Batman & Nightwing #23

Batman & Nightwing #23

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 21, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 4
8.6Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

Could Batman have saved Damian's life after all? Guest starring Nightwing!

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Aug 21, 2013

    I'm not going to say that this issue salvaged the entire arc for me, I still don't really like issues #19-21, but this issue (and the last) went a long way to make it all sting a little bit less. This was probably one of the saddest, yet touching issues of any Batman comic I've ever read, and needs to be read by any Damian fan out there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Aug 22, 2013

    The upcoming issues are most assuredly going to continue the stories that made Tomasi and Gleason the team on par with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. I can't wait to see what role Carrie Kelly plays in issues to come. Not to mention my all-time favorite Batman villain, Two-Face. This series, much like the main Batman title, is a must-read for any and all Bat fans out there on a monthly basis. To get the story and the action, you have to read the Snyder/Capullo book. But if you want to feel what the characters are going through after they go through hell in each new adventure, the Batman team-up book is the place to go. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Aug 22, 2013

    Batman & Nightwing is a very poignant issue that I think every Batman fan should read. This is an absolute must-buy for its story as well as its art and it's told in a way that anyone can pick it up whether they've read the previous 4 installments or not. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Aug 26, 2013

    Batman and Nightwing #23 is exactly the story that was missing from Grant Morrison's run and Peter Tomasi perfectly executes it. The story of this issue makes you forget about everything that has happened and focus in on the dynamic between Bruce, Dick and Alfred. Tomasi does a brilliant job using bringing Dick Grayson into this issue not as another person that lectures Bruce but as someone that is looking to help Bruce get through Damian's death. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 21, 2013

    Peter Tomasi has saved the best for last.  Bruce finally stops trying to bring back Damian back from the dead and sees that he is not to blame.  In fact, he sees that even though things could have been done differently, Damian's death has hurt everyone, not just himself.  Thanks to Dick and Alfred he realizes that Bruce and Batman must continue on in the name of his fallen son. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 22, 2013

    I teared up for Damian Wayne when I got to the end ofBatman and Nightwing #23. Seeing Alfred torture himself by trying to change an unchangeable past is heartbreaking. These “Requiem” issues following Damian's death have been haunting, intense, emotionally challenging, and generally fantastic reading. It's not often one death can provide so much material without it feeling like overkill.Batman and Robin has been one of my absolute favorite series since I started reading the ‘New 52′, and it continues to impress me each and every month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 21, 2013

    In case you didn't read Batman Incorporated, Peter Tomasi recaps the story quite effectively, adding in some more action for good measure. But the real hero of this comic is Patrick Gleason, who stages this frightening melees perfectly, including Damian's tough-guy scowl at his impending doom, the larger-than-life nature of the Heretic, and the sheer broken-hearted look on Alfred's face as he wrestles with his own culpability. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 24, 2013

    As great as Dick's role in this issue was " and believe me, it was awesome! " this issue really belongs to Bruce Wayne and Alfred. The team-up between Dick and Bruce is great, but the real emotional punch comes from seeing Alfred's guilt at having let Damian leave the Batcave that night. Alfred's simulation is heart-breaking, as is the moment he shares with Bruce at the very end. This is the kind of emotional connection that has been missing in comics recently. Forget reboots, this is Bruce and Alfred sharing their grief, working from decades of experience between the two old friends. This was a great way to finally lay Damian to rest and have Bruce accept that his son is dead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 25, 2013

    The issue reminds us that you can't bring back what's lost, but you can always repair what's left. While Gleason gives life to a wishful fantasy, Tomasi gently guides us towards the last stages of Batman's grievance cycle. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Aug 23, 2013

    I'm still bitter and in complete mourning over Damian's death, but this issue is exactly what I needed. It was full of heart and soul, and had that tiny bit of closure that makes everything okay for a little bit. For a title so focused on the emotions behind the Batman, it'll be interesting to see where it goes from here, with one of the main elements of Bruce Wayne's life out of the picture and most likely to be mentioned less down the road. I have complete faith in this creative team, though. They've rarely let me down this far. My lingering thought, though, is what happened to Alfred the cat and Bat-Cow?! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 21, 2013

    Tomasi also dusts off the concept of Internet 3.0, a tool he now uses to allow Bruce to revisit the night of Damian's death and struggle over and over again to save his son, despite the ultimate futility of it all. Tomasi makes great use of Nightwing during these scenes, foregoing the often questionable and selfish characterization Dick has shown in other books for a more classic dynamic. But even stronger than Dick this month is Alfred, as Bruce is forced to acknowledge that his faithful butler is suffering as much as he is in the wake of Damian's death. Tomasi has a unique talent for exploiting the Batman family dynamic to its fullest effect. No wonder so much of the post-Damian grieving process has been relegated to this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Aug 21, 2013

    Batman and Nightwing #23 gives Damian the emotional send-off he deserves. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 21, 2013

    There's nothing harder than witnessing someone dealing with grief and loss. Peter Tomasi has been delivering such heartbreaking stories involving Batman and the death of Damian. Tomasi knows how to throw the curve balls at us (just wait for the ending here). Patrick Gleason's art fully captures the essence of it all as well. Nightwing's appearance makes sense in terms of his connection to Bruce but it's unfortunate that it feels so forced, given the recent events in his title and mention of them. Now that the stages are over, we'll have to wait and see what's next. The Villains Month issue takes over in September and we'll be eagerly awaiting what's to come. (Hint, it included Two-Face). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 27, 2013

    Although the final former side-kick issue is done, the comic will continue the Batman and… with villains such as Two-Face and Killer Croc leading into Batman and Carrie Kelly #25 which may, or may not, begin a new direction for the title. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Gilbert Rivera Aug 22, 2013

    Batman and Nightwing #23 is a breath of fresh air. While Damian's death was something that deserved grieving, for a long time it felt like the Batman and" series was just treading water. Luckily this issue is Tomasi at his best, and while it doesn't prove that the series will continue to be necessary per se, it does provide a beautiful story and an emotional end to tragic events. Hopefully next issue will bring more solid writing in its Tale of Two-Faces! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Aug 22, 2013

    "Batman and Robin" has always been an interesting book, even when it wasn't exceptional. Without Robin, its fate is unclear (though this issue continues to make the case that a Robin replacement will happen). Unfortunately, while Robin as a character may be replaceable, Damian is not. It's good that readers get the full force of Bruce's mourning in this title as it's where the grief belongs and generally it's being handled well, but I confess to a complete lack of interest once it's time to "move on" to a new Batman and Robin. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Sep 3, 2013

    Overall, I would say that if you read the death of Robin in Batman Incorporated, this issue will connect with you. If you haven't, then the emotional ending isn't enough to pick up this issue. Read Full Review

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