Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Batman and Robin #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Patrick Gleason
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 23, 2014

The Road To Apokolips

We're finally back to the Batman and Robin moniker and it's about time as we continue our journey to discover the ultimate fate of Damian Wayne in Robin Rises.  Last week in Robin Rises: Omega, Batman fought against the forces of Glorious Godfrey and the Apokoliptian shock troops to recover the body of his son.  Leave it Ra's to fuck things up by putting a sliver of the Chaos Shard into Robin's sarcophagus and getting the attention of Apokolips.  The fight seemed to be in Glorious Godfrey's favor until the Justice League arrived to help send the horde back to where they came from.  In the end of the issue Batman beat the hell out of Shazam for cutting his grapple line before he could follow Godfrey and his son's body to Apokolips and then beat the hell out of Luthor for simply making a dick comment.  That issue ended with Batman pretty much saying the hell with you guys, I'm going to Apokolips.  So let's see if Batman gets his way or if the Justice League is strong enough to keep the Caped Crusader from committing suicide by going through with this undertaking.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

This issue begins where Robin Rises: Omega left off, with Batman explaining his intent and then beaming himself to The Watchtower while simultaneously shutting down the rest of the Justice League's beaming tech.  Oh you crafty Batman.

On the Watchtower Batman tries to retrieve his Hellbat Bat suit to make his journey to Apokolips a little smoother one.  But the Justice League is back thanks to Mr. Smarty Pants Luthor and they are shutting down his access codes to release the suit.  Wonder Woman tells Batman that this suit isn't solely his since the entire Justice League helped to create it.  It's pretty badass when we see that Superman forged the suit in the sun and the rest of the original Justice League had parts in creating it using their individual powers.  It's also a smack in the face to Batman lovers because they built the suit so a feeble man with no powers might be able to last longer against an opponent like Darkseid.  So after a small tussle Batman says the hell with it and returns home.

Now we'll take a short trip to Apokolips where we see that Glorious Godfrey has retrieved the Chaos Shard sliver for Kalibak with his New 52 debut and find out that big ugly Kalibak intends to use it for an energy source to what he's calling a Chaos Cannon.  So you know that can't be good.  I don't know if it's just Gleason's art but damn if Kalibak doesn't remind me of something from Lord of The Rings.

Back at Wayne Manor, Bruce is getting some of his aggression out by catching fireflies and demolishing Damian's headstone with a shovel, when he's interrupted by Superman.  Supes tries to console his grieving friend, but it all boils down to "I know you won't ask, but if you need anything I'm here".  In the end Superman leaves and Bruce goes inside and suits up to meet the Bat Family that are still around.  Batgirl, Red Robin, Red Hood and Alfred are all waiting for him and Bruce finishes the story by telling them "Let's get to it".

Wow, now we've got the whole Bat Family in on the adventure and I couldn't be happier.  Luckily it seems that Damian can be used as a tool to make everyone get over that whole Death of The Family thing and the subsequent Batman being a dick to everyone after Robin died.  So it looks like we'll have the Bat Family vs. The Justice League as we continue on the road to Apokolips.

Bits and Pieces:

You ever have that nagging feeling that you really like something, but you don't know if it's because it's good or because you're really hyped about it?  I've got that right now and even though I'm really hyped about the Robin Rises story, I do believe this is still very good and exciting.  You just get those strange thoughts sometimes and wonder if you're brain is working against you and your judgement.  We're finally back to the title being called Batman and Robin adding to my hyped state of mind and while I might have given you second thoughts about my judgement here, if you're a fan of Batman and Robin or either of these characters individually you definitely need to check this out because it's going to be a wild ride.


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