One of the relationships taken away with the DC Reboot was that of the Dick Grayson as Batman with Damian Wayne‘s Robin. In its place DC relaunches the title with writer Peter Tomasi who gives us the first issue of Damian teamed up with the original Batman, his father, Bruce Wayne.
Since we last saw him it appears Damian has devolved a bit back into confrontational character minus the progress that he had made over the course of the last year as a partner for Batman.
Tomasi does give us a couple of good exchanges between Batman and son but it’s going to take a while for this relationship to work itself out (much like the Dick/Damian relationship in the previous title). The challenge is both of these characters are sullen, and neither has Dick Grayson’s humor to balance the other out.
The rest of the story deals with Batman putting the demons of Crime Alley to rest and the introduction of a new villain named Nobody who wants nothing more than to erase Batman’s mark on the world.
As first issue’s go this one struggles at times but it’s the first time when seen father and son paired up as Batman and Robin since Bruce’s return from the grave. I’m going to give it a few issue to try and find a balance between the pair, but the most pressing challenge seems to be where to find the fun that should be inherent in a title called “Batman and Robin.” Hit-and-Miss.