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Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill (Batman and Robin Vol. II #1-8)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  6,076 ratings  ·  224 reviews
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 I ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by DC Comics (first published July 4th 2012)
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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
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 w ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Kurt rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
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, espec ...more
Joseph Rice
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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 refre
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,
Sam Quixote
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

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) my heart was just BREAKING. I was this close to crying. Did I see it coming? Meehhhh, maybe a little- YEAH. However, it was still written to such perfection that I couldn't
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
Peter Derk

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
Simply put, Born To Kill is an amazing read that had 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 Bruce's difficult relationship with his son Damian to full effect. Writer Peter J. Tomasi writes a killer story around this dysfunctional father/son duo and superbly explores the reasoning of why Batman never kills. The story packs an emotional punch, emphasised with twists and turns throughout and culm ...more
Ricky Ganci
This volume seems entirely distinct from the other Batman books in the New 52, as it maintains its close connection to the Batman, Inc. spinoff storyline that accompanied the return of Bruce Wayne after FINAL CRISIS. It could conceivably take place in that old timeline, as nothing seems to have changed after the full-universe reboot--the Batman of this book seems much older, seasoned, and while the story involves chiefly his growth as a parent, it appears that that a more grizzled and world-wear ...more
So Batman and Robin made it to The New 52. That's good news. The placement of Bruce Wayne's son Damian Wayne as Robin was one of my favorite things as I read through the wrap up of the old DCU Batman titles.

Only here, it's even better.

In the old DCU, it was Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian as Robin, now it's a father and son dynamic duo, as Bruce and Damian take to the streets to bring the hurt to the bad guys.

The father and son dynamic should be interesting enough to get you to pick this one u
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 a ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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
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 storyl
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 ...more
Nicola Mansfield
I've read further volumes of this series and like it but going back now to the first, I sure don't like Damien and his attitude. Big father-son issues are the theme: Bruce and his Dad, Bruce and Damien & the bad guy and his father. Pretty lame bad guy story but it gives some back story to part of Bruce's training before he became Batman. Some really great full-page illustrations.
Batman and Robin was a very intriguing comic book to read, the reverse contrast of the characters was a good decision and further served to redefine the relationship between Dick Grayson and Damien Wayne. Following the events of Flashpoint, Batman and Robin are now comprised of Bruce Wayne and Damien Wayne and although the contrast is gone between the two characters the new conflict of raising a son and training a fighter is excellent. Bruce Wayne never struggled when training Dick Grayson, Tim ...more
"Bruce may be the World's Greatest Detective, but he's still not the World's Greatest Dad."

Listen, DC Comics, I'm going to tell you why maybe that should be on the front cover of Batman & Robin Volume 1 and not on the last page.
If you had prominently displayed that totally perfect blurb, I would not have read your terrible, terrible, terrible comic. I would have picked it up and thought "Hey, this looks good," but then I would have read that blurb and been like "Oh, dear. Oh, god. Oh, no,"
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
I initially thought that Batman & Robin was going to be a cheesy father/son duo comic. Boy was I wrong. This was meaty and gritty. At some point in time or another I was frustrated with every character (except Alfred, he’s always perfect). This was a solid story arc and I will be reading and reviewing more in the near future.

This Batman comic centers around Damien fighting his demons and Batman trying to fight them for him. Batman constantly shuts Damien out and the rage inside of Damien jus
Matthew Lloyd
The first volume of the New 52's Batman and Robin is peculiar. It's peculiar because this is a re-launch, and yet this volume relies so much on backstory that it doesn't feel like it's part of a re-launch. Unlike Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection, I hadn't read any of that background, so I went in just knowing who Batman was, who Talia al Ghul was, and some histories of the Robins. This was no particular problem. While I've given them the same star-rating, I think that Batgirl was better t ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Whilst this entire eight issue storyline being devoted to a battle with a disgruntled ex-friend of Bruce Wayne (how many times has THAT happened?) could easily have been boring as sin, this first volume of Batman and Robin is excellent due to the fact that NoBody's storyline is secondary to the dynamic between the dynamic duo.

Robin, the son of Batman and Talia Al Ghul, is constantly struggling with wanting to be who he is, and wanting to be who his father wants him to be, as well as trying to de
I'm not a parent, but I definitely found the theme of Bruce and Damian, both anything from normally "family" types, and both with plenty of their own personal baggage, trying to learn to be family intriguing and affecting. I also enjoyed learning about Bruce's past with Ducard. Damian is a weird character, and his atypical "upbringing," if you can call being molded into a killer by his mother and training by the League of Assassins an "upbringing," justifies him not acting or sounding like an or ...more
John Yelverton
An interesting book, but I'm really tired of seeing Damian's loyalty tested every other issue.
This was awesome!

Wow. Did not expect this to be so good!

Batman and Robin: Born to Kill is among the better stories that during DC's rebooted universe some say it's even better than Batman Court Of Owls i haven't read Court Of Owls yet but i've heard that is was awesome and to hear that this may be even better that has to count for something right ? This book collects issues one through eight.

Alright when i began to read this volume Damian immediately started to get on my nerves He has very little respect for Bruce, and his grandparents on his father
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Damian is still struggling with who he wants to be, his mother's son or his father's. As someone who has never read a Batman & Robin title before (including Batman and any of the other four Robins before Damian!), but being aware of Damian's origin story etc., I didn't have much confusion about the contention in his relationship with Bruce. I liked that this shows Bruce attempting to bond with Damian in a fatherly way as well, such as buying him a dog (a Great Dane that Damian eventually nam ...more
How have I not reviewed this? I can't even tell you how much better this was than Grant Morrison's ill-fated run with Batman and Damian Wayne. Morrison's first volume was good albeit not great, then the other two that followed just plummeted with seriously shitty art and writing. I'm almost embarrassed to own them, that's how bad they got.

I've been New 52-hesitant because new in the comic world usually means completely different and weird and uncharacteristic and sometimes shitty (see Morrison)
James Dunphy
Batman and Robin seems placed as a high-mid tier Batman title in DC's New 52 universe. Continuity and importance wise it doesn't seem as paramount as Batman's Detective Comics and Batman titles. This title explicitly deals with Batman and his son Damian as Robin,
The 8 issue Born to Kill arc is actually really good from a story perspective both for newcomers and for longtime Bat fans. It deals with Batman's problems fathering a son while being a vigilante; the expectations of Damian, and where th
Aaron Davidson
This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite graphic novels to date.

The art is exquisite throughout, and the penciler, colorist, and inker all did a terrific job working together to create the perfect end product for this tale of Damian and Bruce.

And this IS a tale of Damian and Bruce. While the art is top notch for any Batman comic, the writing is outright spectacular. Peter Tomasi's pitch is provided in the back of the book, and you can tell that this story was dear to his heart from the get-g
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“Show some respect. They were your grandparents. -Batman
Just names and dusty frames on the wall to me. -Damien
I take exception to that. There is not a speck of dust collecting on those portraits. -Alfred”
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