Batman & Robin Eternal #15

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Posted by inferiorego (25733 posts) - - Show Bio

What's going on with the dynamic between Tim Drake and Jean-Paul Valley? This issue explores the mantle of Azrael, as well as Batman's mission in the past to take down Mother and Scarecrow.

The issue takes a bit of a break from Bluebird and Cassandra to focus in on what's going on in Gnosis. Tim Drake brings in the unconscious body of Jason Todd as an offering to Azrael. Drake wants to train for Valley's order. This series is the first time we're getting to see Jean-Paul Valley in the New 52 and he's an incredibly intriguing and interesting character. Writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (with James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder on the story) really do a fine job with his dialogue. He comes off as fanatical and devoted, which is exactly what he's supposed to be.

There is a bigger story going on here and while we're not going to spoil anything, in addition to developing Azrael more, readers are treated to a pretty exciting and fun story, that doesn't necessarily add anything huge to the overarching story, but that's actually what's nice about it. We actually get a pretty cool fight scene here as well, which shows off Tim's fighting ability.

I'm really not digging Jason Todd's mask. The mouth on the mask, which does not open or close, seems like overkill and comes off reading more like Red Tornado or Vision than Red Hood. There's something a bit more menacing about a mask with no mouth.

Christian Duce and colorist Gabe Eltaeb provide some solid art in this issue. Eltaeb is proving time and time again to be a solid and consistent colorist throughout all of his books. He knows how to make characters pop off the page. Duce does consistent work as well, but the overall art is just fine. There's not a giant wow factor to this issue that previous ones had. Don't get me wrong, it looks really good, but doesn't pack the same punch earlier issues did.

BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL is still solid and storywise, this is one of the bigger standouts of the series, giving readers more of a glimpse into Jean-Paul Valley. We get a cool fight sequence and there is a bit more about Mother and Scarecrow's past here. This series continues to be impressive and the best weekly series ever put out.

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#1 Posted by TheMantisShrimp (453 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Tim was batman beyond, is that a different continuity?

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#2 Posted by dondave (41752 posts) - - Show Bio

I thought Tim was batman beyond, is that a different continuity?

Tim from Futures End is Batman Beyond.

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#4 Posted by SpectrumUnbound (811 posts) - - Show Bio

^ Scam Comment.

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#5 Posted by Azrael_Online (254 posts) - - Show Bio

They made a mistake in this issue though; the current character posing as 'St. Dumas' says that Tim beat Jean Paul, but he didn't, him and Jason only escaped him while he fought and messed with Bane.

If DC were to actually start using Jean Paul regularly I could see them bringing him to the batfamily in a way of let's help you find your way and find out what you were or would have been had Mother not reprogrammed you.

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#6 Posted by NimaMindTricks (4684 posts) - - Show Bio

boring issue

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#10 Posted by galeme (1090 posts) - - Show Bio

It's getting better with the every issue. Jean Paul looks cool and the art in this issue is great.

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#11 Posted by iceslick (865 posts) - - Show Bio

@themantisshrimp: The Batman Beyond series is set in the future so it doesn't really interfere with the present continuity. It's just Tim Drake from Future's End taken to the future.

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