BATMAN AND ROBIN #6
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Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Size: 32 pages
While I am loving this team up of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, the last issue of this series was a bit boring if I’m honest. It wasn’t filler but the pacing was so slow and the origin of ‘Nobody’ was so boring I just didn’t care what I was reading. I was hoping it was just a small hitch in an otherwise solid run so far by the two. Shouldn’t have doubted myself there because this is a nice step up from last month.
Well actually before I do any praising I do have issues to raise:
1) The cover is complete B.S. Yes it’s the norm in comics but it’s so wrong that it got me really angry. I know I shouldn’t get angry over small things but damnit this cover ignored me. That situation never came close and it’s so misleading it makes it out to be a completely different comic all together.
2) Damian shows his true colors in this issue and it wasn’t exciting or shocking at all. It might had to do with how Tomasi paced it because it literally comes from no where towards the end. One minute Damian is talking to Nobody, the next Nobody is exposing him as a traitor. I literally flipped the pages back and forth several times to make sure a page wasn’t missing. Just didn’t get that and it isn’t the first time Tomasi has been sort of….well ‘lazy’ when it comes to twists in his work.
Outside of those two negatives I really did enjoy the issue. The continued origin of Nobody is a lot better this time because it focuses more on Bruce then anything else. I was interested in what the mission Ducard and Bruce were in and if it didn’t end so abruptly I’d like to see more of this. It’s like the ‘Human Target’ origin of Batman if that makes any sense. The art by Gleason is as gorgeous as ever. Well maybe his Robin is a bit weird and the faces are kinda wonky. But I’m used to the style so it doesn’t bug me too much. Basically any faults this issue may have on art is forgotten when Bruce is on top of a smashed car or clenching his teeth racing towards Damian.
While I did have some problems with this issue I did find it much more enjoyable then last month. The origin of Bruce training with Ducard was much more interesting and the art by Gleason is as fantastic as ever. If only the cover wasn’t so frustratingly wrong and the ‘twist’ didn’t come from no where. Then it would be a much more enjoyable issue…
Art: 5 - Excellent