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Robin: Year One [Paperback]

Chuck Dixon , Scott Beatty , Javier Pulido
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26 Sep 2008
A witness to the murder of his acrobat parents at the hands of gangsters, circus orphan Dick Grayson was taken in by Bruce Wayne, becoming the teen hero Robin!His parents' killer has been stopped...but that's only the beginning, as the fledgling Robin must take on the Mad Hatter, Killer Moth and Mr Freeze! But when a near-fatal run-in with Two-Face leads Batman to fire his partner, a confused and bitter Robin runs into the assassin known as Shrike, and his training resumes...and this time, Two-Face is the target! Can Batman stop his friend before he makes the ultimate mistake?Chuck Dixon (Batman), Scott Beatty (Batgirl) and Javier Pulido (Human Target) present the action-packed tale of the Boy Wonder's first year in costume!

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845768906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845768904
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 485,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chuck Dixon's work has included Batman Chronicles, Legends of the Dark Knight, Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Captain America and Punisher War Journal. Scott Beatty has worked on numerous titles including Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and JLA. Javier Pulido has worked on The Batman Chronicles, Hellblazer, Human Target, The Incredible Hulk and The Uncanny X-Men.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying read 27 Aug 2012
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Robin Year One is an extremely good read. The story follows Dick Grayson's first year as Robin and his first tragic encounter with Two-Face and the fall out. I thought the storyline was excellent, loved how the characters were showcased and the artwork was gorgeous; sepia toned old school that they just don't do in an age of comics where all the characters look depressingly dark and broody. Give me the old school artwork any day! Alfred narrates the story which is a lovely touch, as he's a character that's so central to the Batman universe but rarely gets time in the spotlight; and the man is darned funny with that dry, caustic wit!

Only quibble is that sometimes the font used to depict Alfred's handwriting is hard to read, very squiggly cursive. Overall though, Robin Year One rates as one of my favourite comics ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robin: Year One 16 Mar 2010
Robin: Year One isn't the origin story that the title implies it to be. Unlike Green Arrow: Year One, and Batman: Year One, this book isn't about how Dick Grayson became Robin (for that story you'll have to read Batman: Dark Victory. This story concerns the first major development in Robin's relationship with Batman, and Dick Grayson's relationship with Bruce Wayne.

Opening to the first page of the book you could be forgiven for thinking that this book was written for kids. The art hits you straight away as being extremely cartoony. Gone are the threatening shadows and harsh faces of Batman: Year One, The Man Who Laughs, The Long Halloween, and Dark Victory. More than anything it reminds you slightly of the Batman Animated Series of the early 90s, though the images never feel like there's much movement them. You see the motion lines, but the images don't show much energy in them. Added to that there's very often some difficulty in understanding the images because of the hugh amount of shadows, particularly towards the end.

The story however belies that. Moving swiftly between the first act, involving a child prositution ring and the Mad Hatter, to the second act involving Robin's first, extremely violent and shocking, confrontation with Two-Face and to act three, which I won't spoil. The art doesn't quite gel with the story. The character development between Robin and Batman is dealt with extremely well, and just as importantly, Dick and Bruce's relationship. Added to this you have the fact that the book's narrator is non-other than the silent, loyal Alfred Pennyworth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
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My favourite comic trade paperback by far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well executed retelling of Robins early days 26 Feb 2014
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Unlike the Batman year one story this book picks up with Dick Grayson already being Robin. For the Origin story see Dark Victory. What we have here are tales from the 1st few adventures Robin has with Batman as his sidekick.

The writing is excellent , particularly the ongoing narrative provided by Alfreds journal entries, though the squiggly font style used for the journal is not particularly reader friendly. As the cover shows the art style throughout is a older style with a smaller colour palette but it really works here.

It's interesting to see Robin grow in to the role, taking on minor jokey villains like Killer-moth, while the story is self aware enough to comment on the lameness of these villains. It's when two-face enters the fray that things get serious and the fact robin is a young boy playing with murderous villains hits home.

Jim Gordons concern over an adolescent as Batmans partner is well judged and there's a great little moment right at the end with a cameo from Barbara Gordon.

Overall this fits in well as a more modern introduction of the 1st Robin into the Batman year one era universe. I would recommend to all bat fans.
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