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Batman and Robin
November 2011 to... (13 Issues so far)
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Issue 1
Year
Nov 2011
Character
Dick Grayson
Role
Mentioned
Rating
Writer
Peter J. Tomasi
Artist
Patrick Gleason
Title:
"Born to Kill"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
Brief Summary

The story – a new villain is going around killed all of the Batmen in the world and effectively destroying the Batman INC concept. However, I feel the major feature is Bruce deciding not to mark his parent’s deaths any more but to celebrate their wedding. While I understand that this reboot wants to establish some changes, I feel this strikes at the very heart of who Bruce is… so no, I don’t like it.

This issue is about establishing the relationship between Bruce and his son, and Batman and his new partner. In many ways, I feel like we are back to square one… Dick and Damian have been through this journey, now it is Bruce’s turn. Damian, who I felt mellowed ever so slightly by the end of his run with Dick… perhaps because they established a real relationship with masks on and off… is back to his spoilt, superior, shallow beginnings.

The dynamic between this new Batman and Robin is uncomfortable and off balance… I guess as it should be because they’ve never really fought together before. Then again, I think it is more than that. Damian and Bruce share enough traits in common that they are always going to butt heads. On the other hand, because Dick is the opposite to them in so many areas, he is the perfect partner for each. They are dark, Dick is light. Their fighting style is more physical and brutal, Dick’s is light and fluid… see what I mean.

Now to the reason I reviewed this story. Dick is mentioned. Bruce and Damian have a huge blow up… and I have to say, I think Bruce is incredibly controlled.

Damian – I’m not like Tim or Jason, or even Dick. (Can I just comment here that the use of the word ‘even’ shows that Damian does place Dick in a separate category to the other two. Clearly Damian respects him… just doesn’t think he’s as good as himself.) I’m light-years ahead of all the past Robins in skills and training. I’m either your partner in this or I’m not. (Yes, this is some smart-mouth kid speaking to Batman!)

Bruce – You’re not my partner, you’re my son. (And this says it all. Bruce cares for his son but he doesn’t respect or trust him as a partner.) And if I can’t trust you to do what I think is right, then…

Damian – “Even Dick trusted me. Why can’t you?” (Not sure why the qualifier ‘even’ is used here.)

Bruce – You have to earn it.

Damian – And low long is that going to take?

Bruce – I’ll let you know.

So, it is probably fair to say that the basis of this book is to be the ongoing tension between these two. What I did like was the fact that we see Damian, in his own special way, acknowledge respect for Dick.

   


Issue 2
Year
Dec 2011
Character
Nightwing
Role
One Image
Rating
Writer
Peter J. Tomasi
Artist
Patrick Gleason
Title:
"Bad Blood"
Story Arc:
-
After:
Batman and Robin #1
Next:
Batman and Robin #3
Summary:
Brief Summary

Bruce takes a good look at his son. Damian is a killing machine and Bruce realizes it is his job to show his son the right path. Alfred clarifies this role saying it is Bruce's job to be a father not a 'mechanic'. Dick is a apart of Bruce's reflections. "I built this... life to wage war, Alfred... not to have kids exposed to all this insanity on a regular basis. But Somehow I keep failing in that regard."

Damian is shown to be surly, thoroughly unpleasant and violent. Everything Dick did and achieved with him seems to have been wiped in the reboot.

   

Issue 10
Year
August 2012
Character
Dick and Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Peter J. Tomasi
Artist
Patrick Gleason
Title:
"Scar of the Bat"
Story Arc:
Terminus
After:
Batman and Robin #9
Next:
Batman and Robin #11
Official Summary:
• Someone calls a meeting of the ROBINS, but who and why? And will the exiled and egotistical RED HOOD answer the call? • RED ROBIN learns of DAMIAN’S betrayal – but how long will the youngest ROBIN’S lack of discipline stand? • Many of Gotham City’s villains blame BATMAN for their downfall, but what happens when they stand together in a pact to bring the DARK KNIGHT down?

Comment
A fantastic story. Dick’s section starts with Bruce having a family portrait painted of he, Alfred and three of his four boys. Jason is absent. Bridges are certainly being mended at the moment with Jason fighting for Gotham during Court of the Owls, but clearly there is still ways to go.

Tim and Jason fight light spoilt brats while Dick tries to play the clown to calm things down… unsuccessfully. Bruce drags the young boys off, suggesting a short break to the painter. Love this pic of Dick in the background. He is ‘over’ the bickering.



When Tim and Damian storm out in opposite directions, Bruce is left with Dick. Yet again, we see the very real friendship between father and son. Bruce opens up to Dick, explaining that the portrait is about celebrating what they have.

Later, Redhood, Nightwing and RedRobin are summoned, though none of them have done the summoning. There is some delightful banter between Dick and Jason.



It turns out Damian has called the Robins together to warn them that when they least expect it, he is going to defeat each of them at something they feel unbeatable at. Then he is going to take something personal of theirs and hang it in is room. Why? To prove to everyone he is the best Robin.

When he takes off, there is a great exchange between his brothers.



Later, Alfred raises the point that Bruce is keeping from Tim and Dick the fact that Damian has killed again. The whole, Damian has killed and Bruce is basically alright with it because he and Damian are going to work through it, really doesn’t work for me. However, this is a good Dick story.



               
Issue 12
Year
October 2012
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Peter J. Tomasi
Artist
Patrick Gleason
Title:
"Last Gasp"
Story Arc:
Terminus
After:
Batman and Robin #11
Next:
Batman and Robin #0
Official Summary:
• The finale of the fight with TERMINUS!

Comment
The title of this story should be “Sons of the Bat”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is just something special when these four come together.



When engaged in the final fight with Terminus, Robin finds himself about to be torn apart. Bring on the Robin cavalry!



Nightwing and Red Robin free their younger brother and Redhood effects the ‘catch’ below. Now that is what I call teamwork. Naturally Damian is far from grateful, and insists he has everything under control. Nightwing points out that it is his city too. Together the Robins deal with the array of thugs while Batman deals with the super villain.

In the end, the Batfamily are victorious. Robin seems to have mellowed a little following the encounter.



And then Dick does something that is so in character and very endearing.



Damian accepts the stick without comment and we see just a glimpse of the relationship these two shared before New 52 erased it from history.