Batman And Nightwing #23 Review

Batman And Nightwing #23 Review
By: Jay 
A few months ago Batman felt a
pain like he never felt before, one that no parent should ever have to: he lost
his son.  Damian Wayne, Robin died. Bruce Wayne had to bury not just a
Robin, not just a ward, but his son. For the past few months the Batman And
title became Batman And …. A title where his “Family” filled
in that role each helping him with a different stage of grief.

In the final stage Bruce Wayne
finally accepts that Damian has passed away and is ready to move on, to stop
mourning while never forgetting. 
Peter J. Tomasi did a great job in
this issue. I lost someone very close to me, the opposite of Bruce Wayne, I’m a
Robin who lost his Batman. My father passed away and I went through the stages
of grief, but he equipped me throughout my life to go through it a bit
differently. While I grieved differently, Tomasi still connected that pain that
is universal. The pacing of this was flawless. I really did enjoy this
particular issue because not only do we get Bruce coming to terms we also get
Dick and Alfred doing so as well.
I didn’t like Damian at first, but
at some point the brat grew on me, as he did the Bat Family. You see that in
this issue through Dick and Alfred mainly. I thought it was a stroke of
brilliance to have Dick be there for this stage, Bruce was his father, maybe
not by blood, but for where it counted he was his father. Dick helped Bruce
realize that he is giving up and giving up isn’t respecting Damian, that to
honor his life he needs to live and make sure that other kids out there in
Gotham have the childhood that Damian was denied.

Tomasi also ties in Alfred to this
stage. Alfred has always been this stoic figure, this rock, a proper British
man, and to see him grieve to the degree that we do here is extremely powerful
and tugs at your heart. The heart is also tugged when the parallel of Dick and
Bruce’s relationship is mirrored by the one between Alfred and Bruce, and Bruce
realizes he’s not alone in his grief, Alfred lost Damian too, and that he
blames himself for his death just as much as Bruce does, and I think it helps
him realize that he isn’t to blame anymore than Alfred is and  he is
finally able to accept his son’s passing.
Patrick Gleason is usually a solid
artist but here I think he had some flubs. There is a page where Nightwing is
talking to Alfred while Bruce is using the V.R. to try to relive the last
moments of Damian’s life and save him that it looks like his head is on
backwards or something. The anatomy is just off. Other than the few flubs
Gleason does a decent job, and delivers the power scene of Alfred and Bruce
with raw emotions on the paper.

Over all I say pick this issue up.
You really don’t need the other 4 issues as this one is the pay off and really
is worth the time and the money.

That is what I think about this
book. Let us know what you think about the book, and about this Batman
And …. 
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