Batman and Robin #16

Batman and Robin #16

Event\Storyline: Death of the Family Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 16, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 5
8.0Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

DEATH OF THE FAMILY continues here!

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 19, 2013

    This issue is fantastic. Whereas Snyder's Joker story was basically just Batman easily triumphing over the Joker's obstacles and then getting tripped up by the necessary plot, Tomasi's story actually has real emotional weight behind it. This is a big moment for Damian. The Joker has him backed into a corner: either kill his father or be killed by his father. Damian doesn't know it's a trick, and watching Damian struggle to free himself from the trap, only to eventually surrender to it, is a very good story. Couple that with Joker's wickedly villainous commentary and you've got a good Joker story. He's testing Robin, putting him in the type of situation that Joker excels at. And Gleason's art is wicked. I think he draws the best new Joker of all the tie-ins. This is the Joker done right, both in creative villainy and downright menace. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jan 16, 2013

    This is without question the best issue of BATMAN AND ROBIN since the fantastic Nobody arc. Both the script and artwork are top-notch. The final product is a brilliantly entertaining issue that provides great popcorn entertainment and a deeper look into Damian's feelings towards his father. Now we're left speculating over the twist taking place in each 'Death of the Family' issue! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Jan 16, 2013

    The Were these the most complex psychological tie ins? No. But Joker and Damian can probably be described as much as a unstoppable force meeting an unmovable wall, as Joker and Bruce, so that dynamic is fun to watch play out. Then there's the art, which lord knows I've already explained. Great issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jan 16, 2013

    Writer Peter J. Tomasi has really hit his stride again after his zombie stumbles from Halloween. He's got Batman and Robin #16 honed to a perfect edge. He put Damian through the Joker's bug trap in issue #15; now, Tomasi gives the young killer-turned hero his greatest challenge. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 18, 2013

    This isn't likely the last time Damian will face Joker, but it surely has to go down as the definitive confrontation. An action-packed issue that's also emotionally charged under the surface. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Joey Esposito Jan 16, 2013

    It keeps the design of Greg Capullo's Joker but presents him with black hole-like orifices, as though presenting a gateway to the character's innards that are, expectedly, entirely vacant. Save for Capullo's take on Joker in Batman proper, Gleason and company have done the character the most justice in Death of the Family by taking the horror elements of his redesign and cranking them up to eleven. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    Batman and Robin #16 consisted mostly of the fight between Batman and Robin, while the previous issue was mainly dialogue between Robin and Joker. Even though I preferred the previous to this action-packed issue, Im still curious to see how Robins tie-in to Death of the Family progresses. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jan 17, 2013

    Good stuff. Good, creepy stuff. A well done (if not convoluted) fight sequence, some classic Joker lines here and there, and a cliffhanger ending. What's not to like? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 1, 2013

    This was a very good issue, and although it wasn't one of the best additions to Death of the Family it's by far not the worst, and worth getting. I would highly recommend this issue to anyone who has last issue, or considering getting it, but wouldn't recommend it as a jumping on point. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 16, 2013

    In terms of execution, Batman and Robin #16 feels like the book we deserve, even if its not the book we need right now. We buy into action-heavy crossovers because we feel that's what "matters" in those rolling biographies of our favorite characters. While we will be continually disappointed on that score, this comic ultimately delivers on the surface, giving us plenty of punches and fisticuffs in dynamic style. But this comic also doesn't pretend to be anything more than a standard fight book, nor does it try to be, which I think ultimately makes it a little less durable than it should be. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Jan 16, 2013

    There's not a lot under the surface here. Last issue we had shocking, creepy, and creative imagery and good dialogue. This time we have shot after shot of a fake Batman trying to throttle Robin followed by variations on the lines "Hahahahaa" and "Stop fighting, it's me Robin!" all leading up to a final teaser page that's one big advertisement for Batman #17. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 22, 2013

    There's plenty of gruesome action here. And the comic has one highlight where the far too dim Damian makes a concious effort not to kill the man he believes is his father. Sadly it's too little, too late. Pass. Read Full Review

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