Batman & Robin: Eternal #26 (DC Comics)
Did you forget that this book existed? That’s okay, I almost did too. The sequel to last year’s hit weekly series Batman: Eternal, Batman & Robin: Eternal is a book with a much smaller scope than its predecessor. From a smaller issue run (26 as opposed to 52) to focusing on Batman’s sidekicks and “B-Team”, the James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder lead sequel has been a bit of a let down when compared to the series that came before it.
Despite this, Batman & Robin: Eternal has been full of great character moments for Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, and Harper Row. Hell, for a lot of these characters this book has been the only place to see them in the DC universe. Issue 26 finds the team of Robins and other sidekicks successfully thwarting Mother’s plans to turn every child in the world into her personal assassins, and yeah, the plot is pretty dumb. But this issue has some pretty stellar moments for Cassandra Cain and especially Harper Row, a character that I honestly couldn’t have cared less about when she was first introduced.
James Tynion IV handles the scripting duties for this issue, and that’s largely why these character moments work so well. Tynion’s been working his way up the DC ranks lately, and with this issue I’m officially pumped to see what he does with Detective Comics in DC’s Rebirth relaunch this summer. On the art side of things, this issue has four different artists with Scott Eaton, Carlo Pagulayan, Igor Vitorino, and Geraldo Borges in the book’s credits. However, I didn’t notice too much of a difference between these four artists, which both speak to their ability to complement one another, and makes you wonder what’s going on at DC for them to need this many artists to complete an issue.
While Batman & Robin: Eternal was a bit of a bore when compared to the previous weekly Batman book, there are still plenty of great character moments that make it worth checking out. Hardcore fans of Batman’s allies will find plenty to like with this series, and it proves that between this and Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles James Tynion IV has what it takes to write for a “big league” Batman title.