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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.

Oi, there’s a smok­ing ban in here!

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