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Robin: Year One Paperback – May 1, 2002
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I don't know how I missed this one, I suppose it's a "sleeper hit". Rather than explaining and over explaining his origin story the book starts with Robin new at, but in the thick of his partnership with Batman. Most of the story is narrated by Alfred who's character achieves a deepness here I don't think I've read anywhere else. It is almost the story of Alfred as a father and his two sons Dick and Bruce, rather than the usual father/son relationship with Batman and Robin.
The coloring in the book is amazing. Yellows, greens and oranges are used instead of the standard blue, gray, and blacks. I though that was a fascinating choice. The pencils seem like an ode to a 40's or 50's Batman era.
I can't say enough good things. If you've been let down by "year one" books before give this a shot, it might make a believer out of you.
However, many have doubts. Alfred fears that another boy has had his childhood stolen, and Commissioner Gordon heartily disapproves; what if the child is hurt? Alfred, as the narrator of the story (great choice) relives the difficulties of raising Bruce. Can Robin prove he is worthy of superhero status?
"Robin: Year One" does a great job of showing the relationship between Alfred, Dick, and Bruce. Alfred is the father of the two men, giving aid and support that make Batman and Robin possible. Dixon does a magnificent job making it feel like a "family."
Using contrast, Dixon portrays a brooding Batman whose darkness is brightened by the undying optimism and good cheer of Robin, the Boy Wonder. While Bruce did not have many friends growing up, Dick is extremely well adjusted socially. Together, one complements the other, and a truly dynamic duo is born.
However, like any family, there are moments of strife, tension, and sorrow. Dixon paints such a believable and identifiable picture of the Robin character that readers will feel as Robin feels. Can he prove that he is worthy? Will he lose his childhood in a scramble for justice?
"Robin: Year One" is one of the best Batman universe graphic novels out there.
Chuck Dixon, between his work on Robin, Nightwing and the Birds of Prey, has got to be the most successful writer of Batman�s �family� there ever was. In this book he teams with Scott Beatty to craft a tale not of the origin of Dick Grayson�s Robin, but of his early adventures after he already secured the job. It shows off a new villain, makes it clear that things were not as easy as it would seem, and showcases the precarious nature of the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson in a fashion as good or better than any I�ve ever seen.
Dixon and Beatty also fill in a few blanks along the way. In encounters with later Robins -- Jason Todd and Tim Drake -- we learn that the criminal Two-Face was obsessed with Batman�s junior partner. This story shows off how that began. We get to see a lot of the lamer villains -- the Mad Hatter in particular, in a far creepier light than usual. We even get some good character moments between Robin and then-Captain Jim Gordon, who is one of the best supporting characters in the history of comics.
All in all, a really good book for the Batman or Nightwing fan.
I thought a book about robin would be too kidish so I didn't really spend my time looking for Batman books with Robin in them. But after reading this book I went to Amazon and Ebay looking up books with Robin.
In this book Robin is portrayed as a kid with a mature side. He still has a kid personality but his character also recognizes the fact that the "Robin business" is a serious business. That's the biggest aspect that made this book such an enjoyable read.
Also I liked the way Batman looked. In many books he looks like a terror of the night (and that's awesome!) but in this book he looked more like a guy in a costume. I really liked that because most artists try to make Batman seem extraordinary cool or supernatural looking (and I like that). But in this case it was nice to see a more human look to Batman. It was modern Batman in the Adam West look. Also, because he didn't look VERY cool it didn't take away from Robin being in the spotlight for this book.
All the other characters were done well and the rest of the art was good. Not the best I've seen but for this book it was perfect.
The story was great. It wasn't an A-B story...it was more of A-C-D-B type of story. What I mean is it wasn't straight forward, it had some other plots thrown in. It definitely wasn't complicated but it was nice to have other things going on besides the main plot.Read more ›
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4.5 Stars! A fantastic prequel of sorts, written by one of my favorite writers, Chuck Dixon. I really like the art style chosen, it reminds me a lot of Batman: The Animated Series... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Claude Kane III
This essential reading for fans of Robin as this story introduces the first Robin and what he means to Batman. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Alex Packard
Enjoyed reading a good story of the early growing pains of my favorite comic book character. Great job by Chuck Dixon and company.Published 18 months ago by Diego
The collected mini-series telling the tale of Batman's first knight Robin, aka Dick Grayson. A must read collection for the Batman fan, nicely written and excellently presented!Published 19 months ago by Robert E. Behers
Like most things in the comic world there are a million different origin stories. Upon going into Robin: Year One I was expecting something short of how Batman: Year One read but... Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Mike M.
great book had a little fold but no big deal. if you want to see robin beat half to death read this bookPublished on April 7, 2014 by Mike alcaraz
this is a good book but it is also printed in batgirl year one so you might want to buy that book insteadPublished on January 20, 2014 by hsknits