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.
To say that Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin are a hard act to follow is putting things mildly. In a year and a half on Grayson, they took the concept of the original Robin going undercover as a super-spy and made it one of DC's best titles, exploring strange, sinister corners of the DC Universe. When Grayson #18 hits shelves, however, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly and Roge Antonio are stepping up to the plate for the next three issues ahead of the DC Rebirth relaunch of Nightwing, and it's their goal to take things to an even greater extreme.
To find out more, ComicsAlliance spoke to Lanzing and Kelly about what defines Dick Grayson as a character, their approach to building the biggest story that they can, and how they finally hit the book's limit of shirtless sexiness.
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.
In an aggressive move to re-engage kids with the medium of comic books -- once their entertainment of choice -- Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles has announced Kids Comics L.A., an event they're calling "an interactive day of comics, creativity, and family fun for all ages...
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