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Batman and Robin #9

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 16 critic ratings.

Who will be Gotham’s true protector? The people of Gotham will decide!

While his father fights for his life, Damian now knows Shush’s secrets, and it’s only created more problems for him as a high school student and as Robin!

Can the Dynamic Duo find each other before it’s too late?

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27 pages
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16 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90


    Batman and Robin #9 is an important issue and a must-read for readers following the dynamic duo’s adventures. It has a couple of the most stylistic artists working in comics today to provide gorgeous art, and Joshua Williamson packages it all in a fun and joyfully written story. Though Shush’s reveal leaves more to be desired, Man-Bat is finally taking his much-deserved spotlight, soaring as a main antagonist. Let’s hope the next issue keeps up the momentum and brings father and son together again on the same page.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This title has done a very good job of balancing over-the-top superhero action with some surprisingly funny high-school adventure for Damian Wayne. Its one weak spot has been its main villain, Man-Bat, who has become a megalomaniacal mastermind who wants to turn the whole world into bats, it seems. Smarter and deadlier than ever before, but much more evil without a compelling explanation, he’s been one step ahead of Batman the whole time and has captured him.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    Williamson creates some great drama in the issue as well as craft a great twist with Shush that I wasn’t expecting. I enjoyed both sides of the story with Batman’s confrontation with Langstrom as well as Damian dealing with the consequences of his actions and assumptions. It shows that Damian still has things to learn and strengthens the need for him to defer to his father more.

    Both artists deliver great visuals throughout the issue. The art is stylish and filled with great action as well as character designs.

  • 85

    Caped Joel

  • 83

    Nerd Initiative

    With Man-Bat nearing completion of his plans, Damian Wayne’s luck appears to be turning with this latest chapter. Williamson gifts fans payoffs for certain plot points with the writing. The art teams split duties to give Batman and Robin their own distinct look before closing with a stand-of final page. This isn’t your average Bat book and that’s a big win for fans.

  • 80

    Batman and Robin finally delivers on the mystery Damian‘s been trying to solve at his school as to who the principal really is and does so while tying it to the larger story involving Man-Bat and what’s going on with Bruce. It’s genuinely very well done in that it connects both stories and brings father and son back together again to dealing with largely the same issue all while elevating the stakes even as it ties up a few loose ends along the way. I don’t love the art in this issue as it feels a little uneven and inconsistent at times, but the story more than makes up for it as all the pieces start to fall into place.

  • 80

    Dark Knight News

    Batman and Robin #9 is an issue full of answers… not all of them, mind you. Of course, all this just keeps us coming back for more!

    If you haven’t been reading this series, then you’ve really been missing out.

  • 80

    Batman on Film

    Despite my usual criticisms, I did enjoy the issue. The switch in styles between Di Meo and Čižmešija is sure to dismay some readers, particularly if you prefer one over the other, but I think they both have assigned storylines that play well to their respective strengths. I particularly liked Di Meo this time — the splash page and two-page spreads were well done with a great sense of scope. Batman and Robin still is far from being my favorite Bat book, but I had some fun with it this month and it will be interesting to see what Bruce does about Shush’s truth.

  • 80

    Get Your Comic On

    Batman and Robin #9 is a fast moving entity. Both Batman and Robin’s stories have huge ground to cover, setting up and knocking down obstacles as they go.

  • 80

    First Comics News

    No review.

  • 75

    Comic Book Revolution

    Batman and Robin #9 does a great job balancing the dark plot involving Man-Bat’s rise to power with the more light-hearted high school adventures of Damian Wayne. Through it all Joshua Williamson delivers great progress on the multiple storylines going on in the Cult of Man-Bat arc.

  • 74

    The Batman Universe

    Batman and Robin #9 continues writer Joshua Williamson’s energetic, enjoyable arc. The strengths of this book are consistent. For example, both major and minor characters are written well. Although we do not get much of Batman in this issue, Damian is represented here as a complex, layered individual for whom you cheer. He is not above his adolescent struggles (who among us is?), but he is nevertheless mature, focused, and fearless. What more would you expect from Batman and Talia al Ghul’s son? In this issue, Williamson wisely casts Nika in the background, not because she is unworthy of the limelight, but because the energy here is intentionally Robin-centric in showing off his detective abilities.

  • 72

    Comic Watch

    Batman and Robin #9 is a fun read with exciting action and great art. Joshua Williamson continues to develop Damian well, and it seems like he’s enjoying doing it. It’s great to see Nikola Cižmešija and Rex Lokus back. Tone-wise, both artistic duos are excellent at what they do. The series hasn’t been hurt by not having a consistent creative team. Both Cižmešija and Di Meo both capture essential feelings and styles required by the story that is unfolding.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Batman and Robin #9 brings readers the latest issue of this story arc as the dynamic duo close in on Man-Bat and Shush. Sadly, Shush lost a lot of her potential early on in the run, and the reveal of her secret identity and backstory is similarly disappointing, though it can be salvaged if played right. Meanwhile the parts with Batman and Man-Bat felt short-lived as it tries to double down on this more villainous version of him but in ways that contradict his recent comic history. Overall, it was an uneventful issue but it sets up what should be an exciting finale.

  • 65


    This is an issue that feels like it desperately wants to be more than a set-up issue for a couple of big upcoming face-offs, but it all falls a bit flat by sagging noticeably in the middle.

  • 35

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Batman and Robin #9 is a sloppy, lazy mess of a comic. The Mistress Harsh/Shush reveal goes over like a lead balloon, and a guest artist was brought in to redo whole sections of the comic just to get the reveal out of the way. If you’re paying for this comic, you’re wasting your time and money.

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