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Spinning out from the tragic death of Damian Wayne in the pages of Batman Incorporated, the Dark Knight attempts to cope with the death of not only his partner, Robin, the Boy Wonder, but also his son. Will he be able to deal with his grief on his own, or will he turn to his allies to try and help him through the pain?Collecting: Batman and Robin 18-23...

Title : Batman and Robin, Volume 4: Requiem for Damian
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Batman and Robin, Volume 4: Requiem for Damian Reviews

  • Anne
    2018-09-19 15:56

    4.5 starsI wasn't sure how well I was going to like this one, but it was really fantastic.There are a lot of panels with no text, where the art does a fabulous job of conveying the emotion of the story.You can feel the grief, anger, and total despair Bruce feels over Damien's death, and they did it all without resorting to any hokey or used-up lines that we've all heard a thousand times before. And, of course, it isn't just Bruce that feels Damien's loss.Again, you can see the emotion. That's where this volume really shines.That's not to say that the story isn't up to par with the artwork, though.As the title suggests, this one deals with the aftermath of Damien's death, and (mainly) how it affects Bruce. So the question becomes this:How does Batman deal with the all-consuming grief of losing a child?About as well as you'd expect.That is to say, not well at all.It's a fairly dark journey for him. He ping-pongs between lashing out violently toward criminals, trying (pretty immoral ways) to bring his son back, and returning over and over again to the night he died, in a effort to find out what he could have done differently.So. Not a Beach Read.But in the end, Tomasi give a little bit of closure to the characters, so you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.(view spoiler)[Too bad Batman doesn't realize that nobody stays dead in a comic book, right? I felt bad for the poor guy, you know?Awww. Don't be sad, pal. Give it a year or two, and they'll bring the kid back.I'm thinking Lazarus Pit, since his mom has some connections in that area, but you never know when Hal Jordan may have another battle with the Black Lantern... (hide spoiler)]Anyhoo. Good stuff.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-09-18 15:46

    Set in the wake of the dramatic events from Batman Incorporated, Volume 2: Gotham’s Most Wanted, Batman mourns his son’s death. And then goes mental trying to bring him back to life! Someone should’ve told Bruce to chill – superheroes never stay dead for long!I know, I’m real late to the party on this one! Maybe if I’d read this at the time I’d find Batman & Robin, Volume 4: Requiem for Damian more moving, but, now that he’s been back in the DCU for a while now, I found the sorrow a bit overwrought and tedious.That said, B&R #18 aka “the silent issue” was still quality. Writer Peter Tomasi hands the storytelling reins over to artist Patrick Gleason who absolutely knocks it out of the park with one powerful image after another of Batman dealing with the immediate grief of Damian’s death. I wasn’t terribly affected but I still appreciated that the issue was well done.Most of the book sees Batman fruitlessly try to find ways to bring Damian back. In a couple of mediocre, pointless and alarmingly uncharacteristic episodes he hunts down and dissects Frankenstein before teaming up with trigger-happy Red Hood (aka Robin #2, Jason Todd). I guess he’s a grieving father so his mad behaviour is somewhat excusable. I did find it weird though that throughout all Batman’s resurrection efforts no-one mentioned Lazarus Pits – I mean, Damian’s granddad is Mr Lazarus Pit, Ra’s Al-Ghul!It’s appropriate that in the same book that Bruce acts like Frank Miller’s cold and brutal Goddamn Batman that Carrie Kelley makes her New 52 debut. And what fortuitous timing! The Robin post has just been vacated so Carrie can step in, right? Wrong! The whole thing is a red herring as Tomasi instead makes Carrie Damian’s dance instructor(!) and dog carer. Her story arc is so forgettable and pointless – a completely wasted opportunity (a criticism which could be applied to most of the New 52).By the Batgirl and Catwoman issues, I was just tired of the repetitive nature of the storytelling: Batman’s pissed, his friends reach out, he blanks them. It didn’t help that the Batgirl and Catwoman stories were the most boring and needless here. The book closes strongly though with Batman and Nightwing reliving Damian’s death in that fateful final battle against Leviathan through the magic of the most advanced VR headsets ever (hey, it’s superhero comics)! It’s still a powerful scene to re-read years later – which says more about Grant Morrison’s writing than Tomasi’s – though Alfred’s reaction brought back the waterworks.Requiem for Damian is a mixed bag. It’s got a couple of brilliant issues sandwiching a handful of middling-to-crap ones, while the art of Patrick Gleason, who drew most of the book, is fantastic throughout. It would’ve been a fitting farewell to Damian, the best new Batman character of recent years, had his popularity not demanded a swift and inevitable return, undercutting the emotional send-off. It’s still better than most Batman books though!

  • Joseph
    2018-10-10 18:02

    This week with the Shallow Comic Readers Buddy read: Batman!Tomasi finally redeems himself after a couple of crappy volumes with this collection of stories dealing with Batman and family and their reaction to the death of Damian Wayne.The first issue is a silent one with no dialog, no captions, just pretty pictures by Patrick Gleason showing a distraught Batman kicking ass throughout Gotham. Soon, the title reverted into a Batman and.... (insert name of guest star). We get Frankenstein, Catwoman, Red Robin, Batgirl, Red Hood, and Nightwing.Batman acts dickish like the Silver Age Superman, and basically uses his family and Frank to find a way to bring Damian back to life. What he did to Red Hood was really kinda shitty, but Tomasi makes it seem natural for Batman to hurt Jason's feelings. I was a bit troubled by his forced dissection of Frankenstein, however, and that really didn't seem right.Most surprising was Batgirl's offer to become Robin if that would help, which I thought, sure, that's just what Batman needs (eye roll), and I'm still not completely sure what everyone is so pissed at Batman about over what happened with Joker over in the main Batman title. Their reactions seem pretty juvenile, to me, especially Batgirl removing her bat symbol. Either way, the last chapter with Nightwing even brought a tear to my cynic's eye. I've always loved Damian Wayne, and his obnoxious behavior will be missed. At least until they bring him back.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2018-10-01 17:42

    This homage of emotional fallout after the death of Damian has its moments. The Bat Family tries to heal from their wounds. I like how there is no "other" major crisis taking place while this transpires as it would otherwise dilute the emotional process. OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.

  • James DeSantis
    2018-09-18 14:50

    Death is never easy to deal with. You can hear about someone you knew just a little dying and you become sad. You can even hear about a person you never met who had died and feel something. When it's your family or friends it's the toughest. Now losing your kid...I can't imagine. This volume covers the stages of loss with a perfect balance I couldn't get over it. The way Bruce must come to terms of losing his 10l year old son is both heartbreaking and character defining. It shows a man who never takes no or impossible for a answer tries to push people around him to the edge to get what he wants back. His son. But maybe this time it isn't as simple as being smart or finding a way. Maybe it's about accepting it. That might be the one mission Batman can't do. What I liked: The first issue is top 10 issues of comics of all time for me. It has no dialog, just shows Bruce first dealing with his sons death. It's touching, it's heartbreaking, it's so well done it nearly made me cry. I loved the next few issues dealing with the Batfamily and how they interact with Bruce who's mourning. The highlights being Red Hood (Jason) issue and Dick's issue. Both very well done but the best moment comes at the very end of the volume when we see Alfred come to terms of losing Damien. We forget sometimes that besides Bruce Alfred has lost just as much. Hell, he even lost Bruce at one point. It truly is a scene that'll make you teary eye atleast. What I didn't like: Catwomen arc wasn't as good as the rest but hardly bad. I get the message and a good diversion from the remaining ones. This is hands down some of the best Batman has to offer. This will go down as my favorite volume in New52, or atleast top 5. It's so well crafted, written, and executed that I dunno if I'd read it again because I don't wanna cry. Thank you Peter for giving humanity to so many characters and making us feel for them. A 5/5.

  • Gavin
    2018-10-15 17:57

    The first issue is entirely wordless, all done with artwork, and a stand-out job by Patrick Gleason. It's true, picture is worth a thousand words, and these pictures say it all. There's no way you could write what needs to be communicated...The use of the art form is at some of it's best work here...the last page, where you see Bruce find a note Damian left for him...utterly heartbreaking; his reaction is spot on. I was also glad to see they focused on Alfred as well.The rest of the book is Robin and (well the other Robins actually) Red Robin goes to stop Batman from making a terrible mistake and perverting the memory of his son (and features an appearance by a certain monster).Batgirl tries to stop Batman from being overly violent with criminals, and it's kind of odd what transpires...(view spoiler)[she offers to be his new Robin...I was like WHAT. THE. FUCK. BABS? Do you not get it at all??? Jeebus. I would have been just as angry as Bruce.(hide spoiler)]The next features Batman and Red Hood teaming up to stop assassins, but it actually ends up being for an entirely different reason, which rightfully angers Jason, and though understandable, it is sad to see.There's also a few appearances by Carrie Kelley (who was Robin in Frank Miller's DARK KNIGHT RETURNS) who was actually tutoring Damian in theatre and other cultural forms. It's an interesting development, as she may be playing a larger role in the future...Of course, the final issue of the collection features the other Batman to Damian's Robin: Nightwing. Dick is written perfectly here. He doesn't try to stop Bruce or change his mind, or get in his way, he simply lets him do what he has to, and instead of telling him not to, he goes along for the ride. I'm not ashamed to admit, the way Dick handles the situation left me a little misty eyed. I love how he's turned out here, and I think maybe we're meant to realize that, and balance it against Bruce never getting to see Damian get to grow the same way.This is probably Tomasi's best work on the title so far. I was more than impressed, and while some of the things didn't ring entirely true, the motivation/emotion behind them made perfect sense.I'm considering buying #18 as a single issue just to have the textless masterpiece by Gleason.STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for people who liked Damian and miss him, and for people who like to see an emotionally damaged Dark Knight in his darkest days.Get this review and more at:["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Shannon
    2018-10-07 20:00

    I'm in the middle of the huge Forever Evil story arc so I've stopped most series around issue 23 for the time being. I kind of put off catching up on a few series due to the way they handled Damian's death. And to be honest, I was getting sick of emo Batman (I know I'm not being fair but in some series, like Catwoman, he was acting like a complete dick) so I started reading the various Justice League titles instead.So far though, I think Batman and Robin really handles the loss of Damian the best. I liked seeing how each member of the Bat-family dealt with it. Although I'm afraid of how Carrie is going to react.The final few pages of issue 23 actually made me teary-eyed. Maybe because Alfred isn't a superhero and so his emotions feel more human and real. So sad :'(

  • 'kris Pung
    2018-09-18 11:42

    Heavy, Bruce spends the whole volume bumming around and thinking of ways to resurrect Damian (i.e. it's kind of dark).

  • Chris
    2018-10-09 15:52

    Bookended by two powerful issues that are sure to get the tears rolling, Requiem For Damian hits harder than you'd expect, even from a creative team who are known for delivering emotionally charged moments in their narratives.After his demise in the pages of Batman Incorporated, Damian Wayne leaves a void in the life of his father, one that he struggles to cope with. Batman can be cold and resort to brutal measures, but the loss of his son pushes him closer to the edge than ever before.The stand out story here is the silent issue, the script and black and white art for which are included in the extras. A few panels differ from the original script, but the art team deliver on all fronts. Penciller Patrick Gleason adds exceptional detail, successfully conveying emotions without any dialogue. Inker Mick Gray blankets several scenes in darkness, emphasising the quiet despair that shadows Bruce Wayne, while the striking red tones by colourist John Kalisz give Batman an elevated intensity.The rest of the arc is supposed to follow the five stages of grief and while that's not always the case (view spoiler)[it's pretty much rage, then a slow acceptance (hide spoiler)], it's still a compelling story. The inclusion of Carrie Kelley from The Dark Knight Returns irked a lot of fans, but she serves a purpose and doesn't overstay her welcome. Tomasi also handles the appearances of Batman's allies well, giving nods to the events of their own series. It can be difficult to see Bruce lashing out at those closest to him, but it makes for an engaging read that doesn't let up, even on the final page! (view spoiler)[Seeing Alfred cry was heartbreaking and showed just how much Damian's death affected their family unit. (hide spoiler)]Requiem For Damian is the best volume of Batman and Robin since Born To Kill. Tomasi provokes genuine emotion and with the art team also on exceptional form, it's not to be missed. Highly recommended.

  • Jesse A
    2018-09-29 19:38

    Punched me right in the feelings! Even though I missed the Batman Incorporated issues (something I intend to rectify) this was still a powerful volume. As much as Ive enjoyed Scott Snyder's Batman run, I think this is actually the #1 best Batman (best period) New 52 title.

  • Lorien
    2018-10-05 15:00

    I've cried reading a lot of manga and comics and books, but never has Batman made me cry. Sure, it's ripped my heart out, made me whimper in sorrow, crack up and grin, and come close to vomiting at the nastiness of the evil villains. But never cried.I cried reading this volume.There's a sense in Batman that every character and villain is expendable. Sure, they may come back on a different earth, but you never know when a beloved character might die, or how horrible it will be. Jason is the best example of just how dark this comic universe can get.I read what happened to Robin a while ago, and then read the comic where it actually happened. Perhaps Nightwing was the hardest for me to read. But damn, this takes the cake. It just ripped my heart out over and over. I wondered how far Bruce would go, but then that last comic! Oh man! It killed me.I keep saying Batman blows me away over and over, and it does. While there's some changes that have me raging (see my twitter for more details) they have some amazing storytellers in DC, and this is phenomenal. 5/5 star, and totally worth rereading over and over and crying every time. (Don't ask me why I do that, but I do, all the time.)

  • Relstuart
    2018-10-11 13:58

    How does Batman deal with grief. Yeah, he goes out and punches bad guys. But there is only so much solace in something he also does for fun. He has a plan for everything, right? So what about bringing him back? Of course he has to look into that angle too. What could he have done differently? What about his relationship with the rest of the Bat family? Tomasi builds to the final issue and it's a real punch in the feels.

  • Geo Kwnstantinou
    2018-10-08 12:00

    oh Bruce...

  • Sans
    2018-09-27 16:47

    Jesus that was rough.

  • Ricky Ganci
    2018-09-29 17:44

    The death of Damian Wayne was one of the worst-kept secrets of the New 52, as not only was it publicized aggressively as a sort of spoiler-non-spoiler, but also in that volume 4 of Batman & Robin was actually titled Requiem for Damian long before Batman, Incorporated, Vol. 2: Gotham's Most Wanted even became available in trade paperback. That made this part of the current Bat-plots kind of uncompelling, especially through the end of Death of the Family. There, the writers really hit a strong stride in the development of Damian and Bruce's relationship. Knowing that death would undercut any sort of satisfying takeaway from any story involving Bruce and Damian made me likewise skeptical about this volume, but I was happily wrong about that: in this collection, Tomasi and Gleason bring the book to its highest height, and from the "silent issue" to the last exchange between Batman and Alfred, they lend the gravity to this storyline that DC's publishing habits tried to mitigate.What I loved most about this volume was the overall structure. The fact that DC's editorial staff greenlit six issues to explore the depths of Batman's grief shows more great decision-making with the character. Better still is that we get an entire issue to just process the immediate aftermath of Damian's death, and the raw emotions that govern the mourning father's existence. I can't say enough about the striking nature of the "silent issue"--another poorly-kept secret--or the fact that each of the other issues focuses, in order, on the Five Stages of Grief, from the standalone plot of the issue to the titles, each of which alter the title of the book slightly: Batman & Robin becomes Batman & Red Robin, Batman & Batgirl, or Batman & Catwoman; each presents a self-contained story in which Batman, with the help of a member of the Bat-family, works through the five stages of grief. It's a sophisticated, brainy approach to story structure, one that might alienate some readers if the stories themselves weren't so good--they tell of the mourning father, and his efforts to process the most grievous loss since the one that molded his persona. It's a powerful use of the comic medium, and with a few backup teases as to what is coming next, the book gives us exactly what we would expect from the character we all know so well.Gleason and Gray complement the story flawlessly. Since they have the first and last word in the "silent issue," their artistic storytelling prowess makes this not only the most memorable moment of Batman & Robin, but perhaps the most memorable moment of the entire New 52. They follow this up with their familiar dark pencils, inks, and colors, with shadowy eyes and the strong presence of red throughout each issue. It's powerful storytelling anyway the reader approaches it, and at least equal to the achievement in terms of visual creation that counterpart Greg Capullo achieved in Batman, Vol. 1: Court of Owls. The number of Bat-books is one thing, but the work of the creative teams is another--and in this collection, Tomasi and Gleason show us they aren't the B-team in terms of bringing top-quality storytelling to the Bat-family. Batman & Red Robin, Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian stands at the top of what DC has accomplished with the character since September of 2011.

  • jordan
    2018-10-01 15:38

    Peter Tomasi gets what makes a great Batman story. Yes, we love the fights and the intellectual side of the title character, but a great story is born of Batman's emotional side, his passion. What happens when that passion is poisoned by grief at the death of his son? That question gives this book tremendous pathos and narrative heft. One of the great themes that ran through the whole Damian story was that Batman may be good at everything -- but orphaned Bruce Wayne is pretty much a terrible father. Indeed, with his wards in the best stories, he's not even much of a father figure. As a general, great. As a dad? Not so much. Perhaps I read to much here into Tomasi's work, but I see that as the pervasive undercurrent in this book -- grief born of Bruce Wayne's knowledge that he was never much of a parent during his time with his son, which was too brief. For me that also explains why Batman, who eschews bringing back his parents (though he was delirious when they appeared deus ex machina at times in the DC universe), will break his own rules to try and resurrect Damian. A bad parent, he's a master strategist and genius problem solver. Supporting a son? No, but bringing him back from the dead is just another challenge. I loved his frantic efforts, especially the odd choice to seek out the aid of Frankenstein (let's face it, when you are taking facts of life advice from the severed head of a reanimated Frankenstein, you must be pretty close to rock bottom). One of the ironies of Batman is that for all of his "Bat-Family," those other members much more support him then he the supposed patriarch supports them. He's not their father. He's their general. Some may complain about Batman's selfish anger when his "family" tries to comfort him, but that is par for the course. Batman has always served as an outlet for an emotionally stunted Bruce Wayne. How else to explain that, rather than somehow explaining his son's demise, Bruce decides to create an elaborate fantasy about Damian being "sent abroad"? It isn't just about his desire to bring him back from the dead -- it is a desire to deny reality.A few other points really stand out in this series. Batman seeking out Jason Todd just pulsates with conflict and near madness (just as it reminds up that, in world where Bucky and Todd come back, what's to keep Damian dead?). Others may complain about Carrie Kelly's appearance, but I thought it offered a lot of potential, as well as showing us that the Damian we readers knew, wasn't the whole of this complicated conflicted character. Lastly, as Tomasi does so well, Alfred even if he remains in the background, comes to this book fully realized and fully alive.That said, I must remove a star for DC's inexplicable decision not to have Patrick Gleason draw this entire book. His replacement produces fine yeoman images, but Gleason's work captures Batman like few others can. He doesn't have to draw every Batman book, but changing midstream? That just damages a book.Despite this poor artistic choice by DC, this is sure to be one of the superhero books of the year. An ARC was provided through Netgalleys in exchange for an honest review.

  • Koen
    2018-10-01 14:48

    No words to describe how I'm feeling.. Okay, apparently Damian is gone... Missed that somehow... and I'm trying to be so immaculate with the timeline *Cries out* Well, there's just tooooo much to read, so I guess I'll have to read even more, starting with Batman Inc. apparently...So basically this volume is all about Bruce lashing out and his team trying to comfort him... Very deep and sad story of course..But at the end I actually felt my eyes tearing up.. Not gonna spoil why, what happened that made me so emotional, you just have to find out for yourself :)I'm off, trying to get a new grip on this fr****ing timeline :p

  • Donovan
    2018-09-24 18:04

    I feel a little mixed about this like Volume 3, Death of the Family. This feels like (and probably is) a collection of crossovers written not by Peter J. Tomasi but by Patrick Gleason. If I remember right, there were two stories by Tomasi. Which is fine, Gleason is a great writer, and I don't dislike crossovers, but there isn't really one strong plot, but there is consistent theme of Damian's death and Bruce's grief. And the artwork, as usual, from both Gleason and Mick Gray, is drop dead amazing. Bruce teams up with Red Hood for revenge, Dick helps provide some closure in a simulation that Bruce plays nonstop out of desperation, Babs shows Bruce how cold and distant he's getting, and Tim stops Bruce from playing god like Ra's and Talia Al Ghul. So while there isn't one strong plot in which Bruce ascends, changes, and descends the plot line, there are several short stories which tie together subtle changes in Bruce's awareness and heart as he grieves his only biological son's untimely passing. And while there's plenty of action and KaBooming, this one tugs the heart strings, because after so many volumes of Damian and then his death, I've come to like the little bastard.

  • Kyle
    2018-09-17 12:56

    I'm going to go against the grain here and say that I didn't really enjoy the silent issue. I felt the gimmick far outweighed the meaning. Within a few panels, I "got" what the artists were striving for, and since there was really no room for exposition, nothing developed past a tiny pull on the heartstring. It was cutesy. Batman and cutesy are not my favourite combination.But I did like where the rest of this volume took me. This grumpy-pants Batman that has surfaced since the death of Damian Wayne is really interesting. Not because of his own personality, per se, but because of how his grumpy-pants attitude is affecting the rest of the Bat-family. In this volume, we see Grumpy Bat intersect with Red Hood, Red Robin, Alfred, Nightwing, and we see how his refusal to reach out and partner-up erodes the personalities of the people he was closest with. Especially with Batgirl, we see major shifts in character... I'm very intrigued with what is going on with Batgirl, something big is boiling to the surface, and I can't wait to see what it is.This ended up being a very entertaining read, though too brooding and angsty at times.3.5/5

  • Chris Lemmerman
    2018-10-08 17:39

    Even with Damian missing from Batman & Robin, it continues to be a thoroughly riveting read. The opening silent issue is absolutely heartbreaking, and following on the heels of issue 17 in the previous volume would have actually reduced me to tears.Then begins a five part story that sees Batman traveling across the globe and teaming up with different members of the Bat-Family on his ill-advised attempt to bring his son back to life. His journey through these five stages tends to ring true enough, except for the Batgirl issue (although this could just be because the artwork is a step down than in the other issues). The final issue once again highlights how much of an impact Damian had not just on Batman but on everyone else around him, and the constant presence of a sad and depressed Titus is again heartbreaking.I almost don't want to read Volume 5, because I expect it won't be half as good as these issues are. Although, I am intrigued as to what role Carrie Kelley will have, if any, moving forward.

  • Quentin Wallace
    2018-10-13 11:40

    In this volume we see Bruce Wayne (and Batman) attempting to deal with the loss of his son, Damian. The first issue was a silent "Requiem" issue, then we saw him cross paths with various characters. Frankenstein was to me the most interesting, as he actually wanted to use the same methods that resurrected Frankenstein on Damian, which thankfully he didn't attempt. Then we saw him meet the Red Hood, Batgirl, Catwoman and Nightwing as each issue showed him dealing with his grief in different ways. One thing that I found out of character was a scene where Batman kicked Sgt. Bullock to the ground for grabbing his arm. I understand they are trying to push Batman as out-of-control with grief (much like they did back when Jason Todd died) but I just can't see Batman kicking a cop down even if he was grieving. But then again, that's just me. He's never been the most stable guy.As usual for this series, the art added to the story and was very well done.Overall a good volume as I always love seeing guest stars. I think most Batman fans would like this volume.

  • Blindzider
    2018-10-07 18:04

    I am very tempted to give this 4 stars, but there are a couple issues in this volume that aren't quite as strong as the first and last. This entire volume takes place right after the events of Batman Incorporated. In order to not give away the ending in that, I'll just say this is really powerful and emotional and this team knocked it out of the park, especially on the first issue which is completely silent.

  • Charlotte J.
    2018-09-22 11:46

    Not gonna lie, I teared up a little bit at the final two pages. I really like the work Tomasi and Gleason do together, and this was very elegantly executed. I mean, they actually almost made me care about Damian (well, they made me care about people who cared about Damian, so I guess it counts).

  • Jenny Clark
    2018-09-17 12:05

    The silent issue was pretty good, as was the rest. So, now I finally figured out where to get the whole story as well- Batman, Inc.I did like everyone coming together to try and save Bruce in their own way. Tim by detective work and blowing things up, Babs by being hard headed, Selena by asking for help on a mission, Jason by fighting, Dick by following to a dark place, and Alfred by bringing them all together.God, Alfred is so underestimated in Batman stories. I sometimes hate the way Bruce and the others treat him. He cares for them so much, and hides so much pain and hope from them and they almost always fail to notice it."You lost a son too Alfred"

  • Douglas Gibson
    2018-10-11 11:39

    Love the idea of having each member of the Batman Family trying to help or console Batman in their own way. Batgirl's issue was great, but Nightwing should have played a bigger role in this story. The final exchange between Batman and Alfred made my eyes water.

  • Batastrophe
    2018-10-04 15:47

    Tomasi and co. really hit it out of the park with this one. Viewing the volume as a whole, this is probably one of the most tightly told collected volumes I've ever read. What I absolutely love about this Batman and Robin series is its ability to play the long game. Each and every issue of this series so far (perhaps with the minor exceptions of some of the crossover issues from Night of the Owls or Death of the Family, which the writers really have no choice but to participate in anyways) is building on the previous and adds something significant to the overarching narrative, which is really at heart all about Damian, his character, his growth, his journey to maturity and responsibility, as well as love, home, and family. The series has the fun villains and the whacky plot devices you'd expect from a Batman comic, but the soul and center of it is all about Damian and his relationships with Bruce, Alfred, and other members of the Batfamily. Which all leads into why this volume is so special. All the momentum that this series has been building crescendos in issue #18. The emotional power of the issue is so striking because as Tomasi built Damian's character in this series, while the focus was on Damian growing and forging bonds with other people, he was writing the story in such a way that the audience and the other characters were slowly falling in love with Damian's character. Damian never wanted to have to change who he is at his core to be accepted by his family, and Tomasi managed to have the kid remain true to himself and also win over not only Bruce and Alfred, but the audience as well. So after the events of Batman Inc. #8 (and if you don't know what they are already, you're probably living on top of a remote mountain peak), the grief that Bruce is expressing in issue #18 is further amplified because it serves as an outlet for the audience to grieve as well. Details from issues past return to haunt the narrative throughout. Patrick Gleason deserves special consideration for the amount of detail packed in to not only this issue, but the subtle details he's inserted throughout the whole series. Compare Damian's room early in the series to how it appears in #18--the changes reflect Damian's own character growth:issue #2issue #18#18 gets most of the praise in this book, and while I think it's certainly earned it, the rest of the book continues to impress. It might seem difficult to pull off a Batman & Robin book with no Robin, but each of the next several issues guest stars another member of the Batfamily as well as being named for each of the five stages of grief. (view spoiler)[We see Bruce exploring varied and desperate ways to bring his son back, lashing out at nearly every member of his family in the process. Especially poignant is his exchange with Jason in #20. I don't even think I have to say why this is so especially crushing.Of course in the end, it's Dick and Alfred who bring Bruce back around. Especially heart-wrenching is the final page: (hide spoiler)]All in all, when viewed as a whole, this is probably the best collected volume I've ever read from DC. I feel oftentimes that trades don't tend to gel as individual units, but this series feels as though Tomasi was paying extra attention not only to the overall arc of his series, but also to how it would divide up into smaller portions. This book is excellent, and I highly recommend it and all the previous books to any fan of the Batfamily.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Chris
    2018-10-06 18:49

    Reviewed first at Brunner's BookshelfThis was an emotional book, and that seems a little strange for a Batman title. As odd as this may be; I think it needed to be an emotional story, and we the reader needed to see this softer side of Bruce. I’m very out of the loop with Batman and Robin and it seems that is follows events in the Batman Incorporated series. I haven’t read either series and stopped reading Batman and Robin before new 52.wasn’t a fan of Batman and Robin mainly because I have never been a fan of Bruce having a biological son. Dick and Tim were his adopted sons and I really liked that since they all had similar pasts, but Damian seemed to be going against the mythos of Batman. I always thought if Bruce was going to have a child he would be married first. I’m old fashioned and it bugs me that he had a son that he didn’t know about for years. On top of that, I never thought Damian was a very likable character. He was very violent and out of control in the beginning. I know this was because of the way he was raised in the League of Assassins, but I saw Damian as another Jason Todd. I have followed a good bit of the Batman series accept for this one so I was a little surprised when I found out that Damian was killed. I honestly had mixed emotions when I heard that Damian had been killed. I worried that this was going to be terrible because DC has done this story before. Death in the Family was one of the best story lines I have read and that was a long long time ago when Robin number 2 (Jason Todd) was killed. It is still to this day a story that sticks with me and I re-read from time to time. I was afraid to see what would happen to the Bat Family with tensions already running high due to the recent run in with the Joker. At the same time I was kind of glad that Damian was gone. As callous as that sounds I had hopes that Robin number 3 (Tim Drake) who is now known as Red Robin would be back in the Batman stories more. I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I started.I loved this story line!!! The art work was fantastic. There is very little dialog in the beginning of this and it worked. Most of the opening of the book relies on the artwork to tell the story and there are some powerful and emotional pictures that really made me see the despair Bruce was feeling. This book is all about what a parent would go through if they lost a child. Pain, revenge, rage, and a constant wondering of what could have been done differently are the themes in this story. Bruce is obsessed with trying to figure out what he could have done differently so that Damian would still be alive. He becomes violent to a point where his other Bat Family members worry about him crossing the line.We get some appearances from other characters like Nightwing and Batgirl in this book and I always enjoy these little crossovers. Because of the rage and depression overcoming Bruce he doesn’t realize that he is missing the fact that he isn’t suffering alone. This was an excellent story and I am so glad I was given the opportunity to read this. I was approved for the ARC copy of this by the publisher through Edelweiss. I loved everything about this book and it is definitely going to be one that stays with me. There might even be a possible Robin replacement in this book. A certain character looks a lot like the Robin in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. We’ll have to see if this series continues and who fills those tights. This is absolutely worth of 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this to any comic book fan, Batman fan, or fan of great artwork.

  • Lujane
    2018-10-18 20:01

    Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh I'm not gonna cry I'm not gonna cry I'm not gonna cry.

  • Josh
    2018-10-03 19:03

    Damian grew on me, as did this story.I found Bruce's obsession with the computer simulation very believable, and hit home... in a way that I think most of us can envision. We may not be capable of the physical force of Batman, or relate to his wealth, but we can imagine ourselves in that torture seat... running the simulator over and over. Alfred's take at the end was beautifully done, and we're given a perfectly brief expansion of the circle of grief and widening sense of loss and love at the end.

  • Natalie
    2018-10-08 16:44

    It's an ok collection. These are pretty much a bunch of one-shot stories of Batman interacting with people after Damian's death. How he deals with it, or doesn't as the case may be. There is just a very small amount of underlying story with Damian's friend Carrie. The first no text story and the last one when Nightwing come to visit were the best for me.