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

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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 I...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by DC Comics (first published July 4th 2012)
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Ekairidium
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
Anne
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...more
Kurt
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
Brad
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,
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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...more
Emily
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) 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...more
David
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...more
Peter Derk
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...more
Chris
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
Lloyd
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...more
Trekscribbler
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
Sesana
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...more
Beckiezra
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
Stephen
"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,"...more
Nathan
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
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
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...more
Mjhancock
I'm coming back to this collection after originally having read it some years ago, and it's aged fairly well--much better than I've expected. All of the Damien/Bruce stories have a extra bit of weight of on them, given later plot developments, and I'm still not sure how the time line works in the New 52 with a ten year old Damien and Batman having existed for five years, but taken in its own context, this is good--though the more you bring in to it knowing about Damien's origins, the better off...more
Keshena
More than any other DC entity, the Bat titles are about family. The loss of his parents defines Bruce Wayne,as do his relationships with Alfred, and his sons. All of these relationships have a dual component-how he relates to them as Bruce, and as Batman. The New 52 has used this facet of these characters' to great effect, most notably in Scott Snyder's seminal "Death of the Family" arc. However, the relationship between Bruce and his biological son/fifth Robin Damian has provided some poignant...more
Tony Laplume
This right here is all the reason you need to love the ongoing Peter Tomasi/Patrick Gleason run on Batman and Robin, because this particular phase (they started out in some of the final issues of the previous volume, which is to say before the New 52 reboot) is one of the great unsung remarkable comics being published today. This collection of the first eight issues is nothing short of genius.

For instance, it would be natural to assume that it's Grant Morrison, who introduced the character of Da...more
Timothy Stone
I am not a parent, but I can imagine that raising children must be a challenge for anyone to some extent or another. Now imagine if you are a super-hero in a world that is a fantasy kitchen-sink, and your son has been indoctrinated with psychopathic tendencies from birth by a secret society of assassins. Yes, this is a ridiculous premise, but somehow – as with most such premises in comics – this works well for a plot.

In Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Born to Kill, the actual crime-fighting plot is of...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
Todd
This was a pretty good addition. Again it suffers from some of the same problems of other new 52 titles, but it's hard to fault the individual story lines for major missteps on the editorial side.

Damian is an interesting character. Robin is a counterpoint to Batman, but Damian is a different kind of counterpoint than any of the other Robins.

This is a story about family. It's nice that someone is really looking at the father/son dynamic rather than crime fighting partners.

I kind of hate the way...more
Brandy Shark
Part of my joy of reading this book came from the fact that I had to wait so long to get to it. (Dishonor on those who do not return their library books).

I'm pretty unfamiliar with Damian Wayne, but that didn't stop me from being interested in the series. Likewise, anyone else who isn't familiar with Damian or his past shouldn't shy away, because the comic does a fine job of explaining his back story through the narration (in a typical comic flashback kind of way).

While it seems like the story...more
Tom
Jul 19, 2014 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Damian as Robin and or people who just like a good Batman story
An amazing Batman and Robin book. Damian is one of my favorite Robins and did not disappoint in this book, (view spoiler). And while the action was great, I loved the strong character driven plots that were compelling and emotionally resonant. Damian is a fantastic and complex character who is the epitome of the "Nature v...more
Donovan Douglas
LOVED it. Tomasi beat the hell out of Grant Morrison. Even Patrick Gleason's art was excellent--emotive, dramatic, stunning, and seriously creative. There are some genuinely dynamic characters here, too. Contrary to popular belief I thought Damian was more than a whiny kid. He's got major psychological issues going on, identity, moral, and philosophical. He's complex. And Bats is more than a brute. He's a concerned and loving father. Woah! Compassion! Their relationship is well explored and deep...more
John Yelverton
An interesting book, but I'm really tired of seeing Damian's loyalty tested every other issue.
Sonic
This was awesome!

Wow. Did not expect this to be so good!
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...more
Mike
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 t...more
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