Offered an alternative to being Batman‘s sidekick, Damian accepts Nobody‘s offer to work as his partner without the limitations Damian has been forced to accept as Robin. I really want to want to like this title more than I do, but once again we’re left with an issue which is good but that could be so much better.
The Nobody/Damian storyline is limiting because we already know the outcome. There’s no way DC is going to turn the current Robin into a cold-blooded killer this early in the New 52. However, if the arc softens the Bruce/Damain relationship all won’t be in vain.
What’s interesting to note is how much better this story would have been if Nobody’s part had been played by Jason Todd, a former Robin, whose current outlook is far more like that of Damian than Batman.
Patrick Gleason‘s art has gotten better as he’s gotten more comfortable with the characters, but writer Peter J. Tomasi struggles with Batman’s epiphany about his behavior to his son. It feels far too forced for the version of Batman we’ve seen so far. Worth a look.