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Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Born to Kill (The New 52) (Batman & Robin Volumes) [Kindle Edition]

PETER J. TOMASI , Patrick Gleason
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Batman begins battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together!As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne's past: His name is NoBody, and he's not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil... This volume collects issues 1-6 of Batman and Robin, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.

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"Intriguing." - USA Today "Powerful effects and sharp characterization." -"Publishers Weekly" "Watching [Robin] struggle to reconcile his mother's cold-blooded anger with his father's compassion and nobility (and not a little outright arrogance from both sides of the family tree) has been one of the highlights of the comics reading experience in recent years." - "Maxim" "This is the kind of Batman story I like to read: an actual mystery with an emotional hook." - "The Onion AV Club" "The storytelling is crisp, punchy and clean--in both words and art--even when they both get pretty dark. I think that's what I loved most about this book, the way the two complimented each other so well." - "Time Out Chicago" "Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are knocking it out issue after issue." - """Rock solid." - "IGN""" "A fascinating story about a very complicated relationship." - "Newsarama" "Tomasi and Gleason have upped their collective game." - "iFanboy"

About the Author

Peter J. Tomasi, a life-long New Yorker, is an NYU grad with degrees in political science and filmmaking. Peter has helped re-imagine many characters and books over the course of his extensive and exclusive career at DC Comics as a writer and editor. Peter's newest projects are "Batman & Robin" and "Green Lantern Corps," both a part of DC Comics--The New 52. His previous works include "Brightest Day Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, Batman: Blackest Knight, The Outsiders, Nightwing, Phantom Stranger, Black Adam The Dark Age" and "Final Crisis: Requiem."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 61450 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1st edition (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S0TDNO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 July 2012
By Arron
Apart from Scott Snyder's "Batman" (Court of Owls) and Geoff Johns "Green Lantern" (Sinestro), this is probably my favourite story.

A quick summary for those who aren't familiar with current continuity: Bruce Wayne has a son named Damian, his mother - being Talia Al Ghul, current leader of the League of Assassins - raised and trained him to be a cold-blooded and ruthless assassin. After a series of events, Bruce Wayne got shot back in time and eventually came back. During that time, Damian became Robin and worked alongside Dick Grayson (the first Robin and second Batman). Now that Bruce is back, he has started a new faction of Wayne Industries known as "Batman Inc." where he personally funds Batman and aims to have a Batman for every nation... now we begin. "Batman and Robin - Born to Kill" is simply brilliant. The plot involves a ghost from Bruce's past coming back to terrorise him in the murderous form of "Nobody". "Nobody" also attempts to influence Damian into abandoning his role as Robin and embracing the slaughter. During it all we explore the wonderfully dysfunctional father/son relationship between the two, and from that there are some oddly touching moments.

So there you have it. A new, murderous villain. Exploration of Batman's past. Plenty of father/son moments. Alfred acting as a father to both Bruce and Damian. And lots of action.

All in all, alongside the "Court of Owls" storyline, you should definitely give this a read. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nature versus Nurture 8 Jun. 2013
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER
This storyline runs through issues #1-8 of the `New 52' Batman and Robin title. This features Bruce and Damian Wayne as the Batman and Robin team. Bruce is concerned about Damian's attitude to violence and killing; Damian is unconcerned about his family heritage: "Just names and dusty frames on walls to me"; Alfred is his usual self: "I take exception to that. There's not a speck of dust collecting on those portraits".

This is an excellent story, with superb scripting and artwork. It is a character-driven story - despite being full of action - as Bruce sees Damian struggle with the same forces that a figure in his own past also had to contend with, and that didn't work out well. That figure has reappeared, now known as the assassin `NoBody - for he leaves no body behind as evidence. He has taken umbrage to the operation of Batman Incorporated, and has come to seduce Damian to the Dark Side... We get to revisit Bruce's days in training to become the Batman under NoBody's father, a bounty hunter; their falling out; and NoBody losing his father's respect after failing to kill Bruce. Now he's hoping to return the favour. Bruce and Alfred are concerned about the `nature versus nurture' argument, and how it applies to Damian, and whether his mother's training can be overcome. Bruce tries to create more of a family life for himself and Damian, even buying a dog... This is a story about Bruce's struggle to understand his son, Damian's struggle to overcome his nature and earn his father's respect, and Alfred's struggle to get everyone to stay still long enough for his stitches to take effect. Everyone is mostly successful.

PS: Batman didn't check for a pulse before leaving the ship. Remember that "I didn't kill them" statement from issue #1...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Born to thrill 22 Aug. 2012
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
In this book Bruce Wayne is the Batman of Gotham with his son Damien as Robin; Dick Grayson has gone back to being Nightwing, and there's no mention of Batman Inc. The book explores Bruce and Damien's complex relationship as Bruce struggles to be a father to a son who's had a very unusual upbringing, and Damien fights conflicting ideologies: the conditioning of the Al'Ghul's bloodiness or the Dark Knight's code of honour.

Though there is the obligatory villain to defeat (a guy with a robot spider mask called NoBody), the book's focus on Bruce and Damien's relationship is what makes this book the success it is. Bruce is learning (with the patient hand of Alfred) to be supportive and encouraging to his son while doing what he can to protect him from a hostile world of villains who would exploit Damien's closeness to Bruce to destroy Batman.

Peter Tomasi writes some excellent scenes that subtly show the dark depths to which Damien's mind has been taken that really underlines the horror of his reality. I'm thinking especially of what Damien's been up to in his room when Bruce hasn't been paying attention.

The scenes between Bruce, Alfred and Damien (and a new addition to the Wayne family) out of costume were the best though. Ever since Grant Morrison included Damien into continuity there's been a distinct lack of ordinary family moments between Bruce and Damien which is addressed here and we see a father and son doing something mundane - but necessary - like playing in a back yard. If Bruce is ever going to undo the damage of Talia's training he needs to ground Damien, strengthen their relationship, and show him why they fight for Gotham and its citizens. Plus throwing in some everyday scenes heightens the drama when the cowl comes on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Just about everything a Batman story needs
The Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin has had many incarnations over the years, but the relationship between Bruce Wayne and his son Damian is perhaps the most enjoyable I've come to... Read more
Published 6 days ago by James Lyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super cool
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Balraj Chauhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comic. Great packaging
Great Comic.Great packaging. Storyline was brilliant.DC at it's best.
Published 5 months ago by Trevor Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars but still an excellent read
allot more gruesome then i had thought, so its more of the mature batman stories, but still an excellent read
Published 6 months ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars BATMAN!
Great book for the batman fan. This book is great and just as good of a story as Scott snyder main story
Published 6 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't sure if I was going to like this as I never really liked Damian...
Wasn't sure if I was going to like this as I never really liked Damian Wayne as a character. But this is the New 52 and some subtle changes have been made and WOW, this book is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kristan McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Very good story! The writer and artist transmit a powerfull "ambient" of Gotham and caracterize very well batman and robin! Fantastic!
Published 8 months ago by M. Paulo Bracais
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature versus Nurture
This storyline runs through issues #1-8 of the ‘New 52’ Batman and Robin title. This features Bruce and Damian Wayne as the Batman and Robin team. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Mice Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman and robin are back
The first batman and robin story I've read in years and it was superb great adventure cool villain, good back and forth between Alfred and Bruce highly recommend.
Published 12 months ago by Miss K L Moynes
4.0 out of 5 stars Batman and robin get deep!
Great stuff. This is a well written story about a son who follows his father into the family business. Read more
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