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

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  8,164 Ratings  ·  276 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
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by DC Comics (first published July 4th 2012)
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Jan Philipzig
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 ...more
Nov 01, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
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
Kee Queen
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 it was ok
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, ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: instocktrades

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 Glea
Mar 11, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 29, 2013 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bronte & Milos
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,
Jan 03, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing
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 fla
Sam Quixote
Feb 13, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
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
Peter Derk
Nov 29, 2012 Peter Derk rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish

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
Sep 29, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 12, 2016 Blindzider rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
Mar 24, 2016 Sud666 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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 ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Robert rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Turgenev Fans
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 D
Jul 13, 2012 David rated it really liked it
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
Jul 02, 2013 Trekscribbler rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ricky Ganci
May 10, 2014 Ricky Ganci rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-52
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 ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Relstuart rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc
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 ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it

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
Dec 07, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
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
Jul 18, 2013 Kyle rated it liked it
Shelves: dcu
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
Apr 07, 2014 Lloyd rated it really liked it
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
Apr 23, 2013 Beckiezra rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
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
Jan 04, 2012 Nathan rated it liked it
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
Dec 16, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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 ...more
Apr 05, 2016 Aron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Wow! I've always been a sucker for loyalty stories & here in Vol 1 that's exactly what we have. An extremely well written story about loyalty & respect between two people that just happen to be father & son vigilante crime fighters. Smart ass 10 yrs olds with bad attitudes have a tendency to really get on my nerves & even though Robin is all of those things he's also alot more & does have some great redeeming qualities that when paired with Batman make for some great story ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Stephen rated it it was ok
"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,"
Jan 02, 2016 Manni rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Nov 10, 2012 Sonic rated it really liked it
This was awesome!

Wow. Did not expect this to be so good!
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Peter J. Tomasi is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics.
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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”
“And if there's one thing I've always been sure of, it's that Batman will need a Robin, and Robin will need a Batman.” 3 likes
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