Batman And Robin #40 (New Comics)

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Batman and Robin #40 Recap/Review – The final issue!

High above a remote Japanese island, the Justice League, along with Damain Wayne, prepare to close in and save the day.  At last minute, they are joined by Wonder Woman, who Superman happily welcomes.

At the island, the group is attacked by a giant bug-like monster, but Batman says it is entirely cybernetic, and orders Robin to unleash his full power on the machine before it gets loose on the Japanese mainland.  Damian is happy to comply but is nearly overpowered by the mechanical beast, until the boy discovers that he has heat vision now, too!

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Robin is able to escape the giant’s clutches and shoves a radio antennae into the robot’s mouth, and with the help of Shazam, the giant machine is badly damaged by lightning.  The Justice League celebrates their victory, but Damian brushes it off and returns to the Bat-Jet.  When the boy leaves, Batman thanks Wonder Woman and Superman, revealing the entire event to be an elaborate hoax.  The plan was to expose Damian to a safe situation where his powers could be drained without risk to any civilian life.  Though Bruce is not sure if it worked, he appreciates the help of his fellow heroes.

Father and son return to the Bat-Cave, and Damian is delighted at having just worked with the Justice League.  The boy excitedly tells Alfred about everything, tossing the butler around as he acts out the confrontation, until he passes out at the dinner table from sheer exhaustion.  Bruce tenderly puts his son to bed, and sees a note from Damian.  Alfred and the older Wayne are happy to find that the boy has finished a remarkable portrait of the Batman family.  As they talk, Bruce mentions how proud he is of Damian and his ability to remain calm and in control of his new powers on the last mission.
The next morning, the young Wayne is shocked to find his powers are gone, and nearly falls out of his bedroom window in an attempt to fly.  The boy is disappointed to learn that his powers have disappeared completely.  Bruce says that he isn’t that upset at this development, as he thinks it is for the best, but Robin laments that he could have been something truly incredible with those powers.  Batman says that for now, being Damian Wayne will have to be good enough.

The conversation is concluded when Alfred announces there is an emergency in Gotham.  The butler activates the secret passage as father and son race down to the Bat-Cave.  They run past Titus and gear up, also racing by Batcow, until they arrive at the Batmobile.  Father and son swing through the streets of Gotham, and looking over his son, returned to life and having learned so much about being a super hero, Bruce smiles, content with life and his boy.

Batman And Robin #40 comic review

Batman And Robin #40 Comic Review

Hello and welcome to Comic Island!  My name is Arden, and this is my recap, and review, of Batman and Robin #40!

Is it possible to adore a comic yet also be crushed by it at the same time?  Batman and Robin’s final comic taught me that yes, this is very possible, because that is exactly what happened here.

For those who haven’t heard, this was the last issue of Batman and Robin, and the series is to be replaced by a new Damian Wayne solo series following the upcoming Convergence event.  In a lot of ways this was a bittersweet finale to one of DC’s best titles in the New 52.  On the one hand, I truly adore this comic.  The last few pages of this comic are such a lovely summary and ending to a stellar creative run between Peter Tomasi and Jack Gleason that I can’t help but feel truly satisfied and happy with the comics ending.  It brings a smile to my face every time I see these last panels silently celebrating everything great about this run.  Bruce and Damian have been through a lot but each step of the story was something new and interesting.  This comic’s forty issue run depicted great art and storytelling, straddling surprisingly deep and dark themes with light-hearted, goofy moments, to create a well balanced and enjoyable story.  I’m grateful to this creative team for memorable and consistently enjoyable comics, and was sad to see Batman and Robin go.

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But a couple things about this comic did bother me.  Compared to what I’ve seen in the past, a lot of the art was quite off in this issue.  Many character’s faces and eyes were so off-putting and unrealistic that I thought a new artist may have been working on this comic because it looked so inferior to Gleason’s typical work.  But by the end of the comic, the art style pays off, and the final pages of this comic really are beautifully drawn, enough so that I don’t really mind the occasional weirdness in some of the earlier panels of this comic.

But what really bugs me about this comic, and what likely is annoying a lot of you guys, is the choice to drain Damian of his powers.  This looks to be permanent, taking away a super powered Damian after only three measly issues.  Reading this was infuriating.  We never got to see this meaningfully explored, and I was really excited by the idea.  There were so many cool opportunities and somebody at DC decided to just flush them away.  Oh sure, it was bound to happen sooner or later, but I am so, so disappointed by how quickly it happened.

Now I’m less motivated than ever to cover the Damian solo series and am likely just to end my Batman and Robin coverage here.  Joey and I have a lot of cool stuff to cover with the upcoming Convergence and Secret Wars event, and after this soul crushing business, I’m going to need a break from Robin.  Still, I think this was a silly, silly choice by DC.  Why even bother to give the kid powers in the first place if nothing is going to be done with it?  It was a waste, and not once did we get to see Robin come up against a real challenge or opportunity to use his powers heroically.  I get this was probably done to facilitate the new series, but I think this was quite a mistake.  Hopefully this isn’t the end for Damian’s powers, but the tone and dialogue of this comic made it pretty clear to me that this was it for the super-powered Robin.

Like I said, this was a brilliant, phenomenal ending to a series of comics that I really enjoyed.  I just wish that it didn’t also feel like a punch in the gut for those of us who were all excited about Damian getting some powers for a while.

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Do I recommend Batman and Robin #40?  Well, in spite of all the bullshit, yes, yes I do.  It was a good, touching story that you should check out for yourself.  I’m not one to let one part of the story I didn’t like be the enemy of good, and this issue was very, very good.

Let me know what you guys think of all this in the comments section below.  I’ve never reviewed or even really read a comic that both impressed and annoyed me, but that’s exactly what happened here, so I’m interested in how you all respond to this one for sure.

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Batman And Robin #40 Video Description

Arden recaps and reviews Batman and Robin #40, the final issue of the fan favourite series. Watch as he goes over a lot of really great stuff, and one really lame plot point.

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Batman and Robin #40
by Peter Tomasi (Author), Patrick Gleason (Illustrator), and DC Comics (Publisher)
Damian’s powers have been a source of concern to Batman – and it’s only a matter of time before he’s called up to the big leagues!
Published March 25, 2015; List Price: $2.99

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