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Batman and Robin #8

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Mixed or average ratings

Based on 14 critic ratings.

As Batman finds himself in the clutches of a new cult that worships Man-Bat, Robin continues his own investigation into his High School’s connections to Shush!

Can the father and son dynamic duo uncover Man-Bat and Shush’s master plans before Gotham pays the price?!

Publication Date
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27 pages
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14 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Since the start of this series, Batman and Robin have been more in sync than they usually are – but this issue, they’re split up, and the culprit is a pair of women who might have ulterior motives. Batman has chosen to seek out Shush, believed to be Damian’s former abusive teacher Mistress Harsh – who is also posing as the headmistress at Damian’s high school. It’s a tangled web, made only more so by the fact that Shush is working for a deranged version of Man-Bat who is continuing to transform people around Gotham in an attempt to turn the city over to the animals. Where this works is some great, chaotic action scenes, although the sheer number of double-crosses and triple-crosses in this story is a bit much. I’m enjoying this half of the story, although I’m still a little confused by where this sadistic, megalomaniac version of Man-Bat even came from.

    However, I’m a much bigger fan of the other subplot here – involving Damian and his girlfriend Flatline, who have tracked down Mika’s sister who was presumed kidnapped by gangsters in Gotham. Except not so much – she’s a willing accomplice and looking to kick off a career in crime. This forces Flatline to make an impossible choice between two people she loves – and sends Damian after her. Much like the other plot, this one has quite a few twists and turns, but it has a fun, chaotic energy to it that makes it work much better. This is mostly because Williamson has been writing this pairing since the Robin solo series, and they’re just a blast together. I’m hoping that these two get to have many more high-speed chases with each other, and that we get to see them in whatever big book Williamson does next. Time for a Teen Titans relaunch in the coming months, maybe?

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Williamson delivers a story filled with action and thrills. The action is great and I love the dark tone of both sides of the story. The Robin story is pure adventure and filled with great action while the Batman story delivers on the bigger mystery of the arc while creating some great tension.

    The Art: Nikola Cizmesija delivers some fantastic art throughout the issue. The visual style continues to be compelling and engaging in its character designs and action.

  • 81

    Nerd Initiative

    With the appearance of Flatline, the dynamic duo is split from their case. Williamson mixes in big drama with exciting moments to move events along. Čižmešija, Lokus and Wands give both stories their own distinct looks with distinct images showcasing both leads. The conclusion will be one that leaves doors open to for readers to draw their own clues to where things head from here. Keep an eye out for this one on NCBD.

  • 80


    Batman and Robin #8 is an interesting break for the dynamic duo, showing these characters on individual adventures. But while this issue gives something interesting to Robin’s character development, as Flatline melts his usually confident mask, it adds nothing new to Batman nor Shush. In the end, there are more questions than answers. We’ll just have to wait and see if the payoff is satisfying enough for the journey.

  • 80

    Batman on Film

    Batman and Robin isn’t my favorite title in the Bat Stable, but this was a fun entry. It feels disconnected from the rest of the line, which can be a plus or minus depending on your perspective. Williamson writes Damian well and Batman feels more central to this issue. The art may not be to everyone’s taste, but it fits the vibe Williamson is going for. Looking forward to seeing what happens next between Batman and Man-Bat!

  • 80

    Caped Joel

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Joshua Williamson is certainly not shy about drawing parallels between Bruce Wayne and Damian Wayne. Especially when it comes to the younger Wayne we are seeing Damian have his own Bat-Cat pairing explored with his relationship with Flatline. He gets a major test in Batman and Robin #8 as Flatline goes about not fully telling Damian everything about her mission to save her sister. The results are an experience that gets you more invested in the chemistry between Damian and Flatline. Batman meanwhile has a completely different type of team-up with Shush that does a good job at furthering the overarching Man-Bat storyline. Once we get to the end the cliffhanger creates several fun and interesting angles for the next chapter in this story to take.

  • 74

    The Batman Universe

    While this issue does not reach the heights of the previous issue, especially in the art, the book remains a thoroughly enjoyable read and is a legitimate candidate for a third Batman title.

  • 70

    Lyles Movie Files

    Man-Bat and his ninja assassins are a potentially formidable threat, but haven’t actually done anything all that menacing yet. This story needs to progress faster or the villains need to start doing something to justify the slow burn approach.

  • 70

    First Comics News

    No review.

  • 60


    I did enjoy this issue more than usual but it still isn’t selling me on the book, especially as it proves that this title slots right into the same mold as every other “in-continuity” Batman series on the stands. Still, there is potential here and I hope that, at some point, it will be realized.

  • 60

    Dark Knight News

    Batman and Robin #8 is hopefully just a hiccup in an otherwise great run. Only the next issue will tell…

  • 58

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Batman And Robin #8 delivers plenty of energy and plot developments, but the fast-paced issue frequently leaves sense and focus at the door. Williamson shortcuts several scenes to keep the pace up, lowering the Dynamic Duo’s competence. At least the art is better than solid.

  • 50

    Batman and Robin #8 feels a little bit like a low compared to where this series has been over the past couple of issues. Robin’s outing with Flatline falls a little short as it turns out to be a highly orchestrated scheme to protect her sister – and in turn feels like a bit of a side tangent just to keep Robin away from Batman and have a handy reason for Flatline to be around. Meanwhile, Batman’s team-up with Shush doesn’t really feel like a team-up and turns into being something of an ambush, but the way its executed feels rushed and messy and lacks focus. Between the two separate stories, the issue has a disjointed feel to it that functionally nudges the story along but doesn’t really feel like it delivers anything al that interesting. I hate the term filler, but it might just fit here.

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