This is definitely one of my favorite recent books! Last month in “Batman and
Robin Ras Al Ghul” #32, Batman beat the tar out of Ras…We see Batman beat a lot of people up. But this time was…special! He literally lost his temper and was just about to kill him for attempting to resurrect Damien in a Lazarus Pit. The book came to a sudden and unexpected halt when Glorious Godfrey arrived, from Apokalips! This is where “Robin Rises: Omega” would have begun…
Luckily, I guess for people who haven’t been consistent readers, the special “Omega” issue starts off with a series of flashbacks to bring you up to speed. The flashbacks are a wonderful summary of the saga of Damien’s life and death, and how Batman grieved, avenged, and eventually came to terms with the loss of his son. I would point out that the art here is in some cases FAR SUPERIOR to the original art that appeared in the mainstream comics! Here are some examples below…
Damien was killed by this big guy, “The Heretic.” My grainy photo here is way better than the original art of Damien’s final moment in “Batman Incorporated. #8”
Here is an example of a different kind of improvement. The original art that appeared in “Batman and
Robin Red Robin #19″ was cool, showing Batman dissecting Frankenstein quite gruesomely. Here we get to see an even gorier picture of that same scene.
After the flashbacks, we get back into the main story with the battle between Batman and Glorious Godfrey. It seems Glorious Godfrey thinks Batman has a crystal that belongs to him…(Actually Ras used it to activate the Lazarus Pit and it is in the coffin with Damien’s body. Batman doesn’t know…)
This is where it pays off to read EVERYTHING THAT CONNCECTS TO THE STORY. If you read Batman and Superman, (I have read every issue…) then you saw this chaos crystal. “Robin Rises: Omega” gives us this momentary flashback. It seems that in the displacing of time and space that happened in the issues with Kaiyo, the Chaos Crystal was a player, and Batman’s memory was scrambled a little bit to where he knows something happened but doesn’t seem to know. It is in his subconscious. Somehow Ras has taken this piece of the crystal, and Batman hasn’t a clue because of this mind scrambling effect. But it rushes back to him in his anger!
Most of this issue is a welcome battle royale. Basically you have Batman, Titus (Damien’s great dane), Frankenstein, and Ras Al’ghul and his army verses Glorious Godfrey and his parademon goons from Apokalips. There is some humorous dialogue just before the battle, where Batman indicates to Frankenstein that right now, the real enemy is Apokalips, considering the circumstances. Batman knows Darkseid is far more of a threat that Ras.
It turns out that we get to see how much of a ninja all of these characters are. Even Titus draws some blood! This huge battle comes to “Duex Ex Machina” when the Justice League busts in.
No Superman this time (he has some sickness, “Superman Doomed,” I’ve only lightly read this.) Instead we get Cheeseball. Yep. Shazam. Shazam just does what he does. Flys off the handle making rash decisions. We see Aquaman call Orcas at just the right moment. We see Wonder Woman do her awesome thing. Cyborg calculatedly using his weapons. But Shazam just messes things up. Then, when Batman tries to go through the Boom Tube to Apokalips as Glorious Godfrey makes his hasty escape, Shazam thinks he’s saving Batman by knocking him off of the flying parademon. Then we get these beautiful scenes. (Sorry. I am leaving the profanity here.)
Everyone who reads my blog knows I don’t like Shazam. So these pictures are priceless. GO BATMAN!
The issue ends with a seething Batman declaring that he is going to bring Damien back alive!
I can’t wait for “Batman and Robin” #33! (This time no strikethrough. The title is officially supposed to be called Batman and Robin again…We’ll see what that means!)
I give Robin Rises: Omega a 5/5! The art is an improvement over what was already established in some cases. There is a tide of emotions that go with this book, mostly anticipation and excitement, then amazement, humor, and finally you are feeling like Batman at the end of the book. This is what comics should do every week! This is probably my favorite piece of this story since issue 19. (Well, #32 was really good.)
Contrasting what is going on here compared to the two weekly titles, “Batman Eternal” and “Future’s End,” where the characters and story seems to be floundering, and you get snips and pieces that don’t really move you, “Robin Rises: Omega” is a great read!
What do you think, oh Hub City Geeks? Do you agree with my rating of 5/5? Send a comment and let me know!