SPOILER ALERT: If you have not read BATMAN AND ROBIN #37 yet and do not wish to know what happens, stop reading this post now (major spoilers ahead!).
In BATMAN AND ROBIN #37, the penultimate issue of ROBIN RISES!, there is one last obstacle blocking Bruce Wayne’s quest to bring Damian back from the dead: Darkseid! Back in ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1, Batman made a vow to bring back Robin alive – and the quest took him all the way to Apokolips!
In this epic stand-off between good and evil, Darkseid pushes Batman, in his Hellbat suit, to the brink of destruction as Batman attempts to secure Damian’s sarcophagus and escape Darkseid’s rampage. After capturing the omega beams necessary to heal the chaos shard, Batman has no other choice but to divert all power of his Hellbat suit, which draws from the wearer’s metabolism for energy, to flee the scene with his dead son’s coffin.
Though the power surge rescues Batman from Darkseid, the Hellbat suit has left Bruce with only a few minutes before the suit implodes!
Ignoring the warning alerts, Batman uses his last moments to resurrect Damian using the chaos shard…. And it works! Robin Rises!
But as Damian awakes, Bruce can’t escape the turmoil he put his body through…
Just moments after reuniting and their emotional father-son embrace, see below as Bruce collapses! What does this mean? Has Batman sacrificed himself for his son? Sound off in the comments below!
BATMAN AND ROBIN #37, written by Peter Tomasi and illustrated by Patrick Gleason, is available in stores now. And look ROBIN RISES: ALPHA #1, the final chapter in ROBIN RISES!, when it hit shelves next Wednesday.