“The Great Escape”
Written by Peter Milligan
Art and Cover by Tony Daniel
“DC 75th Anniversary” Variant cover by Kevin Nowlan
On Sale September 9, 2010
DC Comics, 32 Pages, Color, $2.99
“The Great Escape” is a very nice little single-issue story that moves along at a very nice pace and holds your attention through the mystery of just who the villain Getaway is. Is it the original person who donned the costume and came up against Batman and Robin or someone new with a vendetta against The Dark Knight that has yet to be revealed? There’s a bit of a sub-plot that has the book end with a cliffhanger, but the main storyline is wrapped up in this one issue. Also, keep in mind that this is a Dick Grayson / Batman and Damian / Robin tale that is a prelude to “The Return of Bruce Wayne.”
I can’t really think of anything about this comic I didn’t like. Like I said earlier, the pace of the story by writer Peter Milligan moved forward very quickly. The surprise ending and revelation was satisfying and added some spice to the plot. I loved the little homages to the Batman and Robin of the past through flashbacks and little pictures on the view screen in the Batcave. They featured different styles of art from the many talents that have drawn the character over the years. The appearance of Tim Drake as Red Robin to help out was also a nice little added treat.
I found the art by Tony Daniel to be very colorful and well-drawn. The characters, objects, and backgrounds appear smooth and polished, but it didn’t annoy me. The look is definitely animation-based versus some of your more realistic life-like art you run across in the DC and Batman comics.
I love the banter between Dick and Damian. Damian is exactly what you would expect from the son of the Caped Crusader. He’s very sure of himself and headstrong. He’s always questioning every decision Dick makes about their pursuits of the villain. Although his age is said to be 10, he acts more like a 12 or 13 year old. I also have to say that the humanity that is shown at the end of the book was very emotional and reminded me that no matter how hard Batman tries to portray to people, he still hasn’t lost his soul or completely hardened his heart.
If you’re a fan of one shots and like things tied up nicely then this is the perfect issue for you. It’s a lot of fast-paced fun that makes for a quick read. The background story has loose-ends, but it’s nothing that leaves you wondering what happened in the big picture.
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