Batman and Robin #17

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 5
8.3Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

Batman and Robin gear up to protect Gotham City in the week leading up to the 300th anniversary of the citys founding!

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Feb 18, 2013

    Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!! Read Full Review

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    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Feb 13, 2013

    BATMAN & ROBIN is once again on a roll. With top-notch panels that'll drop your jaw and a script that'll evoke quite a few emotions, 'Life is But a Dream' is a must read for fans of the Bat-family. Tomasi's handling of Bruce and Damian's relationship has been nothing short of brilliant as of late.Please, Grant Morrison, don't harm this adorable character! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Feb 16, 2013

    Batman and Robin #17 is surprisingly, one of my favorite issues this week. Everything rocked about it, and you should make space in your pull list to compensate for this. Welcome back to my pull list Batman and Robin. You deserve it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Feb 13, 2013

    The I really, really loved this issue. Great psyche stuff, which was really enjoyable to read. One of those issues that really makes me hope I'm completely wrong. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Feb 18, 2013

    In the middle of upheaval, with more promised to be on the way, it's nice to be able to see everyone get to smile just once. Those of us who read Batman aren't exactly expecting the light to win, but even darkness needs contrast. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Feb 13, 2013

    A fantastic dream tale in the bizarre style of Winsor McCay's old Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend strip. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Andrew Lococo Feb 18, 2013

    This is a great story to read following the Death of The Family, and a great story in general if you wanted a brief one shot look into the minds of Bruce, Damian, and Alfred. It shows the love and faith both Damian and Bruce have in each other, as well as Alfred's protective feelings toward his family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 5, 2013

    This was a very different issue, and won't necessarily be to everyone's tastes. I personally loved it and would recommend it to anyone, as due to it's uniqueness it will at least keep you interested, and has a 50% chance of having you also liking it. I hope that the series continues to be as good as this issue, as I know it can be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 13, 2013

    Anyway, Batman and Robin #17 is a must-read. It's dark, disturbing, funny, lighthearted, triumphant, trippy, and although it's a very quick read it's a pretty satisfying one. Coming up with an ending for a comic that's just 3 dream sequences can't be easy, but I think Tomasi pulled it off okay by going the heart-warming route. In fact, I'd be totally on board for Batman and Robin becoming the feel-good title, but if the rumors hold true about upcoming Batman Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Poet Mase Feb 14, 2013

    There are a host of women in my past who can attest that I'm not the most sensitive person in the world, but even I see Batman and Robin #17 as more proof of Peter Tomasi's ability to soften the stoniest of hearts. It's over in just a little more than the blink of an eye, though, so a hasty read-through will earn you little more than a week of confusion while everyone else raves about the story you can barely remember. The good news is that the story has great value in subsequent readings. Just be aware that you'll like it more each time you look through those wonderfully strange pages. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 14, 2013

    Tomasi and Gleason have created an issue that doesn't necessarily bring closure, and it still feels like something is passing. They have built something that expands and builds on the DotF storyline, and there's forward progress. The struggle continues for some of DC's most complicated people, and Batman Robin #17 doesn't tie the loose ends into a nice little bow " it presses the issues and keeps the flag raised. The Joker is still out there somewhere, and Gotham has problems. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 15, 2013

    Touching and full of soul without ever emasculating the characters, although lately we've gotten a bit too much of this kind of thing instead of actual plot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 18, 2013

    With how vulnerable the Batman Family is post-Death of the Family it was great to see Peter Tomasi not just sweep things under the rug and actually explore were Bruce, Damian and Alfred are. Tomasi was able to address the aftermath in Batman and Robin #17 in a unique manner that gave us insight on the three characters state of minds. There are a lot of standout moments Batman fans will love, especially the ending. Add in Gleason's refreshing, vibrant artwork and Batman and Robin #17 is easily a must read for Batman fans and those who have followed "Death of the Family." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Feb 19, 2013

    One-shot issues can be hit or miss, oftentimes feeling like dumping grounds for unused ideas or place holders in between arcs, but Peter Tomasi and co. really create a comic that while not crucial to the entire series, is still able to give readers everything essential about its characters and their connections to each other. Batman and Robin #17 is a fun comic which still runs in the same veins as its precursors, but it proves that the creative team can still produce quality work, even when the stakes aren't high. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 14, 2013

    This wasn't quite as good as the annual that just came out it was still a great issue of Batman and Robin considering there was no real villainous threat. The fact that Tomasi is weaving a lot more emotion into the characters is really helping to define the bond that Bruce and Damien do have. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 16, 2013

    I'm rarely a fan of dream sequences. The imagery and metaphor tends to go over my head. There was a lot I probably missed in this issue too. Like Joker as Moby Dick? Although I guess even I could understand the imagery of a big, white whale. This issue did little to explore the ramifications of Death of the Family, but it was still generally entertaining. I especially liked Alfred's dream. That was damn awesome. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    WhatCulture - Costandinos Karalis Feb 23, 2013

    This month's issue of Batman and Robin didn't have any advances in plot, but that was just fine. It managed to tell threeseparatestories through the dreams of Damian, Bruce and Alfred. It had just the right amount of closure to it to say: “Hey we're done with Joker for now.” It tells readers that the next issue will start something new and, from the looks of it, great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Russ Feb 13, 2013

    My inner Batman-fanboy found it disappointing that a guy who can bully Superman and commit deicide didn't exhibit any signs of lucid dreaming but I suppose Alfred more than makes up for it with his dream sequence. I don't want to spoil the surprise so I'll just say it ends with Alfred looking like this: Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Feb 16, 2013

    I love Tomasi, and I hate giving his writing a rating of less than 10 stars, but this is one time where his writing didn't grab me like normal. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Feb 17, 2013

    This comic was weird as hell... I... I don't... have words. I could try to say this was their subconscious telling each of them what they secretly wanted and such but I'm not a philosophy major... I'm a guy that reads comics for enjoyment and reviews them for the same reason. So... yeah... Alfred shooting Joker and the artwork is the only reason this got any points. Read Full Review

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