In review: Batman and Robin #18 “Requiem”

WOW . . . what a book!!! This book has absolutely no words and the depth of Bruce Wayne and Batman’s remorse and pain is clearly obvious!

The Dark Knight is in pain and he sees his son Damian Wayne in everything he does as Batman! Everywhere he turns, every bad guy he takes down, even changing into costume, sliding down the Bat-pole and driving the Bat-mobile, he sees Robin next to him!

The emotions were clear, evocative and palpable in this issue and the reader will clearly feel bad for Bruce Wayne and the Bat family in the wake of Damian Wayne’s alleged death.

I say alleged because I truly believe that this is all part of Talia’s master plan to hurt Batman and Bruce Wayne, but this book clearly deals with the pain of Robin’s loss and it was done exceptionally well!!!

The most tender and explosive part of the book is where Bruce Wayne finds a note left for him from Damian prior to his death which reads,

“Father, I’m sure you’ll be angry with me for disobeying you again but I don’t care; I will not let you fight Leviathan alone. You need me and I will always be at your side.

Because it will be hard for me to say these words face to face, I want you to know that Mother may have given me life, but you taught me how to live. Love and Respect Your Son Damian.”

With that, Bruce Wayne loses it and destroys everything around him with his bare hands before crumbling to the floor as tears stream down his face, clutching Robin’s uniform in his arms. This was a touching book. Robin and Damian Wayne will be missed for as long as they are gone!

Written By: Tye Bourdony

Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator and science fiction reporter. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Divorce Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine.  You can visit tye on facebook and www.thelightersideofscifi.com.

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