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Batman and Robin Vol. 4: Requiem for Damian (The New 52) Hardcover – June 10, 2014
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"It's an exquisitely staged exploration of grief, memory, and anger that will resonate with anyone who has ever lost a loved one, giving the fan-favorite character the heartfelt goodbye he deserves."—AV Club
"There are no words spoken for none are needed... The silence is unrelenting and unforgiving and ultimately, it speaks louder than any words possibly could."—IGN
"Tomasi and Gleason deliver a fantastic story of grief and despair that is certain to prove noteworthy, shareable and perhaps even timeless."—ComicBookResources
About the Author
Peter J. Tomasi is a New York Times best-selling author known for his current work on SUPERMAN and previous projects BATMAN AND ROBIN, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, BATMAN - DETECTIVE COMICS, AND BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT, along with other commercially successful books, GREEN LANTERN COPRS, BRIGHTEST DAY, EMERALD WARRIORS, AND NIGHTWING. Over the course of his career with DC Comics - more than two decades of hit books - Peter served as a group editor ushering in new eras for BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, AND JSA along with special projects like KINGDOM COME. Peter also is the author of the creator owned books Light Brigade (Dark Horse) with artist Peter Snejbjerg, The Mighty (Dark Horse) with Keith Champagne and artists Peter Snejbjerg and Chris Samnee, and the critically acclaimed horror/drama series, House of Penance (Dark Horse) with artist Ian Bertram.
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Top Customer Reviews
The rest of the book not reaching the heights of issue 18 isn't a con, but rather a testament to that issues quality. Vol.4 takes us through the five stages of grief, seen through the eyes of Bruce Wayne. Each of these issues are loaded with guest appearances, which I will not spoil, but they all work very well. The one issue I will comment on is #23 which is almost as effecting as issue 18, and matches it at the very end. Peter Tomasi never forgets that there is someone besides Batman in the cave, night after night, and that cognizance is what makes this the best Batman title on the stands now.
There is very little to say about this volume when compared to those leading up to it, simply because nothing has changed. The art is still breathtaking. Peter Tomasi still has no equal when it comes to Damian and his send off of the character exceeds even said characters creator, Grant Morrison's. No series in recent memory has conveyed such raw emotion in its pages, so effectively, and, seemingly, so effortlessly. Issue 18 is peerless and this collection is a must buy, period. It gets my highest recommendation.
The collection starts off with a spectacular "silent" issue, which shows Batman dealing with the loss of Damian and trying to move forward. The art, by Patrick Gleason, is fantastic and truly expresses the struggle Bruce Wayne is going through. As an aside, this issue deserves an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue.
The rest of the collection shows Bruce continuing to work through his pain, with a supporting member of the Bat-family as a foil. Some of these stories seem hopeful, such as Batman's reconciliation with Jason Todd, aka Red Hood. Others, like Batman's encounter with Batgirl (who is having her own crisis of confidence), are more confrontational. Each "team-up" highlights aspects of the supporting hero's character, finally concluding with Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing. In typical fashion, Grayson adds a ray of hope to Batman's grief. However, the conclusion, spotlighting the interaction and relationship between Alfred Pennyworth and Bruce Wayne, is nearly heartbreaking, but perfectly wraps up this story.
One final note: a new character, Carrie Kelley, makes her first appearance in the New 52 universe. Careful readers will note that she shares a name with a character from Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.
If it was possible to rank this book as better than Highly Recommended, I would do it. It is touching, heartbreaking, and hopeful all in one shot. Buy it; read it.
I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.
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