The past few issues were a bit boring, at least when they focused on Nobody’s history. This issue though is amazing, start to finish. To such a degree, that I’ll be shocked and apalled if fellow read/RANT member ikeebear rates this lower than a 4 (really, I’d say 4.5) for his upcoming ‘One Sentence Review, Part 27’.
SPOILER WARNING! – seriously
The real prize in this issue I think goes to the art team. Gleason’s art colored by Kalisz I feel is what really drives through the emotion to pull off Tomasi’s story. The urgency and desperation of Batman to reach Robin in time just bleeds off the pages from the first panel. And when we get to the point where he finally reaches Nobody and Damian (pictured right), it helps Tomasi sell the idea that someone as against killing as Batman is, actually means he is out for Nobody’s blood. Seriously, chills ran through me seeing that full page panel.
The upcoming fight, which lasts nearly the entire issue, simply pushes the fact that Bruce really may be out for Morgan’s life here. It seems like a long time since I’ve seen Bruce this determined and vicious while facing an opponent. Despite this, Morgan does a good job holding his own, and for a moment even gains the upper hand. That is until Batman turns the tides by throwing Nobody into the tub of acid and holding him in it, keeping Nobody submerged.
This is probably the first time Damian has ever seen his father in such a way. The first time for him to see that despite all Bruce has done and accomplished, he’s still a human. Can be pushed to such an extent that before to Damian would have seemed an impossible feat. Really, had Bruce not looked over and seen the expression on Damian’s face as he watched, I actually think that Batman would have killed Nobody.
While this is an amazing issue, it is not without faults. The first being Batman crashing into the boat Nobody and Damian were on and somehow containing that crash perfectly on their deck without killing either of the two or even badly hurting them. Also, there are quite a few puns Tomasi uses with Morgan going by the name Nobody. Not quite enough to put me off, but enough to still feel over done. Otherwise, this comic is really a gem that is really worth the read.