Batman and Robin #15

Batman and Robin #15

Event\Storyline: Death of the Family Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 12, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 5
8.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating


  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Dec 14, 2012

    Holy crap. Hands down, this is the best Batman family book (other than the main one, of course). The writer/artist team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason is amazing month in and month out. This book never once has disappointed me. And this issue, featuring the return of the Joker (finally), is no exception. These two creators are at the top of their respective games and they prove it once again with this deeply disturbing yet equally entertaining crossover tie-in. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Dec 17, 2012

    While Scott Snyder is getting all of the props for his Joker portrayal, Peter Tomasi holds his own in that department while producing another exciting chapter in this sprawling story. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    IGN - Poet Mase Dec 12, 2012

    If the measure of a crossover event is, indeed, the response it elicits from its peripheral titles, Death of the Family may be the best event of DC's relaunch (yes, including Night of the Owls). Batman and Robin #15 is a jaw-dropping use of the comic book form. I am absolutely certain that the first full image of the Joker from this issue will never leave my memory. That alone is worth a purchase" and there's so much more to be found here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 13, 2012

    All of that sets "Batman and Robin" #15 in motion and gives the reader quite an adventure to enjoy. This may not be the spine of the "Death of the Family" event, but it certainly is a strong story that stands well on its own, but gains so much more severity in the context of the larger narrative. Now's a great time to be a Batman fan. Or a Robin fan. Or just a casual reader looking for a compelling Joker story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Dec 13, 2012

    Make sure you read this and make sure you read it after Batman #15. This is the best issue of Batman & Robin in a long time and I know a lot of you have dropped this series recently. Now is the time to give it another chance. Tomasi, Gleason, Gray, and Kalisz all brought the Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - J. Skyler Dec 25, 2012

    Patrick Gleason's artwork is on point. His rendition of the Joker is almost as creepy as Greg Capullo's work in Batman. Out of all the Death of the Family tie-ins, this is a most unexpected accomplishment. One thing is for sure, no one will ever be the same after this event concludes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 12, 2012

    It's that atmosphere that makes Batman and Robin #15 such a treat, as it goes even further than its flagship book dares. It looks and feels disgusting, disturbing, creepy " all the qualities the faceless Joker has been designed to cultivate. With Damian Wayne getting more and more likable as he becomes more protective over his father figures, this is a great exercise in watching two fun characters clash and strike some sparks. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Dec 14, 2012

    Batman and Robin #15 is by and far the best "Death of the Family" tie-in issue yet, and is simply one of the best issues of the series overall. Damian Wayne is brash and confident to a fault, and it comes to a head when he faces the Joker, a villain who feeds on traits like overconfidence and uses it to his advantage. This series went through a bit of a rough patch for a few months in the late summer/early fall, but these past few issues have been fantastic. Peter J. Tomasi comes in at a close second for best interpretation of the Joker. And really, the only reason for that is because Scott Snyder developed the Joker's 'New 52' persona, so he's kind of got the best hold on him. If you're looking for a good "Death of the Family" tie-in, but you don't want to go overboard with issues, stick with Batman and Robin. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Dec 15, 2012

    Man.... this was fantastic. You wouldn't think the guy with the least amount of history with Joker would have such a strong tie-in issue. That's a testament to the great job Tomasi did here, I especially loved the fact he mentioned Joker's last run in, which happened back with Dick was Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 13, 2012

    Tomasi kicks off his tie-in to the big Bat-story of the year with much pizzazz and not a little disgust, and the art only enhances both elements. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Feb 26, 2013

    This was a good issue and decent addition to Death of the Family. The series is still not as strong as it was in the earlier issue, and need improvement, but is on the right track. I would recommend this issue, especially if you're collecting the Death of the Family tie-ins, or a fan of the Damian character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 15, 2012

    I liked this issue more than Batman #15 mostly because it's Joker vs. Robin, even if that Robin is Damian. I still don't completely buy into Damian as the Boy Wonder. He still feels like he's just wearing the costume instead of actually being Robin, which I don't like. Damian these days is a far more important character as an individual than the mantle of Robin, and I just feel (as a huge Robin fan) that this robs Robin of really mattering. This comic is more ‘Batman and Son' than it is ‘Batman and Robin'. Still, considering this is all the Robin we get these days, I'll take it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Dec 13, 2012

    It's great to see Batman and Robin drag itself out of the zombie/Halloween fare of the last few issues and get back into some character-driven storytelling. Batman and Robin #15 leverages Death of the Family to produce a strong solo outing for Damian Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Dec 12, 2012

    There was so much I enjoyed about this issue that I didn't even make a mention of the art which is just breathtaking. Artists Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray and John Kalisz deliver an absolutely stunning issue. Their attention to detail and the colors they choose to convey the dark and dreariness of the scenes are superb. The issue is great, especially if you're a big fan of Damian Wayne. Damian really shines in this issue and we see that even in the face of fear, he doesn't back down; I think Tomasi does a great job with his characterization and he definitely writes in a way that will leave you wanting more. I am definitly looking forward to the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Dec 12, 2012

    The Despite the somewhat lack of action, this issue really digs deep into a dynamic of Robin, and Joker's perception of him. Joker and Damian are just as interesting together as they were the first time and GOOD GOD, THE ART. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 18, 2012

    I like Damian, and I certainly like how he stands up for himself against the psychopath, but there's nothing of note, and certain nothing enjoyable delivered here that makes this one worth picking up. Sadly, this seems to be an all to familiar trend with the Bat-books recently. Pass. Read Full Review

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