Robin Year One TP Paperback – 15 Aug 2008
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About the Author
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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The story consists of Robin in his amateur year as he and Batman adjust to working with each other. Battling the like of the Mad Hatter, Two-Face and then a splinter group of League of Assassins trainees. The story itself is well presented as Dick deals with a double life better than Bruce ever has, its almost heart warming to see the young lad living a normal life by day, chatting up girls, playing sports and going to school and then kicking ass as robin of an evening. Instead of cheesy and hammy story writing it all fits together really well with Robin initially thinking the whole hero gig is easy as he battles hacks like Killer Moth, his over confidence is his down fall and when he comes across a real psychopath (Two-Face) things take a dark and violent turn for the worse. Its a great shift of tone as previously you feel safe and confident in the team of Batman and Robin then all of a sudden the whole dynamic changes and Batman has to really have an objective think about what hes using this young boy for and the real danger hes putting him in. Followers of the Nightwing comics and graphic novels will also notice the introduction of Boone/Shrike who Robin will have to fight again in his later years as Nightwing. Overall the story is really addictive it has a slowish start with very little peril but picks up after the first quarter into a real good read.
The characters are written in well with emotional depth, especially Alfred who journals his thoughts and feelings throughout and has a logical and objective outlook from the very beginning.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This book more or less picks up from where Batman: Dark Victory ended. Young Grayson has helped Batman catch a criminal is now a side-kick. This volume deals with Robin's training. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2009 by Amazon Customer