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On the eve of Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City, the new Batman and Robin team that battled crime during his absence must deal with the return of The Joker.Then, Grant Morrison connects the Batman & Robin story with the bestselling Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne in the climactic showdown between Batman and The Black Glove.And in a story illustrated by acclaimed arOn the eve of Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City, the new Batman and Robin team that battled crime during his absence must deal with the return of The Joker.Then, Grant Morrison connects the Batman & Robin story with the bestselling Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne in the climactic showdown between Batman and The Black Glove.And in a story illustrated by acclaimed artist David Finch, learn what happens to Dick Grayson after the “real” Batman returns.Collecting: Batman & Robin 13-16 & Batman: The Return...

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Batman & Robin: Batman & Robin Must Die! Reviews

  • Jayson
    2019-01-22 06:23

    (B+) 76% | GoodNotes: Batman & Robin used to be fun, but all its former eccentric, garish, muscular verve’s turned lifeless, muddy and bleak.

  • Kemper
    2019-01-18 11:20

    I’ve been reading Batman comics since I was a kid in the 1970s. I’d watch reruns of the cheesy Adam West show and the Superfriends every chance I had. I dressed up like Batman for Halloween and had all kinds of Bat-toys . And as I got older, the comics seemed to grow up with me. I read The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, Year One, Year Two, A Death in the Family, A Lonely Place of Dying and countless other collections. For a while in the 1990s I had subscriptions to every monthly Batman comic that DC was publishing. I saw the Tim Burton Batman movie something like four times in the theater even though I also grumbled about it a lot, and I paid money to go to the rest of the those Bat-movies, too, including, god help me, Batman & Robin. I rejoiced at Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins as being the Bat-film I‘d been waiting for my whole life, and I obviously lost my little fan boy mind over The Dark Knight. In addition to Batman, I’ve read probably thousands of comics in my life including everything from other superheroes to Preacher,Y: The Last Man, Sin City, Scott Pilgrim, The Walking Dead, Sandman, Watchmen, and many, many more.And yes, I was very popular with the ladies….I’ve gone out of my way to establish my comic and Batman street cred so that you will fully grasp what it means when I say this about Batman & Robin: Batman Must Die:I have no fucking clue what happened in this comic.I read the first two volumes so I thought I was up to speed, but as I was flipping the pages of this, I became aware that it might as well have been written in Sanskrit. I literally could not comprehend what in the name of Burt Ward’s jock strap was going on in this story. And I blame Grant Morrison.Yeah, I know he’s supposed to be the cat’s ass and DC has practically turned the entire company over to him. To be fair, I did like his run on X-Men, but his All-Star Superman left me scratching my head. I was ashamed to admit that for a while since most of the comic’s world seemed to think it was fantastic, but I honestly didn’t know what the hell was going on half the time. What I’d read of his stuff leading up to Bruce Wayne’s death wasn’t making a helluva lot of sense either.But I gave this Batman & Robin series a try, and I did like several things about it. I got to this third volume when….. Well, I can’t exactly say what happened because it was all pretty much gibberish to me. I know a lot of fans claim that Morrison is working on this whole other level where he’s incorporating all kinds of stuff from the long history of characters, but honestly, if a comic geek like me is sitting here flabbergasted, what chance would a more casual Bat-fan have with this?And I think that’s why I’m done with Morrison. His inside baseball type stuff might delight some fans, but what good is it without a coherent story? Plus, his big sci-fi style really doesn’t fit here. Batman should be about crime stories, and Bruce Wayne should not be time traveling. Or whatever the hell he was doing when he was supposedly dead.I would have given this one star, but oddly, I liked the extras with Morrison’s notes to the artist about some modifications to the bat suit. It was the only thing in this that I felt like I understood.

  • Dan Schwent
    2018-12-30 08:26

    The Joker and Dr. Hurt wage an all out war against each other as Gotham burns. Can they make Dick and Damian look sufficiently like chumps in time for Bruce Wayne to return and save the day?As you can tell by my brief and sarcastic synopsis, I didn't think much of this Batman collection. It showcases the entire problem with Morrison's run on Batman and Robin: when no attempt is made to make the readers accept Dick and Damian as Batman and Robin, does it really matter much when they bring Bruce back? Not to me. Sure, the plot had a lot of potential, just like Dick and Damian's run as Batman and Robin. I love the idea of Batman and Robin teaming up with the Joker in order to take down Dr. Hurt and the Black Glove. Too bad it sucked for the most part. As with a lot of Grant Morrison's stuff, too much is going on and not enough of it is a good story.The word "genius" gets thrown around almost as easily as comparisons to Hitler. Leonardo DaVinci was a genius. Einstein was a genius. Grant Morrison is not. He's just a little more willing to take risks than many of today's comic book writers. Sometimes, his risks pay off and a memorable story results, like Batman and Son or even the first Batman and Robin volume. In this book, the risks did not and wound up seeming like a confusing waste of time.While I'm griping, I'm just going to say that the whole Batman Incorporated concept would work if Bruce Wayne wasn't publicly funding it. Way to conceal your identity, world's greatest detective!Still, this volume has a few good moments. The Joker is in fine form and Damian managed to entertain me. Dick even had his moments when he wasn't being made to look like a chump. Bruce Wayne's return would have been more enjoyable had it not come at the expense of the rest of the story (and not been so hokey, as I've been told The Return of Bruce Wayen was).That's that. I'm pretty much done with Grant Morrison on Batman. Save your money for Scott Snyder's run.

  • Anne
    2019-01-09 05:31

    Impression of Batman Must Die after five pages.Wha......?Impression of Batman Must Die after finishing it.Wham! Wham! Wham! Wham!That was the sound my head made as I beat it against the wall.I read volumes 1 and 2. Why didn't this make any sense?! It should have made sense, dammit!Warning: Long-winded rant on the way....*inhales deep start long-winded rant*Let's start with Professor Pyg. I hate him. And not in a good way. For those of you who haven't had the misfortune to read about this 'character' yet, I'll fill you in. He's this lame-ass villain who surgically alters people into dollatrons, has weird mommy issues, and wears a $@#*ing pig mask! Oh. My. God. He is possibly the stupidest new villain to hit the DC universe in...ever. For Christ's sake, he oinks or snorts every other word!He needs to GO AWAY.We now move on to the second lamest character in Batman's world, Dr. Hurt. Really, if he had the pig mask, he would have moved right into the #1 slot. It was neck and neck for a while. What I want to know is who came up with this ass clown? Worse, his retarded back story!?Again, for those of you who don't know already, here's the shortened version of Dr. Hurt.He's Bruce Wayne's ancestor from...when buckles on hats were the height of fashion. Pilgrims maybe? Nobody cares. Anyway, he was a devil worshiper. Yep. When you're all out of ideas, it's time to toss out a few Satanists. Naturally, Hurt makes a Deal With the Devil, or possibly just some low-level demon. Again, who cares? The end result is that he's somehow managed to retain his youth. Oh, and time-travel. Yeah, he's been bouncing through time messing with Batman. Why? Because he's eeeevil!For some convoluted reason, he is impersonating Bruce's father, Thomas Wayne, in an attempt to destroy Wayne Sr.'s legacy of good works. Remember, He's eeeevil!This is where our story picks up. Something, something, something...and in the nail biting conclusion...he tries to blackmail Damien into opening The Box! How does he blackmail him? (view spoiler)[By shooting Dick in the back of the head with a bullet that will explode (or something) and leave Dick a vegetable. If Damien agrees to *sigh* Sell His Soul, Dr. Hurt will operate on Dick and save him. (hide spoiler)]*bangs head on desk*More importantly, you ask, what Box? Oh, who the hell knows?! It's the same damn Box that's been popping up all over the place! Did Bruce make the Box during his time travels? Is it a magic Box?What the hell is inside of it? I, personally, have NO #%@&ING IDEA!Well, consider part of the mystery of The Box officially over. In the one slightly cool scene in this thing (view spoiler)[Batman Returns! And just in the nick of time! I'm not sure where he came from...maybe popped outta the wall or something? And at that point, the Box pops open! Dum, Dum, Dum! Inside is a Bat-symbol, and a note that says...Gotcha!Um.Ok. I guess we'll just roll with that one? (hide spoiler)], aaaaand the cool scene fizzles out painfully. Oh well, with something like this, you have to reach out and embrace whatever little nugget of goodness you can. After more ridiculous hi-jinks, including Alfred in a Death Trap (view spoiler)[The Cheese Factor is high here, folks. The evil Dr. Hurt kidnaps Alfred, then imprisons him in the Bat-Sub...and slowly fills it with water. Mwahahaha! All the while Alfred's voice (via-intercom?) can be heard by Bruce! Will our hero save his dearest friend in time?!Of course he will, dumbass. (hide spoiler)], we finally get the show on the road. (view spoiler)[Although Hurt escapes Bruce, he gets hijacked by Joker...who buries him alive. For whatever reason. (hide spoiler)] Have we seen the end of Dr. Hurt? Nah, probably not. Cause eeeevil never dies!Batman and the supernatural don't mix. I mean, it's ok if he's part of a team, and that team gets involved with some occult activity. But in a straight-up Batman story? No. He's a detective. A Crime fighter. A hero who finds the logical solution for everything. He wears a cape and cowl, not a cape and top hat. Make the wacky voodoo stop!Batman Must Die is a mess on many levels. Between the convoluted plot and the ridiculous villians, there are also a few trippy (read: I-Make-No-Sense-In-Any-Reality) flashbacks thrown in. Well, I guess they are flashbacks. Maybe. My eyes are still bleeding and I think my IQ went down a few points, so I may not the most reliable witness at this point.Oh God! It burns!

  • Sesana
    2019-01-16 08:15

    I really did like the first two volumes of Batman and Robin. Really. I liked the characters and what Morrison was doing with them, I liked the storylines, I liked the interactions between people... It was going great. And then there's this.I'm not even going to try and describe what happened in volume three, because I'm not entirely sure I'd get it right. Let me just say that it was a big mess. Way too much supernatural stuff going on in a Batman book, which I just don't think works. Batman is too grounded for this stuff. Yes, even the Dick Grayson version. This is all aside from the fact that it was really a convoluted mess. There's Joker and time-displaced Batman and the other Batman and a Wayne ancestor and... It's too much. Pyg shows up again, and instead of being creepy and weird, he's just plain weird. And then there's the bizarrely cut-off ending that was so abrupt I wondered if my copy of the trade was missing pages. This simply isn't Morrison's finest moment.

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-12-29 07:21

    Finally, Grant Morrison completes his Bruce-Wayne-is-dead-oh-wait-he’s-not-storyline that’s been going on for aaaaaaaaaages with this book “Batman and Robin Must Die!” (which by the by doesn’t complete Morrison’s run on the character as you’ll see by the end). With “Thomas Wayne” seemingly returning from the grave to smear the good Wayne name in Gotham, we see the gradual take-down of the Wayne empire as Dick Grayson as Batman battles Dr Pyg, his drug addicted, blank faced fiends, while Damian Al-Ghul as Robin takes on Joker. The first and only real gripe I have to make is the decision to have Frazier Irving as main artist for this book. I hate his art. You know those programs where you take a photo and then select to have it look like a painting? That’s what Irving’s artwork looks like. It’s mostly drab as most of his colour palettes are blacks and greys. However I will say that the final panel in his illustration run of the series results in a gorgeous full page spread of Bruce Wayne as Batman – returned! Pyg, while in previous books chilling and formidable, is in this book unlike any other B-list Batman villain and seems to be a poor man’s Penguin. It’s a shame because I expected more of a showdown than what’s given in the book. That said, “Thomas Wayne” makes up for it and the final fight between him and Batman ends in a satisfyingly interesting way by an unexpected character. To be honest I found the conclusion to the main story of Batman returning a bit anti-climactic. It wasn’t nearly as good as the previous volume and there seemed to be too much crammed into this book to really develop a strong enough plot (at one point there’s a nuke on a train?). The best part was the revelation at the end and the subsequent one-shot story that sets up the next book – Batman Incorporated. The premise for that and the new villain should (hopefully) make for a more interesting next book and some amazing possibilities for spin-off series. A good read but a disappointingly weak ending to a fascinating storyline, if you’ve been following the series then you’ll have to read this for closure but it’s not the best of the bunch. But maybe the best is yet to come?

  • Steve
    2018-12-29 09:20

    God, I hate Morrison. None of this shit makes any sense.

  • Martin
    2019-01-03 11:38

    Okay, so everything Grant Morrison has done with "Batman" since taking over the title with the Batman and Son storyline has been leading up to this. And let me tell you: What a ride! Every little hint or plot development that's been left for the readers to ponder, over the years, all this gets neatly tied up. All questions are answered, and the next step in the evolution of the Batman franchise is set up as well. As with the previous 2 volumes of this series (Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn and Batman and Robin, Vol. 2: Batman vs. Robin), long-time readers of Batman (at least the ones who've been onboard since Moz took over) will get the most out of this book. And, like the other 2 books, this one's also not the best jumping on point. Hey, if you've not been reading Morrison's Batman run and you're just deciding now to join the party, well... chances are you'll still enjoy the book, but it'll be like catching the final episode of a long-running TV show: you'll like what you see, you just won't necessarily know what's going on, or be able to appreciate the reveals or how things finally play out. Supplying the art, we've got Frazer Irving for most of the book. Faithful Morrison followers will remember Irving from the "Seven Soldiers" ("Klarion") mini-series and from "The Return Of Bruce Wayne". Irving's style is very distinct and fits the storyline perfectly. His Joker is without a doubt one of the creepiest renditions I've ever seen of the Clown Prince of Crime. Rounding out this book we've got a story in which Bruce Wayne takes the Batman idea in a brand new direction, with art supplied by David Finch. Without spoiling anything, let me tell you this: the villain being set up was first mentioned (and shown, in a way) in the previously mentioned "Klarion the Witch Boy" storyline of the "Seven Soldiers" mini-series. Admittedly, it will be hard for Grant Morrison to top the work he did on "Batman" with his new series, "Batman Incorporated", but you can be sure there are going to be quite a few excellent stories coming our way. Bottom line: Recommended, 4 stars.

  • Chris
    2019-01-16 06:32

    Oh dear.Grant Morrison's story threatened to come off the rails towards the end of the second volume of this series and sadly it crashes and burns during Batman & Robin Must Die! Admittedly, i'm not familiar with a lot of the continuity that's referenced here, but things aren't helped by a complete change in art style that threw me off, too. I found this volume both hard to follow and unappealing to look at. I don't consider myself a Morrison fan or a critic, but this was a disappointing end to what i'd found to be a fairly enjoyable run.

  • Donovan
    2019-01-05 06:26

    Chaos! Joker, now revealed as Oberon Sexton and the Domino Killer, has poisoned Gotham's population with an unknown viral narcotic that has yet to be triggered. He and Damian fight it out and get inextricably linked for the duration of this volume. Meanwhile Doctor Hurt, having survived the helicopter crash at the end of Batman R.I.P., has returned to Gotham to masquerade as Thomas Wayne and destroy Bruce's reputation and livelihood. But wait, who is Doctor Hurt? Add to that Professor Pyg running amok (oink oink oink) and the release of Blackgate and Arkham inmates, and you have a recipe for more unabashedly entertaining Batman!I've finally figured out why The Black Glove, John Mayhew, and Doctor Hurt hate Bruce so much. It's because, in The Return of Bruce Wayne, they're trying to unlock the Bat Box for the secret to immortality which Barbatos, the Bat Demon, will bestow upon them. But Bruce takes the Bat Box last minute from Professor Carter Nichols and disappears into time, leaving Hurt empty handed and vowing revenge. And here we are! But it turns out Hurt gets the Box after all. And Joker has it out for the Black Glove and Hurt because of R.I.P. and being used to lure Batman. And that's when I finally realize it, the mystery that's been tugging on my spinal column all along...(view spoiler)[ Doctor Hurt really is Thomas Wayne! Not modern Thomas Wayne but classic, from the 18th century, Thomas Wayne. The one whose portrait is missing from Wayne Manor and who makes a deal with Barbatos for immortality. Aaaaand, Thomas is also El Penitente and behind the railroad accidents fund! (hide spoiler)] Wow!Whew! That's a helluva wrap up to Batman and Robin, but many many questions have been answered. Who is Doctor Hurt? Is he really Thomas Wayne, Bruce's father? Who's the Domino Killer? Who's behind the Black Glove? What happens when Bruce returns as Batman? Well, he forms Batman Inc., that's for sure, so I have two more volumes to look forward to! While I strongly prefer Frank Quitely or Cameron Stewart, Frazer Irving's dark, zany, vicious artwork somehow complements the grimdark feeling that Morrison writes into his last volume. Some panels and splashes are amazing, others are weird. He just isn't as subtle or consistent as Quitely. Although I love Quitely's artwork, he might have had difficulty toning down his optimistic bright colors and clean lines with how much death and chaos is happening. So the artwork is generally good, and thankfully with support from Quitely on covers and Cameron Stewart and David Finch in later stories. Although the Batman run isn't over yet, with two more books to go, it has been amazing! By far one of those most compelling and largest story arcs I've ever read. Time traveling Batman? Devil worshipping ancestors? Drug fueled sex bots? A test tube assassin? How much cooler can this series get! And again, please start at the very beginning with Batman and Son. I don't know how these books ever sold to new readers. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • David Skies
    2019-01-21 05:19

    Dear Grant Morrison,I hate you.

  • Chelsea
    2019-01-08 12:29

    3.5 stars. This is a very artful book. I was worried about the covers because I absolutely hate Quitely's art. It's often led to me knocking stars off of books because it's so bloody unpleasant. Luckily, he only did the covers and I believe Finch did the art (or Irving? I'm unsure). The lines and the colors make for a very dark, almost beautiful vibe and I was surprised by it, honestly. I thought they'd run out of interesting ways to draw the Joker but Finch manages it. The action sequences were really well drawn and entertaining. I'll admit, I've skimmed the last volume of this series and I don't recall much for it. I say that because I found this story pretty confusing. I remember Pyg and that's about it. I wasn't sure why the Joker was here or if I'd seen the other villain before. Part of it was easy enough to follow - Dr. Hurt (?) wants to control Gotham. 'Nuff said. His plan was pretty interesting.I actually enjoyed Damian in this book which is surprising because everyone is so muted here. Damian is pretty vicious and unforgiving here - especially in his scene with the Joker. It was interesting to see some of that viciousness in Dick's character. While I appreciate Finch's art overall, I hate the way Dick Grayson was drawn in this book. He looked pretty much unrecognizable. The story was kind of messy once it started to blend the elements with the Joker and Pyg. The Wayne family history was a little confusing because, as I mentioned, I don't remember if a lot of this set up was in the previous volume. The end story just sets up the Batman Incorporated thing and was pretty weak as a standalone. I did enjoy Damian choosing to work with Dick. Their partnership is the best part of this run. 3.5 stars for stylish art, a pretty cool vibe and some great action sequences.

  • James DeSantis
    2019-01-20 04:34

    Can I just go on record in saying I wish Dick got to be Batman another 2 years. He was great. Now let's talk goods and bads. The good begins with some great fight scenes done in here, love the back and forth between Damien and Joker, I really dug the Joker in general here, and watching a certain someone return was fun. The flipside to the bads are two major things. The art and pacing. So the art is darker, weird faces, and just not nearly as fun looking as the last two volumes. Also the pacing seem to go slow for a moment, lightspeed the next, things felt like they were skipping chunks of informaiton, and a day went by in two pages. I just wasn't enjoying the pacing all too much. Also the last issue is exciting but feels like a pitch more than a solid conclusion to Batman and Robin. Overall it's a enjoyable volume, like 2, but not nearly as fun as the first volume for me. Next up, black mirror!

  • Mike
    2018-12-25 09:29

    Makes little sense at the beginning. Doesn't improve much by the end. For details, see Anne's masterful review.

  • William Thomas
    2019-01-01 09:33

    In 1988, when DC Comics let the readers vote for the fate of Jason Todd, it was an overwhelming thumbs down. It was exactly the tragedy that Batman needed to reignite his need for vengeance and create a much darker book. I wish DC would have let us vote on whether or not Jason Todd got to come back to life because I would have voted my overwhelming "no" as many times as humanly possible.None of that really has anything to do with this book, so much. Except that Grant Morrison has taken the Batman in a very dark direction and puts the newest Robin in the clutches of the Joker.Finally, Grant Morrison has written a linear storyline that is completely appropriate for the World's Greatest Detective. Nevermind that he killed Bruce Wayne in RIP, and that our Detective is now Dick Grayson. That doesn't really matter. What matters is keeping the Batman persona intact, without breaking character, creating a seamless transition of the costume from one to the other. And he does this. Keeping Dick's doubts out of the battles, hiding them from his opponents, and using his detective skills just as much as his brawn. I loved Pyg and this time around I loved the Black Hand. The Joker is just a big, super-huge bonus in all of this. I even love the fiery new Robin, getting into the same predicaments as predecessors, making those mistakes he has to learn from.The Frank Quietly covers are fantastic and the book's art by Frazier Irving shows me that real artists can create computer art that isn't complete crap, but that retains the actual artistry, the humanity of it, instead of filtering it out.Cheers, Grant. I'll praise you when you deserve it.

  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    2019-01-15 07:36

    While I loved the true villain in the story, the face villains were not that great. I thought that something more would pan out for Pyg, but his arc really went nowhere. Sadly. He was so creepy at first, and I was so hoping to have something interesting come of his part of the story. I also didn't feel like Bruce Wayne's ancestor had the best story. I mean, it was weird, yes. He was a devil worshiper, so there's that. But I didn't feel impressed by his part of the story either. Maybe at first, but it soured as time went by and things got confusing. Once the Joker is revealed, they seem more like filler villains.Damian exhibits some more good qualities in this volume. Trying to save Dick when he is shot, even though at the beginning of the series he claimed to not respect him as Batman. I sometimes forget that Damian is not even really a pre-teen yet, and he has a lot of maturing to do. I was so proud of him in that moment though. I adore Damian.I probably would have rated lower if not for the Joker's part of the story. I thought it was great. While this volume had some bumps along the way, I didn't hate it. I think that the first two volumes are way better, but this volume has it's moments too. As a whole, so far this series is pretty great. There is one more volume left to read, so I am itching to finish and see where things land.

  • Gavin
    2019-01-19 07:19

    This was the conclusion to Grant Morrison's run of Batman titles that I'd been waiting for for quite some time. After all the work of setting up this whole new series, this was a great way to tie things together yet still be able to move things forward. Major villains from the past appear, and if you've read enough of Morrison's previous works, this will help you out a lot. Needless to say, it's a blast and I enjoyed it tremendously.The last book, #16 is an epilogue to the story which also sets up the beginning of a whole new future for Batman.Very enjoyable.

  • Kenny
    2019-01-03 12:11

    4.5/5I loved Batman and Robin Must Die. Loved it. I think Dick Grayson makes and awesome Batman. Bruce Wayne even notices that all of Gotham loves Dick as the Bat. To which Dick responds, “You should smile more.” Dick and Damian have great chemistry as Batman & Robin too --far better than Bruce and Damian. The art work was incredible and Morrison reined in the metaphysics here telling a straight on, exciting Bat Saga.Batman and Robin Must Die opens up with an iconic image that is slightly different than the one that everyone is accustomed to. It features Thomas Wayne as the surviving member of the Wayne family in the alley where his family was killed. This scene is all in Hurt's head, as he announces to Gotham that he is Thomas Wayne at a news conference. Hurt heads to Wayne Manor where Batman and Robin are subdued. He taunts Dick Grayson and apparently shoots him in the head as Damian looks on in shock.Three days earlier, Robin arrives at the scene where Batman is questioning the Joker. He informs the Joker that he knew who he was. The clues that were left at crime scenes, such as the Domino's were a giveaway that whoever left them knew that he was once Robin. The domino's represented the Domino mask that Dick once wore as both Robin and Nightwing . Gordon stops the interrogation and eventually leaves with Batman to the Bat-Bunker. On the way there they converse about the changes around Gotham, and how his men prefer him to the old Batman. Robin remains behind with the Police and the Joker. While in the Bat-Bunker Gordon learns that the Joker has asked for Robin. Batman warns that that would be a mistake. Robin begins questioning the Joker, who notes that he sounds like the Batman. Robin beats the Joker with a crowbar. Batman and Gordon race to the Police Station but are hit with a rocket launcher. The Batmobile crashes and leaves Gordon with an unconscious Batman, while Professor Pyg is set free.Robin, back at the police headquarters, continues to beat the Joker with a crowbar. During this the Joker just laughs and states that he likes this Robin. In a nod towards the death of Jason Todd, the Joker makes a joke about bringing his own crowbar. The Joker somehow causes Robin to be poisoned by his Joker Toxin and makes for an escape. Pyg and Hurt converse as Hurt looks upon the Bat Box, noting he can't open it without destroying what's inside. Meanwhile Gordon is doing his best to protect Batman as they get swarmed by Pyg's people. The Batmobile begins to self destruct although he tries to override the process. Dick awakens beneath Wayne Tower with Alfred tending to his condition. Batman tries to call Robin but the Joker answers instead. Joker wants Black Glove and as result has Batman and Robin working for him. Alfred mentions preparing the cave and mansion as per Dick's request. Gordon has been taken by Pyg and Hurt and Batman goes after him. Gordon tells Batman not to untie him, but does so and knocks Batman out. Hurt taunts Joker, who is still holding Damian laughs, saying it's much too serious for him. He appears ready to release Damian into this "game."Joker opens up a coffin with Robin inside, still alive. Hurt, meanwhile arrives at the Manor where Alfred apparently has been waiting. The city appears to be in mass chaos and Hurt takes advantage of this. Joker takes Robin and leads him towards the Manor. Robin attempts to break free and states he's only doing this for Batman. Robin is set loose and finds Gordon who has fought off whatever made him attack Batman. Robin tells him to take control of the city. Damian fights off a lot of attackers, but in the end is captured. He tells Batman he is sorry there were too many. We arrive at where the arc started, Hurt shooting Dick. He reveals that the bullet will not pass through his skull, instead, if left untreated it will cause a hematoma, he will be in a coma in less than twelve hours. He tempts Damian, saying that he can save Dick, but it will come at a price. Damian reveals that they know who Hurt really is, and that he shouldn't have returned. He reveals he did know Thomas and Martha Wayne. He intends to ruin the Legacy of the Wayne Family. He tempts Damian again, showing him the box and starts a ceremony of the Bat. Dick tells him to stall. A whistle is heard and it opens the box. Inside is written one word on a piece of paper. "Gotcha!" Dick and Damian punch Hurt and they reveal that this was a trap all along. A figure is shown in the shadows as Dick tells Hurt "Devil...Meet Bat-God."The conclusion of the arc begins in 1765 in the middle of what appears to be some sort of ritual. A man, resembling Hurt goes apparently eats a bat and something changes in him as he talks with a creature that seems to be hinted at being Darkseid. The time shifts to the present, showing The Batman facing off against Hurt. Dick and Damian stand next to Batman, there are now two Batmen and a Robin. Damian questions if Bruce is a robot but they say they will talk about it later. The three fight off what appears to be an endless horde of attackers. Amidst the fighting Bruce questions why Dick is wearing the costume. Dick tells him that he had to because Jason Todd was masquerading as Batman. Bruce says they'll talk about his trip through time when they have some time. They deal with the swarm and Bruce asks him what they're dealing with. They let him know about what's going on and Bruce tells Dick he needs medical attention as soon as he can. Hurt is revealed to be Thomas Wayne, just not THE Thomas Wayne. He's from 1765 and the "black sheep" of the Wayne Family. Before sending Dick and Damian off, Bruce tells Damian he was proud of him and the choices he made. Hurt traps him in a tank that rises with water. Hurt tells him he'll never get out. "Batman R.I.P. Rot in Purgatory." Batman and Robin are going after Pyg, Damian pleads with him to stop and get medical attention. Pyg is brought into custody by Gordon. Hurt tries to reach "Barbatos" but his head is slammed into a mirror by Bruce. Hurt gives Bruce a choice, go after him or save Alfred. Batman saves Alfred while Hurt escapes, but is soon apprehended by the Joker, who buries Hurt alive. Batman later captures the Joker. Bruce see's to Dick and Damian. He tells Dick he is to be inactive for two months, Dick says something about Nightwing, but Bruce brushes it off. Damian asks what will happen to Batman and Robin. Bruce tells him "Batman and Robin will never die." Together, as a family Dick, Tim, Damian, and Alfred accompany Bruce Wayne to a press conference where he reveals that he has been funding Batman and that he plans on expanding the franchise globally. Batman Inc.. begins.

  • Garrett
    2019-01-16 11:27

    I just finished reading Batman and Robin: Batman and Robin Must Die- the deluxe edition by Grant Morrison. This book, collecting issues 13-16 of the series and the special Batman: The Return, is so good it almost makes up for the goofball spectacle of Bruce Wayne dying and hurtling through time to fight sentient organic robots or something. I still don't get what the f*** was going on there. Not enough acid in the world...The entire city of Gotham made fiending addicts by a new airborne virus, the new Batman and Robin of Dick Grayson and Damien Wayne are overwhelmed by the scope of the problem. Throw in an allegedly reformed Joker masquerading as a detective, and a morbidly obese psychopath in a pig mask squealing with delight at his own torture and you have a dark return to form for the Bat-books which have been marred in self-indulgent existential nonsense for far too long.The art is lush and cinematic, each panel more gorgeous than the last. The highlight of the issue for any long-term Bat fan HAS to be the scene with the latest incantation of Robin locked in an interrogation room with the Joker, beating him within an inch of his life with a crowbar. Both an allusion to the Joker's murder of Jason Todd from back in the 80's and the classic interrogation scene from The Dark Knight, this entire scene hums with the fierce energy of live wires.Then Batman (Bruce Wayne... the "real" Batman) shows up and takes this series in an entirely new direction than has ever been attempted before. This isn't just some comic book, it is pop art of the finest caliber. Make sure to purchase the deluxe edition for delicious insights into the decisions made regarding characters and plots points, selections which were anything but arbitrary. Grade: A+

  • Sunil
    2019-01-03 10:34

    Finally, the epic conclusion to the saga Grant Morrison began in Batman: Batman and Son! Like Batman: R.I.P., this book succeeds largely because of the way it ties together various plot threads, not only what's been going on in the Batman and Robin book but also the fate of the Black Glove. And also like that book, what really elevates it is the Joker, who takes on a very interesting role, one like I've never seen before. Dick and Damian have to deal with chaos in Gotham as well as the return of Batman (reading this book concurrently with Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne does enhance the anticipation and excitement). Unfortunately, it does suffer a bit from the same issues that plagued that book, with sci-fi comic book gobbledygook getting in the way of real character drama. But Damian Wayne remains a highlight.

  • Ben Mckenzie
    2019-01-16 12:15

    I inhaled this; it felt like coming home after my disappointment with Batman - Time and the Batman and Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. The insane promise of volumes one and two is fulfilled here with the return of three key villains, two of whom face off against each other, trying to use the new Batman & Robin team of Dick and Damian as pawns. Despite all the craziness surrounding his death and return, when the original Batman shows up it feels just right. And the setup for what comes next - Batman, Inc. - just makes me want to read that, too. (Even if I've heard it's not that great.)Batman & Robin is some of the best Batman I've read in years. I hope there's more! ...Patrick?

  • ***Dave Hill
    2018-12-30 05:36

    Collects the last of Morrison's B&R run, before he moved into Batman Inc., and epitomizes why I've stayed far away from the Batbooks for the past five years. Morrison's high-concept surrealism becomes close to incoherent here (and I say that as someone who's enjoyed his high-concept surrealism in the past). Occasional glimpses of an understandable character or narrative thread are repeatedly wiped away by people saying and doing and dressing up as things that seem to make no sense. The art here, esp. Frazer Irving's, doesn't help matters -- fine for posters, but so static and staged as to hurt the action. Bleah.

  • J
    2019-01-02 09:15

    2.5 stars

  • Sonic
    2019-01-04 10:36

    Simply awesome.With the right artist(s) Grant Morrison can get away with most anything, and in this book he does/did.

  • Anthony
    2019-01-07 07:19

    I think Frank Quietly said in an interview once the original idea was to have him come back for the final B&R arc, so then he was bookending the Morrison run, and that would have been great. But I do have to say that Frazer Irving does a more than adequate job here. His art is usually hit or miss for me, and in most cases it's miss, but this is some of the best art I've seen by him.I read this AFTER ROBW and I'm glad I did because I think it reads much better that way. I think the idea is to read them both at the same time (which might have been how they were released as singles), but when reading hardcovers it's easier to do one and then the other.Storywise, this is a good wrap to Morrisons spell on B&R. He calls back to villains from earlier in the run and wraps up the Thomas Wayne plot line which had been running for most of his Batman run.And there's some great Damien/Joker moments here. Damien starts to become the loveable character we know from Tomasi's Batman and Robin run in this volume.

  • Travis
    2019-01-23 12:15

    After reading Batman and Robin, it’s easy to see why DC Comics decided to relaunch its entire 52 publication roster. The universe that DC comics created over the past decade had become a convoluted mess of storytelling, with each writer trying to write his or her own take on different characters, while trying to connect their stories to stories that other writers had written. See? A mess! Who, except for the most die-hard comic book fans, can keep up with all of this? That said, I am a huge fan of Morrison’s All-Star Superman and his other major works like Batman: R.I.P and Final Crisis. Unlike Morrison’s take on Superman, a stand-alone work that exhibited Morrison’s creative writing talents and understanding of his subject, Batman and Robin ties in previous DC Universe events – specifically, the events of Morrison’s previous work with Batman in Final Crisis, which ended with the death of Bruce Wayne. Well, not really, as it turns out. Just to show how complicated the DC universe had become, another Batman series showed that he was actually just sent through time, where he fought cavemen, pirates, and solved crimes during the time of the Salem witch trials. Yes, all of that happened. All the while, in another series, the relationship of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul is explored, revealing that the two have a son name Damian, who is trained in the same assassin arts as Batman. In yet another series, the classic character Dick Grayson, formerly Robin and Nightwing, kills an evil imposter Batman and decides to take on the role of the dark knight, himself. Now, finally, with each of those story arcs taken into account, comes Morrison’s Batman and Robin.In Volumes 1-3, Dick Grayson is working under the mask as the new Batman and Bruce Wayne’s son, Damian, is working as Robin. The two caped crusaders must stop a murderous new villain known Professor Pyg, face one of Morrison’s villains from a previous series, Dr. Hurt, and learn to work together to save Gotham. All the while, the two must investigate a mysterious new vigilante that is willing to kill criminals. To make matters worse, Grayson and Damian start uncovering clues that suggest Bruce Wayne may actually still be alive. Unlike Bruce Wayne, however, Grayson isn’t the “world’s greatest detective,” and unlike Grayson, the new Boy Wonder is showing signs that he, too, is willing to kill – especially when the infamous villain, the Joker, reveals his own twisted plans.Unlike his work with “man of steel” in All-Star Superman, Morrison isn’t trying to recapture the glory of the silver age of comics with the new version of Batman and Robin. He is writing a continuation of current storylines. Since much of the foundation for this work is his own contributions to the DC universe, Morrison has a firm grasp of the world he is working with, and still adds the kind of storytelling elements that make him one of the best modern comic writers. The problem is that even though the writer has a grasp on the current characters, the readers might not. In the classic conception of the dynamic duo, Robin is perceived as the fun loving, fast-talking, “Holy particle board, Batman” sidekick. It’s that Robin who now wears the mask of Morrison’s Batman. The new Robin, however, is a trained killer with a superiority complex and the serious demeanor of his father. The role-reversal allows Morrison the freedom to write complex characterizations and conflict between the two main subjects. The conflicting personalities between leader and sidekick often lead to tension between the heroes, and bad decisions are made. Fortunately for the reader, bad decisions create plot points, climaxes, and require resolutions – and these two heroes make a lot of bad decisions. At one point, for example, Damian decides to tackle an entire gang of villains by himself, but ends up with a broken spine. At another point, Grayson tries to reanimate Bruce Wayne’s dead body, but it turns out to be an evil clone that wants to kill him, instead. The two do learn to work together, eventually, but the events that lead up to that point are so complex and reliant on source material, that I can’t recommend it to a casual reader. The murderous clone was from Final Crisis, one villain is from R.I.P, and another villain is from Death in the Family, written nearly 25 years ago. Morrison is a serious writer, and his comic storylines read under the assumption that the readers are familiar with these past works, among many others. The beauty of All-Star Superman is that it reimagines and recaptures the magnificence of a classic character, while making him accessible to everyone. The most disappointing thing about Batman and Robin is that it does not. Yes, the series is still a new take on an old franchise, but without prior knowledge of the complex universe of DC comics and the events leading up to the creation of the series, it is easy to get lost. Overall, I personally enjoyed the series and appreciate what Morrison did with his characters, but the series is a small piece in a much larger puzzle. Serious comic book fans will enjoy it, but casual readers will be left confused.

  • Tony Laplume
    2019-01-07 06:13

    The conclusion of Grant Morrison's pre-Batman Incorporated work is also an excellent story for fans of the Joker.One of the problems of an extended run is that interested readers either have to have an equal amount of commitment to the material or they become free to pick and choose what to read. Although Batman and Robin Must Die! is not itself a complete story (other collections from Morrison's Batman and Robin are necessary reads to fully appreciate Joker's arc, although the material here ends up reading like classic Grant Morrison, where at times clever references are their own reward; also helpful would be the Batman R.I.P. collection that features the bulk of the Doctor Hurt arc), it serves as a definite point in the overall Morrison Dark Knight saga.Readers may need the gentle reminder that the Batman for the majority of this collection is actually Dick Grayson (it happens so early it's like it was planned), although Bruce Wayne returns by the end (the manner in which he does, after the events of Final Crisis, is referenced, but perhaps better understood by reading The Return of Bruce Wayne), and almost immediately announces the changes to his crimefighting career that usher the final phase of Morrison's saga (only three more collections to read, by the way, to find out how that goes!).If you ignore everything that you don't necessarily have spelled out from Morrison's own overarching story, you also have the delicious first meeting between Damian (son of Bruce Wayne and the eponymous Robin) and Joker, something that is a highlight of a different volume of Batman and Robin, Peter Tomasi's more recent one from the "Death of the Family" arc. Interestingly, Damian joins the tradition of Robins arguably having better stories than Batman against the iconic foe. (The second Robin, Jason Todd, for instance, was famously killed by Joker in "Death in the Family," while third Robin Tim Drake had some of his earliest solo adventures matching wits with the Clown Prince.) Circling back to Dick Grayson, meanwhile, this may simply be an excellent collection to read to experience Morrison writing the character at his absolute peak. Other creators have given the first Robin and erstwhile Nightwing exceptional, long-term stories (Chuck Dixon, Devin K. Grayson), but few have attempted to depict him as such a strong and accomplished version of himself without resorting to pointing out what makes him different from Batman. As Batman, familiar supporting characters like Commissioner Gordon don't notice that much difference between Dick and Bruce's Batmen except for the fact that the police actually like Dick's. Then again, Dick Grayson is pliable enough to have ample comparisons to Damian's, er, impulsive Robin as well.No, Dick Grayson is no Bruce Wayne. But he's clever enough to have figured out Joker. This is one of the few stories to have looked beyond the facade of one of the most iconic madmen in all of fiction, to suggest that he isn't even crazy so much as, to use his own description, "differently sane." That's Grant Morrison's approach in a nutshell. He freely draws from both Tim Burton's Batman and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, but this Joker is also entirely Morrison's own.So if you like Morrison, or Joker, this is a fine collection to read, an exceptional one, even.

  • Vincent
    2019-01-23 06:14

    Bruce Wayne's (the original Batman) return from the dead is overshadowed by the "war of villains" between the Joker and the Black Glove. I've read this series out of order so it is a slight challenge to remember the sequence of events. However, this was only a minor detraction to an interesting turn of events in Batman's world. For example, while Bruce Wayne returns from the dead in secret (no one even knows that he has died), the Black Glove puts on the guise of Thomas Wayne, Bruce's murdered father (and the event that sparked his transformation into Batman), who has very publicly "returned from the dead." The peek into the Bruce's family history, which was only slightly confusing (I'm only a casual Batman reader), was interesting and worked as a plot device (though a little too conveniently). What really made the book stand out was the Joker's perception of his "relationship" with Batman especially after the revelation and the questions at the end of the preceding volume (I can't say too much for fear of spoilers). The circumstances of his escape from custody, his taunting of Damian Wayne (Robin) - especially after the events of the previous volume, and his encounter with the Black Glove make this volume less a "Batman & Robin" story and more of a "Batman & Joker" story. I wonder if the writers at DC have ever entertained the idea of a Batman & Joker pairing. Even as a a casual fan, I know the Joker has played a prominent role in determining the direction of Batman's universe. The volume begins with the introduction of the Black Glove and his capture of Dick Grayson as Batman. It then flashes back to the events leading up to Dick's capture by Professor Pyg and his Dollotrons. The next story fleshes out the story presented at the beginning of the volume. The third story in the volume brings Batman, the Black Glove, and the Joker together and ends with the return of Bruce Wayne as Batman. The meeting culminates neatly in the fourth story, "Black Mass". The final story in the book sets the stage for the Batman Inc. series, a series I've been interested in reading since I read that it is where Damian Wayne dies. I realized recently that I don't mention artwork much when reviewing comic books and graphic novels. I should because it a major trait of the genre. The artwork is an equally important ingredient in graphic novel's ability to successfully tell a story. So let me say that I wasn't an immediate fan of Frazer Irving's art in this book. But, it grew on me and worked to provide a sort of creepy surreal feel to the story. It's the odd angle of the faces and their "flatness" that conjures up in me images of funhouse mirrors from horror movies.

  • Thomas Rohde
    2019-01-16 04:15

    I'm giving this book a three star review because I really like Dick Grayson as Batman and Damien as Robin, I really enjoyed how their relationship to each other and to the roles that they were taking on by becoming Batman and Robin grew through the first two volumes (but especially the first one). This volume though was just not very good. As I started reading it, I thought I might have missed a volume and then after confirming that I'd read everything that came before this (at least confirming that there wasn't a secret Batman and Robin, volume 2.5 out there), I realized that it was just horrendously plotted. The art didn't really help the story either, while there were some beautiful panels in this book, there just wasn't the narrative flow that was needed to make the story coherent. It felt very much like a piling on of stuff until we could get to the third act reveal of Bruce Wayne's return as Batman. And that ... was underwhelming. And disappointing. I really wanted to see Grayson figure his way out of this mess, but then, we readers really didn't know the shape of the mess because there wasn't a shape to it at all. I'm sure that if I read all the Bat-books as they appeared on the shelves Joker's sudden appearance as the mysterious masked detective would've made sense, but since I'm reading it in the trade I would hope for at least a "previously in Batman ..." page to catch me up on all the crap that was splattered across the Bat-books.To make a surprisingly long review short, I'm disappointed in this book. I'm disappointed that it's an incoherent mess. I'm disappointed that the artwork didn't help clarify the narrative. I'm disappointed that Bruce Wayne came back. I'm disappointed that DC now has the new 52, which makes all of this completely irrelevant and most of all, I'm disappointed that Dick Grayson couldn't have had a longer tenure as Batman without Bruce around.

  • Nicholas
    2019-01-03 06:32

    Awesome conclusion to Morrison's run on Batman and the world that he left behind after "dying" in the Final Crisis Series. In his absence, Dick Grayson continues to try and fill the Batman's shoes rather admirably with Damien Wayne at his side against some new and rather daunting villains. This volume sees the return of Pyg and an evolving relationship with the Joker, who is aware that the man behind the mask is different. Morrison writes well enough and the series presents a number of new and innovative themes that breathe new life into the characters involved, including Bruce, who's return toward the end of this volume was meant to coincide with larger events in the DC universe. Wayne returns and begins a new venture, a worldwide effort against crime and it's nice to see Grayson fill the position he was being trained for all those years ago. Morrison seems to suggest that we may see a Bruce not unlike the one that graces the pages of Kingdom Come, mobilizing an army of Batmen around the world to face some crisis he has seen in a vision, or in his travels through time. As hokey as it sounds, it actually works quite well and being part of a larger story, this mini-series still makes sense on its own. That doesn't sound like a big compliment, but it is. Some of Morrison's other Batman work is nearly incomprehensible because it feels like bits and pieces cut out of a larger story with no dots in between to connect events. You usually end up lost. This story is good enough to stand on its own and is worth the time and money. Not quite as good as All-Star Superman with its soaring and heroic approach to the entire life of the Man of Steel, but a really good coming of age story and the fulfillment of destiny.