This week marked the final issue of Batman & Robin Eternal, and while we're still close enough to it that the honeymoon has barely even started, let alone ended, I'm pretty sure that I can declare it to be my all-time favorite weekly DC project.
The shorter run benefited the project, but it was the story that made this comic great. It weaved its way through Batman's long history of sidekicks --- a history that pretty much introduced the very concept of sidekicks to the world of superhero comics --- and ended up looking at Batman, Robin, and what those characters mean, in a way that I'm not sure any other story has.
Batman and Robin Eternal is a treasure. Weekly comics can be a pretty mixed bag, and I'll admit that I was a little leery of following up last year's Batman Eternal with another rapid-fire series so soon, but we're heading into the third month of this one and it's working really well. The tighter focus on Batman's family of sidekicks --- and the sheer number of Robins, Batgirls and even the occasional Bluebird that you can use to bounce the story around --- has made for a fast-paced, engaging adventure.
Oh and also, it's got the Order of St. Dumas and Bane, who debuts a new catchphrase in this week's issue. In case you missed it, Batman and Robin Eternal is going full '90s, and it's amazing.
It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty good year to be a sidekick. Not only have we seen the return of Damian Wayne in the pages of Robin: Son of Batman and the expansion of the role into a whole new team of teen wonders in We Are... Robin, but today at Comic-Con International in San Diego, DC announced that Batman's partners in crime-fighting would be at the center of two major events in the Batman titles.
In October, Batman & Robin Eternal will kick off as a weekly series with a focus on characters like Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Jason Todd and Harper Row, and in December, We Are... Robin, Robin: Son of Batman and Gotham Academy will cross over for "Robin War."
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