Review by: Metamorphic

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Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and Cover by Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

In a week where Batman 17 is getting a lot of attention, it might be easy to overlook Batman and Robin 17.

And that would be a shame.

Because this is a nice little done in one that brings you into the dreams of Bruce Wayne, Damian and Alfred.

The dreams, like their lives, are full of conflict. But In those dreams, there are also moments of genuine joy and happiness. The dreams go from strange to horrifying to satisfying (note to self: stay on Alfrad’s good side!) and, in the end, sweet. In just few pages and panels, you slip into the psyches of the characters and discover the feelings the have about family that they generally don’t vocalize.

Tomasi and Gleason are among my favourite teams in comics. They just work so well together. I loved what they were doing on Green Lantern Corps and they just brought that same dynamic to this book. (Along with the rest of the team.)

Now I admit there were a few panels where I felt like the action got a little lost. That may, of course, have been a bit intentional given that the issue was pretty much set in dreamland. But the little moments – and particularly the end – make up for it and then some.(so don’t let my 4 on the art fool you.)

So despite what my initial thought was, phenomenal as Batman 17 was, I’m actually going to shock even myself by making this my Pick of the Week. It made me feel a different kind of affection for the characters and anytime a comic makes you truly feel something? It deserves to be acknowledged.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 4 - Very Good

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