By Koppy McFad
July 4, 2009 - 02:30
The new Robin (Damien Wayne) proves to be too bloodthirsty and rebellious for the new Batman (Dick Grayson) and soon, the team breaks up, leaving Dick wondering if he deserves to wear the mantle of the Bat. To make things worse, a new villainous mastermind finally shows his face and he may prove more than Dick or Damien can handle.
This story does a great job in fleshing out the differences between the old Dynamic Duo and the new one as well as establishing the fact that people can tell that this is not the same Batman and Robin. Commissioner Gordon may be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt but what about the rest of the world? And how will the villains react?
The villains-- another variation on the 'evil circus freaks' gimmick-- are not all that original but the story makes it clear how dangerous they are-- dangerous enough to put the hurt on the overconfident new Robin. It is almost enjoyable to see the cocky Damien finally realise his limits.
The art by Quitley is an acquired taste. He does make his people look a little less idealised which would hurt Batman (who after all, is just a guy in a funny suit) but as this is a new Batman and Robin, the uneasiness of these characters with their new identities actually fits in. The fight scene is certainly interesting without being chaotic or overly gory.
Rating: 9 /10