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Batman: Dark Victory
Dec 1999 - Dec 2000 (14 Issues)
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Issue 7
Year
June 2000
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
1 image
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Tim Sale
Title:
Fools
Story Arc:
Dark Victory Mini Series
After:
-
Next:
Dark Victory 8
Summary:
Sequel to "The Long Halloween". The story follows an intricately woven series of challenges for the Dark Knight of Gotham. Shortly after the events of The Long Halloween, a cop killer, known only as Hangman strikes and plunges Gotham into further chaos. The populace is being over-run by a gang of villianous freaks. The cops are determined to catch this brutal killer, led by the city's new police commissioner, James Gordon. The Falcone crime family takes advantage of the situation and decides to rebuild their now decimated empire. We also meet a new District Attorney, Janice Porter, following Harvey Dents fall from grace to the evil Two Face. In the midst of all of this, Batman meets an orphan, that will change his life forever. (Summary based on Reader's Review). Dick appears in one panel in issue 7 - a poster of the Flying Graysons.

I don't particularly like the art in this series.

 


Issue 8
Year
July 2000
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
1 image
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Tim Sale
Title:
Battle
Story Arc:
Dark Victory Mini Series
After:
Dark Victory 7
Next:
Dark Victory 9
Summary:
The Joker goes on a rampage and Bruce contemplates going to the circus at Alfred's insisting... Bruce's mother used to love the Circus. There is on image of Dick... he is crouched on top of a billboard advertising the Fly Graysons eavesdropping on Zucco who is threating Pop Haly.

 


Issue 9
Year
Aug 2000
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Minor
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Tim Sale
Title:
Orphans
Story Arc:
Dark Victory Mini Series
After:
Dark Victory 8
Next:
Dark Victory 10
Summary:
This issue compares the similarities between Dick and Bruce immediatley following the death of their parents... and the important stablizing role Alfred plays in each. We see the tragedy repeated and begin to see areas where these two are alike. There is a scene at the end where Bruce is at his parents' grave telling them about Dick and saying that he doesn't see himself as any sort of father, but feels he can make a difference for the boy. I like this insight for I feel that is where it started... a bond based on tragedy that grew to a love between father and son. The use of the grey scale images of the past with Bruce is very effective. Sadly, I don't like the artist. At the end, there is a scene between Batman and Dick indicating that Dick has been back to the circus. Batman tells Dick his parent's deaths weren't an accident... not sure that is a good idea... and then promises to find out who did it.

             


Issue 10
Year
Sept 2000
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Minor
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Tim Sale
Title:
Justice
Story Arc:
Dark Victory Mini Series
After:
Dark Victory 9
Next:
Dark Victory 11
Summary:
The story opens with a confused and angry Dick attacking the fact that Bruce is never around and that he doesn't belong. Interestingly, I never saw Dick this way. While Batman is off dealing with issues in Gotham, Dick goes in search of answers and winds up in trouble until Batman swoops in. When Dick awakens, he is in the cave... which doesn't have a name at this stage. Batman berates him... "I can't let you go out there untrained. All You['ll do is get hurt or worse." Dick responds, "Why do you care what happens to me? I mean, I see more of you than that guy wayne who's supposed to look out for me." At which point, Bruce pulls back his mask. This is a huge moment. Bruce chooses to share his secret with Dick... Dick didn't discover it. I like his. It shows the strength of the bond... that Bruce would overcome his need to be private and protect Batman's secret to assist the healing of a little boy. The comment about allowing him to go out there untrained seems to be setting up the fact that Bruce will train Dick because he can tell the boy isn't going to let this go.

I'm just going to pause here. I find the characterisation of Dick in this series very harsh. I don't see Dick this way. I think he would have been angry and stubborn, but he is a child. His reaction to waking up in the Batcave with Batman is wrong. A child would have shown some fear or at the very least, awe. Rather, all we see is angry response. I don't like this author's portrayal of Dick.

         




Issue 11
Year
Oct 2000
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Minor
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Tim Sale
Title:
Passion
Story Arc:
Dark Victory Mini Series
After:
Dark Victory 10
Next:
Dark Victory 12
Summary:
The other plots in the story continue but I'm not focusing on them. We discover Dick in training in the cave beneath Wayne Manor. He is angry that he is still training and not out there helping Batman. He feels that Bruce doesn't trust him. Alfred points out that Bruce has demonstrated extraordinary trust in Dick by sharing his secret. He also reveals what Bruce's plan is... that Dick is trained so he can seek revenge for his parents' death. Considering anything more is, according to Alfred, premature. Batman decides it is time. With his blessing, Dick attacks the man who he saw working for Zucco, chasing him. The man has a heart attack and dies before he can identify who killed Dick's parents. It ends with Batman's hand on Dick's shoulder and the boy lamenting the fact that he has yet to find his parents' killer. Oh, and there are other plots playing out too. (g)

Again, I find this author's portrayal of Dick too obsessed and dark. Perhaps this is highlighted because I've just finished reading Kevin Smith's "The Widening Gyre" which shows Dick how I see him. Upbeat, light, positive. For me, this portrayal is all wrong.

     


Issue 12
Year
Nov 2000
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Minor
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Tim Sale
Title:
Revenge
Story Arc:
Dark Victory Mini Series
After:
Dark Victory 11
Next:
Dark Victory 13
Summary:
Eleven months has passed since Batman started investigating the Hangman killings. He is in the cave looking over the clues and Dick offers to help coming up with an interesting interpretation of them. During the scene, Bruce comments "Don't you ever stand still?" Dick responds that his mother used to call him Robin because he keeps 'bob, bob, bobbin' along.

   


Issue 13
Year
Dec 2000
Character
Dick Grayson and Robin
Role
Minor
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Tim Sale
Title:
Peace
Story Arc:
Dark Victory Mini Series
After:
Dark Victory 12
Next:
-
Summary:
Batman realizes he has made a mistake allowing Dick to think that if he continued training he could join Batman. There are pictures drawn on a board in the cave of different custumes and names Dick has obviously come up with for himself. Bruce is broody and Dick is confused believing he could help if only Bruce would ask. Alfred points out that Bruce will never ask. The squad of villains Batman is fighteing burst through the sewer system into the Batcave. However, they are stopped from seeing what the caves hides by Dick... dressed in his Robin costume. Batman fights Two-Face but the Joker shoots him. The Joker has his gun on Batman when a staff is swung hitting the Joker in the face. This is accompanied by...

Robin - "Screwball in the corner pocket"

Batman responds with - "What are you wearing" but he reflects on the fact that if it weren't for Dick his secret would have been revealed to the world. The story ends with Dick choosing a name and taking the oath. Batman's thoughts are given throughout... that he sees in Dick a chance to help him cope with his own loss and guide him into being a better man for it and the fact that Bruce's mission stays the same, he just isn't doing it alone any more.