Batman and Robin #14

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 14, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 11
6.0Critic Rating
6.8User Rating

Damian sets out to take down the Z Club! Batfans wont want to miss this lead-in to the DEATH OF THE FAMILY event!

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 14, 2012

    Even so, this comic doesn't need a flimsy "Death of the Family" tie-in to make it fantastic. Peter Tomasi and company open this comic up with a bang, and it doesn't let up for a second. For Patrick Gleason, this is some of the best work he's done in ages; for Tomas Giorello, he's in the unenviable position of following a top-tier powerhouse. Regardless, if you're looking for a smart, stylish beatdown in Gotham, Batman and Robin is the place to find it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 17, 2012

    There's the Joker again. Why would the Joker go through all of this trouble to set up this cult and these zombies? Were they really that desperate to tie this issue into Death of the Family? Still, the Robin action was fun as he rises up to be a hero. And like I said, I finally saw Damian as Robin. Though that feeling didn't last. And the ending was a little too sappy. This is why I don't like the idea that Robin is literally Batman's son. It leads to a weird sort of headspace for Batman. But that's just personal taste speaking out again. This is still an otherwise entertaining issue, with some solid Robin action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - BradBabendir Nov 16, 2012

    This book continues to be great (and seemingly underrated), and I imagine PJT will put together one of the best pieces of Death of the Family. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 17, 2012

    Aside from Damain actually doing some justice to the Robin name (and not being the complete tool the New 52 has been so focused on delivering month after month) there's almost nothing worthy of notice. The story is completely forgettable and the mix of both Patrick Gleason and Toms Giorello's art makes the comic look and feel uneven at best. Pass. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 19, 2012

    Much as you'll love the big emotional moments of the issue, the actual plot provides a poor vehicle for them, and Giorello's art diminishes the usually sleek look of the title. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Poet Mase Nov 14, 2012

    There's not much to get excited about in this issue of Batman and Robin. It comes off as a filler half-step before Death of the Family " and a forgettable one at that. I do like seeing Damian in action, but this book fails to justify a purchase. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Nov 14, 2012

    BATMAN & ROBIN started off strong but has been on a gradual decline ever since. The stories feel rushed and, despite Gleason appealing to the eyes and Tomasi doing fine with dialogue, there's no real payoff. I was pretty torn here between 2 and 3 stars (and if I could give half I'd absolutely make it 2.5), but in the end this really was a lackluster story jammed into 2 issues, so 2 stars felt more appropriate. There are certainly redeeming qualities to be found, but overall I was disappointed. I'm sticking around because I'm confident in Tomasi's capabilities. He knocked it out of the park with the first story and there's glimmers of brilliance with the parent/child relationship (especially since he said he basis it off his own interactions with his kid), it's just a matter of hoping he can reach that level once again. In the meantime though, I'm not happy to say that this is a story you can skip. Here's hoping the next story's better. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Nov 14, 2012

    The  I think I summed up most of my thoughts in "the bad" which is unfortunate, given that I do generally enjoy the title. I mean, when it comes down to it, a lot of what we get seems almost as if it was all an afterthought or just left out to dry and forgotten about. Ever since the Nobody arc, this series has been either part of a crossover, or dealing with half-baked plots that seem to go nowhere, above all else, after "Death of the Family," I hope this series is given room to breath again, this issue being a key example as to why.  Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Nov 19, 2012

    So, this issue was odd for me. I mean... it seemed very rushed. Joker was behind the zombies? If Joker has the ability to make people into zombies... why not just go with that? Also, the people who are zombies, they were never cured or anything. And Bruce and Damian just beat them up... they're not dead or anything. So presumably, there are still zombies in Gotham... they just have to wake up. I mean, I guess this issue served to humanize Damian before his run-in with The Joker but it just seemed all over the place and like nothing really happened or got solved, which really hurt my enjoyment of this. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Nov 14, 2012

    If this comic wanted to be about zombies, it should've strove for a more adventure tone. Zombies and Batman don't mix naturally so if you want to do it you better bring the fun so we Bat-fans can just sit back and have a blast watching Batman and Robin battle the undead. This 2-part story was absolutely joyless. Batman & Robin needs a good story and fast. It's quickly becoming the weakest of the Batman titles. Read Full Review

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