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VINE VOICEon 11 November 2010
This is part of the whole death of Batman series that began way back in Batman R.I.P. through to Final Crisis (Justice League of America) and in to the various titles that are all part of the Batman Reborn series that are leading up to the eventual return of Batman. There have been some really excellent titles so far in this build-up such as Batman: Long Shadows,Batman: Streets of Gotham: Hush Money,Batman: Streets of Gotham Vol. 2: Leviathan (Batman (DC Comics Hardcover)),Batman and Son (Batman (DC Comics Paperback)),Batman: Life After Death, Robin: Search for a Hero, Red Robin: Grail, Red Robin: Collision v. 2 (and of course the superb Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn (Batman & Robin). I haven't put these in any kind of order, as they all interlink.
Volume 1 was an excellent read, and a great way of re-imagining the whole set up of Batman and Robin with Dick Grayson as Batman (the first Robin, and more recently, Nightwing) and Damian Al Ghul as Robin (son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul - daughter of Ra's). Tim Drake (the most recent Robin, before Damian) is off on his own quest to find Batman.
This book picks up in England with some very British heroes and villains, and a welcome cameo from Batwoman (well, worth reading Batwoman: Elegy: Deluxe Edition if you get chance!). This all seems a bit of a strange setting until we learn of a Lazarus Pit hidden in a mine....... And it is really hard to review this without giving some well-thought out twists of this book away! There is also a well-handled sub plot with an injured Damian being looked after by Talia, and as Batman and Robin reunite back in Gotham, Robin is not feeling quite himself....again, i can't give too much away!
The plot moves on as Dick starts to find hidden clues around Wayne Manor that Bruce/Batman may not be dead after all and this forms the final part of the book and again there are some nice touches here as Alfred gets some involvement in the story. I like the fact that Dick includes Alfred much more in the Batman set-up, and it really adds to the book in my opinion. Things move swiftly on to a big stand off, against some interesting villains, and Damian and Talia have a good showdown, but the best surprise is saved for the very last page........ and one i definitely can't reveal!
All in all, i loved this book from start to finish. The english setting at the start didn't do much for me, but once i got into WHY it was located there, it made much more sense. The book has a snappy pace about it - a lot is crammed into this volume, and it is definitely a one-sitting read. There is plenty of development for all the main characters, and you can sense that Grant Morrison had a lot of fun writing this, and bringing a lot of the plot threads together.
The artwork throughout is of the same high standard as the first volume and if you liked that, you will like the artwork in this too.
A final recommendation lies in the fact that i have the deluxe edition - and it has some very nice galleries at the back with some thoughts and sketches from the author and artist.

All in all, i can't recommend this Batman book highly enough. A definite five star book in my opinion - one that i enjoyed thoroughly and one i will be re-reading again and again. It's worth the money for the deluxe edition too.

Well done Grant Morrison and team! A superb piece of work!
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VINE VOICEon 11 February 2014
This is the first volume of Grant Morrisons Batman and Robin series, teaming up The Batman (with Dick Grayson under the Cowl for a time).

This was an excellent book. Fast paced and exciting with an interesting British setting and associated characters. The dynamic that is explored between Dick and Damian as they try to settle as a team makes for an excellent book.

Definitely one of the most enjoyable of the post 80's collections for me. Well worth a read.
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on 24 May 2013
This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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on 24 May 2013
This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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on 2 August 2014
delivery was fast and the item is as described
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on 29 May 2013
Completeley as advertised. I have no complaints whatsoever.
I you are interested in this subject, this is one for you.
Couldn't be more satisfied
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on 15 May 2016
Great
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on 8 July 2015
After the patchy batman r.i.p this sees morrison hit his stride. The artwork in the first half of the book is excellent too. Well worth a look.
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on 13 December 2015
Great arc
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on 18 May 2014
One of the greatest run of batman comics in the past ten years. An great read for those interested in the family of the Dark Knight.
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