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Batman and Robin Vol. 1: Born to Kill (The New 52) Paperback – June 11, 2013
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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
“The storytelling is crisp, punchy and clean—in both words and art—even when they both get pretty dark. I think that's what I loved most about this book, the way the two complimented each other so well.”—Time Out Chicago
“Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are knocking it out issue after issue.”—Wired.com
“A fascinating story about a very complicated relationship.”—Newsarama
“Tomasi and Gleason have upped their collective game.”—iFanboy
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In Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill, the actual crime-fighting plot is of a former adversary from Bruce's pre-Batman training days, who wants to destroy his son and him for revenge on Bruce. This is the secondary plot, however. The main one is of Bruce and his biological son, Damian Wayne, trying to get along and find their places in each others' lives.
This comic was the epitome of why I always have liked the Batman titles so much. Except for the rare moments when the writers attempt to make Bruce overly "dark and edgy" by having him be a jerk, he is, in general, one of the most caring and good characters in the DC Universe. He can be dark and brooding and so forth, yes. He is also kind-hearted, and genuinely cares about his fellow man and his family. He is, in fact, one of the few prominent DC heroes who has raised children, and is known to be good with children in general.
I did have some concern for the presentation of the story, mainly in that the writers could have told the story fine whilst toning down the incredible amounts of bloodshed. It was especially disturbing to see a ten-year-old boy thoroughly bloodied up.Read more ›
I didn't have high expectations when I started reading this book.I saw all the good reviews both on Amazon and other sites so I decided to check it out.
I have read Grant Morrison's pre-New 52 Batman and Robin and it left a bad taste in my mouth. I did not like the story and the way Batman's son Damian was portrayed.
A lot of people state that Morrison's Batman & Robin was the highlight of his run. I'm not saying its not, but I sure did not see it. So I went into this a bit
skeptical,but to my surprise,this ended up to be one of the best books I read recently. Peter J Tomasi made me a Damian Wayne fan!
This is first of all a father and son story, and a rather good one. There is a villain present here, and while he is not memorable, he does a great job in creating a
ridge between Bruce and Damian. Damian is struggling with his violent nature and trying to gain acceptance and trust from his father. While on the other side Bruce is
trying to be the best father he can but fears he will ultimately fail. Alfred has big part in this as well, trying to help Bruce open up to his son before Damian falls
further into the shadows. The dynamic between all the characters is exceptional and they really feel like a family. The characterization is spot on and the story really
makes you feel for the characters. The story escalates when the villain "Nobody" offers something to Damian that his father seems reluctant to provide.
Without spoiling why,we also see a glimpse of Bruce's past and how he became the man he is today. The book feels like a complete story filled with drama, action,heart
breaking emotional moments and an ending that I really did not see coming.Read more ›
"Batman and Robin Volume 1: Born to Kill" collects the first eight issues of the monthly series in one hardcover graphic novel. It revolves around a new villain calling himself "Nobody" arriving in Gotham City to clean up the streets in a way Batman disagrees with. "Nobody" believes in truly eliminating the criminal element... and anyone who stands in his way. At the same time, young Damian Wayne / Robin is having an identity crisis and continues to dance on the moral line between crime fighting and deadly vigilantism.
Peter J. Tomasi does a wonderful job interweaving the relationship storyline and action-adventure elements of the Dynamic Duo's battles with Nobody into a complex tale. His writing is satisfying and keeps the reader enthralled up to the last page and panel. You can tell Tomasi loves these characters and wants to dig deeper into their emotions and show them as flawed humans and not just superheroes.
Artist Patrick Gleason takes Tomasi's words and intricately illustrates them. His penciling combined with John Kalisz's coloring keep your eyes glued to each panel. There are a few full and half-page spreads that would look great framed and hung on a wall.
Bonus material is included in this graphic novel collection. We get the story proposal Peter J. Tomasi turned into DC Comics. There are also character, cover, and concept sketches.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I wanted to see what Damian Wayne was all about. What I discovered was that the relationship between Bruce and Damian is so much more interesting.Published 1 month ago by Patrick Harden
I was a little hesitant to pick up this book, but I wanted to slowly expand into the bat family and this book did not disappoint. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Vote4ian
I like Damien as Robin, I think that's why I liked this volume so much. It's the 1st one so its not the best on the series but it's still a good read.Published 4 months ago by Hillary
Tomasi did a great job in putting the two greatest marvel characters of all time in a series. Though I'm kinda disappointed that Supernan was antagonized in the comic novel. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kevin
Batman and Robin has been my favorite duo sincee high school! their combination is really nice. they're like the dudley boyz of gotham!Published 8 months ago by Remmington
It's not a bad story, it's just a boring story. It seems the writer doesn't know what Makes Batman interesting, and he doesn't know what makes Damian interesting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Josh Matheny
I absolutely LOVE this series! I like seeing the struggle between father and son and trying to work together.Published 10 months ago by TravelBug1984