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Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, April 13, 2010

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Following Bruce Wayne's reported demise, this Grand Guignol miniseries shows the competition to fill his role. Dick Grayson, the original Robin, has established a separate crime-fighting identity as Nightwing, but now has donned the iconic cape and mask of Batman. Partnered with bratty, impatient 10-year-old Damian (son of the original Wayne), he wants to modernize Batman's equipment but maintain his high principles. Dick's successor as Robin, Jason Todd, now calls himself the Red Hood and believes that the way to reduce crime is to kill criminals as dramatically as possible. Unfortunately, the Red Hood's violent tactics bring reprisals in the form of the Flamingo, an incredibly vicious South American assassin who enjoys skinning and eating the faces of beautiful young women. Morrison's scripts use this dark material effectively, and the art—first by Quitely, then by a team of three—is dazzling. In this largely self-contained episode, Morrison expertly retools DC's old superhero machinery. When combined with Quitely, it nearly reaches the heights of the duo's previous All-Star Superman. (Apr.)
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Recent issues of the comic book Batman have portrayed momentous developments, indeed. Bruce Wayne is dead, and erstwhile Robin Dick Grayson has replaced him as Batman. The new Robin is arrogant, 10-year-old upstart Damian, who’s both Bruce’s son and archvillain Ra’s al Ghul’s grandson. Morrison charts the new team’s first missions, as Grayson strives to guide headstrong Damian while tackling foes old (the Penguin) and new (Professor Pyg and his Circus of Strange). Complications arise from the reappearance of the Red Hood—another former Robin, Jason Todd, who battles crime more brutally than the new Dynamic Duo. In the first three of the six issues collected here, Morrison is joined by artist Frank Quitely, his collaborator on All-Star Superman. Their efforts here don’t reach the sublimity of that landmark work; unlike their extra-canonical Superman tales, these stories are restricted by the characters’ established continuity, and Quitely’s vivid visuals are less appropriate for the Dark Knight’s moody atmosphere. Still, these are the most accomplished, enjoyable printed Batman stories in many a year. --Gordon Flagg

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Deluxe edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401225667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225667
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and All-Star Superman.

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The DC Universe has been through a lot over the past few years. Not a single hero or villain has been immune to the effects of reality-altering circumstances, sudden resurrections, and crazy machinations that threaten to rewrite the entirety of their existence. It's pretty heavy stuff. With everything so mired in complex continuity, it's difficult to just leap into any comic, but Grant Morrison's Batman & Robin presents a good starting point.

Here's what you need to know: Bruce Wayne has disappeared in time, because comics like to do that. The original Robin, Dick Grayson, has returned to Gotham to fight crime as Batman, alongside Bruce Wayne's 10-year-old son, Damian, who is essentially half supervillain and very angry about stuff. Both of these heroes are finding their legs in these iconic roles throughout the course of these six collected issues. Everything else should spell itself out without becoming too confusing.

Grant Morrison is one of my favorite writers. He can write incredibly strange, surreal, psychological fiction and just as easily slip back into writing powerful superhero tales about the X-Men or the Justice League. While it sometimes feels that Morrison is writing weird things for weirdness' sake, the historically bizarre bad guys that attack Gotham are a very good fit for his version of creepy, and there's no better artist to make sense of his strange exhortations than Frank Quitely.

Quitely's artwork, which is used for the first half of the collection, might be an acquired taste. It feels soft and squishy, but it's also ultra-detailed and focuses on a stylized realism, textures, and atmospherics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ultraaman on March 23, 2013
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Disclaimer: I'm a Morrison fan.

So I remember picking up B&R #1 on the stands when it came out but didn't bother to continue with the book. There were three reasons:
#1 I couldn't stand Damien - Bruce Wayne's illegitimate son with Talia Al' Ghul - whose personality was grating. I also likeD Tim Drake as Robin and the whole thing just felt forced;
#2 Bruce had just been killed in the confusing and ill-focused Final Crisis, also written Morrison (I'm a fan, not a worshiper). I knew it was just a stunt and the whole Battle For the Cowl story that immediately precedes the debut of this book was mind-numbingly stupid. As if anyone with even a passing knowledge of Batman didn't know that Dick Grayson was going to be the new Batman.
#3 The first issue just wasn't every exciting. Morrison has two distinct styles, one is heavy on content that just inundates the reader with information. The other is very sparse and is definitely focused on telling a longer term story. The latter is the style he chose here and I was not in the mood for that given all I had endured up to that point. Also his unimpressive stint at writing Final Crisis had left me soured (even though the 2-issue Superman 3-D mini tie-in he wrote to supplement Final Crisis was him at his best).

ANYWAY, that preface is to let you know that I had little interest in the book and was not sold on it being any good. That is until I had read Dick as Batman in the final chapters of Detective Comics Vol. 1 and passingly in Batman, Inc. Vol 1 both in 2011.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dsan on May 9, 2012
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It's unfortunate that Frank Quitely never seems to be allowed to do more than a few issues at a time of any given series. He's far and away my favorite illustrator, and it's a shame that he wasn't responsible for this whole book.

Grant Morrison's take on the Batman mythos has been pretty inconsistent for my taste - I was not a fan of the Return of Bruce Wayne story - but this is pretty much the high point. While the previous volumes in Morrison's run were dense and difficult to approach without doing lots of other reading, his run on Batman & Robin comes across like a love letter to comics. Everything is bright, colorful, and fun without seeming childish, forced, or melodramatic. I hope this style catches on, frankly. It avoids the absurd "grittiness" of the recent era, eschewing mopy characterization and paranoia and creates a new style that is unashamed of itself, unselfconscious, but trimmed of the ham and excesses of melodrama that typified past eras.

After reading this volume and reading some of the other Batman stories of the past twenty years or so (Bruce Wayne: Fugitive, Knightfall, and a couple of others) I realized that I actually liked Morrison's characterization of Dick Grayson as Batman better than most of the takes on the Bruce Wayne Batman. That's an accomplishment. The second volume is slightly weaker than this one, partially due to the influence of the odious "Blackest Night" event, but even by itself this volume is a great introduction to a new, exciting world of comics.
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