‘Batman and Robin’ Eternal #3- Spy Hijinks and Emotional Flashbacks

Batman and Robin Eternal #3's art continues to falter, but it has fun character interactions and a compelling mystery
- Advertisement -



BMRBET-03-300-001-HD-1-cad48Batman and Robin Eternal #3
Story by Scott Snyder and James Tynion
Script by Tim Seeley
Pencils by Paul Pelletier and Scot Eaton
Inks by Tony Kordos, Marc Deering, Wayne Faucher
Colors by Rain Beredo
Letters by Joshua Cozine and Troy Peteri
Published by DC Comics

Working off a story from Scott Snyder and James Tynion, Tim Seeley turns in a script forĀ Batman and Robin EternalĀ #3 that is simultaneously full of bouncy Bat- (or Robin) banter with some choice douchiness from Red Hood and scenes both past and present featuring the dark psychological effects of the Scarecrow’s fear toxin. This is somehow connected to the “mysterious” Mother, which our heroes are no closer to finding her identity. But there is still plenty of conflict as Dick Grayson’s Spyral colleague Poppy Ashemoore goes off the reservation, and threat level of the series increases when an important supporting character is put in the crosshairs of Mother and her creepy operatives.

Unfortunately, Paul Pelletier’s art continues to be a weak spot, but it’s an improvement on last issue even if the lack of expression on character’s faces (Probably from the fact that this book has three inkers.) hurts Cassandra Cain, who is starting to play a pivotal, yet still cryptic role in the series. There’s a series of panel that Seeley probably meant to use to show her relationships with Dick, Red Hood, and Tim Drake, but it just comes off as close touching with no emotional weight from her face or movements. However, Pelletier excels at showing her in action starting with a nearly iconic double page spread of her kicking Red Hood into a jukebox at a dive bar while he weakly jokes about Cheap Trick making a new album. (Someone should tell this guy that he’s funny only half the time.) Colorist Rain Beredo comes in handy during the Spyral scenes washing the greyscale panels (with a little red for Red Hood and Red Robin’s costumes) in a bright, jarring red to show that Dick isn’t Nightwing coming over from Bludhaven to save Gotham again, but has a whole separate set of duties as Agent 37.

Batman-and-Robin-Eternal-3-3-300x231

The best part in Batman and Robin Eternal #3 is when Seeley cuts down on the adorable and highly amusing “Robin sleepover” comedy to use his dialogue in conjunction with Scot Eaton’s art and show the psychological effect of the Scarecrow’s toxin as well as the dark side of the relationship between Batman and Robin. Eaton is a clear, perceptive superhero artist, who shows Dick’s fear and sadness through little things like tear drops and a slow build to a close up as he takes off his mask and tells Batman that he fears being a bad Robin. Inker Wayne Fauncher keeps the storytelling tight and smooth and helps the flashback resonate in reader’s minds as the story turns to Dick’s shocked reaction in the present.

Batman and Robin Eternal #3 is an entertaining ride with Tim Seeley’s ear for Jason Todd’s bro-ish dialogue, and his conscious effort to make the badass, yet endearing Cassandra Cain a part of the Bat-family with the help of de facto team dad Dick Grayson. The various Robins share a fun family dynamic that makes the book worth checking out even when the art falters. A more gesture or facial oriented artist like Phil Noto (especially his recent work on Chewbacca) or Jamie McKelvie might bring Cass to life even more than Paul Pelletier, whose action layouts are easy to follow despite the multiple inkers, but struggles with showing character feelings. Artwork aside, this issue is a step in the right direction, and the last couple pages increase the series’ threat level while not revealing Snyder and Tynion’s whole mystery just yet.

7_rating






Add Comment


10 Different Types of Financial Aid
Top 10 Richest American Idols
V-Moda Crossfade Wireless
The 5 Most Expensive Wireless Headphones: Ultimate Auditory Clarity
Business man watching business go bankrupt
25 Iconic Companies that Filed for Bankruptcy
22 Different Types of TV Shows
A Saxophonist with a Saxophone in His Hands
12 Different Types of Saxophones
genre titles mash up
The 13 Types of Movies You Can Choose From (Genres)
Crowd enjoying a concert
19 Types of Entertainment – What Do You Like Doing?
pickled cucumbers in a bowl on a rustic table
10 Different Types of Pickles
6 Different Types of Cornbread (Plus Recipe and Storage Tips)
7 Different Types of Tortillas
Mustard
15 Different Types of Mustard
Trains
17 Different Types of Trains
Several semi trucks on the highway
19 Different Types of Trucks – Do You Know Them All?
Airplane soaring through the air
19 Different Types of Airplanes that Dominate the Skies
Cars lined up on the road
26 Types of Cars You Can Choose From for Your Ride
15 Different Types of Goggles
13 Different Types of Dumbbells
15 Awesome Alternatives to Skateboards (Plus Interesting Facts)
Baseball player hitting ball
10 Types of Baseball Bats that Rip the Leather Off the Ball
16 Different Types of Technology
man holding smartphone with vintage case
11 Types of Cell Phone Cases and Covers to Protect Your Expensive Smartphone
Black and Red Tablet Covers
8 Types of Tablet Cases for Kids, Protection, and Convenience
Camera, lenses and other photography equipments.
45 of the Best Online Camera Stores for the Perfect Pics