Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quitely, Philip Tan
Taking place after the events of “Batman R.I.P,” the opening story arc on this new Batman & Robin title starred Dick Grayson, the former Robin, as the new Batman and Damien Wayne, the lovechild of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, as the new Robin. With a much more concise narrative than Morrison’s previous work on the character, “Batman Reborn” put an emphasis on sharp dialogue and surprising humor rather than the gritty mysteries and violence of most Batman stories.
Morrison has gone on record as stating that he views this title as a cross between the '60s Batman television show and the films of surrealist David Lynch, and he couldn’t be more on-point. This book is a complete tonal shift from what we’re used to from his Batman work, but it’s also a refreshing break from some of Morrison's lofty ideas.
With new villain additions like Mr. Toad and Professor Pyg, Morrison proves that he isn’t satisfied with retreading the same characters from years past; he wants to build up a mythology all his own. If you’re up to it, we suggest you go all the way back and read Morrison’s run from the beginning, but if you just want the best of the best, Batman & Robin is it.