Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Tony S. Daniel
Batman Eternal was one of DC’s most successful series last year, so it only makes sense that they would follow up the hit series with a sequel. What is unexpected is the direction that the new series is going, with a much more fun-filled storyline. Batman and Robin Eternal #1 is a great start for a new weekly series.
While the first series placed a great emphasis on Batman, Batman and Robin Eternal focuses on the Robins, with Dick Grayson leading the way as the main character. The issue opens up with a chase scene with Dick, Tim, and Jason in pursuit of a bad guy on behalf of Spyral. What could have been a generic scene was actually made great, and seeing the Robins work together really gives the reader an idea of how good this series could be. James Tynion IV has a great handle of the voices of each character, and succeeds at implementing humor to the dark-ish storyline without any of the dialogue feeling forced.
The rest of the issue takes on a different a tone, as the issue jumps back and forth between present day with Jim Gordon as Batman and Dick and Batman’s first encounter together with Scarecrow. This issue delves deep into a dark part of Batman, leading to the New 52 debut of an old fan favorite character. Tynion’s issue is heavy on the mystery, and that could possibly be the norm for the majority of the issue. There is a lot about Batman’s past in the New 52 that we don’t know about yet, and it may be up to the Robins to figure it out due to the state of Bruce Wayne at the moment.
There is much more to this issue than just good writing though. Tony S. Daniel is on pencils and makes sure that the first issue of this series looks great. Tynion’s work unique in that it fits DC’s “House style” without coming across as too generic. These characters all look superb, with great poses, and even better looking action scenes. The fight between Dick and the new character is the visual highlight of this issue, and is possibly the coolest fight in a DC book in some time. As said before, the characters look great, and seeing all of these characters together force readers to smile as they see their favorite Robin shoot through windows or give off that cocky smirk that can melt hearts.