Silent issues can be a rough gig for some artists. It involves telling a story completely with visuals in a way that’s both interesting and that continues the plot. It’s incredibly easy to make a silent issue seem disjointed or not get the message across by art alone, but if done right, it can be an incredibly powerful way to deliver a story in comics. Pat Gleason, artist for Batman & Robin, managed to do the silent issue of Batman & Robin 18 not only well, but incredibly well. It’s easily the strongest issue of the Requiem issues following Damian Wayne’s death, in my opinion, and it will go down as a highlight of the run. With Damian gone, however, the “Robin” part of the title seems a little useless, and for the next few issues it’ll be replaced by other heroes. This week we had Red Robin fill the void, the next month will be Red Hood, and the month after that will be Batgirl. With new emotional highs ready to hit the pages of the comic, the artist responsible for doing such great emotional art did an interview with Newsarama to see what’s next for the title.
Big plans for the title in the next year…Seeds are sown and a kick-ass emotional story shifts into an even higher gear.
That’s kind of vague when you think about it, but this is coming from the artist, someone who has to do the difficult job of conveying what the writer has written and then delivering it to the readers in a way that impacts us. In Batman’s history, we have so many iconic panels that became instantly memorable due to the work of the artists. To get inside the head of Gleason and how his art has to work at doing exactly that, Newsarama interviewed him about issue 18 and how it was to have to work with an issue he had to really take the lead on in terms of creative input. They asked how hard it was to tell a story that hinged entirely on his visuals and if it was a daunting task or not.
First off, let me say that I can’t imagine it was easy for Peter Tomasi to take a step back and put all of his trust in the art to deliver his script. I give him so much credit for making the decision to go this route. Not to mention DC comics for letting us do it! I’m really proud of how it turned out.