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Robin: A Hero Reborn [Paperback]

Alan Grant , Norm Breyfogle , Steve Mitchell , Chuck Dixon , Tom Lyle , Bob Smith
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25 July 1998
Robin is possibly the most maligned of all comic book heroes, and is often considered to be a mere sidekick. The Boy Wonder is seen by many as standing in the shadow of the Dark Knight. This book aims to change such opinions.'

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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: D C Comics (a division of Warner Brothers - A Time Warner Entertainment Co.); Gph edition (25 July 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563890291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563890291
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Philadelphia, Pa.

Chuck Dixon has more than twenty-five years of experience in the graphic novel field as an editor, writer and publisher. He has contributed well over a thousand scripts to publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Dark Horse, Hyperion and others featuring a range of characters from Batman to the Simpsons. His comic book adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit continues to be an international bestseller. Considered to be one of the most prolific writers in his field, this award-winning storyteller currently writes G.I. Joe for IDW, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and Stargate Universe for Dynamite, The Simpsons for Bongo Comics along with many creator-owned projects for various publishers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do anything for me. 17 Sep 2002
I wasn't really keen on this at all, it focusses on the new Robin and what his first missions were.
The stories were greatly cliched and seemed to lack a lot of character, something which isnt helped by Robin being transported to the other side of the world to battle a blind Englishman.
An example of the cliches are Robin's training in martial arts. Where we get to see the compulsary scene of him getting his arse kicked. But then given a few words of handy advice, before being the one to deliver the beating.
This story isnt awful, I'm trying to avoid the fact the art isn't a personal preference of mine. But bottom line is, the characters are throwaway (when in paris which is where the majority of this tale unfolds), there's b****r all point to the change of scenery, the training bits got on my nerves, plus the detective work is kinda teeny boppy: 'well i'll just hack the database, and this difficult plot obstacle will just disappear.'
On the positive side of things, its very cheap for the number of pages there are, it doesn't ignore the past history of the robins and the scenes in Gotham are handled well.
Overall, if you'd like a decent early Robin rites of passage story I'd go for Robin: Year One, it's superior to this in every way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Chuck Dixon magic 14 July 2005
By Corum Seth Smith - Published on
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This book covers the beginning of Tim Drake as Robin. He is the third Robin and feels a strong need to prove himself. In his first adventures he fights and is even trained by, one of the world's best martial artists, Lady Shiva. Robin races to defeat a new threat more powerful than previous enemies. The terrorist Ghost Dragons have captured a sample of old bubonic plague and plan to unleash it, killing millions.

I really like Tim Drake as Robin because he does exactly what Dixon proposes: he "complements" Batman. He is not reckless and brash like Jason; if anything he lacks confidence. However, he is arguably the best detective of the three Robins, and incredibly clever.

His determination is what really impresses me. When he is training and feels so helplessly alone, he doesn't give in. That is a true hero. I also have always liked it when Nightwing and Robin get together. They just have such a great brotherly relationship. Chuck Dixon writes both characters really well.

Chuck Dixon is really great with these "coming-of-age" stories. Robin: "A Hero Reborn" is the story of one young man's journey to become a hero. He is not so arrogant to believe that he is destined to be great, and he acknowledges humbly the dangers of the world. Despite his fear, he bravely treads onward. Tim embodies our own struggles with inadequacy and anxiety and we cheer him on as he bests each new trial. This strong empathy between reader and protagonist is reason enough to check out this book for anyone curious to the motivations of a "Boy Wonder."
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For followers of the bat-mythos 19 Aug 2001
By Ron Tothleben ( - Published on
This book (which collects Batman #455-457 and the 5-part Robin miniseries) is best to be read right after "Lonely Place of Dying" where Timothy Drake got accepted by Batman to try out to become the new Robin. Here we see how 'the boy' Timothy Drake has to grow up and evolve to rightfully become 'the Boy Wonder'.
It all starts off with the three part story that runs through Batman #455-457 (with Art by Norm Breyfogle, which is sufficient but nothing great) in which Tim is ordered to stay home, while Batman is out on the streets. This in order for him to become fully prepared before he gets to roam the streets someday. Batman is determined not to make the same mistake with Tim he made with Jason Todd (see "Death in the Family"). But once things get too hot even for Batmans feet, Tim proves his worth (this is a story with one of Batmans major villains which shall remain nameless in this review because guessing who he might be is a vital point during the storyline). Storywise this is the most entertaining part of the book. After having proven his spirit is good, the Robin miniseries starts (with art by Tom Lyle, which is an improvement) with Tim getting send to Paris in order to learn more, and perfect his fighting skills. There he gets involved in a fight with a gang, which later turns out to be more than an average streetgang but instead an organisation lead by a mad man. Together with allies he met along the way he goes out to see if he can make a difference, and so his trip to Paris turns into a worldwide pursuit in which he learns a lot from the others and from himself.
This book is not for someone who's just out to get a nice self-contained Batman story (better get "Dark Knight Returns", "The Long Halloween" or "Batman: Prey" for that purpose) but it's a nice addition for people who like to keep track with the Bat-mythos. It continues right after the events that took place in "Lonely Place of Dying" so I'd really get that first (and if you want to know what all the hinting to 'Jason Todd' in the book is about you might wanna check out "Death in the Family" too, but that's optional, not a must). Given, it's not the greatest Batman-related story you'll ever read nor is it the most memorable, but it DOES make for a couple of hours of good, uncomplicated entertainment and will definately be worth your while (again, IF you're a fan of Bat-mythos).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet the new Robin!! 12 Nov 2001
By "zsinj16" - Published on
I thought this Batman graphic novel was great!!! I really enjoyed seeing the new Robin (Tim Drake) taking the mantle of becoming the Dark Knight's sidekick. But it all doesn't happen just instantly, Tim Drake has to prove himself to be a true vigilante superhero by battling his own inner demons and through rigorous and grueling physical and mental training, just like Bruce Wayne had to do before he became the Batman. Plus he has to go up against a power-hungry druglord that plans to wipeout the whole city of Hong-Kong with a powerful secret weapon developed by the Nazis in World War II. I recommend this great graphic novel to all fans of the Batman mythos. I myself can't wait to buy the sequel to this story of the new Robin.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This if you like Robin fans 28 Jan 2000
By M. S. OLAES - Published on
This is a great book that retells the origin of the Current Robin, Tim Drake, who stars in the self titled monthly comic book series. It follows young Tim's adventure from being first accepted into the "Bat Family" through some of his early training and his first solo adventure. Many of the characters still make appearances from time to time in the current comic stories. The art is solid and the storytelling is cool. I especially liked some of the more psychological stuff the book explores as Tim goes through the fears of living up to the mantle, and some of his own inner ghosts. I bought this years ago and it's still one of my favorite comic stories.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reborn Works Well 3 Nov 2004
By Stella Rosenfeld - Published on
"Death in the Family" nearly brought me to tears. The tragic end of Robin II, Jason Todd, was a turning point in the legacy of Batman. And while some fans chastised Jason's impatience, everyone mourned his loss and the impact it made on the Dark Knight.

In between Jason's hastiness and Richard's perfection was a thin line that Tim Drak had to walk. But he walked on that path because he knew that Batman needed a Robin. It didn't have to be perfect, but Robin had to exist. Yet in order for Tim to be worthy of the mask, he had to experience something terrible in his life, something Batman had felt before: loss of a loved one.

Frustrated by his mother's death and haunted by visions of the two former Robins, Tim managed to past the test by focusing on what counted. He conquered his fear and concentrated on using his brilliant detective mind to close a case. What mattered was rescuing Batman when his life was in peril-even more than becoming Robin.

This was a hero reborn, indeed. Tim had the balance the traits between both former Robins and the mind to pull it all together. He wasn't just a robin, but a phoenix who rose out of the ashes to become the legendary sidekick to Batman. Everyone is happy to have Tim on the team, and I can see why.
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