Batman and Robin #2

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Frank Quitely Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 1, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 16
8.4Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

"Batman Reborn" continues with the reteaming of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3, New X-Men)! In a blazing Gotham City police department, the new Batman and Robin face the bizarre, fighting freakshow that is the Circus of Strange and find that they don't make as good a team as Batman had hoped! Meanwhile, the mysterious Sasha escapes from Professor Pyg and vows vengeance on the people who killed her father.

  • 10
    Comix 411 - David Torres Jul 2, 2009

    Another great issue. Can't wait for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Jul 6, 2009

    I know that a lot of people don’t always like Morrison’s writing (at times, I am one of them) but if you liked his work on All-Star Superman, you should pick this one up as well. It’s sort of the same idea: a post-modern look at the Silver Age Batman. It’s fun and wild and full of life and color and POW and WHAM but it’s also a lot more thoughtful and introspective than the books of that era. Imagine the 1960’s TV show all grown up and pumped up on steroids and LSD. There’s no camp and little humor but it’s the most fun I’ve had reading Batman in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    IGN - Daniel Schmergel Jul 1, 2009

    Or, to be more concise about it, brav-friggin-o. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jul 4, 2009

    It's fun. Pure, unadultered fun. Something I can't say about too many comics. Is it perfect? No. Are there flaws? Yes. Do they matter? Not a bit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Jul 4, 2009

    The art by Quitley is an acquired taste. He does make his people look a little less idealised which would hurt Batman (who after all, is just a guy in a funny suit) but as this is a new Batman and Robin, the uneasiness of these characters with their new identities actually fits in. The fight scene is certainly interesting without being chaotic or overly gory. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Addiction - Aziz Bawany Jul 6, 2009

    It’s a wonderful treat to have no delays between issues as the team that brought you All Star Superman has now created a wonderful collaboration in Batman and Robin. While many will slight the book once Quitely leaves, if Morrison can keep up with the frantic action and excitement then there should be no shortage of fun books going into the new year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Charles Webb Jul 5, 2009

    If you liked this review, be sure to check out more of the author's work at Monster In Your Veins Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 3, 2009

    Frank Quitely turns in another outstanding art job, with some great action sequences and some more "wonderful toys" for the Caped Crusader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jul 1, 2009

    Save for the coloring, Batman and Robin #2 is another top notch read. Morrison doesn't fill the issue with heady thoughts, and Quitely cranks out the action earning the issue a solid 4.5 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 2, 2009

    It's great to see Morrison and Quitely working together in such fine form; their 12-issue "All-Star Superman" was a comic for the ages, but I think everyone's going to talk about their "Batman and Robin" with some reverent words as well. This is, in a nutshell, how all superhero books should get approached by their creative teams. Great work all around. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Rob G. Jul 2, 2009

    This is simply the best Batman book on the stands. Really novel and crazy characters infuse this issue with an odd sense of fun that can't be found anywhere else. Morrison shows the necessary action scenes and the memorable human moments where Dick resembles Bruce's demeanor and power. Quitely, as always, tears it up from the emotional opening splash page to the final explosive panels The art alone can garner an A+. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jul 2, 2009

    . I know that Frank Quietly is a fan favorite, but his lack of artistic discipline on a number of levels kept this issue from being a "mustread" book. That being said, Grant Morrison is does an amazing job of character development here, showcasing skills that have been completely missing from his work over the last few years. This one is a ton of fun, despite some fairly major flaws. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jul 6, 2009

    Batman and Robin #2 was another good read. Morrison is doing a fine job with this title as he continues to make Batman and Robin very new reader friendly. Morrison gives just enough background information about Dick and Damien without getting in the way of the current story and boring long-time readers. Morrison also continues to deliver a nice linear read on this title. Readers who may have avoided Batman and Robin out of fear that they were going to get something like RIP or Final Crisis should have no fear. Batman and Robin is much different in style and structure than either RIP or Final Crisis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Jul 5, 2009

    For the middle chapter of a three-part story, it does a good job of moving us from Point A to Point B in the development of Dick and Damian as Batman and Robin. Even though it's mostly a fight scene, this issue lacks some of the creative energy of the first issue, but we'll see how Morrison and Quitely bring it home in issue three. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jul 5, 2009

    On a first read, I found myself worrying that the book might be skewing a little too strongly towards cartoonish superheroics for my tastes. However, the more I read it, the more I began to appreciate the idea that Morrison and Quitely are experimenting with a new style of Batman story that's quite different to the dark, moody, grim'n'gritty adventures that we've grown used to over the last couple of decades. I look forward to seeing more of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jul 5, 2009

    Perhaps Alfred should have suggested D'Artagnan and Don Diego Vega as more appropriate roles for Dick to consider. They would have been more in keeping with the James Bond notion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jul 13, 2009

    I'd like to go higher, but I just can't get past my overwhelming hatred for Damian... His very presence brings down my enjoyment of this comic book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 18, 2009

    I'm honestly impressed with how effortlessly this reinvents one of the oldest heroes around. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Murman Jul 5, 2009

    It'd be nice to hope for things to really be changed and shaken up around Gotham. I'd love to see Dick take his freewheeling attitude toward crime fighting and carry it over to the cape and cowl Bruce left for him. However, we know that's a bit too far outside of DC President Dan Didio's comfort zone, so Morrison will have to make this comic fall in line like the others. Read Full Review

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