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Comic Review: Batman and Nightwing #23

Batman and Nightwing #23 New 52 Patrick Gleason

Peter J. Tomasi brings in Dick Grayson to help Bruce get over the death of Damian Wayne, but it’s Alfred who really steals the show in Batman and Nightwing #23.

Tomasi and artist Patrick Gleason turn in probably the best post-Damian team-up yet as they finish off Batman’s mourning period with an issue titled Acceptance.

The plot centers on a virtual reality scenario recreation of Damian’s death. Tomasi plays on the idea that if only Bruce had been faster, Damian might have lived. That “if only” idea carries forward to the other characters in this story, as Nightwing pops in to help Bruce run the scenario with a partner.

But it’s Alfred’s “if only” – if only he hadn’t let Damian rush off to battle that day – that really resonates. Tomasi writes Alfred with a measured stoicism that hides so much more underneath. We’ve felt Bruce’s pain for a while, and it’s pretty one note.

Seeing Alfred’s pain is so much more poignant.

Gleason’s art is well-suited to the fire-lit action scenes from Batman Incorporated. He has some frenetic pages with tons of movement, and it all comes together nicely.

Batman and Nightwing #23 gives Damian the emotional send-off he deserves.

Now, it’s time to move on.

8 out of 10

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