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BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 – LYING IN PLAIN SIGHT

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BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 by Joshua Williamson, Nikola Čižmešija, Rex Lokus and Steve Wands (DC Comics) Cover: Simone Di Meo

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay Points!

For this entry, we’re continuing to follow along Gotham City’s first family. The Waynes (Bruce and Damian) have their work cut out for them on their latest case. With Man-Bat at the center of attention, the dynamic duo dives in. What they have found is a combination of unique circumstances and family bonding. The series stands apart from the rest of the Bat Family.

With its’ latest trek, the father and son team are split into different directions. Not to mention where Shish and Flatline play into the case. How will they fare with new partners along for the ride?

BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 by Joshua Williamson, Nikola Čižmešija, Rex Lokus and Steve Wands (DC Comics) looks to provide those answers and much more.

Let’s take a closer look and see how things shape up.

*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***

While in pursuit of Man-Bat, The dynamic duo has some company crash their investigation. Flatline, who has a history with Damian Wayne has arrived in Gotham. Her mission is to find her missing sister Mila. Batman gives the go ahead for Damian to help her.

In his absence, an unlikely figure enters the equation. Shush has been helping Man-Bat on his latest caper. It appears as she’s changed sides. She approaches Batman with an offer he might not be able to turn down.

BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 by Joshua Williamson, Nikola Čižmešija, Rex Lokus and Steve Wands (DC Comics) – Cover: Kael Ngu 

This issue begins with a flashback of Mila telling her story. Readers find out that she’s not exactly lost. Mila has taken up the family business of crime. This doesn’t sit well with Robin. However, Flatline proves “blood is thicker than water.” Flatline sets up the distraction allowing Mila to escape.

Meanwhile, Batman is listening to Shush’s pitch for teaming up. The only question is that of trust. Can Batman really side with someone who’s identity reflects a dangerous rogue. Shush gives slight insight as she leads Batman into a possible break in the case. After they arrive, it seems as their luck may have run out.

READ LAST ISSUE’S REVIEW HERE!

How does events play for both heroes? Being split away, each has their own troubles to deal with. The action doesn’t break from its standard as conflicts arise. Once the fallout begins, it leaves one hero with an unlikely partner to pick up the pieces of the case.

Williamson breaks the issue into two very separate tales. The Flatline story gives fans a showcase into Damian that we rarely see. The emotional reactions to Flatline’s actions jump out. Seeing the usual focused Robin acting a tad reckless was a solid twist. Heading into the close, it will be a fun dynamic to see where things go for Damian form here.

As for Bats, its’ business as usual. Shush is written as a character of mystery. She doesn’t stray too far off the path. Seeing her drama play out with Man-Bat kept readers waiting to see her true motives. The ending is a bit of a surprise that will only have fans talking until the next chapter.

BATMAN AND ROBIN #8 by Joshua Williamson, Nikola Čižmešija, Rex Lokus and Steve Wands (DC Comics) Cover –  Nikola Čižmešija

Čižmešija and Lokus step in for art duties with this issue. The opening moment with Batman and Shush is given a near two full page spread. It gives the moment weight as the sensing of motives play out. The same can be said for the Man-Bat appearances. The panels express the villain’s rage with Batman closing in.

The Robin/Flatline saga is gifted strong action panels. One scenario is with Robin and his mobile. The pace rushes through the art as the conclusion is sudden. It leads into more personal moments later heading towards the closing pages. The parting shot sets up a shift in events that will be ones fans will want to keep an eye on.

FINAL POINT: 8.1

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.

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Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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