I'll be honest, I don't like grant morrison as a writer. my first expirence with him was batman rip and batman and son, which for me where just...awful. I just couldn't understand the plotline or the dialouge. I mean it's like someone turned off a switch in my brain to understand simple sentences! and let's not forget that the books- ahem, sorry.
so why did I pick up batman and robin, if I don't like the writer. the premises, simple as that.
after bruce wayne is killed in battle as the legendary batman, dick grayson (the first robin, who then decided to take the identidy of nightwing) must take up the mantle of the bat, and wear the legendary cape and cowl. he also has to train bruce wayne's son, Daimian Wayne, a former child assasin who has an immense dislike of grayson and belives he should be batman instead of robin the boy wonder.
the first thing you'll notice is the characters. grant morrison is able to change the nature of the dynamic duo without it feeling out of place. batman is now a lighthearted, smiling, yet still serious character, while robin is the dark, brooding, violent warrior. the dialouge between the two is quite simply, fantastic, with the tension in the partnership brilliantly brought up. their's also some fantastic scene's with alfred giving advice to the new dark knight on how he should deal with the role and some great villians (proffesser pyg, a disturbing indivdual, is to me almost as memorable as other members of batmans rouge gallery)
frank quitley art is also striking. the emotions of the characters, the fantastic action on screen, he's able to perfectly capture these moments!
another item of note is quitely's reprsentation of dick graysons batman. he's visibly shorter, thinner and less chisled. but it works! he doesn't look as heroic as the previous batman, but he does look more...normal? relatble? I can't really explain it. finally the colours are brilliant. the range of bright yellows and reds feel out of place at first, but alongside frank's art it feels right.
if I do have a problem, it's the plot. something about a virus? it's not very intresting and I honestly can't remeber what happened in the novel, even though I've had this book for 2 years and have read it constantly. It does feel exciting while your reading the book, but I don't feel that it has ever left a lasting impression on me. and I guess that's okay as in my opinion it's simply there to introduce the setting. although the plot for me is virtually non exsitent, the character reprsentation and the art and the dialouge are all fantastic. I honestly enjoyed this reprsentation of batman and robin and if I'm honest, I think I might like grayson in the cowl more than bruce!
so yes, definetly get this book, if you want the tale of two son's trying to live up to the legacy of their father along with some fantastic action and beatiful art.
"never let me forget the golden rule alfred...the show must go on"