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Book Title: Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying|
The author of the book: Marv Wolfman
ISBN 13: 9780930289638
Edition: D C Comics (a division of Warner Brothers - A Time Warner Entertainment Co.)
Date of issue: February 28th 1998
Format files: PDF
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Treasure of the Rubbermaids 9: Birth of a Sidekick
The on-going discoveries of priceless books and comics found in a stack of Rubbermaid containers previously stored and forgotten at my parent’s house and untouched for almost 20 years. Thanks to my father dumping them back on me, I now spend my spare time unearthing lost treasures from their plastic depths.
In 1988 DC offered Batman fans a chance to determine the fate of the second Robin, Jason Todd, by voting via a 1-900 number. The readers turned their thumbs down, and Robin met a gruesome end at the hands of the Joker. However, poor Jason’s body was barely cold when DC decided that they needed a new Robin.
There was still a story problem with this because it was during the phase when they were trying to make Batman as dark, gritty, and realistic as possible. If the writing is good and you can stretch your imagination a bit you can suspend disbelief enough to buy into the notion that an obsessed billionaire would start wearing a costume and beating on criminals due to the trauma of seeing his parents murdered. But how do you explain the kid in the green short-shorts?
So this story needed to bring in the new Robin, Tim Drake, and it had to deal with that lingering question about why Batman needs a Robin. It does a decent enough of job of introducing the kid, and they gave some reasons about why a grim vigilante would need or want a sidekick. But it’s not ever going to be considered one of the best or deepest comics ever written.
Per the story, since Jason’s death Batman has become reckless and driven himself to exhaustion. With no one’s safety to consider but his own, Bruce’s obsession with punishing criminals has gotten the better of him, and he’s been thinking with his fists as he contends with the return of Two Face. Young Tim had figured out who Batman and the first Robin really were years ago thanks to a coincidence, and he has come forward to urge Batman and the original Robin (Dick Grayson) to partner up again. It’s pretty obvious where the story was going to from there.
It’s not a completely plausible reason for child endangerment, and Bruce does note that he sometimes feels like he created a monster with the whole Batman & Robin idea. DC was smart enough to address some of the issues that kept fans from embracing Jason as Robin. They gave Tim a better backstory than just the old my-parents-were-murdered-by-criminals thing. They’d also eventually update the Robin outfit, doing away with the shorts and giving the kid better weapons.
While not a big fan of the idea of Robin, I always liked the Tim Drake character in Batman’s world. He was smart and resourceful without ever being a smug little prick. He followed Batman’s orders and guidelines so that he never seemed like a pain in the ass, but he wasn’t a brown noser either. He’d eventually become a character that many in the Bat-family consider the best detective of them all, and it sometimes seems like he may eventually eclipse his mentor.
Tim isn’t Robin these days. That job is being filled by Bruce's bastard son, but Tim is still around in another hero persona. While this story isn’t great, it’s probably a must-read for hard core fans to get the introduction of one of the more important characters in the Batman mythos.
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Read information about the authorMarvin A. "Marv" Wolfman is an award-winning American comic book writer. He is best known for lengthy runs on The Tomb of Dracula, creating Blade for Marvel Comics, and The New Teen Titans for DC Comics.
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