The second installment of Grant Morrisonâ€™s Batman and Robin hit the stands today.Â Now that the euphoria of the first issue has worn off, how well does this issue hold up?
This issue is told slightly different than the first, in that Dick Grayson is relating how he and Damian had a falling out after recent events at the police station.Â Morrison then takes readers back to the moment immediately after the end of the first issue, where Batman and Robin meet Commissioner Gordon to get the low down on the interrogation of Mr. Toad.
The conversation is cut short as a band of circus freaks attack the police station, killing and maiming officers on their way to the holding cell.Â Morrison cranks out a fast action sequence that is simply brilliant when combined with Frank Quitelyâ€™s art.Â The two page spread featuring Batman flying across the room and bringing down a group of the bad guys will stun readers in how the art and action blend together in a way that makes one think theyâ€™re watching a motion picture.Â Comic scholars and art instructors will use this simple two page spread for years to show how one can portray action in sequential art.
I have begun to really like Quitelyâ€™s art, but the biggest failing with this issue is the color by Alex Sinclair.Â Itâ€™s not that he doesnâ€™t know how to color a page, but when the backgrounds throughout the book look like a bad compression job it totally turns this reviewer off.
Being the first time Batman and Robin are interacting with the police, there is an interesting moment when several officers question Gordon on the look and sound of the caped crusader and his kid sidekick.Â Gordon follows with a sly yet insightful comment that is meant to throw his fellow officers off, but reveals more about his keen investigating skills than readers may have ever seen.
Damian being Damian, the fight gets out of control when he doesnâ€™t follow orders, which leads to the first tussle between vigilante and cops that could ruin everything Bruce built up over the years.Â It also leads to Damian and Dick having their first Master/Apprentice argument that results in Damian running off to do his own thing, and totally getting caught up in a bad situation for which he is not prepared.
Morrisonâ€™s writing continues to shine in the series that asks you not to take anything too seriously, as he peppers the issue with one liners and gags that will either make the reader roll their eyes or chuckle audibly.Â Morrison caps off the issue with a new vehicle that immediately had this reviewer thinking of the over the top Batmobile from Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightsonâ€™s Batman: The Cult series from 1988.
Save for the coloring, Batman and Robin #2 is another top notch read. Morrison doesnâ€™t fill the issue with heady thoughts, and Quitely cranks out the action earning the issue a solid 4.5 out of 5 Stars.