Thursday, March 11, 2010

Batman and Robin #10

Grant Morrison continues to be an interesting fit for Batman and Robin.

He's not a traditional writer at all, and his version of Batman's adventures (both before and after Final Crisis) have been unusual, offbeat and often unexpected. But even at their most impenetrable (I'm looking at you, R.I.P.), his stories have been entertaining and a treat to dig into.

With this issue, the title characters finally start looking into the true fate of Bruce Wayne, which involves them embarking on an Indiana Jones-style search into the history of Wayne Manor - which goes back a lot further than you might think.

Along the way, we see some odd developments for the new Robin, as Damien finds himself torn between his Mother's wishes and his own.

The issue boasts a new art team, and I like Andy Clarke and Scott Hanna's style. It's a clean, traditional look with lots of nice artistic flourishes. I especially like the moody shot in the hallway of the Wayne family portraits.

Morrison has set several events in motion here, but I'll bet they don't end up leading where you might expect. That's the beauty of it.

Grade: A-

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