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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential ! Grant Morrison delivers a Superb Conclusion to Batmans Return and an Exciting Glimpse of the Future!
This is the final instalment of the Batman and Robin trilogy by Grant Morrison, and one that you will want to own if you have been keeping up with this series, and all the other titles that have inter-linked with the whole Return of Batman series. These include;
Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn (Batman & Robin)
Batman vs. Robin (Batman & Robin)
Batman &...
Published on 18 May 2011 by Mr. S. W. Steel

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3.0 out of 5 stars Batman Returns? Batman Never Left!
Finally, Grant Morrison completes his Bruce-Wayne-is-dead-oh-wait-he's-not-storyline that's been going on for aaaaaaaaaages with this book "Batman and Robin Must Die!" (which by the by doesn't complete Morrison's run on the character as you'll see by the end).

With "Thomas Wayne" seemingly returning from the grave to smear the good Wayne name in Gotham, we see...
Published on 27 July 2011 by Sam Quixote


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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential ! Grant Morrison delivers a Superb Conclusion to Batmans Return and an Exciting Glimpse of the Future!, 18 May 2011
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This is the final instalment of the Batman and Robin trilogy by Grant Morrison, and one that you will want to own if you have been keeping up with this series, and all the other titles that have inter-linked with the whole Return of Batman series. These include;
Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn (Batman & Robin)
Batman vs. Robin (Batman & Robin)
Batman & Robin Vol. 3: Batman Must Die! Deluxe Edition (this volume)

In a separate run;
Batman: Streets of Gotham: Hush Money
Batman: The Streets of Gotham: Leviathan v. 2
Batman: Streets of Gotham 3: The House of Hush due out later in 2011

On it's own;
Batgirl: Batgirl Rising

And then,
Robin: Search for a Hero
Red Robin: Grail
Red Robin: Collision v. 2 (Red Robin 2)

And the most recent titles;
Return of Bruce Wayne
Time and the Batman.

So this book picks up where volume 2, and runs with the revelation at the end of that book with the Joker taking centre stage and claiming to be on the side of Batman and Robin, and wants to help them take on the Black Glove who is trying to manipulate Gotham to his twisted desires. But can Batman and Robin trust the Joker?
The book starts of strongly with the opening pages depicting Dick being shot in the head, and essentially being forced in to a corner - to let the Black Mask take over Gotham, but be cured; or die a death descending into craziness as the clot in his brain bleeds throughout his skull. Yes, it isn't light reading in this volume! But then, when has Grant Morrison ever taken the easy way out?
It is hard to review this book without giving away all the twists and turns, and i think it is important not to give them away, as this book really does tie up a hell of a lot in the return of Batman and Bruce Wayne. There are some really excellently written pieces in this volume. The stand-out for me is when Damian locks himself in with the Joker (shades of Jason Todd, anyone) and will have you reading these pages with genuine nervousness - but you will still read them - they are probably the best part of this graphic novel (for me, anyway!). Alfred has a nice minor role too and gets some good page time.
The book finishes with an exciting glimpse into the future, and it makes sense in the direction that the Batman universe is moving - a logical move. Grant Morrison has definitely dragged Batman into a new era, and i hope that this new direction is the way DC will move forward. There is real potential in what Morrison has set up. I guess it won't be to the taste of everyone, but again that is what Morrison does best - he polarises opinion. No middle of the road opinions are taken from his books. You love them or hate them. The point is, you will HAVE an opinion and getting people to care about the character is what he does best.
There aren't many faults for me in this volume, but a few minor niggles. Firstly, the gunshot to Dicks head is resolved too easily for me - there was definitely more scope to expand on this sub-plot. Secondly, the artwork doesn't really set my world on fire. I can appreciate what it is trying to do; this is definitely the darkest book of the three Batman and Robin books, and it certainly has the most action and storylines crammed into its pages, so i can see why it is so intense, but i am not a huge fan of the style. It is probably just me, and in fairness i couldn't imagine it being done any other way!
These minor points aside, this is a superb read. It is a real page turner - from high action, to high drama, to smiles, to cheers, to cringing, to twists and surprises, this book delivers on every level. It is a one-sitting read, and well worth re-reading.
I can't recommend this book highly enough, and it is an essential book in anyone's collection. I can't wait to see where the Batman universe goes from here.....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Batman Returns? Batman Never Left!, 27 July 2011
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Finally, Grant Morrison completes his Bruce-Wayne-is-dead-oh-wait-he's-not-storyline that's been going on for aaaaaaaaaages with this book "Batman and Robin Must Die!" (which by the by doesn't complete Morrison's run on the character as you'll see by the end).

With "Thomas Wayne" seemingly returning from the grave to smear the good Wayne name in Gotham, we see the gradual take-down of the Wayne empire as Dick Grayson as Batman battles Dr Pyg, his drug addicted, blank faced fiends, while Damian Al-Ghul as Robin takes on Joker.

The first and only real gripe I have to make is the decision to have Frazier Irving as main artist for this book. I hate his art. You know those programs where you take a photo and then select to have it look like a painting? That's what Irving's artwork looks like. It's mostly drab as most of his colour palettes are blacks and greys. However I will say that the final panel in his illustration run of the series results in a gorgeous full page spread of Bruce Wayne as Batman - returned!

Pyg, while in previous books chilling and formidable, is in this book unlike any other B-list Batman villain and seems to be a poor man's Penguin. It's a shame because I expected more of a showdown than what's given in the book. That said, "Thomas Wayne" makes up for it and the final fight between him and Batman ends in a satisfyingly interesting way by an unexpected character.

To be honest I found the conclusion to the main story of Batman returning a bit anti-climactic. It wasn't nearly as good as the previous volume and there seemed to be too much crammed into this book to really develop a strong enough plot (at one point there's a nuke on a train?). The best part was the revelation at the end and the subsequent one-shot story that sets up the next book - Batman Incorporated. The premise for that and the new villain should (hopefully) make for a more interesting next book and some amazing possibilities for spin-off series.

A good read but a disappointingly weak ending to a fascinating storyline, if you've been following the series then you'll have to read this for closure but it's not the best of the bunch. But maybe the best is yet to come?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 29 May 2013
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This review is from: Batman And Robin TP Vol 03 Batman Robin Must Die (Paperback)
Completeley as advertised. I have no complaints whatsoever.
I you are interested in this subject, this is one for you.
Couldn't be more satisfied
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it, 24 May 2013
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This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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