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As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics--The New 52 event of September 2011, Batman begins battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together.As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne's past: His name is NoBody, and he's not happy that Batman IAs a part of the acclaimed DC Comics--The New 52 event of September 2011, Batman begins battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together.As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne's past: His name is NoBody, and he's not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil...Collecting: Batman and Robin 1-8...

Title : Batman and Robin, Volume 1: Born to Kill
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Batman and Robin, Volume 1: Born to Kill Reviews

  • Jan Philipzig
    2019-01-04 22:59

    Well, it was okay, I guess. There is a consistency to the book that I appreciated: no fill-in artwork, no crossovers, no overambitious storytelling techniques. Patrick Gleason’s clean, heavily inked high-contrast artwork looked pretty solid to me—a bit like Mike Mignola’s, even. I also appreciated the attempt to tell a superhero story that does not just move from one action scene to the next, though I can’t say I found the story’s reflections on fatherhood and crime-fighting methods all that fascinating.Like so many mainstream comics these days, Batman and Robin Vol.1: Born to Kill revolves around the question: Should superheroes step up their crime-fighting methods? Or more specifically in this case: Should superheroes kill? The Batman says no (as he has since the early 1940s), a new character from Batman’s past who calls himself Nobody says yes, and Batman’s son Damian aka Robin, who has been trained to kill by the so-called League of Assassins while still a child, finds himself on the fence. Unfortunately, it’s pretty clear from the start where the story is going, and the whole "Should we just kill the bad guys?" discussion does not exactly break new ground.Bottom line: Batman and Robin Vol.1: Born to Kill delivers a perfectly serviceable story for DC fans who are interested in Damian’s inner struggles or get a kick out of discovering Alfred’s hidden talents, but readers looking for stories that have new things to say or advance the genre should probably look elsewhere.

  • Anne
    2019-01-01 16:59

    It's a good story, but Damien takes about 20 steps backward in the personal growth department. He had matured so much while working with Grayson, that it was a bit of a let down. Instead of having his trademark cool-under-pressure (read: scariest ten year old alive) persona, he's back to stomping his foot like a bratty little boy when he doesn't get his way. *sigh*Oh well.So right off the bat this Nobody character targets Batman through his Russian counterpart (or at least I assumed he was from Russia?). It's time to rid the world of Batman Inc.! Mwahahahaha!Turns out that Nobody and Bruce go waaaay back, and their story is something that Bruce doesn't want Damien to know least not yet. Why he was ashamed of what happened back in the day is beyond me. Didn't seem like he really did anything wrong when the secret is finally revealed.The main point of the plot line, however, is not about Batman vs. Nobody. It's about Bruce trying to learn how to be Damien's dad, and not just his father.One of Bruce's attempts at normalcy brings Ace the Bat-Hound into the family. Damien (finally) names him Titus...but we all know he's really Ace!If you're a fan of Alfred, you're gonna love him in Born to Kill. Alfred doesn't just sit back a Wayne Manor dusting the Batcave and handing out Band-aids. Tomasi has him acting as the third member of the team. Alfred even saves Batman and Robin's butts by (remotely) flying a Batplane and shooting at the bad guy! Relax, it's rubber bullets being fired. Still...very cool.So, while some of the story rubbed me the wrong wasy, it had more than enough good stuff to make up for it. And visually, the book looks awesome.Recommended for fans of the Dynamic Duo!

  • Keely
    2019-01-02 23:04

    I spent the last two weeks reading and individually reviewing the eight issues that composed this magnificent first volume. It had been an amazing journey for me to examine and discuss the character arc progress between Bruce Wayne (Batman) and his son Damian (Robin) which is the most important thing that writer Peter J. Tomasi himself emphasized throughout the issues. As for the villain NoBody, he explained in an afterword (his very own story proposal that he submitted to the company) that it was just the 'B' story that adds a dimension to what he wanted to achieve in the story, and that the emotional spine and theme of the first volume relies heavily on nature versus nurture, particularly on how Batman and Robin must learn to build a relationship based on trust, love and respect even if external forces would get in the way every once in a while, especially with a vocation like crime-fighting.Damian is born and raised a killer. His mother Talia al Ghul and the rest of the League of Assassins had tempered his steel into something sharp and deadly. Bruce knew that his absence in the most formative years of his son's life has already been detrimental, and in the span of these issues, he tries everything to ensure that Damian walks the right path and not give in to the darkness that his natural instincts are much more attuned with. I really enjoyed reading Tomasi's proposal for the Batman and Robin line-up because it showed that he understands the direction he's heading and how to get there the best way possible. This collected edition also included an excerpt of the issue #7 script, and a gallery filled with artist Patrick Gleason's character sketches of Damian and some panel layouts.Going back to the proposal, I would like to quote some of its insightful passages that I believe captured the very essence of the first arc Born to Kill:"Bruce sees Damian as a broken boy and is on a mission to fix him. Damian, on the other hand, only wants to be accepted by his father for who and what he is; he doesn't want to be looked at as some science project that needs to be modified.""As Bruce wrestles with what it means to be a father in uniform and out, Damian is wrestling with himself too, using all his willpower to keep his natural instincts and inclinations at bay, trying his best to be the son his father wants him to be, but finding himself failing and not knowing who to turn to, especially when he starts to see Bruce as less of a fantasy father figure and more of a fallible human being. For Damian,it was easy to look up to Bruce when he was gone, but now that his father's back, Damian's finding it was simpler to love and respect the legend more than the man himself."I think it's worth mentioning that there is an old continuity reference in Tomasi's writing though it was only implied. There was a time before when Bruce Wayne died and so Dick Grayson (former first Robin and now Nightwing) had to take over so he became the new Batman while he assigned Damian as his Robin. I wanted to point that out since there was a scene in one of the issues here where Damian (first issue and some other one) talked about the fact that Dick trusted him but Bruce can't do the same thing. In case you feel like that was a baffling thing to say, then that's the short backstory that should sufficiently cover it.I can honestly say that this is my most favorite volume from the New 52 Batman titles yet, even surpassing the more riveting plot and suspense created in Scott Snyder's The Court of Owls. I'm a sucker for character-driven stories and exploration of character dynamics more than anything else in fiction so Tomasi's work for the first volume of Batman and Robin truly spoke to me. I'll be reading the next issues individually again very soon (as well as the collected second volume Pearl), but for now I'm picking up the Batman issues for Death of the Family and reviewing them separately. I've already read and reviewed the crossover/tie-ins edition of this story arc before, but I think Snyder's collected third volume edition is more compact and a better anthology than that one.RECOMMENDED: 10/10* Meaningful and emotionally resonant, the first volume humanizes Batman as a father and elevates Damian as a formidable Robin.[DO READ MORE ABOUT MY BATMAN REVIEWS IN]

  • Kurt
    2019-01-09 18:11

    I can start by stating that there is no way this story was created for a rebooted DC Universe. The characters are Batman, Robin (Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne's 10-year-old son who has been raised as a trained assassin and is now in his father's custody), and a new villain from Bruce Wayne's distant past (who makes his first appearance murdering a.. version of Batman in Moscow? Because it dilutes the brand? I have a vague idea of what Batman Incorporated is all about, and I still don't get it, especially in the context of a "new-reader friendly" DC Universe). None of it makes any sense against the backdrop of what DC Comics was doing at the time. So we can look at this story on its own. It's a father and son story, where the father sees some of his dark side in his son and doesn't know how to handle it, so he makes some mistakes, and they both pay the price and learn some life lessons. That can be a fine basis for a story if it's done well, but the result in this collection is just mediocre. It's spaced out for eight issues when it really would have been fine in six, and Batman takes an exasperatingly long time to get to his story about his villain's motivations. Tomasi also can't seem to make up his mind whether or not Damian Wayne has killed anyone before, so the moral dilemma is hard to track. Speaking of the moral dilemma, the philosophical argument (which is potentially going to determine Robin's destiny) is whether or not it's OK to kill bad guys, but in the book that gets expressed in the following way:NoBody (the bad guy): I think killing bad guys is just fine. Some people are beyond rehabilitation, and ending their threat with some finality is the only way to protect people.Batman: ...Batman: ...Batman: ... Grrrrarrr! Shut up! *punches and stabs, in brutal but non-lethal ways*This is not how a writer should structure an actual philosophical discourse if he wants us to take it seriously. Instead of choosing a moral side here, Robin is presented with the choice of (1) Killing as a way to maintain safety for his loved ones and as an expression of his true self, or (2) Not killing, as a way to be a good son and make Daddy love him. Which can actually be a more compelling decision, if it's done correctly, with family loyalty requiring someone to make a clearly intellectually/emotionally dishonest choice, but each issue here sees Tomasi struggling with whether or not Robin will choose non-lethal tactics because they are clearly morally superior, and he hasn't earned that perspective (personally, as a public defender who believes in rehabilitation and second chances for my clients, I agree that it's the right one, but I'm trying to describe the story I've been given in this book, not the arguments I bring in from my own life) (just wanted to make it clear that I don't actually think anyone should go around killing "the bad guys").If you can't get enough Batman, then.. this is, indeed, a Batman book. With pretty standard superhero art and corny but acceptable dialogue. It has a lot of Damian Wayne (a character I actually like a lot, based on my very limited exposure to him), and there's plenty of action and violence. It's just not a story that's special in any way, and not worth your time if you're not already a hardcore Batman fan.

  • Artemy
    2019-01-05 00:15

    I don't think I'll ever like a Batman comic again. After the shitshow that was Batman v Superman, I could never look at the character the same way. Now, instead of a cool hero, I only see an ugly, Ben Affleck-shaped grown up idiot in a stupid suit whose whole personality is based around the fact that his parents are dead. After that damn movie I slowly started to lose interest in DC in general, and Batman in particular. I sold all of my Batman comics and never really had the urge to pick up another one since. This, coupled with how terrible Peter Tomasi's Rebirthed Superman was, really put me against Batman and Robin even before I started reading it. Surprisingly, I didn’t hate it as much as I expected, but it still wasn’t a good book.Hands down, the best part about this comic is Batman’s son, Damian Wayne, and his relationship with his father. Grant Morrison did a really good job introducing the character in his Batman run, and I'm glad to see that Damian stays true to himself in Born to Kill. He's still an annoying little shit who is somehow charming and likeable, and kicks some serious ass when he gets the chance.Unfortunately, other parts of the story aren't that good. Batman is still annoying as ever, crying about his parents, remembering his mother's goddamn pearls in the sewer (admittedly, he really wants to stop moping about that. Yeah, right). The story about a villain from Batman's past was also a trite, cliched snoozefest.Tomasi's writing style is full of nasty traits. His dialogue is filled with cringey, unnatural exposition-pushing phrases. He's overly wordy, to the point where text bubbles sometimes take up most of the space on the page, concealing the artwork behind them. He also likes to tell instead of show, constantly plays the pronoun game and overuses flashbacks, which are usually set to some extremely dull narration from Batman. His talents would be better suited writing for Arrow, or some other crappy superhero TV show.Saying all that, I still admit that I had some fun reading this comic. I like Damian, and he's really good in this one. Surprisingly, I also liked Patrick Gleason's artwork much more here than in Superman Rebirth, where his characters often look ugly and misshapen. Alas, I still can't get over how much I hate Batman, he ruins everything for me! That, and Tomasi's writing style is a big turn-off. I probably won't continue with this series, although maybe someday, when the Batfleck catastrophe will be mostly forgotten... who knows.

  • Donovan
    2019-01-18 18:09

    On my second read, I think what people overlook about this book and this series is the fact that Bruce and Damian's relationship is the main plot, as Peter J. Tomasi himself tells us in the afterword. Nobody, a brilliant new villain from Bruce's training days, is the subplot which serves as a background upon which the two Waynes (and Alfred) play out their complex emotions. And their emotions, their fears and dreams, are as dark as the night in which they fight and bloody themselves.Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray make this a gorgeous book to look at. And this Batman and Robin series, if my understanding is correct, takes place parallel to Morrison's Batman run while Damian is obviously still alive, after Bruce's temporal travels, and before the culmination of Batman Incorporated. Or at least that's how I think of it to make sense of continuity. While lacking the comedy, wackiness, and ethereality of Morrison's superb Batman run, Tomasi dedicates this to the Dark Knight side of Batman: fear, death, murder and revenge. This book stars Damian, a Robin who has grown on me over the course of Morrison's books, and who, although different in this book, is beyond an angsty pre-teen like some readers unfairly criticize. Damian was literally bathed in blood from the beginning, taught to break, maim, and kill, instructed to be a perfect machine and unity of body and mind, and told he would conquer the world at a young age. After being shipped off and introduced to his father, Bruce basically tries to "fix" Damian (a theme) and temper his murderous tendencies, molding him from killer to vigilante. And Damian has mixed feelings. He's stubborn and prideful, rooted in his belief of extreme measures and permanent solutions. This has been his entire life. But as Bruce has always maintained, killing is the line that separates men from monsters. And Damian sees that he's right and wishes to please his father, to earn his respect, admiration, and love. But he won't bow down, he can't. So he's conflicted. And he is loaded with hormones and disrespect, it can't be helped, it's biology. But he is so much more than that. He's ripe with complexity, dark yet willing to see the light.

  • Chris
    2019-01-04 22:56

    One of the first graphic novels I read, Born To Kill still keeps me hooked from start to finish. The story sees a lethal enemy from Bruce Wayne's past return to exact revenge on the Dark Knight, manipulating his difficult relationship with his son Damian, to devastating effect. Writer Peter J. Tomasi pens a killer story around the dysfunctional father/son dynamic and deftly explores the reasoning of why Batman never takes a life.Although Damian comes across as annoying at first, his father's flaws are also on display and leave the two almost constantly at odds. Alfred Pennyworth is written superbly throughout this volume as he attempts to guide both father and son. The narrative is a gripping emotional journey, culminating in a violent battle between Batman and Nobody (view spoiler)[Who, ironically, winds up being a somebody as he helps bring Bruce and Damian closer together (hide spoiler)] and a huge twist that Tomasi takes a whole issue to follow up on. It's clear to see how the characters have progressed by the final page and also a credit to Tomasi's writing.Penciller Patrick Gleason, along with inker Mick Gray and colourist John Kalisz, create a book that's dripping with atmosphere. For the most part, they utilise heavy shadows and striking red hues in a nice contrast to the more colourful flashbacks and daytime settings. There's also worthwhile extra material, which explains the direction for the story arc and includes character design sketches, script pages and black and white art. Add in the fact that the story spans eight issues and it'd be difficult to feel short changed by Born To Kill. This volume still stands tall as not only one of the best stories that the New 52 has to offer, but also as an incredible introduction to one of its strongest series. Highly recommended.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-01-19 16:51

    In this book Bruce Wayne is the Batman of Gotham with his son Damien as Robin; Dick Grayson has gone back to being Nightwing, and there’s no mention of Batman Inc. The book explores Bruce and Damien’s complex relationship as Bruce struggles to be a father to a son who’s had a very unusual upbringing, and Damien fights conflicting ideologies: the conditioning of the Al’Ghul’s bloodiness or the Dark Knight’s code of honour.Though there is the obligatory villain to defeat (a guy with a robot spider mask called NoBody), the book’s focus on Bruce and Damien’s relationship is what makes this book the success it is. Bruce is learning (with the patient hand of Alfred) to be supportive and encouraging to his son while doing what he can to protect him from a hostile world of villains who would exploit Damien’s closeness to Bruce to destroy Batman. Peter Tomasi writes some excellent scenes that subtly show the dark depths to which Damien’s mind has been taken that really underlines the horror of his reality. I’m thinking especially of what Damien’s been up to in his room when Bruce hasn’t been paying attention. The scenes between Bruce, Alfred and Damien (and a new addition to the Wayne family) out of costume were the best though. Ever since Grant Morrison included Damien into continuity there’s been a distinct lack of ordinary family moments between Bruce and Damien which is addressed here and we see a father and son doing something mundane – but necessary – like playing in a back yard. If Bruce is ever going to undo the damage of Talia’s training he needs to ground Damien, strengthen their relationship, and show him why they fight for Gotham and its citizens. Plus throwing in some everyday scenes heightens the drama when the cowl comes on. “Born to Kill” is an excellent start to this new series that has enormous potential to bring heart and soul to Batman that’s been lacking amidst all the upheavals of the last couple of years. It’s well written, well drawn, and an all-round brilliant book. Batman fans won’t be disappointed.

  • Chelsea
    2019-01-05 20:08

    I hovered between a 3 and a 4. There's nothing wrong with this book, exactly. I've just read better books about Bruce and Damian's relationship. I really like the chemistry Damian has with the Batfam. He's a little brother to Tim, Cass and Dick. (And probably Jay as well but I haven't really read them interacting). He's a son/grandson to Alfred who seems to have the least expectations for Damian and just accepts him as he is. I think their relationship is really great because it highlights the problems with Bruce and Damian's relationship. Bruce wants Damian to be more like him. He wants him to adopt the Batman's principles the way Dick and Tim did (for the most part) and turn away from his training (similar to Cass). Instead, similar to Jason, Damian is having a hard time with that. Partly, in my opinion, because Bruce keeps him in the dark a lot. I don't make excuses for Damian's behavior but I think it's important that he's trying. His story is a redemption arc as he tries to make up for 9 years of upbringing with Talia, Ra's and the League of Assassins. It took a while but Dick saw that and Alfred saw that. This book is Bruce coming around to seeing that. Anyway, NoBody wasn't a bad villain. He had a pretty interesting backstory and understood why he wanted to kill Bruce. The fact that he was willing to torture and kill a 10 year old was horrifying. That was painful to read and I really felt for Bruce. That moment where Damian makes a choice (won't spoil it) reminded me of the scene where Cass fights David Cain and has to make a similar choice. The dichotomy between her and Damian is really fascinating to me. Anyway, I think if you like Damian and are interested in his relationship with Bruce, this might be somewhat interesting. However, as I said above, there are better books I can recommend.

  • Brad
    2019-01-14 20:00

    Issue #1 -- Batman and Robin begins, and we get our first New 52 taste of the latest (fifth) Robin -- Damian Wayne (this time the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul) -- in action with his father. It's the first issue of the title in the New 52 relaunch, so there is some vague subplot leading to something big for the title's future, but this is mostly a character piece wherein Bruce tries to exorcise the demons of his parents' murder in a moment of potential bonding with his cold, calculating, socio/psychopathic son, who was trained into his potent fighting skills by his mother's League of Assassins. Damian is acerbic, has little patience, and is actually a welcome foil to Batman's grim obsessions. While he's a bit of a dick, he's no Dick, but then who is?Issue #2 --The father-son story dominates the stage, and Bruce is found wanting, at the moment Damian is found in need. The former is cold, distant and imposing while the latter is arrogant, embittered, and rebellious. All of these facets, in both the Waynes, contribute to a sequence I have much difficulty with, which occurs after Batman & Robin do battle with some arms dealers: Damian being praised for checking his brutality. Is there really a level of violence that we should be okay with? Are we really supposed to be okay with Batman being a guide for what is appropriate violence? I am genuinely unsure of Tomasi's intentions, but the blitheness with which this moment is handled unsettles me. I can't help thinking that violence should be avoided entirely, then instantly jumping to the thought that if it is to be used as a primary tool then anything non-lethal -- even when brutal -- goes. I don't know, but I wish the book would tackle this issue rather than simply taking Batman's position tacitly.Issue #3-- The most compelling character in this arc is Damian Wayne. His precociousness, his intensity, his belief in his own righteousness make him instantly complicated -- though not yet complex -- and there is hope for growth in his short, brutal life. Damian's primary purpose -- as with all Robins -- is to tell us about Bruce Wayne, and Damian is doing that, but, like Dick Grayson, there is a life worth caring about in Damian even beyond his father. While Bruce tries to "correct" and "fix" Damian's League of Assassins' training, Bruce is actually imposing more problems, and as we can see on the sixth panel on the page where Damian leaves the Batcave, Alfred is aware of the damage that is being done. Lucky for our young Robin, one of his mentors sees what is going on. Batman is failing with his son; I hope Alfred can succeed.Issue #4 --Damian: "You want me to be honest with you all the time, but you get to pick and choose when you want to be." Bruce: "I don't expect you to understand this, but as a father there are some things I ..."Damian: "Have to lie about?"Bruce: "Can't discuss with you. There's a difference."Bullshit, Bruce. You're a hypocrite and a liar, and Damian is absolutely correct. Just ask Alfred.Issue #5 --Batman draws his ethical line here: he won't kill people, at least not directly.He will surveille anyone and everyone, illegally tapping into every security camera in Gotham. He will unlawfully restrain adversaries, suspending them many feet over concrete or asphalt or water or rock, and this is often done as a tactic in interrogation. He will unlawfully enter private property and beat the deinizens therein, knocking out multiple victims (which requires concussive force), then coerce and even torture others into divulging information. He will assault anyone, moreover, who has even a smidgen of information he needs regardless of their whereabouts.He will smash parked cars with his Batmobile, which have nothing to do with any crime, without any care about property damage or civilians who could be hurt in other ways.But he won't kill. So there is that.Issue #6 --Blood is thicker and all that. So Damian is willing to go the distance for Bruce, as I knew he would be, yet I can't help feeling disappointed. I dig this arc, but I think that we needed a longer build to Damian's loyalty. I don't by the blood tie being strong enough. Not this soon. Still, this issue gave us the best taste of NoBody, which made for some exciting reading/viewing.Issue #7 --It's the biggest battle in the title so far, and Batman comes oh so close to crossing his self-imposed line. He doesn't(view spoiler)[, but someone else does -- and with aplomb. (hide spoiler)]Issue #8 --The fighting is over and the healing, of a sort, can begin. It is a healing that contains an ethical dilemma that goes totally unaddressed by Peter J. Tomasi, and I get the impression that Tomasi doesn't see it as an ethical dilemma at all. He seems to see ethics in the blackest of blacks and whitest of whites with the shades of grey acting as momentary lapses outside of the dominant shade rather than a position all its own. Grey is fleeting in this book. Black and white are permanent. Bruce is white. NoBody is black. And right now Damian is grey, but not for long. Which shade will our Robin turn out to be? I'd be happier if I thought there was any hope that Tomasi would leave him grey, but that's never going to happen.This is a good book, and Damian is great, but it could have been even better with a little more thought put into consequences. Still, this is definitely worth a read. One of the best relaunches in the New 52.

  • Joseph
    2019-01-08 23:00

    This week with the Shallow Comic Readers Buddy read: Batman!It's been a couple years since I read this first volume of the New 52 Batman & Robin series. I remember really liking this book, especially as I didn't have a lot of exposure to Damian Wayne outside of a few issues of Batman, Inc. Years ago I had the OGN where Batman and Talia meet and have their child, but for many years it wasn't considered canon, and I had forgotten about it.My initial take on this still stands. It's rather refreshing to see Batman/Bruce Wayne as a human being for once, trying to juggle being a father to a boy he hardly knows, and who has different values than him, and being the leader of a team that fights crime. Batman plays the over-protective father all too often, setting up a conflict with Damian that has disastrous results.The bad guy in this book is called Nobody, and there's a lot of play on what that word means. Writer Peter Tomasi pries into the raison d'etre of Batman, and explores a part of Batman's past that we were not very familiar with. Along the way, the father/son relationship between Bruce and Damian is scrutinized and probed and Tomasi does so with affection. He gives Damian the humanity he often lacked in Batman, Inc., and I think many readers came to love and care about the character of Damian because of it.Patrick Gleason's art is very well done. A few fight scenes are difficult to follow, but that may be more of my problem than the artist's, as I often have that trouble. His faces, especially for Damian, are very expressive and look the same from panel to panel, something that many artists seem to have difficulty with. Damian looks like a 10 year old boy, and Gleason's Batcave and various bat-apparta are very nicely portrayed.As a bonus, the original pitch for the book is included in the back, along with one of the scripts. The next volume contains stories after I quit reading the title monthly, so I will be looking forward to reading it.

  • Peter Derk
    2018-12-30 19:55

    Eh...Okay, first problem with a "DC reboot" is that they don't really reboot some things.If we're talking reboot, I think we'd be talking about a Batman with a Robin. Perhaps, PERHAPS a Batman, a Robin, and a Dick Grayson Nightwing. That's about as far as I'm willing to go.I'm not really willing to go so far as to entertain the idea of Batman having a son with the daughter of one of his worst enemies FOR SOME REASON, a son who was raised to be a killer FOR SOME REASON, and FOR SOME REASON Batman ends up with the son and FOR SOME REASON decides to make him Robin.FOR SOME REASON, though this is cute and all, the father/son thing isn't all that great. And to call it a reboot is kind of unfair to readers.Even if I could get past all that, I couldn't get past the dialogue. Every character sounds like an Englishman narrating a travelogue through the Wonder of the World.Examples:Robin: "You can't just build a boat and hope darkness magically sails away in it." Yeah, nothing I love more than a smartass punk. It's too bad that Fred Savage is too old to play this Robin in the movie version. Or maybe Kirk Cameron, who is also too old. And bizarre.Batman: "We'll go topside when I say we go topside, not a second before." Roight! You'll get the porridge you get, not a mouthful more!Thugs:Thug 1: "Then tell our dimwitted brother to get it together!"Thug 2: "Robbie, tell Reggie to stop yelling at me!"Thug 3: "Remind me next time to simply shoot you both."The good news is that these chaps should get along just fine in prison.I know that comic books don't always traffic in reality. And that the dialogue isn't always well-represented by reading it out loud. But when you have Batman, his pre-adolescent son, and three punks all talking the same way, the reading gets tough.

  • Mike
    2019-01-10 20:03

    Once I picked this up, I realized that I had read it already. Not sure when, not sure where. And no clue whether I had finished it or not.But just in case, I read it through again. This is still a really good story. I'm not certain of the entire chronology and back story, but it goes something like: at least twelve years ago, Batman discovers a new supervillain - Ras al Ghul, the "Demon's Head". Ras respects the Batman's strength, intelligence and prowess. Ras has a daughter and (in the chronology I know) coerces the Batman into marrying her. Fast forward, because I think that chronology got retroactively taken from continuity, and we discover that Talia al Ghul has managed to clone or otherwise birth the child Damian, raise him within the League of Assassins, and send him to live with his father, Bruce Wayne.In this first volume of the New 52 Batman and Robin, Batman has begun to accept that he owes Damian a chance to be his son, and a chance to prove himself as Robin. Unfortunately, another blast from Batman's past is upset by the New 52 changes in continuity, and arrives to destroy Batman , using Damian to achieve that goal.So, I said this is really good, but that doesn't mean I really liked it. It was good for me, but Damian is wa-a-a-a-ay too violent and grim for a 10-year old, even with his storied backstory. It's a 3-star for me, but I bet you'll get a little more mileage out of this great-art, great-writing, great-dialog, great-color story.

  • Sud666
    2019-01-04 19:14

    I had purchased this last week and never got around to reading it till today. I shouldn't have waited. Mr Tomasi, whom I'm not that familiar with, has crafted an excellent tale. Damian, raised by his mother Talia and the League of Assassins, is one of my favorite Robins. He's easily the best Robin at his age. But, in the moral vacuum of the LOA it is hard for him to fully understand Batman's anathema towards killing. This TPB explores it from both sides. Thrown into the mix is a new villian called Mr. Nobody. Morgan Ducard, son of the Ducard who Bruce trained with before he became Batman, is in town and he is a killer. His idea of justice permanently ensures the criminals stay out of circulation. Perhaps he has found a protege in Damian? I liked not only the moral interplay between the three characters, but also the overall plot. This is a well crafted story. The artwork is also quite good with a few splash pages that had me doing a double take. One of the best New 52 stories I've read yet. I will have to get more familiar with Mr. Tomasi. A must read for any Batman fan. Heck this is one of those comics that transcends just fans of a given character. Anyone can enjoy this great tale of morality and what makes Bruce and Damian Wayne tick.

  • Emily
    2019-01-23 23:06

    OH. MY. GOD. What do I do with this?!Best Batman & Robin/Father & Son story I've read in recent memory. Maybe this is because I've had so much family crap, but towards the end, (view spoiler)[ specifically JUST before Damian revealed it'd all been a ruse AKA theBECAUSE HE'S MY FATHER, YOU IDIOT. (hide spoiler)] my heart was just BREAKING. I wasthisclose to crying. Did I see it coming? Meehhhh, maybe a little-YEAH.However, it was still written to such perfection that I couldn't help myself. Personally, I'm with Damian as far as the final kill went. I mean as a general rule, I'm completely on the "don't kill unless 150% necessary" train, but sometimes, it is 150% necessary. There is a very real chance (taking the past as an example) that he'd find SOME way to come back and take another run at them. And he's already proven how deceitful he can be... I don't know. I totally get where Damian's coming from.OH, and speaking of such, I actuallylike Damian now.I did NOT see that coming. ANYWAYS, overall, INCREDIBLE. Cannot wait to pick up Volume 2 of this series.OH, and P.S. I just love Titus already. I'm such an animal person. He must have only been in a MAX of 20 panels.

  • Blindzider
    2018-12-27 23:17

    I was very pleased with this. I knew ahead of time what was involved, based on other readers' reviews, and what drove me to it was the story had an emotional core to it. This takes place during the time when Bruce is Batman again and his son Damian has taken over the Robin mantle. What sets this apart from most other stories during that time period is that it takes a hard look at their relationship. In real life, it's already a big adjustment to try and start raising a 10-year old soon you never knew you had. Add to that the fact that you are Batman, complete with your own psychological issues, but your son has been trained and raised to be an assassin, makes for some difficult moments between the two.These personalities conflict almost immediately and that's where you get the 'good stuff'. Damian has a strong personality and he isn't afraid to talk back to Bruce. Tomasi uses this to analyze Bruce's actions, the way he talks to people, always trying to control the situation by withholding information, etc. Damian doesn't take kindly to this and lets him know. This back and forth continues while somebody is targeting the two of them.It all makes for some solid reading and I'm looking forward to the next volume.

  • Robert
    2019-01-14 21:17

    A book about fathers and sons, specifically Bruce Wayne and his son Damian, who has just entered his life at age 10, and the disreputable Henri and Morgan Ducard, who have their own issues Morgan killed his own Mom as a kid. Not the kind of guy I'd take advice from, Damian..Damian Wayne, the titular Robin, is not a very likeable character, so I felt myself rooting for Bruce to find a way to deal with this unmanageable little psycho as opposed to getting behind Damian and his own journey.Morgan Ducard, AKA "NoBody", is a good-enough baddie, kind of a dark mirror image of Bruce and everything he stands for to give Damian an alternative father-figure to gravitate toward.I would've liked to have seen more of Bruce's interactions with the legendary Henri, but the flashbacks had to be kept sparse enough to not detract from the main story line set in the present day.I found the artwork to be bold, well-defined and executed, definitely a cut or two above some of the crowded murkiness of other street-level DC titles of late.

  • David
    2018-12-28 21:08

    I like this title best of the current Batman New 52 books. Great to see Bruce as a father to Damien, who's a terrific character. He's a bit too dark like the Asian Batgirl from a few years ago, but I'm interested in seeing where his story goes. I hope he's around for a long time and that his character develops more. This is the only Batbook of the New 52 that actually finds some new ground. Scott Snyder's Batman is full of Bat-cliches. Tony Daniel's art has declined, nor is he a great writer on Detective. It's terrific Bruce is moving past his parents death. I love that he's going to celebrate their wedding anniversary instead of their killing. Plus, I'm very happy Bruce bought a new dog for Damien! He's been named Titus and he's a wonderful addition to the family. I'm looking forward to seeing Damien and Titus grow together. Tomasi is a strong writer who's not appreciated enough. He's done some terrific work in the Green Lantern books over the past few years and I'm delighted he's doing Batman and Robin. I'd really like to see this title lighten the tone a bit.

  • James DeSantis
    2018-12-30 23:01

    Whoa, I REALLY enjoyed this. So Damien is a interesting character (he's tied for my number 2 Robin with Tim.) but but thing I really liked here was just the breakdown of his relationship with Bruce. I enjoyed Damien's time with Dick but he was different with dick. He viewed him as a brother, or partner, not a father or leader. So seeing Damien readjust to it all, to follow his father's lead, is both interesting and actually really funny at times cause Damien the king of burns. I love watching them work together, fight, and the having a strong backstory of a villain name Nobody coming into the picture really helped further the character development of both Bruce and Damien. Some pacing issues at the start, feeling a bit like backtracking some earlier development with Damien. However as it went on it wasn't doing so much that but focusing on Damien learning to work with his father instead of Dick. So I forgave it as it went on. A 4 to a 4.5/5 for this one.

  • Koen
    2018-12-27 00:03

    "Forgive me father, for I have sinned"Wooooow, what the hell just happened!!It's been awhile, I think it was Knightfall, that I was this impressed and enjoying Batman in such a manner which left me in exctasy for quite a while....Well, I'm definitely a fan of the new Batman & Robin series... so far... Let's hope they can keep this up, right? ;)I'm off to found out... immediately.. Cheers!!Peter J. Tomasi... You did quite alright here my good man!

  • Relstuart
    2019-01-24 00:06

    Of the Batman and Robin hardcover volumes by Tomasi only volume 1 is out of print. Having acquired a copy and read it, it's clear the story is one well written enough to deserve a place in a modern Batman collectors collection. While Morrison also touched on the struggle of Bruce and Damian to understand each other and build a relationship, Tomasi deepens the story here bringing in Alfred as the three of them try to find their footing with each other. Born to Kill is an apt title, Damian was taught to kill and Bruce is dedicated to not killing. While they try to resolve their trust issues a villain appears who senses an opportunity to use Damian to punish Bruce for something in their past. Pretty well done. If you liked Morrison's run this will be your cup of tea though a bit more grounded and personable with the characters. An excerpt from Tomasi's proposal to DC to write this story:"Bruce sees Damian as a broken boy and is on a mission to fix him. Damian, on the other hand, only wants to be accepted by his father for who and what he is; he doesn't want to be looked at as some science project that needs to be modified.""As Bruce wrestles with what it means to be a father in uniform and out, Damian is wrestling with himself too, using all his willpower to keep his natural instincts and inclinations at bay, trying his best to be the son his father wants him to be, but finding himself failing and not knowing who to turn to, especially when he starts to see Bruce as less of a fantasy father figure and more of a fallible human being. For Damian, it was easy to look up to Bruce when he was gone, but now that his father's back, Damian's finding it was simpler to love and respect the legend more than the man himself."

  • Sesana
    2019-01-07 18:55

    Possibly what stood out to me most about this collection is what a huge step backwards the character of Damian has taken. He'd made a lot of progress when Dick was Batman, and now he's back right where he started. I can, however, buy this, sort of. He thought his father was dead, and now he's not, and he's taken over his training. And Dick was, naturally, a lot less authoritarian than Bruce tends to be. If you explain it that way, I can get it. The writer didn't, but there you have it.The storyline itself is pretty good, revolving as it does around Bruce's realization that being just a father (as opposed to a dad) is not what Damian needs. He starts out treating him as every bit the soldier that Talia had trained him to be, and that's where things go off the rails. Bruce can be almost over-the-top here, but there's moments when he struggles with doing better. Better yet is Alfred. You expect Alfred to be the voice of snarky reason, and he shines in that role. And as the powerless would-be father figure. (Alfred must go through Tums like water.) He even has his moment as (remote controlled) savior of Bruce and Damian. Alfred is wasted when he just answers the phone and hands out bandaids, and he was not wasted here.If Batman and Robin is meant to be a story about a father and son learning how to build a relationship, while fighting crime, that would be awesome. It's certainly where this volume looks like it's heading. But I've heard that later issues almost abandon that plot thread, and that's a shame.

  • Mike
    2018-12-31 18:14

    As the book opens we get a full-throated dose of a Batman who's engaging fully with his son, and who doesn't much care for the character dropped on his doorstep. The Damian is entirely consistent with Morrison's original vision of him, but somehow Batman trying to tutor his son by rejecting Bruce Wayne's past seems... out of place. The repartee between the two of them is believable, but just feels a little off from the way they existed before Flashpoint.Through the middle of the book I started to get an uneasy feeling that something was off about the story and the storytelling. Then Batman starts narrating a flashback, to explain why he was afraid to tell Damian a crucial set of facts to keep the boy from getting killed or lured in -- AND that's where I lose any respect for the writer. It's like the house of cards just imploded due to supreme gravity. Weak. Super-weak.The narration keeps on coming - completely out of character - but the writing sinks even lower, when we start seeing the maudlin whining come out during the "climactic" fight. Wow does the house of cards tumble fast. Oh my god, the true confessions and "I always wanted to be like you" is just embarrassing - not just because it's wildly out of character for these two, but because it's terrible writing for *any* character not on a teen-soap-opera TV show. I feel sorry for the art team - they put in a great job on an excrable script.

  • Kyle
    2019-01-03 18:48

    As a Bruce/Damian story, this really works, but as a Batman and Robin story, it falls a little flat. By this point in the development of Damian Wayne, DC is REALLY hitting us over the head with his character traits. Enough is enough already... we know what makes this kid tic, we don't need to see his loyalty to his father tested in every issue.... but I'm sure most readers will be willing to let this incessant reiteration of character slide because this is a volume 1 in the New 52. I know I was forgiving of it.The villain in this story is a little weak and should only be seen as a plot device. Tomasi has penned a story that clearly focuses on the relationship between Bruce and his son, so the villain is only an end to a means: he is only there to show us the opposing views of justice between Damian and Bruce. Although, I have to say, Tomasi has structured the story in a very interesting way, revealing just enough back-story for NoBody at just the right time to keep the reader interested and in suspense.I think what it comes down to for me is this: Batman and Robin are truly a dynamic duo again. There was so much tension and struggle between this father and son combination that I found myself glued to each frame. It might not make for great action, but it makes for great character development, especially in Batman.3.5/5

  • Beckiezra
    2019-01-17 19:00

    3 stars because nothing wowed me in this book. I love Damian but I feel kind of like he's regressed from where he was with Dick as Batman. I suppose it makes some sense, trying to impress his dad and all, but it makes me sad. So the A story (as described in the afterword) of the relationship between father and son is kind of a repeat of what Damian and Dick did, with a lot less communication from Batman and humorous disrespectful comments from Robin. :) The B story of the bad guy was fine, nice action, I didn't know the character or Bruce Wayne's history with him. The art is fine. Bruce Wayne is a bit too beefy sometimes and the flashback drawings seemed to lack a bit of effort at times compared to the details in other drawings. Frankly, I like Dick Grayson much more than I do Bruce Wayne so these new stories aren't going to be as enjoyable as the old ones even if the art in this volume is much more pleasing to me than the sketchy stuff in vol 1.

  • Martin
    2019-01-23 18:49

    This is the first volume of the second series of "Batman & Robin", and the first to feature father & son in the title roles. Peter Tomasi seems to have an understanding of the dynamics of the Bruce Wayne/Damian Wayne relationship and is building a strong foundation for this series. It's nice to see the interaction "out of the costume" between the two main protagonists (three, if one is to count Alfred). We already got a glimpse of this in the previous B&R collection in Tomasi's story (Dark knight Vs. White Knight). Such stories make an exciting premise and truly have a lot of potential. I will be checking out volume 2 when it comes out.

  • Manni
    2019-01-23 23:13

    This one didnt't grab me right away, since Damien really got on my nerves on the first pages and it was kind of...exhausting. Damien reminded me of the kid from the movie "The Babadook", where you really just wanted to give up on the annoying boy :D BUT: It didn't take long for the story to get me invested and especially the last chapters were absolutely thrilling!Well, looks like the character developement throughout the story really worked out in the end, so I'm looking forward to Vol. 2.

  • Sonic
    2019-01-13 21:13

    This was awesome!Wow. Did not expect this to be so good!

  • Trekscribbler
    2019-01-03 00:13

    Think what you may, comic book readers, but there’s no title out there that has as many ‘daddy issues’ as Batman’s. For example, Alfred Pennyworth always struggles in his role as butler to Wayne Manor, but he’s equally important as a surrogate father figure to Bruce Wayne. Additional, Bruce himself has to step up to the plate and do the same for Dick Grayson or Jason Todd or Tim Drake. And lest we not forget that it could be argued that Batman does what he does – meaning: dress up all in black and gray while fighting a life of crime on the streets – out of a psychologically justification to make up for the love lost when his mother and father were shot dead all of those years ago in Crime Alley. Needless to say, fathers have much to answer for in this colorful pages, and that’s what elevates BATMAN AND ROBIN: VOLUME 1: BORN TO KILL to some pretty stellar heights.(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you’re the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, this ain’t it! Instead, I encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)For those of you not quite in-the-know, DC Comics not that long ago relaunched all of their primary titles under the heading of ‘The New 52,’ trying to capture some new creative energy by making old and new fans fully believe this was the perfect jumping-on point for everyone. How the effectiveness of this campaign will inevitably shake out is probably still being tabulated and re-tabulated by DC’s editors on a regular basis; but I’ll be the first to say that, as a long-time fan of their comics (I picked up and read my first one back in 1970), I didn’t exactly welcome it with open arms. I’m a bit older than most readers, so you’ll have to forgive me if I seem a bit more cynical than most (I’ve earned it!). It looked to me like little more than a bloated marketing campaign: tweak a few character histories, give ‘em all some slick new packaging, and voila! Same old, same old, but now appearing fresh and new. Blah, blah, blah.Feeling the way I did, I decided to wait a while before I picked up anything from DC. I figured, once they started collecting ‘em into trade paperbacks, that would be good enough for me. I’ve recently begun purchasing them, and, if this first Bat-collection is any indication, fans might be in for something special after all.Peter J. Tomasi (as writer) turns in a pretty nice epic story dealing with Batman/Bruce Wayne now having to deal with the consequences of a dalliance with Talia al Ghul by taking an all-new protégé under the mask of Robin. For all intents and purposes, Damian Wayne is a bit of a throwback to the days of Jason Todd when a smart-mouthed kid took up the red suit and yellow cape and offered up one wiseacre retort after another. There’s countless exchanges of disrespect if not downright contempt between the son-to-father, but, in this story, it ends up working out just fine, if not perfect.After a somewhat confusing opening (it’s tied in to events predating the whole ‘The 52’ thing with Batman ‘franchising’ out the mantle of the Bat to big-city locations around the world), readers are introduced to a new villain – Nobody – who’s in reality Morgan Ducard, the son of Henri Ducard. Anyone who knows his Bat-history knows that Ducard was one of the original six men who trained a young Bruce Wayne in his preparation to become the world’s greatest detective; but, as fate would have it, Morgan and Bruce have an old score to settle that dates back to an early encounter between the two of them. In order to get under the Gotham City billionaire’s skin, Nobody does what’s necessary to drive an even greater wedge in between the man and his son; and it’s that dynamic that propels this work to some solid introspection on the part of the Caped Crusader.Gradually, we see the father and the son come to terms with their respective roles. It ain’t easy. It sure as heck ain’t pretty. But, somehow, they’ll come together, even if that means Damian has to oppose his father’s greater rule in order to forge a new identity as his elder’s sidekick. It’s a dark path, indeed, and I can only imagine where it’ll take the dynamic duo.BATMAN AND ROBIN: VOLUME 1: BORN TO KILL is published by DC Comics. The story is written by Peter J. Tomasi; the artwork is by Patrick Gleason; Mick Gray provides the inkings; John Kalisz is the colorist; and the lettering is done by Patrick Brosseau. For those of you needing to know (shame on you!), Batman is created by Bob Kane. This trade paperback bears the cover price of $16.99, a bargain if you can get it.HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE. If you like your Batman the way I do, then you’re going to be pleased as punch with BATMAN AND ROBIN: VOLUME 1: BORN TO KILL. It serves up a terrific story about Batman in transition as he’s trying to come to grips with perhaps his most devastating challenge yet: fatherhood to a young, impetuous, downright bratty Damian Wayne (his son from a dangerous liaison with Talia al Ghul). I’ll admit that I’m no fan of Damian’s, but, within the scope of this story by Peter J. Tomasi, he works as a character, providing Batman as well as Bruce Wayne with some of his most difficult opportunities, all within a greater backstory of starting over.

  • Doctorjimmy
    2018-12-27 00:51

    Διάβασε όλο το review εδώ3.5Το Born To Kill καταλήγει μια μάλλον άνιση εμπειρία: από τη μία, είναι μια εξαιρετικά συγκινητική ματιά στο πως ένας πατέρας που δυσκολεύεται στην επικοινωνία και ένας ατίθασος γιός (που βρίσκει πως ο πατέρας του δεν είναι τόσο «ανίκητος» όσο νόμιζε) καταφέρνουν να τα βρουν μεταξύ τους. Από την άλλη, η ιστορία περιορίζεται κάπως από έναν κοινότυπο εχθρό με κουρασμένη θεματική. Επομένως, βλέπεις το ποτήρι μισο-άδειο ή μισο-γεμάτο; Η απάντηση σου θα κρίνει το κατά πόσο χρειάζεται να το διαβάσεις.