With every new arc Jeff Lemire continues to integrate a fascinating story with strong character development. Brother Blood’s attack on the Red was terrific and the repercussions of his actions are bound to last ages. Lemire’s development of the Baker family is what turned me into, and has kept me, an avid reader. Maxine’s journey, and failure, to save her brother has been an amazing and heartbreaking story to read. Rafael Albuquerque has taken over art duties, with Dave McCaig on colors, and he does a hauntingly gorgeous job. Steve Pugh did such great job with the the gore and horror, and he will definitely be missed, however Albuquerque is a great a fit on this title. 4/5
Greg Pak, Jae Lee, and Dan Brown continue to impress in this conclusion of the first arc. Pak has done a remarkable job with the story, developing an interesting plot surrounding Batman and Superman’s first team-up. His use of the Earth-2 Batman and Superman to compare and contrast the two relationships was fantastic. The juxtaposition between the seasoned, trusted relationship between the elders, and the antagonistic relationship their younger selves have created an energized story that was a pleasure to read. Lee’s illustrations continue to impress. His graphic style perfectly suited Pak’s dynamic story. 4.5/5
When this title first went from being “Batman and Robin” to “Batman and …”, it was an interesting concept. However, after the sixth guest partner, it is starting to feel ridiculous. For the most part, the two “partners” don’t even interact in this entire issue. Without a consistent partner, this series has quickly turned into just another Batman title and the character certainly doesn’t need another solo title. The story itself was decent enough. The mob families in Gotham have always been an interesting aspect of the town’s criminal history, especially given the supernatural aspect of many of Gotham’s notorious criminals. 3/5
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