A very welcome book for people who are into Batman-continuity. Logical, enjoyfull and doing the job as it should. A book with sufficient art (partially by "Crisis'" George Perez) and a nice, not overly complicated storyline.
Ever since the whole Jason Todd tragedy (see "Death in the Family") Batman/Bruce has never quite been the same. He has been thinking more with his fists than with his brains ever since, which hasn't been an improvement to his health to say the least. Now, Two-face is back in town and he's out to get Batman, following orders from a voice on the radio which he 'knows' is just his own insane mind. Meanwhile a little boy, who mysteriously appears to know all about Bruce, Jason and Dick, confronts Dick Grayson, trying to convince him to be Robin again because 'Batman NEEDS a Robin'. Together they go on their way to help Batman, which eventually shall lead into the introduction of a new Robin.
This Trade-Paperback (which collects Batman #440-442 & New Titans #61,62) is the story that shows us the installment of the third Robin. A very nice story but with some minor points. Firstly, with this book you have the same 'problem' as with "Year One" namely that you HAVE to be a follower of the Batman-mythos to appreciate and fully understand it. For someone who's looking for 'just a nice Batman-book' without wanting to need a lot of knowledge about what has gone before this is not a suitable book. For people who DO know what has gone before it's a pretty nice story, but not as well executed as "Year One" (or for another example "The Killing Joke"). So in all honesty, overall I'll have to rate it as not overly good, not bad, but nicely in the middle. If you're a follower of Batman continuity you should get this and read it AFTER "Death in the Family" (so get that first) for maximum enjoyment, and have some fun with it. If you're just looking for a nice self-contained Batman story go get "Dark Knight Returns", "The Long Halloween" or "Batman: Prey".