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DC Universe: Inheritance

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  215 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The award-winning author of the "Batman: Gotham Knights" comic pens this second book in an explosive four-book series featuring the greatest comic book heroes from the DC universe. Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Warner Books
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I enjoyed most of this book far more than I thought I would. It focuses more on 'the sidekicks' than it does their mentors. It does "move back and forth" in the lives of Nightwing, Arsenal, and Tempest, talking about their lives before and after Batman, Green Arrow, and Aquaman became a part of their lives; the author does it in such a way that it does not interrupt the overall narrative as much as it could have. I liked how it goes a bit into the emotional side of what the young men were going ...more
Jun 29, 2016 Jenneth rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
Shelves: books-i-quit
I've never rated a book one star before today. If Dick Grayson wasn't in it, I'd try to rate the book zero. That is all.

Not only was the writing sub-par (more like a fifteen-year-old girl writing fan fiction in her room for fun), but it was severely pervy. The writing itself was less plot and more backstory. Most of the book just spent time talking about the deep philosophical reasons and differences Roy Harper and Dick Grayson both have sex with girls or why Harper is such a wash-up (blames it
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Nov 10, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it liked it
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(Original review Aug 2006)

Overall 3/5
Story 3/5
Re-Readability 3/5
Characters 3/5

Another “themed” novel, this about the dynamic between fathers and … well, adopted sons. Though that includes some of the peripheral characters, the focus here is on three heroes: Batman and Nightwing (the first Robin), Green Arrow and Arsenal (née Speedy), and Aquaman and Tempest (formerly Aqualad).

The setting is an investigation into an assassination attempt against a young Arab prince, whose kingdom was mostly dest
Sep 07, 2012 Megan rated it liked it
I read Inheritance solely for the fact that I was looking for a deeper view into Dick and Bruce's relationship and Devon Grayson didn't disappoint. Although the writing itself could use work I wasn't expecting or searching for anything fancy when I picked up this book and was satisfied with what I got. I really do wish that the story had been longer, developed things further and ended with more of a resolve then what we were handed by the end of the novel. I understand that it's not supposed to ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Nicholas rated it liked it
More of a Roy Harper novel then anything else; Grayson dwells on the backstories of the former Speedy, Robin, and Aqualad with uneven results. The emphasis is on Harper, now Arsenal, for most of the novel with an interesting POV to the events of Green Arrows early days and his going off with GL in the classic O'Neil/Adams run. The present day story involves Harper's relationship with Cherise, thus making him the lynch pin for the whole story. The novel eventually shifts gears to GA and Nightwing ...more
Sierra Rose
Jul 31, 2009 Sierra Rose rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: superhero/comic fans
Shelves: various
The first DC non-comic novel I ever read. I admit, I only got it because I am a devoted Nightwing fan so I will buy pretty near anything with Dick Grayson in it. That said, I am very glad I did purchase this book.

The combination of personalities, especially if one considers Batman and the Green Arrow, were wonderfully handled. The author, who did have issues with staying consistent on the comics, handled the characters well. Anyone who didn't know the backstories of Robin, Speedy or...Aqua Lad w
Mar 25, 2008 Ren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mid Teens and above
Shelves: all-dc
How could I resist this? After reading the back, I quickly bought it. I mean, come on, Batman, Green Arrow, Aquaman, their former sidekicks, and Deathstroke = why haven't I read this sooner?

If you like the histories of the first Speedy, the first Robin, or Aqualad, you'll genuinely love this book. The book explores these original sidekick's past and their relationships with their mentors and even goes into the complexities of Deathstroke to some extent. The book focuses heavily on the Father Son
May 08, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-to-buy
This is a great book for comic fans. It's also a good book for someone who isn't a fan but knows a little about the characters. I'm the latter. I've always been a Batman & Robin fan but my love pretty much stops there. This was a fun read for me, it was well written and had some funny parts. My favorite parts involved the dynamic duo of course but I also found myself enjoying the bits featuring Green Arrow. On the downside I was fairly bored with the parts involving Aquaman and Dabir, thankf ...more
Lee Houston,
Dec 13, 2013 Lee Houston, rated it it was amazing
Batman, Aquaman, and Green Arrow team up with their proteges (Robin/Nightwing, Aqualad/Temptest, and Speedy/Arsenal, respectively) on not only a world saving mission, but possibly a soul searching one as one.
Devin Grayson is (was?) a great comic book writer, but it is a shame that she has not been more active in recent years (to the best of my knowledge). Then again, considering the current state of DC Comics and their "New 52"... :P
This was a little disappointing. I love Batman, and have always admired Devin Grayson (despite what she did to the Nightwing run). However, something about this book fell flat. I enjoyed the exploration of the backstories of each of the former sidekicks, but felt at the same time that they detracted from the main story. Worth a read if you're a die-hard DC Comics fan, but anyone else can probably take a pass.
Nov 22, 2008 Taters rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
It's not that this was completely un-interesting. It was a good look into the heads of some characters I'm always curious about - heads and hearts.

However, Grayson's definitely used to writing for people who will then render into a visual medium. Her action sequences and descriptive passages lacked. Everything that was good happened inside someone's head.
Oct 05, 2009 Math_camel rated it liked it
I won't say anything that's already been said, because ya'll have said it better. This book must be read to be believed.

BUT: This is Grayson at her best, doing what she loves, (and goodness knows I'm not her biggest fan) it's all about the boys, their relationships and their childhoods, and I *still* reread my favorite parts. It's worth a rent at the very least.
Martin Maenza
Sep 04, 2012 Martin Maenza rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
This is a decent novel about the mentors (Aquaman, Batman and Green Arrow) and their now-grown sidekicks (Tempest, Nightwing and Arsenal respectively). One of the better books in this DC Universe line of novels.
Apr 01, 2008 Bcpl rated it it was ok
not a comic, read it by mistake.
Aug 05, 2014 Craig rated it liked it
For a super hero book it wasn't bad. I like the parts talking about the back grounds of the Titan characters. The main story was ok, bit I think I liked the back story part better.
Apr 18, 2007 Amanda rated it it was amazing
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Amazing book. Anyone who loves the DC heroes: Batman, Green Arrow and Aquaman; along with their past sidekicks: Nightwing, Arsenal and Tempest, will love this book.
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Devin Kalile Grayson (birth name Jennifer Eisenman) is an American writer of comic books and novels. Titles that she has written include Gotham Knights, The Titans, the Vertigo series USER, and Nightwing. Her work on Gotham Knights made her the first, and as of 2010 the only, woman to serve as the regular writer for a Batman title.
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