Being a cheapskate, I get a subscription in the mail to most of the Bat-titles, including Batman and Robin. So generally I don’t get to read the stories until as many as two weeks after they come out.
But once in awhile, the moons and planets align, and I get a comic on the day it comes out…even more rarely even a day early…
This is why I have a SCOOP today. Batman and Robin #33 came right on time! (I would point out that Batman #33 hasn’t arrived yet. I don’t fully understand how the comics come so irregularly to my mailbox!)
Here are the details, and my review…
The cover shows exactly what this book is all about. Tension between Batman and the Justice League. I don’t like that Lex Luthor is a part of the Justice League, and am getting used to seeing him with all of the good guys. And is Captain Cold a League member too, or is he just hanging out with Luthor?
The story left off after “Robin Rises:Omega #1”, where Shazaam just “saved Batman” from flying through that portal to Apokalips hanging onto that flying Paradaemon. Batman then proceeds to beat him. I detailed my delight in all of this here!
So the league is having a meeting. Batman is trying to justify going to Darkseid’s dimension/planet, reminding the league that Darkseid had already tried to invade once before. Luthor sums it up. “It is all about Robin.” SO Batman does this…
I thought…”Oh man. He just hacked Cyborg to force him to Boom tube.” Not exactly. Batman was thinking very clearly. He went up to the Watchtower Satellite, where he has some gear stashed. Not just any gear…
“The Hellbat.” Is this the same suit depicted in the pages of Batman and Robin before? If so, I didn’t know its title, and I think this is the first time the origin of the suit is explored. The Justice League forged it to help Batman with his weaknesses. (He is the only Justice Leaguer with NO POWERS!)
I like how we get this old school style page, summarizing the creation of “The Hellbat.”
This is old school…I mean, we could have had a mini-series about the creation of this suit!
Apparently, Batman plans on taking this suit to Apokalips. I would like to point out that Batman has already been to Apokalips once before, when Darkseid invaded Earth….And then he didn’t have this suit, and was successful!
So the rest of the league catch up with Batman, and Captain Cold puts his Cold Gun to Batman’s head…Poor Cyborg gets one pulled on him AGAIN!
Batman goes home. He says he’s “tired.” Yeah right. He goes home and smashes Damien’s tombstone.
Superman shows up…Where has he been? Why did we have Shazaam before when Glorious Godfrey showed up? Batman and Superman have one of the warmest conversations we have seen in the New 52. (And they even have their own joint title, where they mostly put each other down.)
Batman asked Superman to come down…His neck hurts. I don’t know if he was telling the truth or not. I kind of thought he might be up to something else. But we don’t see anything happen…
Batman and Superman apparently part ways. Batman shows up in the Batcave, greeting the entire Bat-family, (sans Dick Grayson.)!!!
They are all going to tackle this.
I like how this is an issue about issues…The Justice League values vs. their personal values. Batman directly asks Aquaman if he would feel the same as him if it were about Mera. I like that. Arthur has no reply, except “That isn’t fair.” But it was fair.
I don’t like how Cyborg got hated on so much. And really, he was just kind of a bystander…(Same as almost always.) The hacking of the teleport system as well as becoming the target of redirection for the cold gun were just wrong. I guess I wish it were Shazaam that was the target, or Lex Luthor.
So the next issue of Batman and Robin will be about Batman relating to Red Robin, Red Hood, and Batgirl. This title should be about the Bat-family. I hope this brings them closer together…The Joker has fragmented them so, and then with the loss of Damien and the seeming loss of Dick they have been at odds with one another.
I rate Batman and Robin #33 at 5/5. This read kept me on the edge of my chair. The whole “Hellbat” thing was a great bonus. Batman bested the Justice League, another great thing. We saw a warm conversation between Clark and Bruce, something we almost never see anymore, and finally we saw the Bat-family assembled, ready to work together on something! The art is great as well, showing a tortured Bruce Wayne as the story progresses. Really, this book deserves every bit of the 5 points. What would you give it, oh Hub City Geeks? Comment and let me know what you think!