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Batman and Robin #13 - Eclipsed Review

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Some quality father and son time is interrupted by... zombies?

The Good

I can always rely on writer Peter Tomasi's title to deliver a constantly evolving bond between Bruce and Damian -- after all, I remember him saying at last year's New York Comic-Con that his writing draws on personal experiences with his own child.  That expectation once again holds true in this issue and we're treated to a few surprisingly warm moments in the first act... well, warm for the Wayne family.  
 
Not really sure where Tomasi is going with Titus, but man oh man did he manage to make me feel bad for the pup.  From resting comfortably with Damian to being left in the dust with a bone in his mouth, I was yelling at Damian to give his pooch some attention.  Spotty, the lovable sewer rat, is also in my prayers.  I hope he has a swift recovery after that forced yet brave act.  You're a true hero in my heart, Spotty.  As for that scene, it was yet another violent and amusing display from Robin. 
 
As usual, artist Patrick Gleason's art is fantastic and there's an exceptional panel when Batman and Robin are returning to Earth in the... Bat-shuttle?  Co-artist Tomas Giorello brings a completely different style to the issue and it's equally impressive, however jumping between the two artists felt odd.

The Bad 

Being tied into Joker's return is good fun, but the current focus surrounding the Saturn Club really didn't win me over.  There's nothing really gripping about it and I can't help but feel like it's another plot point that'll be wrapped up in a handful of issues and not leave a lasting impact -- unlike Nobody's initial story.  
 
Halfway through the issue the artist changes and I found it to be both jarring and unnecessary.  The look of the book is every bit as important as the content and at that point I was fully immersed in Patrick Gleason's unique looking world.  Then abruptly, the story takes a more detailed and shaded approach.  Both artwork is excellent, I'm just not fond at all of having the team switch mid issue. 

The Verdict 

BATMAN & ROBIN continues to prove it's one of the best Bat-family books DC has to offer.  While the unfolding plot isn't particularly interesting, the dynamic between Bruce and Damian once again serves as more than enough to keep me coming back for more.
18 Comments
Posted by SilverZeo

Too bad he lost this form.

Posted by ccraft

Will Damian turn into a zombie??? He was bit in the NECK!

Posted by stormtrance1618

The issue was great... up until the zombies or whatever. And the other artist made Robin look a lot older.

Posted by Imagine_Man15

Dropped this series after the last arc... from what I see here, I'm not really regretting that. Zombies? Where the hell did that come from?

Posted by longbowhunter

I feel like there needs to be more cohesion between this and the flagship book. In Batman when Gordon was talking about the signs like flooding and a two headed lion being born, you'd think a zombie horde would have come to mind as well. As always this book's strength lies in Damian and Bruce's relationship. I don't think zombies were needed for this filler arc.

Posted by BlackArmor

@Imagine_Man15 said:

Dropped this series after the last arc... from what I see here, I'm not really regretting that. Zombies? Where the hell did that come from?

Same here

Posted by ccraft

@stormtrance1618: YH I noticed that too. That shouldnt have add that other guys art, unless hes going to start doing batman and robin..

Posted by Dernman

You notice Alfred missing? I don't think he was tea shopping.

Posted by Booster_Bronze

I LOVED the picture with the eclipse shadow cast over the earth. It looked like a giant eyeball looking at the...err...Bat-Shuttle?

Posted by Falconer

@BlackArmor said:

@Imagine_Man15 said:

Dropped this series after the last arc... from what I see here, I'm not really regretting that. Zombies? Where the hell did that come from?

Same here

Ditto. When I went to the store today I initially picked this up, but before leaving I put it back down. I really liked the first arc, and while I liked the dumb moments in the first mini arc, I didn't care for the actual plot.

Posted by JangoCrossfire

@stormtrance1618 said:

The issue was great... up until the zombies or whatever. And the other artist made Robin look a lot older.

Yup.

I think this is all just a dream sequence.

Posted by Mucklefluga

The art changes for the last 4 pages, i mean what the lemons. It was pretty great overall tho. Love how it references other books; Joker's return (Batman), the bounty on robin's head (Batman, Incorporated).

Posted by MisterKetch

I dropped it after the last arc and while this was a good review im in no rush to pick it back up. It definitely sounds like the Bruce/Damian relationship makes up for a bad plot to you but I hate Damian... like a lot so I'm glad to hear my choice to not read this arc was warranted.

Posted by Lvenger

Is this series really improving? 9-12 were mega dull, 0 wasn't too much better and we're getting plenty of zombies in Green Lantern.

Posted by Utandi

I really like the cover.

Maybe I'm going back to Batman&Robin.

Posted by DanteTheRedKnight

I didn't like this issue

Posted by DonFelipe

The cover is awesome but I don't like the title "Zombie Moon Rising!" Could be the title of a brilliant b-movie though.

Posted by BatWatch