Review: Batman and Robin Vol. 3 – Death of the Family by Peter J. Tomasi

Batman and Robin, Vol. 3: Death of the FamilyBatman and Robin, Vol. 3: Death of the Family by Peter J. Tomasi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would probably lean towards 3.5 stars on this, but not quite 4.

Of course, with “Death of the Family” you know it’s going to include BATMAN #17, which I’ve now read…5+ different times in different TPBs? It’s a damn good book, one of the best individual Batman/Joker issues of all time…BUT, I’ve read it a ton in the last year.

I really enjoyed the first story arc, where Damian sends Bruce on a round the world wild-goose chase after some family memories, which seems very sweet, and it actually is. Of course, Damian uses this opportunity to patrol Gotham as pint-sized Batman, which is fun on it’s own. Eventually Bruce catches on to it, or maybe he knew all along and Alfred just pushed him to let the boy do it. It’s an even more bittersweet story arc when you know what is coming for the Waynes.

Leading up to #17, we’ve got Damian and the Joker tete-a-tete, which is interesting, and I’m pretty impressed that he nearly holds his own against the Clown Prince.

In the aftermath of it all, Damian, Bruce and Alfred all suffer nightmares, which are fairly vivid.

I really enjoyed the artwork by Patrick Gleason here; great use of colours, especially Yellow/Orange/Red and Black.

A solid collection, gives us a good chunk of Damian and Bruce.

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I'm a lover of pop-culture, from movies to music to books to TV shows to well...comics, and just about everything in between. I'm also a history buff, and spent 4 yrs getting a fancy BA in it. When I was at said University, I got my learn on AND spent all my money on CDs and VHS (yup, I'm THAT old.) However, I'm happy to discuss any topic really, as I love a good debate or just to be proven right. I'm Canadian, so I wear shorts and flip flops 9 months of the year, but no, I am NOT fanatical about hockey (I actually prefer baseball, thank my American father for that!). I love the outdoors, but don't get out enough... I've got a sick twisted sense of humour (hence why I'm friends with these Shallow folks) and believe that laughter is the best medicine...except penicillin...cause laughter won't cure the clap.

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