Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Batman and Robin #7

The first arc of this title comes to its penultimate chapter in "Driven." Peter J. Tomasi pushes the envelope with the use of extreme violence at the same time that the emotional intensity of the story reaches its peak. It is strange to categorize such brutality as justifiable, but in terms of the plot, anything less would not have sparked the passions needed to bring it to such a jarring final act. Patrick Gleason also upped the ante by translating Tomasi's words into energetic panels that conveyed the desperation and anguish this arc has exploited so well; dialog was almost unnecessary with his fine style. Along with Mick Gray's inks and John Kalisz's colors, the whole art team has made of "Born to Kill" an exciting saga with cinematic qualities, and with an epilogue issue still to go, a definitive must have.

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