Advanced Review: Batman Incorporated #8
The cover was leaked and now everyone is talking about the harrowing details about this week's Batman Incorporated #8! Even Al Roker from the Today Show led a segment regarding the death of Robin in the issue, by the way, Mr. Roker seems very well versed in the world of comics -- color me impressed!
So, it is no secret about the death of another Robin, but how is the book overall? Let me tell you, Grant Morrison delivers a grand exodus for the most complex Robin ever created!
A hero is defined by his actions. Damian Wayne may have started out as just another would be assassin aimed at Batman but his growth as a character saw him become a fan-favorite and one of the most intriguing heroes to read. In issue #8 of Grant Morrison's epic book about Wayne Enterprises and the legacy of Batman becoming a global conglomerate, we see for the very last time why Robin has acquired so many fans. It is a testament to how well constructed this character was, a true hero despite his villainous beginnings.
An extremely tense action drama unfolds before you as almost every Robin that ever was, stands against a barrage of Talia's henchmen trying to take over Wayne Enterprises. It is a quickly paced tale that will ensnare you from the opening salvo and grab you by the heartstrings as the inevitable begins to unfold. Morrison layers in moments of emotional gold as he focuses in on the kinship of Damian and Nightwing, making the finale that much more devastating and personal to the reader.
Morrison's send off of such a fantastic character is nothing less than pitch perfect. It is exactly the way one would perceive a character such as Damian to end, valiant in the face of danger but with a twinge of fear and regret as well. This is a book that will resonate with a lot of fans, regardless of all the hype it has been given -- it truly is fantastic!
As the book begins, Damian asks a question, "What would you do without me, Grayson?" In return, I ask Grant Morrison this, "What will WE do without him, too?" Goodnight, Robin -- you've earned your rest.