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Issues 1 to 7
Summary:
Issues 1 to 7 contain a collection of stories reprinted from earlier editions of "Detective Comics" and "Batman". For this reason I have simply included copies of the covers. They were published between 1961 and 1964

                           

Issue 8
Year
1982
Character
Robin
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Mike W Barr
Artist
Trevor Von Eeden
Title:
"Messiah of the Crimson Son"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
The Pentagon gives Batman a clear path to play his own hand when there is a threat to Gotham. His plan is to substitue a religious leader with Robin. Dick agrees immediately and soon he is taken to the 'master'. The Master reveals himself to be Ras Al Ghul. Sadly, Robin is shown to be naive, careless and easily dispensed with by Ghul. I mean, they could have let him at least put up some sort of fight, but Ra's deals with him with a single blow before Robin can do anything apart from mouth off. He is resuced by Talia and then assists Batman at the end. On the positive side, we see a very close relationship between Dick and Bruce. Basically, this is a weak Dick story but the nice moments between Bruce and Dick push it over the line. Art - I don't like this artist. The images are indistinct and the facial expressions 'weird'.

                               


Issue 13
Year
1989
Character
Robin and Nightwing
Role
Two Pages
Rating
Writer
None indicated
Artist
Various
Title:
Profile Pages
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
Dick appears on two profile pages documenting his origin.

   

Issue 20
Year
1996
Character
Dark Bird
Role
Minor
Rating
Writer
Doug Moench
Artist
Vincent Giarrano
Title:
"Fables of the Bat-Man"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
Earth has been destroyed in this Elseworld's story. Survivors are scattered to all ends of the universe but the legend of Batman lives on. Dick's character is known as Darkbird. Whether this is Dick Grayson or not is certainly debateable. There are few indications it is Dick but Darkbird is described as Batman's young partner. Both Alfred and Gordon have counterparts so it stands to reason that DarkBird is Dick's. In the end, Bat-Man is revealed to be some sort of android. I have rated this NA because I can't be certain it is Dick.


                           

Issue 23
Year
1999
Character
Nightwing
Role
Major
Rating
Writer
Chuck Dixon
Artist
Graham Nolan
Title:
"Jungle Rules"
Story Arc:
An eight part cross-over through 1999 DC Annuals: JLA Annual #3; Batman Annual #23; Aquaman Annual #5; Wonder Woman Annual #8; Flash Annual #12; Superman Annual #11; Green Lantern Annual #8 and Martian Manhunter Annual #2
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
This story has Chuck Dixon written all over it... the Chuck Dixon of old. He has such a great understanding of Dick and of how Bruce treats him. We still have Batman shown to be more competent than Dick but I can accept that because this is a Batman book. I really don't know what happened when Dixon was writing Nightwing's solo series. But I digress...

Batman comes to Bludhaven seemingly interested in mob activity but points out it is more than that. He and Nightwing uncover some unusual fibres and handprints on the ground at a crime scene. With Oracle's help - great exchange between Babs and the boys - they identify the hair as gorilla hair. It is only then Dick realizes they have giant gorilla's trying to set up shop. Add Lady Vic and Roald Desmond to the mix and it is a rush a minute ending on a ship. Great lines exchanged between Batman and Nightwing. I really enjoyed this. When I think where Dick's solo series took he and Desmond it really is a travesty. Here, while Dick plays second fiddle to Batman in many respects, there is still great respect for his character.

I rather like this artist too.

                                           

Issue 25
Year
2006
Character
Dick
Role
Mentioned
Rating
Writer
Judd Winick
Artist
Shane Davis
Title:
"The Return of Jason Todd"
Story Arc:
-
After:
-
Next:
-
Summary:
This documents how Jason survived. Dick is mentioned once... when the writer explains why Jason's finger prints bring no hits - Bruce, Alfred, Jason and Dick have no records.
   

Issue 27
Year
2009
Character
Batman
Role
Story One - Major
Story Two - Major
Story Three - Mentioned
Rating
Writer
Story One - Fabian Nicieza
Story Two - Derek Fridolfs
Story Three - Mandy McMurray
Artist
Story One - J. Calafiore
Story Two - Dustin Nguyen
Story Three - Kelley Jones
Title:
Story One: "Part 1 - Casting the First Stone"
Story Two: "Off Rogue Racing - A Lil Gotham Tale"
Story Three: Darker Than Black: Part 1
Story Arc:
The Eighth Deadly Sin
After:
-
Next:
Detective Comics Annual #11 (2009)
Summary:
Story One - The death of a priest sends Batman and Robin investigating a mystery involving the Seven Deadly sins and a mysterious creature called an Amon. The Amon represents wrath - one of man's seven deadly sins. The Amon is intent on kidnapping the son of a rich family so Damian is substituted and Dick takes the role of the boy's driver. When the creature attacks, Azrael appears and assists it to get away with Damian before escaping himself. Dick tracks down Azrael and they make a tenuous peace as both wish to locate the Amon which is working for a secret society. If the Amon gets what it wants, we are told life as we know it will change. The last page of the comic reveals that the Amon has abducted a number of children of wealthy people, strapping each to separate tables set out in a circle in what appears to be part of some sort of ritual. The Amon calls the children a blood bounty. 'So that all man's sins can be absolved . . by God's decree, the eighth deadly sin must be restored . . and the children of the seven shrouders of sin must die!' The story is continued in Detective Comics annual.

I really like Nicieza's take on the relationship between Damian and Dick. Damian maintains his superior attitude and lack of respect for Dick and while it grates, that is his personality and Nicieza has portrayed it well. There is a nice running banter between Dick and Damian and they are the clear focus of the story. Dick is shown as confident and competent and fails in his plan, not because the villain is better than him (which has been a real issue in Dick's solo series), but because of the situation... which is as it should be. My only comment is the disguise Dick uses when the driver. As the police know Batman has substituted for the driver I'm wondering how a simple wig hides the features of Dick Grayson - a well-known Gotham personality.

I love the art in this book. It is bold and fluid and facial expressions are realistic and recognisable. I hope to see this artist drawing Dick more often.


                                                       


Story Two - A silly little story about drag racing.

   


Nicieza (script) , Freddie Williams II (3D modeling, drawing and design) annd Frank Quitely (concepts) combine to create a two-page spread called "Batman - Opertational Files" which shows details of of the Batbunker, Wayne Tower and the new Batmoilbe.

   

Issue 28
Year
2010
Character
Batman
Role
Story One: Minor
Story Two: Minor
Story Three: Minor
Rating
Writer
Story One: David Hine
Story Two: Paul Tobin
Story Three: Kyle Higgins
Artist
Story One: A. Padilla and A. Guinaldo
Story Two: Ramon Bachs
Story Three: Trevor McCarthy
Title:
Story One: "All the Rage - Part 2"
Story Two: No Title Given
Story Three: "Nightrunner"
Story Arc:
All the Rage
After:
Detective Comics Annual #12 (2010)
Next:
-
Summary:
Story One: This story finishes the arc started in the Detective Comic's Annual. Batman asks Renee Montoya (aka the Question) to infiltrate the Golden Portal and draw out its leader. Dick, Bruce, and Bilal manage to save Leni Urbana from being assassinated, track down the Golden Portal leader and fight a massive brawl in the catacombs beneath Paris. The author goes to great pains to show the difference between Bruce and Dick.. ‘telling’ via Montoya’s dialogue. While I usually prefer to be shown, I didn’t mind this.

Montoya – You’re the original, right? You’re a little… bulkier. Definitely older.

Now, if I were Bruce I’d be ‘real’ impressed with this.

Montoya - … and you… you never did get the voice right. It’s lacking the grit, y’know what I mean?

Dick – I’ll work on that.

This story is more about the supporting cast than Bruce or Dick. They basically provide the stage on which the other characters may perform. A bit disappointing considering this is a 'Batman' title and the two Batmen in it take a supporting role.

                           


Story Two: This story focuses on Veil (Millicent Mayne) a character that first appeared in “Detective Comics” #851 (2009) and only a handful of times since. A former actress who was scarred by a man disguised by Two Face, she has developed a supernatural connection to the city itself. This story has her looking down on Gotham and watching the people struggling to negotiate their lives. When a punk hold up Leslie Thompkins, the Veil calls Batman on her cell phone. His response – “this isn’t a Police Station.” However as Dick rushes to the scene we receive updates on his progress via Veil who ends up intervening to give Dick the extra seconds he needs to arrive and save the day. An unusual story.

Art – I like the work of Ramon Bachs.

       
Story Three:
This story really continues from the first in this issue and follows what happens to Nightrunner after he accepts Batman's offer to join Batman Inc. Dick's role is to train the new member of the franchise. Nightrunner reflects that "This Batman's faster than the other one - much more fluid. Makes snese for him to be the one training me." This puts a smile on my face. In the end, Nightrunner finds his place as Paris' Bat-saviour.