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"Powerful effects and sharp characterization."—Publishers Weekly

"Watching [Robin] struggle to reconcile his mother's cold-blooded anger with his father's compassion and nobility (and not a little outright arrogance from both sides of the family tree) has been one of the highlights of the comics reading experience in recent years."—Maxim

"This is the kind of Batman story I like to read: an actual mystery with an emotional hook."—The Onion AV Club

About the Author

Peter J. Tomasi, a life-long New Yorker, is an NYU grad with degrees in political science and filmmaking. Peter has helped re-imagine many characters and books over the course of his extensive and exclusive career at DC Comics as a writer and editor. Peter's newest projects are BATMAN & ROBIN and GREEN LANTERN CORPS, both a part of DC Comics--The New 52. His previous works include BRIGHTEST DAY  GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS, BATMAN: BLACKEST KNIGHT, THE OUTSIDERS, NIGHTWING, PHANTOM STRANGER, BLACK ADAM THE DARK AGE and FINAL CRISIS: REQUIEM.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 52nd edition edition (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401240895
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401240899
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Tomasi is the writer of the acclaimed miniseries The Light Brigade as well as having written stories for Outsiders and JSA Classified.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tookie on July 16, 2013
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Peter J. Tomasi shows us the back story of Damian Wayne becoming Robin with volume 2, Pearl. Damian was definitely not born into the Robin cowl. His mother Talia raised him as a true Al Guhl, training all year around. When Damians' birthday came around Talia would let him have the chance to meet his father, only after having won in a duel. Sure enough, that birthday came and that boy became Robin. Damian takes on a Talon from the Court of Owls, assists his father Batman in a war involving Terminus, and takes on "zombies" as the hunt for Joker resurfaces. All while trying to prove to Nightwing, Red Robin, Red Hood, and Batman that he is the one and only Robin. This volume was just as great of a read as the previous volume. The story telling is superb and the illustration from Pat Gleason completes this epic modern classic of Batman & Robin. I can't wait to read Death of the Family! I give Pearl 4.7/5 stars.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Johnson on June 13, 2013
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This is an amazing age to be a Batman fan. Between Scott Snyder's work on Batman: The Black Mirror and Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (The New 52), and Grant Morrison's groundbreaking work on Batman Incorporated, Vol. 1: Demon Star (The New 52), we are truly spoiled for choice. There is a down side to having such an embarrassment of riches however, and that is overlooking the diamond's in the rough. Tomasi and Gleason's Batman & Robin Vol. 1: Born to Kill (The New 52) is that diamond in the rough.

The first volume established Bruce and Damian's relationship, but in this volume we see Damian doing everything he can to prove that he has earned the title of 'Robin'. For many years the character of Robin has been synonymous with the term 'sidekick', but this volume shows you how wrong that belief is. We witness Damian's upbringing, his fight against a Talon of the Court of Owls, and most importantly, his interactions with previous Robins.

Being trained from birth by the greatest assassin's in the world, and being the blood heir to the greatest detective in the world isn't enough for Damian; he want's to EARN the respect of those who came before him, to show them, and himself, that he is worthy of the title. It isn't a new concept, but if I have seen it implemented better somewhere else, I can't think of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luquillo on August 17, 2014
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Somewhere in Gotham, one of Batman's enemies is plotting revenge and in order to carry out his agenda, he recruits criminals who were seriously injured by Batman. In the mean time, Damien Wayne aka Robin wants to prove to the past Robin's that not only is he worthy of the mantle, but better than his predecessors in every way. -summary

After Batman & Robin Volume One: Born to Kill, I was looking forward to more of Peter J. Tomasi's work on this father and son duo. The first volume was too good and it set the bar very high. I wasn't looking forward to the exact same serving, because I knew it would have been difficult to recapture that type of character development again through Batman and Robin's father/son relationship so soon. Plus the villain Nobody was probably going to be tough to beat; however, I wasn't expecting such a madcap story though. Now don't get it twisted, this is still a fun book for the most part yet one's enjoyment more than likely will determine how much they're into Damien's antics and these throw away villains, which left me with serious mixed feelings. Batman and Robin Volume 2: Pearl contains issues 9 - 14 and #0.

One thing that stood out to me immediately is how much better paced this book is in regards to the Night of the Owls crossover, which spreads across the other Bat-titles. It takes place before the main story line, which doesn't break the flow of the story arc. The book begins with Damien's origin as he's being trained by his mother Talia Al Ghul, and his only drive is to meet his father Batman. People already familiar with Grant Morrison's run won't learn anything new but it's a decent start to the book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BlueStar on August 26, 2013
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The second volume of the critically acclaimed Batman and Robin series starts us off with an entry in the past regarding Damian's training given by his mother and how he came to be with his father. It then spins back into the present with the Court of Owls attack and Damian's mission to protect a military general. Then, a group is gathered that has been defaced and haunted by the Batman that seeks to take the image Batman has created, and turn it on the people of Gotham.

This nice hardcover features issues #0, 9-14 in that order. The zero issue had Peter J. Tomasi writing and Patrick Gleason doing the art. He drew an especially cute, big-eyed Damian that really drew the killer aspect away and the cute 10-year-old boy aspect ever closer; especially in one particular well-known panel where Damian finds his father's cowl. Story-wise, however, it doesn't allow a very good explanation for the plethora of questions everyone had regarding Damian's life and where it fit in the New 52's timeline. Otherwise, it was a very action-packed story that worked well as a one-shot. Issue #9 was the Court of Owls tie-in issue which had Tomasi writing and Lee Garbett doing the pencil work. It was a good tie-in issue but there wasn't a whole lot to it. Now, the rest of the book covers one story arc written by Tomasi again with art by Patrick Gleason throughout (with some help by Tomas Giorello on two issues) that were really fantastic. The story was very well-written involving all the former Robins and the dynamics that each one brought to the story as well as Batman and Robin's father/son bickering and power struggles. The villain was interesting and the ending will have you begging for more as it will move into an even more interesting arc! I think I actually enjoyed this second volume at least as much as the first! On top of that, there are some neat extra sketches and scripts at the end!
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