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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2001
This is where we are first introduced to Tim Drake, the latest Robin.
The story takes place right after A Death In The Family, which is where the second Robin (Jason Todd) is killed by The Joker.
We see a darker side to The Batman without a Robin, and also how this Robin tracks the Batman down rather than vice versa.
For anyone who read Death in the Family and liked it then read this,you will love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 June 2003
Not long after he started his career as a crimefighter, Batman took on a partner, a boy who had lost his parents at the hands of a murderer, just like Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne did. But the first Robin, Dick Grayson, grew up and left, to become Nightwing of the New Titans (see the graphic novel The New Titans:Judas Contract). So a new Robin was created by new orphan Jason Todd. But Jason's fight against crime came to an abrupt end (see Batman:A Death in the Family). Batman has now become erratic, unthinking, brutal. Who can restore the faith in the Batman? Only a new Batman. But someone is stalking the dark Knight Detective and the former Boy Wonder. Someone who has deduced their secret identities. Someone who may be their only hope of defeating a resurgent Two Face...
This is basically a continuation of Death in the Family, so no point iin reading it unless youread that book first. It's ok, it brings in a third Robin character who will prove to be a very different sidekick than the previous two, so much so that he gets two miniseries (see Robin A hero reborn for the first miniseries in tpb) and even his own comic series. Two Face is not so important, just someone for Btaman to but heads against; it is very funny, seeing them trying to outwit each other, desperately trying to lure the other into a trap and then going right past each other, with Two Face obsessing on how to commit a crime with his usual dual motif.
If you want to get into Batman, then it is usueful to buy this with Daeth in the Family as well as Batman:Year One and also Year TWo. That will set you up for most batman graphic novels in the future.
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on 2 June 2015
After the death of Jason Todd Batman has been pretty miffed. Plagued by the death of his partner in previous stories such as the Mud Pack and Anarky, Batman has become increasingly violent and inefficient. This story introduces us to the one robin that almost everyone loved Tim Drake, the only robin we actually see earn his position as robin over a long course of time. This story details his first encounter with Batman and Nightwing and not his actual graduation into Robin. The story itself isn't really all that good, as Two-Face is on the loose again committing crimes, the stakes arnt really that high and its puffed up to be more dramatic than im sure it actually should be. There are some good scenes with Nightwing and Batman as you realise the awkwardness and incompatibility between the two now that Dick has grown up, There also some great dialogue as Tim sticks up for Robins everywhere as he knocks Batman down a peg explaining why Batman needs a Robin.
The art is as to be expected from the 80s as Aparo and Grummett provide us with the Art of that time, which is pretty average with Gotham being well lit and not much darkness and grit to atmosphere.
Still a must have story for collectors as this marks a moments for years to come as Batman finally confronts (but never gets over) the death of his previous partner
The book collects Batman #440 - #442 and The New Teen Titans #60 - #61
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