Batman and Robin #33 Review

Will the Justice League manage to knock any sense into the Dark Knight or will his stubbornness win over? Read on to find out.

The official description from DC Comics:

“ROBIN RISES”! Picking up right where this month’s ROBIN RISES #1 left off, it’s Batman vs. the Justice League as the Dark Knight decides to follow the Chaos Shard back to its source: Apokolips!

BAR33vRobin Rises got off to an explosive start in the Robin Rises: Omega one-shot with the action packed issue seeing Damian’s remains taken to Apokolips. As the story continues we see the pace slow down with Batman trying to outmaneuver the Justice League who are trying to prevent him from doing something rash. In addition to this ex-Leaguer Superman also makes a brief appearance talking to Bruce about the situation he’s in.

Peter J. Tomasi has really impressed me with his work on both this issue and the one-shot with Robin Rises so far being among his best work on the series (the silent Batman and Robin #18 still tops that list). The way that he shows Batman’s passion and determination along with the League’s natural instinct to oppose such a rash decision really appealed to me with the overall emotion oozing off the page. Tomasi also does a terrific job of rounding the issue of setting up the next part of this story perfectly.

Patrick Gleason really excels in this issue with the inclusion of so many additional characters allowing him a chance to shine as well as be diverse. The dynamic flow and overall tension also manages to build atmosphere with it having a cinematic feel to it at times. Gleason also does a superb job of showing the character emotions and especially in our dark and brooding Dark Knight with his desperation being hard to miss. Rounding things off we get vivid colours from John Kalisz with his pallet being very varied.

Robin Rises is fastly becoming a story that Bat fans need to read with the highly anticipated arc not failing to disappoint so far. Highly recommended.

  • + The emotion within Batman is excruciating.
  • + Peter J. Tomasi really makes you feel for Batman.
  • + Patrick Gleason gives dynamic and diverse art.
  • + Gripping climax.

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