Friday, May 8, 2015

Convergence: Batman and Robin #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ron Marz
Art By: Denys Cowan, Klaus Janson, Joe Rubinstein, Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015

Bonding Time

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of this Convergence tie-in, Batman and Robin were taking on a bunch of villains from their rogues gallery, who were trying to make a profit off of people's suffering caused by the dome.  It might have been the end of our dynamic duo if Red Hood and his associate Scarlet hadn't shown up and with their assistance came some major jealousy from Damian about Batman's former sidekick.  After a tantrum and Batman sending Damian to his room, our Boy Wonder got it in his head that the only way to solve his envy problems were to track Red Hood down and kick his ass..... Hopefully that was all he was going to do.  Luckily, Batman showed up and put an end to the nonsense because all of them are going to have to work together now that the dome has disappeared and The Extremists have come into Gotham with intent on winning their city's freedom.  Let's see if our heroes can stop The Extremists and save the Pre-Flashpoint Gotham.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins right away with a fight...... Just not the fight that we imagined.  It seems that our Bat Family heroes begin by fighting off a killer horde of dolls, compliments of The Extremist: Carny and man does the fighting not slow down throughout this issue.  First the dolls and then The Extremists themselves and everyone has someone to fight......... I'd say more about this but really, the majority of this comic is simply fighting and our heroes and baddies shouting out quips and threats.

Eventually though, something good comes from all the fighting and Batman uses the near unstoppable Brute as a way to bring his family together by letting the monster grab him and almost pull a Bane on his ass.  So with the threat of bodily harm to their father and mentor, our two heroes get past their differences and save Batman and see one another as the hero each of them are.  So finally working together as a team, our Bat Family take out The Extremists and then prove their love when an earthquake crumbles the building they were fighting on and Damian saves Red Hood from falling and then Batman saves both of them........ It just gives you those warm gooey feelings inside.

In the end, we get some more of the love fest as our heroes decide to continue looking after Gotham until they can figure out what Telos' game plan is next and as our issue closes we have a really nice scene between Batman and Superman talking about the importance of family until they go their separate ways and I half expected them to say "I love you" to each other because man is this comic really driving the love point of this story into our heads.  Yes family is good, love is good and that's all that matters....... So Sayeth The Bat

That's it for this issue of Convergence: Batman and Robin and in case you didn't know it, Bruce loves his family and if you want to see him go on and on about it, then this is the issue for you....... Besides for that though, there really isn't anything to this story.  You get a ton of fighting and our heroes having a love-in.  I'd like to tell you that the art was at least really enjoyable but it was lackluster and had no continuity between pages, especially where Red Hood was concerned.  So yeah, not a good issue but I really didn't expect much from this when reading the last issue.

Bits and Pieces:

Where I wasn't too impressed with last month's issue, this really decided to take another downward slide in only giving us an over the top fight while spouting over and over again about how our Bat Family loves each other.  Not real love, just rudimentary superhero love where we can pat each other on the back and save each other from dying.  That's what you get and with artwork that really didn't hold my attention, this became a really disappointing installment to the Convergence tie-ins.

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