Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPOILERS: Batman and Robin #40

So here we are, at the final issue of Batman and Robin... will Damian continue to be the new Superman? FIND OUT HERE!

God, that was terrible clickbait, I am sorry.

The Spoilers:

Long story short, the robot attacking the empty island in Japan was a big fake fakery set up by Bruce and the Justice League to have Damian potentially burn out his powers, but he's got no idea. After "winning" they head back to Gotham, where Damian falls asleep after consuming enough food for someone 10 times his size.

The next morning he wakes up and gets a paper cut... Then he tries to light the fireplace with his heat vision, nothing doing... So why not go for a fly, and he falls out of the window. Turns out Damian's powers were temporary and he's burned through them, and neither he nor Bruce know exactly how or why this all happened. Nevertheless, Bruce asks Damian if being just Damian Wayne is all that bad, which he doesn't seem to think is, so that night, Bruce smiles and all, goes out on patrol with Damian as the regular Dynamic Duo, no powers or nothing.


The Opinion:

First of all, I'm glad Damian's powers are gone. It was an interesting idea, but trying to think of it as the new permanent status quo just became harder and harder for me with each issue. So then, what was the point? Well, now that we know Tomasi's time on the title is (and has) come to an end, it seemed like he went back to the core of the book one more time to have some father/son bonding time, and this issue definitely gives fans of the book that one last fix before they go. I was kind of hoping we'd see some set up for Damian's new series, but we've got an Annual left for that, and I'll take returning him to his normal status quo as a win. With Damian having been absent from this book for so long, and all powered up for the last few issues, I'm going to be sad to see this one go, but it was damn good while it lasted.


  1. Only problem I have with the series ending is that we spent an entire year getting him back only for the book to end after 3 issues with both the main characters being present . Overall, curious to see if the annual will spin off into the new robin, son of batman book

  2. I'm really going to miss this book. It wasn't until Tomasi's "Born to Kill" that I really started liking Damian, even though I'm still not a fan of the concept of Bruce Wayne having a biological son who becomes Robin (too convenient and hackneyed). I felt Tomasi gave Damian a more human element and loved seeing the relationship between father and son develop.

    I don't know if I'll be reading Gleason's Damian book, because, again, I still can't decide whether I like Damian or whether I just like Tomasi's Damian, but I'll definitely read whatever Bat book Tomasi's moving onto (the second Eternal?).

    "Why not? It's my boat."

  3. Superpower definitely felt like a few different types of Batman stories being referenced for the sort of Post-Damian/Rises coda. I mean it's not even over - we've got the Annual next week and Tomasi's Annuals have been better than his multi-issue arcs.

    But anyway this felt like Tomasi using a Finger-era zany story (Super Robin!) as "aftermath" for the big zaniness of Batman even going to Apokolips in the first place (shades of Bob Haney, although honestly Mister Miracle should've been in the story).

    So it was appropriate. I guess anyone who figured Robin would stay "super" was being pretty naive, what with chaos shards and so forth, especially once Gleason's Son of Batman cover hit and showed him hiking on foot.

    I'm sooooo curious what Tomasi is up to next.

  4. Felt like a longer arc that got condensed at the last minute to wrap things up in time for the break. Seeing Robin with the Justice Leaguew as cool though.

  5. I thought this was a great ending to the series as a whole and I can't wait to see what happens next.