Year 10: Various - Various Dynamic Duo stories
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Year 10: Event 1 - Dick Meets Superman

Robin meets Superman for the first time. Batman has known Superman for some time at this stage but has never allowed Robin to meet him due to his lingering doubts about Clark being an alien. Superman drops into Gotham investigating the theft of a pulse rifle from S.T.A.R. Labs. With Batman out of town, he seeks Robin's permission to investigate on Batman's turf. To this, Robin readily agrees. He has been intrigued by Superman for years... long before he became Bruce's ward. Robin and Superman work together to capture the thieves. While Dick wants to trust Superman, Batman's distrust makes Dick very cautious. However, Dick has always been an excellent judge of character and basically works easily with Superman.

Comment
There are many versions of this first meeting to choose from. Below are three of the main ones. I found it difficult decide which one I liked best. (g) In the end, I chose the Puckett version. Dick is portayed as about 15 or 16 in this one, but he'd need to be 10 to fit our timeline.
VERSION ONE: Superman-Batman Annual #2" 2006 by Joe Kelly. Superman loses his powers. He comes to the Batcave asking Bruce to train him. Dick is in awe as he hero worships Superman. He is very young is this one which works for this fundamental timeline. Superman is trained and fails. However when Bruce is dying, he begins believing in himself and his powers return. Following this, Superman wants to discuss the idea of a JLA.
VERSION TWO: "Legends of DC #6" 1998 by Puckett. Superman comes to Gotham and with Batman out of town, Superman asks for Robin's permission to work in Gotham. It is clear Batman has an issue with Clark not being human and has warned Dick never to trust Superman. Robin and Superman work together. Robin is a bit older in this one... looks about 15 or 16.
VERSION THREE: "World's Finest Comics #271" 1981. Superman comes across Robin injured and floating in small boat.

Reference
# "Legends of DC" #6      

Year 10: Event 2 - JLA Formed

Batman helps to form the JLA. Robin meets other heroes like Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern etc.

Comment
There are a number of versions of this one too. While Batman helps to form the JLA he does not become a full time member. However, Bruce bankrolls the operation.

Reference
# "Justice League of America" #0 and "DC Legacies" #3      

Year 10: Event 3 - Dick learns to play the role of socialite Bruce Wayne's ward at functions

Dicks quickly learns how to act at social functions. Like Bruce, he plays a role... that of a socialite's ward. Charming, well-mannered and apparently engaged. All the while bored out of his brain. (g)




Comment
It is interesting to note that Bruce plays the role of father here as well... checking school homework and extra lessons.

Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #1      

Year 10: Event 4 - Beginning of Two Face's obsession with Dick Grayson

When Two Face learns that Batman now has a boy helping him..."one becomes two"... he becomes interested in Robin. This leads to a obsession that spans many years... one that Dick must face when he finally wears the cowl many years later.




Comment
The first thing to note here, is that originally I had this as Two Face's Obsession with 'Robin'. However, in Dick's second stint as Batman, we realize that it is Dick who Two Face is obsessed with... the costume does not matter.

I really like the way Dixon and Beatty write why Two Face fixates on Robin. It is because he sees Batman 'become' two, in the same way Harvy Dent became two. Two Face does not show the same interest in later Robins. Dick was the one who is the other side of Batman's coin... which is so symbolic because it is true. Light and dark. Thus, it is from this moment that Robin (or more correctly, the 'first' Robin) becomes a special interest in Two Face's life.

Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #1      

Year 10: Event 5 - Defeats Mad Hatter and rescues kidnapped girls.

The Mad Hatter kidnaps several young girls for the President of another country. Dick knows one of the girls from school and so investigates, tracking down clues and finally rescuing all girls. Bruce isn’t happy that Dick does this on his own, but Alfred intervenes and Bruce learns the value of praise. This would be one of Dick's earliest solo adventures.

Comment
In this story there is reference to Dick starting High School at Bristol Middle School. I assume children in the US go to High School at age 12 or 13. As the "Robin Year One" mini series by Chuck Dixon was written in 2000 it has Dick becoming Robin much older than the pre-Crisis stories. However, this story unfolds in Robin’s first year and thus belongs here.

Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #1      

Year 10: Event 6 - Captures Killer Moth

The Dynamic Duo pursue Killer Moth - a thug who hirers himself out to other thugs and promises them protection - who is, himself being pursued by some unsatisified customers. When the cars crash, Batman goes after the unsatisified thugs while Robin chases down Killer Moth and eventually saves him from falling into the river.



Comment
Robin rates Killer Moth as a real second rate villain... which he is. We see in "Robin Year One: #2" that Batman has told Robin stories about the Joker which Dick says gave him nightmares. It would appear that at this stage, Bruce is only taking Dick along when he is facing second rate villains. They have also taken down Cluemaster and Firefly.

Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #2      

Year 10: Event 7 - Takes down Blockbuster (Mark Desmond)

When Batman is injured, Robin leads Blockbuster away and takes him down using the weapons at hand.. something Batman taught him to do.

Comment
Mark Desmond is the brother of Roland Desmond who takes over the role of Blockbuster and plays a part in Dick's future. The first Blockbuster is a chemist who desired physical strength. He experimented on himself and while he achieved his goal it affected his brain and made him incredibily aggressive. Mark was manipulated by his brother Roland and encouraged into a life of crime.



Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #2      

Year 10: Event 8 - Beaten by Two Face and sacked by Batman

Two Face is monitoring the papers and the grapevine for Batman and Robin activities. He suspects Robin is Batman’s son and notes that Batman must have a heart and therefore a weakness. He decides that Robin is the weak link… the key to taking down Batman and reaping the revenge to which he believes he’s entitled .

Two Face kidnaps Judge Lawrence Watkins whom he blames for ‘killing’ Harvey Dent. Commissioner Gordon summons Batman to fill him in. It is at this time that Jim expresses concerns and confusion about Batman partnering a boy. He states he had felt the boy would just be around for once case but it has been months.

Batman defends his actions. Gordon points out that this time it is Harvey Dent, but Batman declares that Robin can handle it. Gordon agrees it is Batman’s call but if any harm comes to the boy he will “drop Batman from a great height”.

Following this discussion, Batman warns Robin he can’t psych Two Face and he asks Robin to stand down for this case.

Two Face conducts his own trial of Judge Watkins finding him guilty and sentencing him to hang.

Batman recognises that Two Face has kidnapped Watkins to lure him out and identifies a newspaper heiress’ children as the madman’s next target. He goes alone to protect the children but Two Face is already there. He throws one of the babies off a roof and tosses the other to Batman. Robin appears and saves the falling baby only to discover it is a hoax and the ‘baby’ is a device that contains knock out gas.



Two Face captures Batman as well.

When Robin wakes, he is presented with a nightmare situation. Batman and Judge Watkins are on a gallows and it is up to Robin to decide who dies first. Batman warns him not to play but Robin does, Two Face double crosses him and Judge Watkins is drowned.



Batman is then forced to watch as Two Face beats Robin within an inch of his life. Batman escapes just in time, leaves Two Face for the police and rushes Robin home to Alfred, but the boy is in a critical condition. They take him to Dr. Leslie Thompkins’ clinic where she saves his life.



Gordon, when questioning Dent, discovers Two Face has ‘killed’ Robin. He confronts Batman who assures him Robin is alive but has retired.

Dick wakes from nightmares about failing and not being good enough and is comforted by Bruce who is at his bedside. Bruce then fires Robin. Dick is devastated. Bruce believes taking on a partner was an error in judgement… a terrible mistake. Dick pleads stating they are partners but Bruce won’t be moved on it. Dick is lost. He feels he has failed Bruce and suddently feels he doesn't belong. His life has lost purpose and he feels rejected by the one person who he believed fully understood his pain.



Dick attacks his recuperation, focusing all of this energies on this. He and Bruce avoid each other. When Dick visits Leslie at the General Hospital for a check up on his recovery, Mr Freeze shows up and robs the blood supplies. Dick follows and discovers some clues and then returns to the manor to leave a note.

Dick then goes in pursuit of Mr Freeze in plain clothes but wearing his mask. He captures Freeze and delivers him to Commissioner Gordon. He tells Gordon he is out of the vigilante business to which Jim responds, “Good for you, Kid. You don’t need this garbage.”

Two Face escapes by killing a detective.

Comment
Bruce's faith in Dick's ability would appear absolute to begin with but he is concerned for the boy's safety. His reaction to Dick's beating is one you'd expect from a father, acting to protect his child by removing him from the danger. However, he blames Dick for what happened and sadly, when he sacks Robin, he also withdraws from the boy, leaving Dick feeling responsible for the withdrawal of love and rejected by his new family.

Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #2 - #4      

Year 10: Event 9 - Leaves Bruce and joins Shrike's Vengence Gang.
When Bruce returns from his Batman activities, Alfred reads him the note, stating, “I took the initiative in reading it on your behalf, given your busy schedule.”

The letter reads – “Dear Bruce. I guess it’s time for me to move on. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do if I’m not allowed to help you anymore. Alfred doesn’t need to worry about entertaining me and taking care of you, too. You don’t want a partner and you don’t need a son. I’m sorry I failed you. I won’t forget everything you’ve given me. Thanks for teaching me how to be strong. Dick.” Bruce’s only response is that Harvey Dent escaped.

On the streets, Dick tosses his mask and utility belt away. Just as he finds out Harvey Dent is free, he is attacked by a group of older boys. A man watches as Dick takes the four opponents down noting he did it in fifty-three seconds using a combination of Aikido, Judo, Savate and Capoeira and with style, grace and bit of flamboyance, but without the obtrusiveness and pitfall of arrogance. This man is Shrike and he has been hired by Minette to kill Harvey Dent.



Meanwhile, Alfred is searching for Dick. He calls Danny Poteet at Haly’s but Dick isn’t there. Dick has learned his lessons well and Alfred is angry with Bruce who believes Dick will ‘turn up’. “You gave the boy hope and snatched it away when he fell short of your considerable and unrealistic expectations. There is no reason for him to come back.” Alfred is afraid they will never see Dick again.

Dick has been spending his time in training with Shrike’s team. He is calling himself Freddy Lloyd (Lloyd being is mother's maiden name and I'm assuming the Freddy is from his father's second name Frederick) and joins in a robbery at the museum stopping one of the others from killing a guard. Shrike then tells the boys their real purpose is to kill Two Face.


Comment
I find Bruce’s reaction to Dick running away one of denial. Considering he is the boy’s legal guardian one would think he would have been more concerned about locating the child.

Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #2 - #4      

Year 10: Event 10 - Refuses to kill Two Face and rejoins Bruce.
Dick goes along but can not follow through. He returns to the cave to leave a note for Bruce. Alfred walks in on him and Dick confesses he almost killed a man (Two Face)

Dick returns to Shrike who has uncovered that Dick isn’t who he says he is. He begins beating the boy and demands to know who he is. Dick responds with “Robin.” It is at this point that Batman appears and states, “His name is Robin and he’s my partner.”

A fight ensues. Batman is injured, Two Face shows up, kills Shrike and then escapes. Dick takes Bruce back to the cave, where Alfred greets him with hug.

Once Bruce is patched up, he readies himself to go in pursuit of Two Face. Dick clarifies that Batman wants a partner and Bruce agrees, but with conditions. That Dick be a good soldier, honour the oath he took and to never question his orders even if it means watching him die. Dick asks for Alfred’s advice. Alfred tells him it is his decision but suggests he could spend his life in happier pursuits. Dick’s response…



The pair recaptures Two Face and delivers him to Gordon who welcomes Robin and tells him to take care of himself.

Comment
We see how close Dick has become to Alfred with him turning to Alfred for advice at a critical juncture. We also see the contrast between Alfred and Bruce's parenting styles.

Yet again, Dick proves that despite the rage he feels toward someone, he is unable to take a life.

While Robin would appear to be instrumental in the final recapture of Two Face, the earlier incident will remain with him all his life.

Gordon’s response to Dick’s return is interesting, though there is little to be said here because no one can justify putting a minor in the sort of danger Dick is put in.

Reference

# "Robin Year One:" #2 - #4      

Year 10: Event 11 - Sees Barbara for the first time

Batman and Robin deliver Two Face to Commissioner Gordon on top of Gotham Police Headquarters. Just as they are leaving, Barbara arrives to meet with her father, and sees Robin for the first time. She is clearly stunned and fascinated. See image.

Comment
This is the first meeting between these two. They don't speak to each other but this fleeting moment does impact upon them both. Jim Gordon plays the role of protective father, dragging Barbara away and warning a very young Robin off. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your thoughts on Barbara and Dick as a couple, his words are in vain. (g)

Reference
# "Robin Year One:" #4