Batman and Robin Eternal #9 brings in brand new writer duo of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, who bring Robin and Red Hood to Santa Prisca and “the mysterious monastery built on the site of what was once the worst prison in the world… but that prison was once the kingdom of Bane, and he wants his kingdom back!”
Is it good?
Batman and Robin Eternal #9 (DC Comics)
Lead Writer: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
Other Writers: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Artist: Roge Antonio
Red Hood and Red Robin head over to Santa Prisca, following a lead on a figure called the Angel of Death and a connection between several black market dealers involving the Order of St. Dumas. The two of them track down where this angel may be, in a monastery built on top of an old prison. However, the two may have run into more than they bargained for when Bane appears, angry about their presence and the change to his home.
After a fight scene, Tim manages to strike up a deal with Bane. All of them are looking for the same person, this Angel of Death, and if they work together, they can storm this castle and hopefully find what they are looking for. Afterwards, the two can leave Bane to whatever he wants to do on this island. He’s not breaking the law by living there, is he?
We continue with the flashback of Bruce and Mother from years ago. When he meets up with her again, she reveals that she knows he is Batman (she instantly found out about the tracker he placed on her) and goes on a bit of a monologue; it ultimately results in her saying that she can give him the perfectly made and created Robin, which he turns down. Batman flees, but Mother is convinced that he’ll return to her when the time is right.
Bane, Red Robin, and Red Hood break into the castle and after a bit of searching; discover this mysterious angel. His name might seem familiar to you; he is called Azrael.
While the ending is neat (and brings back another old character) and the flashbacks continue to be intriguing, the issue is rather underwhelming as a whole. The characterization is iffy (I mean, Tim Drake threatening to shoot Bane?), the dialogue is too exposition heavy and unnatural sounding, the action doesn’t flow well, the story isn’t particularly eventful until the end, and the artwork is very middle of the road and not particularly good with continuity between issues. It’s not an awful issue by any means, but a bit unexciting and lacking in comparison to the last two fantastic issues.
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Yeah… I can see why Robin or Red Hood would be an upgrade in the name department for you.