Gauntlet (Batman) Paperback – 1 Sep 1997
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I like the art, which conveys the story very well visually and it had a good ending that shows hope for the future.
I would reccommend this story to all fans of Robin and Nightwing, since he was the original Robin.
Batman comes to a dead end when trying to take down a drug cartel, and Dick suggests perhaps it time for Robin to assist Batman?
Before the young Robin can graduate to full partner he must pass his final exam first, a game of Manhunt being pursued by the Dark Knight.
Robin must avoid being caught for 24 hours, while remaining in city limits, not seeking the assistance of others, and staying in costume at all times.
Sounds easy enough? until our young crime fighter comes across a man being brutally assaulted. Quickly Robin dashes into action saving the man,
but unknowingly becomes target of the same drug lords Batman has been trying to take down!
Now our young hero must avoid the pursuit of Gotham's underworld while trying to pass his initiation of becoming Robin.
The story has a refreshing feel of the classic days of the Dynamic Duo, and the art is very reminiscent of Batman Year One.
Dick brings a well humored lightness to the character of Robin, and we get to see his natural acrobatic abilities performed with ease.
I for one particularly enjoyed this story very much as i am a huge fan of the Original Batman & Robin
and would highly recommend this as a welcome addition to any Bat collection.
I have to say that I never liked the idea of a Robin or a Batman and Robin, because, first, I prefer Batman a lone, dark vigilante fighting a never-ending battle, and a Robin takes his loneliness and a part of his darkness away. Second, letting an unarmed, underage teenager in a bright-colored costume (that doesn't even have a helmet and proper armour) to go against armed and dangerous criminals is completely irresponsible and stupid, which doesn't tie in well with Batman's general behaviour and intelligence. All that being said, I did like the story and the art, so if you're a fan of Robin/Dick Grayson, you'll definitely like this one.
Before you read The Gauntlet, I recommend reading Legends of the Dark Knight #100 (Nov 1998) first, because it has a Dick's origins story, how he came to live with Bruce and train as a Robin. Despite difference in the art style, it serves as a good prequel to The Gauntlet.