Batman and Robin #1
“Batman Reborn, Part One: Domino Effect”
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quitely
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover artists: Frank Quitely/J.G. Jones (variant)
Editor: Mike Marts
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US
Now this is what “Batman: R.I.P.” should have looked like.
The overall tone of the storytelling in this debut issue is quite reminiscent of what writer Grant Morrison delivered throughout his run on the predecessor title Batman. The difference is that here, he’s teamed with an artist whose style is more in line with the writer’s mad sensibilities. Quitely’s hyperdetailed, over-the-top style is perfect when it comes to bringing this odd amalgam of Silver Age campiness and 21st-century darkness to life. Morrison’s script is quite accessible — it acknowledges that Bruce Wayne is gone, that Dick Grayson is carrying on his mantle and that Bruce’s intense, violent but brilliant son has taken up the Robin role — and it doesn’t elaborate beyond that. Nor should it. Morrison handles this new beginning as he should, rather than dwelling on the various super-hero events (Final Crisis, Battle for the Cowl) that led up to this point.