Oh dear! Batman, Batwoman, Squire and the Knight are all trapped deep in a mine while Batwoman slowly bleeds out and dies from her injuries incurred by someone who is not the original Batman.Â Is this the end of our heroes? Will Damian tame the crazed Zombie Batman and terrorize the city as only the Brat-son of the Dark Knight could?Â Itâ€™s another issue of Grant Morrisonâ€™s Batman and Robin, and weâ€™ve got your review, right after the jump.
If anyone thought Batwoman was really going to die in this series, I hope you didnâ€™t fret away between issues.Â Itâ€™s almost like worrying night and day that some imaginary band of heroes would die at the hands of a couple of skeletons.Â OF COURSE Batwoman was going to live; they were buried on top of a Lazarus Pit, and her resurrection would only complete the Crime Bibleâ€™s prediction.Â How could you NOT use this moment to push the story even further in this four-colored fictional tale?
This herring did allow the crazed, Zombie Batman to fly to Wayne Tower where he attempted to lay the smack down on now recovered Damian, and the family servant Alfred.Â Thereâ€™s some really good action here, as the weaponless Alfred andÂ Damian must use the tools around them to bring the intruder down.
I canâ€™t believe Damian finally turned his douche nozzle meter down a couple of notches in this issue.Â As Pinnochio once yearned to be a real boy, Damian seems to have found his Jiminy Cricket in the form of Alfred Pennyworth.Â When push finally came to shove, our own little wooden head stepped up the plate and saved someoneâ€™s life, not because he was told to, but because he cared.Â Of course, in the final pages, Damian attempts to cover with his snappy command to have a chair brought to him, but itâ€™s nice to see that curtain pulled away, if only for a moment.Â It also could counter the claims by Zombie Batman that Damian was Bruceâ€™s biggest failure and will bring him down.Â Still, we all read the 666-issue that featured Damian as future Batman, so who the hell knows what Morrison still has up his sleeve, but Iâ€™m more than willing to go along for the ride.
When things look their darkest, Batman and Batwoman, arrive to bring the fight to Dickâ€™s biggest failure as Batman.Â If you want to see a great fight sequence on the page, then his is an issue to pick up to see how Cameron Stewart handles page layout in a three way battle. I love how the layout starts to fall apart as Zombie Batman is brought down with each successive blow.Â There is still one creepy Damian moment, as we are left to assume the Bat-spawn used a box cutter or a pair of brass knuckles to help strike the final blow.
Morrison loves working with Frank Quitely, but I think Cameron Stewart did a bang up job here.Â As previously mentioned the final battle is superbly rendered and paced, as the readers see the fight spill across the page.Â Even the somewhat quiet moments in the issue shine as readers see real expressions on the faces of the characters, as Stewart brings the heroes, and villains to life.Â Thereâ€™s something particularly creepy about seeing Zombie Batmanâ€™s face melting away on the page, and Stewart earns kudos for that work.Â Likewise, the colors work well in this issue, as the darkened cavern is lit up by the Lazarus Pit, and the night fight in the rain works well.
In the end, Dick is finally convinced Tim was right all along, and as soon as we can get a few more months under our belts, the quest to bring Bruce Wayne back from his trip through time and space can begin.Â Overall this wasnâ€™t a bad issue, in fact, I dare say that this issue was just about as good as the first issue when it came out oh so long ago now.Â Whether it is the similarities in action, the great art, or a moment where the series finally gels, Batman and Robin #9 is a great turning point.Â I like that Grant Morrison is telling a story, instead of forcing the reader to suss out some inner message wrapped up in all the craziness. With the closing of issue 9, it feels like we are now about to embark upon the next great Batman adventure that will have some real meaning in the grand scheme of the DCU.Â And I finally like Damian… That alone is worth a 4.5 out of 5 Stars.