Damian Wayne is not your ordinary 10-year old kid. Thrust away from his father Bruce Wayne, he was trained rigorously by his mother Talia al Ghul. Despite his mother’s influence, his interest in his father gained over the years, and he continued to want to see him. Yet, Talia wouldn’t let her son see his father until he defeated her in battle. It would take countless times for that to occur.
Only after a handful of birthdays and disappointments would the young Damian get to see his father. An innocent child, he had anything human drummed out of him by the training he’d receive from the League of Assassins. After rigorous determination and more and more anger, he finally would be able to see his father. The son expected the father to be taller… And at that moment, the father knew he’d have a challenge on his hands with the young boy… But, he still hoped, and as they fight side by side as Batman and Robin, the conversion to a life of truth and justice continues for the young Wayne.
Peter Tomasi is re-defining the young Damian in many unexpected ways. With Grant Morrison, the character’s creator, he seemed to cover all the territory of Damian’s life. Yet, the one thing he didn’t do much of was the relationship between his father Bruce and himself. It was shortly covered in Batman and Son but Tomasi is digging deeper than any writer before him into what makes the young boy tick. At the end of the issue, the reader gets a full perspective of the 10-year old kid, and realizes why he became so bratty.
Patrick Gleason can do anything art-wise. His art is off the wall, and this issue’s no exception. From the earliest days Damian experienced to his countless fight scenes with his mother, the reader sees Gleason is an expert storyteller, and is matched well with his partner in crime Tomasi.
Together, these men are telling a timeless story of a boy learning to understand a father he never knew, and trying to change as he learns to love him more and more wanting to be like that man as he grows into adulthood.
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