6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Old character, new identity, brilliant story,
This review is from: Red Robin: Grail (Paperback)This series picks up after the Battle for the Cowl story arc where Bruce Wayne's presumed dead and Dick Grayson has assumed the identity of Batman with Bruce's illegitimate ninja-trained son Damian as his Robin. But for former Robin Tim Drake, things have just got interesting as he has become convinced that Bruce is still alive and sets out alone on a global search for evidence to prove his theory, which to the other members of the Bat-Family and his friends, is simply his own denial to accept Bruce's death.
This is a very character driven story as Tim is determined to find out what happened to Bruce at any cost, to the point of using the Red Robin identity which has always been seen as something of an anti-hero figure. Travelling the world and breaking many laws in his quest, Tim realises that he is losing himself in despair and uncertainty, losing his way and trying to convince himself that he's not crazy or in denial. Since Tim's always been more of a detective and thinker than previous Robins, much of his inner monologue is his planning of taking down his enemies as quickly as possible, making this far more than just a guy in a cape simply beating people with his fists.
This is a very good story and an excellent set-up for his new series as his own hero and not a sidekick. Add appearances by the new Batman and Robin, Alfred, Spoiler, Ra's Al Ghul and the introduction of a new enemy, and this book becomes a purchase definitely worth buying by Batman fans or fans of the Tim Drake character.