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Batgirl/Robin Year One Paperback – June 25, 2013
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Chuck Dixon's resume includes thousands of scripts for iconic characters like Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Iron Man, the Punisher, The Simpsons, Spongebob Squarepants, GI Joe and many others. He is (along with artist Graham Nolan) the creator of the Batman villain Bane, the first permanent addition to the Dark Knight's rogues gallery in forty years and for which he won 1993's Wizard Fan Award for best new character. His graphic novel adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's The Hobbit is a perennial bestseller worldwide. His unprecedented 100 issue run on DC Comics Robin is considered to be a classic in the comics medium. Chuck's contributions to Marvel Comics' The Punisher are widely acknowledged as integral to that character's development.
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Dick Gtayson's origin story has been told 100 plus times since he debuted in the early 40s. So has Barbara Gordon's. Though Robin: Year One doesn't retell Dick's story like Batgirl: Year One does Barbara's, it does tell has how Dick's life as Robin went the first year he was a protege under Batman.
The New 52 aside - which would really make this series non-canon something to me is sad because this is some of the best Bat-comics that were written - at least from Chuck Dixon anyways. But fans of the old comics, or ones even if they never picked up a comic book could easily start reading this comic and not have to wonder what comics they'd have to read to know what happened prior. If one wanted to know more on what happened to Robin before Year One started - or even any mentions to Barbara Gordon before she became Batgirl, then yes I would read anything that was from the time period.
Would I recommend this comic to someone? Most definitely.
An excellent addition to any BatFan's library.
Robin: Year One is not an Origin Story. Dick Grayson was the first Robin and this story takes place early on in his career. You get to see Robin fight Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze and a few other lesser-known Bat villains. Batman takes a backseat in this story and you get to see Robin acting on his own for the most part. The story is solid and the artwork starts out good but it seems like it gets more sloppy towards the end. It's as if the artists took more time at first, but were rushing to finish it by thier deadline. If you like artists like Bruce Timm, Darwyn Cooke and Chris Samnee, then you probably won't hate the artwork here.
Batgirl: Year One is the Origin Story of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. If you are familiar with Babs' history as Batgirl and Oracle, then you will notice a lot of foreshadowing. Batgirl fights Killer Moth and Firefly in this story and there are cameos by Black Canary, Green Arrow and Wildcat. Batman and Robin monitor Batgirl from a distance and step in to lend her a hand here and there, but for the most part it's about Batgirl becoming a hero through trial and error. The writer has a really great voice for Babs and storyline is decent. The artwork is in the same vein as Robin: Year One, but the artists pull it off much better and it's clean and consistant all the way through.
Batgirl / Robin: Year One is essential reading for a Hardcore Batman Fan and probably a good place to start if you are just getting into Batman or comics in general. You wouldn't have to know decades of Batman History to understand everything that's happening here and there is enough new stuff and character study to keep long-time fans engaged. This would probably be an okay book for the kids too. There is obviously some mild violence, but no drugs, sex, language or gore. However it's not so tame that an adult would find it too juvenile.
Other than Alfred's writing being hard to read, it was a smooth read! Pretty much everything you could want to read about the two first batkids.
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