It's the only DCnU I've read so far and I wasn't completely impressed.
I wasn't scared off either though.
To quote myself from my Comic Book Blow-Out
It's like nothing to rebooted. I don't get what's going on. And also, as predicted, way too much dark-negative, debbie-downer type-casted dialogue coming from both of them.
I genuinely feel like this is nothing fresh or new, so why did they make the change if it's nothing new? The only difference is that it's Bruce and Damian not Dick & Damian, and to me, that makes the book worse.
Already it seems like a very negative title. The great thing about Batman & Robin is one personality always has off-set the other. Dark & brooding Bruce as Batman and his young, chipper, sidekick who is always ready to kick butt.
Be it Dick (ambitious and gifted), Jason (talented and overzealous), Stephanie (eager and dedicated), or Tim (compassionate and loyal), the Robin personality has always been a way to keep the miserable-outlook that is Bruce's, in check.
On the flip-side of that, when Dick was Batman, he was a slightly more upbeat version of the character. Even Gordon noticed the differences, might've even called him out on it if I remember correctly. Meanwhile, Damian was the "kick in the face first, ask questions later" type character who didn't want to follow a rule book, and certainly didn't want to impress anyone with high-flying gymnastics work. He was there to do business
, and Damian Wayne is very much in the business of kicking bad-guy ass
I have come to love this character, and I'm afraid this new take on the title will make me come to hate him.
Now, they're both a diatribe of misery. Why am i going to continue reading this book if every issue is the two of them arguing about whether Damian is not compassionate enough, or respectful enough? Or if Damian is always in Bruce's ear telling him he's too hung up on the past, how should that make the book more "interesting" or "exciting". It won't.
We already know that stuff. That's why Dick on board as Batman was so interesting. Why
Dick chose the cowl, and allowed Damian on as Robin, was far more intriguing than Bruce's rationalized logic to allow his own son to do so.
Basically -- I'm giving this book 3 issues to impress me, and I'm hoping the next one does a better job. The artwork was nice, the story is cool, but I feel like nothing has changed, at least not for the better.
I want my Batman & Robin, as it was last month, back.
[Edited on 18/9/11 by Ult_Sm86]