This variant cover for Batman #127 has a very Norm Breyfogle-y energy, I think. It's not ust that the Robin is Tim Drake in his '90s costume, but the way in which the very dynamic Batman is shown fighting a whole group at once, landing multiple blows on multiple foes in different directions. It reminds me of all the times Breyfogle drew Batman fighting groups of enemies, generally dispatching several of them in a single panel. I'm not sure who the artist is, as there are a bunch of different variant covers to the issue, but, if I had to guess by the provided solicitation info, I'd guess Alex Garner. It's part of Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez's run on the series.
Okay, important question. I've been excited to read Batgirls since the series was first announced, and now it looks like it will finally be available in trade this September. So how good is it? Is it something I will want to read and re-read, and thus want to own, as I do all of the Cassandra Cain issues of Batgirl? Or is it just okay, a comic I'll want to read but not necessarily ever want to revisit, like the Stephanie Brown issues of Batgirl? Any advice from fans is appreciated.
How has this series been so far, anyway? I imagine the collection is coming out fairly soon-ish, and I'm wondering if I need to buy it (that is, it's really good) or just borrow it from the library (that is, it's simply pretty good). Let me know if you've been reading it.
Batman vs. Robin #1? Didn't we already do this one once before? At least, that's the sub-title of Grant Morrison's second Batman & Robin collection, and there was a 2015 direct-to-DVD animated film called Batman Vs. Robin. This does have Mark Waid attached as a writer though, so it might be better than it's derivative nature suggests. Also, I like this scary bat gargoyle on one of the variants:
Though the book seems a little out-of-nowhere—at least as much as any Batman-adjacent comic ever does, given that "Batman-adjacent" usually means "likely to sell in today's market"—I'm glad to see they're actually doing something with Tim's coming out, telling what appears to be an actual story with some place in the DC universe, rather than just the headline-grabbing short story in the Batman anthology that got mainstream media to notice Tim Drake again. (Now if only DC would do a JSA series, so they can follow through with Alan Scott's coming out...as well as using that huge swathe of their character catalog. Seems like a particularly apt time, given that the JSA will be appearing in the Black Adam movie, as odd as that seems.)
Anyway, as I've noted recently-ish, there's a lot of narrative momentum to the Tim Drake character, and, as a fan of his, I'm glad to see him getting his own title again. (Hopefully DC will resume collecting the original series Robin series starring Tim again; they left off after only five volumes).