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Batman and Robin #32 - The Hunt for Robin: Dark of the Son Review


Batman and Frankenstein catch up with Ra’s al Ghul to try to reclaim the body of Damian.

The Good

This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. We’re still feeling the pain of Damian Wayne’s death. For Batman, not only did he lose his son, but also had to deal with the fact that Ra’s al Ghul had the bodies of Damian and Talia exhumed and stolen. Bruce went through all the stages after Damian’s death and knows that anything Ra’s has planned would only lead to horrible things.

While this sets the stage for Robin Rises, Peter Tomasi doesn’t treat this as just a prologue or lead in to the next big story. What we get is pure Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul action. There is plenty of verbal and physical exchanges, giving us exactly what we’d expect and hope for. There’s a lot laid out here and it’s going to feel like a long wait for ROBIN RISES OMEGA.

Patrick Gleason’s art is always a joy to see in this title. He always adds a bit of emotion in the action and you get a sense of what Batman is going through. Batman can sometimes appear cold and stiff when depicted by other artists but Gleason adds a little something without compromising Batman’s brooding nature.

The Bad

As much as I enjoy Gleason’s art, there were a couple times Ra’s looked a little animated. During the action his head and face took on a stretched look. When Batman makes his first move, it felt like the action suddenly jumped forward as I missed one little detail.

As intense as the fight is, there's a moment where Batman, with some help, could put an end to the situation. His main goal should be getting out with Damian's body. He's made it clear what he'd be willing to do, etc. But he keeps it personal (you can't blame him) and decides, instead, to continue fighting Ra's instead of getting away. I completely understand it's all part of the story and serves to move it to the next level but just felt a little disjointed in trying to understand Batman's full motives.

The Verdict

We know Batman can be obsessive and determined when it comes to certain things and finding the body of his dead son would absolutely be at the top of his list. We're finally seeing some hardcore Batman vs. Ra's al Ghul action and this is just the beginning of the upcoming Robin Rises story. Patrick Gleason delivers some intense scenes that you've likely been waiting to see for some time. It goes without saying that if you're interesting in any possible future with Damian or a possible other Robin, you won't want to miss this.

Posted by dondave

Bruce tried to follow in the Mountian's footsteps

Posted by The_Tree

That's what I call a cliffhanger.

Edited by copete

Ras al Ghul dies

Posted by hugebone
Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Batmans go to Apokolyps

Posted by RuBoy96
Edited by Rubear

I see motivation to stopping someone from purging something, what i don't see at all is motivation to stopping someone from bringing back someone.

@ruboy96 said:

@thecheesestabber: Is it true? That would be weird.

O, right now this is not true, but in future? You will see.

Posted by i_dont_like_comics

the ending was like.......... WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!!!!

Posted by soumya

So the biggest anomaly of the new 52 has been explained as we finally get to know the secret behind Damian's rapid growth.Boy,..I didn't see that coming!

Posted by The Average Bear

@dondave said:

Bruce tried to follow in the Mountian's footsteps

My thoughts exactly

Posted by HushoftheWind

@dondave said:

Bruce tried to follow in the Mountian's footsteps

My thoughts exactly

you people are animals lmao. not gonna lie, i thought it as well.

Posted by Maverick93

the ending was like.......... WHAT THE HELL?!?!?!!!!

Indeed. It was rather... unexpected.

Posted by longbowhunter

Patrick Gleason draws one helluva Frankenstein.

Edited by The Mighty Monarch

Wait, you say you can't blame Batman for making it personal to fight Ra's; and then question his motive in it? Seem contradictory.

Posted by Dernman

That ending really was unexpected.

Posted by Saren

On the one hand, it's a better look than Godfrey used to have.

On the other hand, it looks exactly like Per Degaton.

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Posted by RazzaTazz

I get the fact that Damian is Ra's grandson, but the Lazarus Pit is overused a fair amount in terms of reviving people in the Bat-books. Can't the writers come up with something original?

Edited by detective38

Good ending to an otherwise disappointing arc. excited to see how omega goes

Posted by TDK_1997

This was some great issue and what a cliffhanger....

Posted by comicbookfan93

Can someone just please brief me on what happened this issue? Don't have the money to but this issue