Review: BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #2

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BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #2
Written by James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley
Art by Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos, Rain Beredo
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: October 14, 2015

The whole Bat-family’s here (almost), and this weekly is a lot of fun.

That’s what really stuck with me at the end of the issue, just how much fun it is to have all these characters together in one place dealing with an unknown foe and each using their talents while scrambling to stay above water. The writing team is utilizing this crew well, highlighting their individual personalities while making them seem like a dysfunctional, highly trained family. They have their father figure in Grayson, holding the place of Batman at the head of the family, and the Robins he trained once upon a time operate like a well oiled machine. The new kids in the family, Spoiler and Bluebird, bring an interesting dynamic in that they are loose cannons. They aren’t disciplined and they haven’t spent time honing their skills with Bruce. Their youth, and the mystery surrounding Cass Cain, gives this family a shot of energy and I find the whole cast really entertaining. As long as this writing team has as strong a handle on this crew as they do now, this weekly is going to fly.

Paul Pelletier handles art duties in this issue and his style meshes with Tony Daniel’s well. The visual tone of this issue is very similar to the first, though it is not as polished as issue #1. It’s close, but just not quite there. This isn’t meant to be a huge dig, by any means, as I like Pelletier’s work for the most part and that is the case here. He’s got a huge cast and a fair amount of action to handle here and he does so admirably. If he stayed in the rotation of this weekly I would certainly not complain. The colour work by Rain Beredo drives home the moody tone of Gotham nicely and compliments Pelletier’s work well.

Batman & Robin Eternal #2 continues the entertaining story from the first issue and has me even more intrigued by this weekly. I enjoyed the first Eternal weekly and this series is matching up nicely to the quality of it so far. I’ll be back next week and I’m happy I only have to wait that long to see what happens next.

The Verdict: 8.0/10

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