One of the things that I love most about comic books is that as a whole comic books are a publishing freight train moving full-steam ahead towards an unknown future while leaving a wake of continuity behind (occasionally, this freight train will double-back on itself and end up going in a slightly different direction (reboots), but in general the train just keeps on moving on). Comics are great because they offer a snapshot of the time and era that they were created, the location of the train at a certain moment if you will. I love reading old comics to see how my favorite characters became who they are now and I love reading current comics to see how my favorite creators move these characters forward.

I bring all of this up because the new “Batman & Robin Eternal” weekly maxi-series seems like it’ll be a great snapshot of the current DC Snyder-led Batman universe that’ll also pay great reverence to what’s come before. I’ve only read the first issue, but the book, focusing on the Robins, quickly re-establishes who the various Robins are (sans Damien) and where they’re at now in the wake of Bruce Wayne’s Batman “death”. The first issue is heavy on character and character relationships and sets up an intriguing mystery that I’m guessing will be the focus of the series. As the follow-up to the great 52-weekly “Batman Eternal” maxi-series, “Batman & Robin Eternal” has big shoes to fill, but under the guidance of “Batman Eternal”‘s head writers Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV “Batman & Robin Eternal” should do just fine. But either way, whether “Batman & Robin Eternal” turns out to be good or bad, it’ll nevertheless be an interesting milestone on the comic book freight train’s path. (But, judging by the first issue, the series should be really really good.)

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