Batman and Robin #39

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Mick Gray, Patrick Gleason Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 18, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 10
8.4Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

Has Damian Wayne become something more than human? And how do you control a reckless child who now has super powers?

  • 9.6
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Feb 20, 2015

    While this month's issue is relatively sedate, next month's promises to ramp up the action as Batman and Robin team up with two powerhouses! This issue, however, shines a great light on the relationship between father and son, and how they might be growing closer even as the dynamic between the Dynamic Duo has changed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Feb 18, 2015

    This issue keeps things interesting by focusing on the most interesting thing about this series: the father/son relationship. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Feb 18, 2015

    The comic has an occasional hiccup in its transitions, but this is minor compared to everything it offers. By moving away from the grittiness found in other Bat-books, Batman and Robin has given itself a uniqueness that makes it both enjoyable and compelling. And by giving the comic a temporal focus in the father/son relationship and Damian's attempts to deal with his new self, Tomasi has found a strong balance between action and story, and one that is brought to life through Pat Gleason's art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 19, 2015

    If all of DC Comics was erased from the face of the Earth and only Patrick Gleason's art from this issue remained, it would still be perfect. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Feb 20, 2015

    The action is low, but the talking doesn't bog this issue down. The quick failing of Damian's powers lead me to think that they're not permanent and that a hard learnt lesson is on its way, but we'll see. Bruce and Damian are still working on their relationship, but they seem to be heading in a good direction. And how can you not get pumped up for the next issue with Batman, Robin, Superman, and Shazam going on a mission together? This issue is a nice set up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Feb 18, 2015

    A super powered Damian may not be what anyone wanted or expected, but Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are certainly getting the most of that current plot point. The book's renewed focus on Bruce and Damian's relationship proves welcome, as does the sudden introduction of the Justice League. Now will someone please tell Shazam that he's cool? Feel bad for the guy. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 24, 2015

    Any comic book geek worth his salt has wondered what would happen if Gotham had the kind of superheroes that Metropolis and Central City does, and the conclusion is Gotham probably wouldn't be a crime-infested disaster for long. This would definitely be the case if Bruce were somehow to gain superpowers. You know he'd figure out every application of every ability, no matter how minute, and he'd whip that city into shape faster than Justin Bieber makes an asshole of himself.* Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Feb 18, 2015

    BATMAN AND ROBIN #39 is a good time. It doesn't feel like anything big is brewing on the horizon and it may not have any truly standout moments, but it's a nice example of how well Tomasi can write Damian and certainly proof that the art team does a great job with the kid's expressions and the various locations. It's looking like the next issue has the potential to be a huge amount of fun, so hopefully the capitalize on that potential. Oh, and is anyone else wondering when we'll see Talia again? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Leicht Feb 19, 2015

    Issue #39 of Batman and Robinproves this new dynamic to the dynamic duo is a positive one. Batman essentially is caring for a young, much cockier, Superman, but will he be able to help him control his powers? Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Feb 18, 2015

    While the majority of this book was spot on and fun, the ending really took me out of the book and made me wonder how Shazam ever became a member of the Justice League and why Bruce would allow Damian to ever associate with people in general.......... not that he really has a choice with his son's new powers but it really felt off to me and left a bad taste in my brain's mouth.  Stop looking at my brain's mouth.  Besides for that though, the book was really solid and reminded me why I missed Damian so much when he was gone. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Feb 18, 2015

    Overall this was a decent issue and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with Robin joining up with the Justice League next month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Feb 20, 2015

    This is really a set-up issue after the previous action-heavy installment, but Peter Tomasi manages to keep the change of pace from feeling especially jarring. He dispenses with the necessary exposition by a third of the way into the issue, and uses the rest to juxtapose the new version of Damian reacting to both new and familiar situations. Patrick Gleason knows Damian and Gotham like the back of his Bat-gloved hand, and floats from scene to scene with ease, creating many visually exciting and memorable moments even as the level of action quiets down. Despite the fact that he now has superpowers, Damian is still the same kid that liked to smash cars and beat up villains, but it's clear that what's going on inside is a lot different. Read Full Review

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