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Agent R - Red-Bird
Elliot S Maggin, Alan Weiss
The Blue, the Grey, and the Bat
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Elsewords. This is Batman and Robin fighting for justice during the American Civil War. Colonel Bruce Wayne, at the request of Abraham Lincoln, is sent to recover millions in gold and silver which had been destined to support the war effort. Bruce is told that the President has one agent already in the area that he trusts completely. That is Agent H. This is later revealed to be Wild Bill Hickok. Col Wayne uses the disguise of the Bat to put fear into others and to allow him to do what is needed without bringing judgement on others. When he first arrives he makes contact with Agent R... a half Indian boy known as Red-Bird. Red-Bird wears war paint in the shape of a Robin mask. He insists on wearing this until he gets his revenge for the death of this parents. Now, this may or may not be Dick, but considering his story etc. I believe this to be a genuine version of his character in this Elseworld story.
Red-Bird and Batman work together, Red-Bird rescuing Batman several times. Unlike the Dick Grayson of Earth 1, Red-Bird kills the man who murdered his parents. There is a nice moment between Batman and the boy as Batman supports him following the incident.
Later in the story, Red-Bird again appears when Batman needs him most. However he is shot as they try to escape. Batman refuses to leave his side, saying "I'll be proud to die in your company". However, help arrives in time. In the end, Batman insists that Kit Carson provide medical care for his friend and comments, "Red-Bird, you look better without the warpaint."
There is a clear affinity between Batman and 'Robin' in this story.
Agent R (Red-Bird)