‘Batman and Robin’ No. 33 preview: Batman argues with Justice League

July 21, 2014 | 12:00 p.m.
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Batman looks for answers in "Batman and Robin" No. 33. (Patrick Gleason/DC Entertainment)

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The Justice League debates the merits of preparation in "Batman and Robin" No. 33. (Patrick Gleason/DC Entertainment)

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Batman settles the issue unilaterally in the early pages of "Batman and Robin" No. 33. (Patrick Gleason/DC Entertainment)

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Wonder Woman cools Shazam's jets in an early scene from "Batman and Robin" No. 33. (Patrick Gleason/DC Entertainment)

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Batman checks in at the HQ in "Batman and Robin" No. 33. (Patrick Gleason/DC Entertainment)

When Hero Complex talked with “Batman and Robin” writer Peter J. Tomasi earlier this year about his upcoming plans for the series, he didn’t mince words about the importance of the Boy Wonder to the Dark Knight.

“Batman needs a Robin and Robin needs a Batman,” he said.

With this week’s release of “Batman and Robin” No. 33, it appears readers will get one step closer to that necessary relationship as Bruce Wayne is more determined than ever to retrieve the coffin of the last Robin, his son Damian Wayne.

You can grab a sneak peek at Issue no. 33, from Tomasi and his longtime artist ally Patrick Gleason,  in the galley above or by clicking the links below.

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The heroes debate the merits of preparation in "Batman and Robin" No. 33. (Patrick Gleason/DC Entertainment)

The heroes debate the merits of preparation in “Batman and Robin” No. 33. (Patrick Gleason/DC Entertainment)

Last week saw the release “Robin Rises: Omega,” the one-shot that leads into this week’s “Batman and Robin,” which featured Batman battling with Darkseid’s envoy Glorious Godfrey who absconds with Damian’s coffin for Apokolips. A blundering Justice League appears to temporarily aid Batman in battle, but they realize too late that they’ve prevented the Dark Knight from following the precious coffin. Of course, Batman makes sure to let them know his frustration.

Judging by the opening scenes of Issue No. 33, he hasn’t cooled off much. After a brief debate with the League about his need to go to Apokolips, the Dark Knight ends the discussion abruptly and vanishes into thin air. And while it seems to be the final straw for Frankenstein, to his credit, Lex Luthor seems to appreciate the move.

Tomasi had hinted at this brewing conflict as well.

“Bruce and the Justice League won’t be exactly seeing eye to eye on several important issues, which may or may not lead to some rather strong emotional conflicts being put on display.”

Judging by the early pages of Issue No. 33, it appears the emotions are already strong.

“Batman and Robin” No. 33 hits stores on Wednesday, which this year DC Entertainment has declared “Batman Day,”  a fete marked by a special issue of “Detective Comics” No. 27, collectors items and more to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight.

– Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex

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