After getting every issue of Batman Eternal, I decided to skip Batman and Robin Eternal in favor of getting the Graphic Novel when it came out. It came out in two volumes, and I picked up both at Barnes and Noble during there recent sale.
It took me about four days to read the whole story. (I get interrupted a lot.)
This story isn’t really what I thought it would be. I thought it would be “What happened with Damien during Batman Eternal.” Damien was dead…and resurrected while the whole event was happening.
Instead, this story went right alongside the regular New 52 continuity, where Batman was forgotten by Bruce Wayne. Jim Gordon was the Batman, with “We are Robin” filling that role. I avoided the whole story, but this is important context for knowing what was going on in Batman and Robin Eternal.
I have said for a while that I wanted to see more Dick Grayson as Robin stories. Batman and Robin Eternal delivered that, as almost each issue had a flashback to events that happened the first time DIck Grayson encountered The Scarecrow. The whole story centers around a villain called “Mother,” and we learn that Batman caused some collateral damage through some of his deception tactics in an attempt to defeat “Mother.”
The other big thing…virtually every New 52 Batman sidekick gets a big feature, with Cassandra Cain getting a new identity. She was raised an assassin, and I could only imagine that DC is positioning her as a love interest for Damian. (They have alot in common.)
The whole “Court of the Owls” story revealed to us that Dick Grayson was supposed to be a Talon. Batman and Robin Eternal goes into the motivations that Batman had in guiding Dick to be a superhero with his own ways, and elaborates this to a point for each of the Robins and sidekicks.
Harper Row. I expressed disdain for Harper before. This story makes her an “illegitimate Robin,” (that’s a really crass way of putting it, but I don’t want to spoil too much.) I love how it all gets explained, and Batman’s motivations make it clear that he believes each superhero should take their own path and do things there own way.
Red Hood is in this story alot. I just am not really a fan of the resurrected Jason Todd. He seems part baddie and part good guy. He wears the bat on his chest, but is a killer. He wears the red hood. He just doesn’t fit with Tim Drake (historically, the Robin I knew best.)
Stephanie Brown is treated like the biggest amateur. I’d like to see more of her.
The Midnighter. I never heard of this guy. Pretty cool character, who can supply “Magic Doors.” It was annoying that Tim Drake sort of suddenly had the idea of sending parties all over the world at basically “Portal” speed. An interesting twist, but silly just the same. Oh, and Cullen Row took right up with The Midnighter…
Duke Thomas. We don’t see Duke do too much. Kind of like Stephanie. But I think she got more story time because of close association with Harper Row.
If anything, reading this has just about motivated me to try out the current run on Detective Comics, where apparently Batman and Batwoman are training these Sidekick types to be better.
I recommend this graphic novel…it kept me turning pages. My problem is….I know what happens. When will I be motivated to read it again? I Own “Hush,” and have only read it twice. “War Games” is tedious.
I won’t rate this. Just let me know what you think in the comments!