Cram Session: Batman and Robin 1-8

It can be hard to keep up with all the comics you love. But it’s damn near impossible to keep up with all the comics you’re interested in.

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The story of Batman and Robin coming to terms with Damian’s darkness is more heartbreaking than any title featuring Robin has any right to be. This one is one of the good Batman titles, but if you missed out on it, dig our video recap.

5 comments on “Cram Session: Batman and Robin 1-8

  1. Seeing the story laid-out like this, you really see the through-line on the move Damian uses to kill NoBody. That is some James-Bond-rocket-cigarette-level procedural foreshadowing. Damian could have killed Morgan any number of ways, but because we had this one set-up so clearly earlier in the series, we know he’s killed him as soon as he does it. NEAT.

    • I while I was cutting the last couple images (namely that one of Robin on Batman’s back as they escape), it really hit me how trying this experience was for Damian. The kid is caught between so many impulses, and so much conflicting training, and ultimately he pulls through with the decision he has to make. The character has so much agency and so much purpose, and still manages to be a convincingly vulnerable 10-year old kid. All compiled like this, I’m really moved by this story.

      • It’s interesting how condensing these stories exaggerates some of their aspects while down-playing others. I think it reveals a lot about the emphasis on plotting. Batman and Robin turns out to be very character-driven. Batgirl, on the other hand, while tightly focused on Barbara, garners much of its mileage from her reactions to the world around her. It’s a very different approach, and led to very different things being cut from our summary.

        • Well and I think so much of the personality of Batgirl is expressed in voiceover boxes, and those are intentionally removed. Batman and Robin focuses on the interaction of these two characters, so it’s a lot easier to show images of them interacting. No matter what image you pull out of Batgirl, you’re never going to get across how charming her lightning wit is.

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