Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn
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Batman and Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn (Batman and Robin Vol. I #1)

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Spinning out of Batman Rip, the new Dynamic Duo hits the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile to face an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange, and tackle their first mission - investigating an abduction by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin?
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 2010 by Titans Books (DC Comics) (first published April 13th 2010)
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Dan Schwent
Batman Reborn: In their first case as Batman & Robin, Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne take on Professor Pyg and the Circus of the Strange.

I'll be honest, despite reading comics off and on for the last 30-ish years, I haven't read all that many Batman comics. When I heard Grant Morrison was doing the Batman monthly, that's when I got on board. Batman and Robin is Morrison at his best.

Remember when Bane broke Batman's back and they replaced him with someone who wasn't Dick Grayson? Well, Morriso...more
Kemper
I’m not a member of the cult of Grant Morrison. I liked what he did with the X-Men a few years back, but I didn't make it through the last giant re-boot of the DC Universe that he played a huge role in. His All-Star Superman left me scratching my head, and his previous Batman stories left me cold. Part of that was due to my lack of patience with a comic publisher ‘killing’ a major character. Anyone who thought that Bruce Wayne was actually going to stay dead should email me your credit card numb...more
Wendell Adams
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

Bruce Wayne is dead! So get ready folks, ‘cause there is a new Batman and Robin in town and things are about to heat up!

Now, since we all know Bruce Wayne won’t stay in the hereafter for long, we can sit back without any angst or sorrow and enjoy the brief tenure of the new Batman: Dick Grayson (a.k.a. Nightwing and the first Robin) who has donned the caped crusaders’ cowl. Joining him as Robin is none other than Bruce Wayne's own ten year old son, Damia...more
Felicia
Ok, superheroes are new to me, so I have a little less patience with them. Batman here, very interesting, bad guys in this series SUPER AWESOME. Robin: Kick this kid in the head. SHEESH.
StoryTellerShannon
This new series is right after three previous graphic novels: “Batman R.I.P.”, “Final Crisis” and “Fight for the Cowl”. People who follow the many graphic novels probably have an idea of things but spoilers are below.

A new Batman and Robin are in town. The new Batman is none other than Dick Grayson (a la Nightwing and before that the first Robin) and Bruce Wayne's ten year old son, Damian Wayne (who is the grandson of Ra's al ghul and the son of the villain's daughter, Talia). It's a new team th...more
Nicolo Yu
The Batman is dead. Long live the Batman.

Grant Morrison and frequent artistic collaborator Frank Quitely gives us the first arc of entirely new take on the Dark Knight.

Morrison has charted Batman’s adventures the past few years and along the way gave the Caped Crusader a son, a league of Batmen and a super secret identity called the Batman of Zur-en-arrh. This led to his fateful encounter with dark god Darkseid in Final Crisis which resulted in Bruce Wayne trapped in the time stream. This gave f...more
Jeff
If Grant Morrison has ever written a crappy comic, I don’t want to know about it.

This volume is about Robins, past and present. The current Batman is Dick Grayson, Robin #1, who is taking over for the dead/missing Bruce Wayne. His Robin is Damian, Batman’s son with Tahlia al Ghul. He’s a ten year old raised by assassins. He’s a mechanical genius and an adept crime fighter. He’s also violent, surly, uncooperative and contemptuous. Good luck, Dick.

The other Robin is Jason Todd, now the Red Hood....more
Brian
Jun 06, 2011 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Lovers of comics and the Dark Knight
Bruce wayne is dead, or at least he was temporarily, and in that time his long-time protege Dick Grayson dons the mantel of the Dark Knight! The thing about Morrison is that when he is good, he is very good, and in "Batman and Robin", he is very good! Morrison gives Grayson his own voice as Batman, subtely chaning his MO to reflect Grayson's personality and former life as a cop. This is a Batman that lacks some of the sheer mental brillance of the former wearer of the cowl and knows it. His dete...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
What a gruesome and disturbing outing this is. While I enjoy Dick Grayson as Batman, this one fell a bit flat. For one thing, how many new villains do they want to introduce in one comic book? For another, how obnoxious must Damian become before Dick Grayson just caves his despicable little skull in. The change in art midway though the book was a bit jarring, even though I much preferred the second artist's work. And did I mention that this book is gruesome and disturbing? If you want to read a...more
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
I thought the story was interesting and it was the best someone could do with a Dick/Damian partership. I enjoyed the bright colour panels, a nice contrast to a Bruce Wayne batman comic book.
Karen
Batman and Robin . . . except Batman is Dick Grayson and Robin is Bruce Wayne's long-lost son Damian.

I'm incapable of being indifferent to Grant Morrison's work. I either love it (as I did with JLA and Doom Patrol), or hate it (as I did with X-Men and Arkham Asylum). Given my past with his work, I knew that my response to this book would be no different, but I'm pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's fresh and original, and I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Damian is a bril...more
Thomas Rohde
I really liked the Dick Grayson Batman. These characters have all been around so long that it's difficult to find new perspectives to take with them. The characters and the stories begin to feel stale and the only way the comic companies can keep the convoluted histories up to date is to constantly reboot them. The reason that Frank Millar's "The Dark Knight Returns" worked so well was that it was a Batman that we hadn't seen before--one that got old and bitter, one whose body was betraying him...more
Mark Johnson
Holy. Crap. This book was amazing. As much as I dislike the idea of having someone else fill in for Bruce Wayne (especially since he's already back in the Batman suit only a year after he "died"), it really has been the shot of adrenaline this book needed. I've been reading and enjoying most of the anciliary titles, but this book just blows them all away. The art work is spectacular, the new villains are creepy, and Damian Wayne is a much better Robin than I would have thought possible.

Not ever...more
Chris
This book is needlessly violent, and it embodies a lot of the worst aspects of the "grim and gritty" style that really bogged down superhero comics for the better part of the 1990s. However, it is at least made somewhat interesting thanks to some gorgeous art by Frank Quietly in the first half, and Morrison's fresh take on a rather stale character/concept. By sticking Dick Grayson in the Batsuit, it provides a whole new dynamic to the character, which is given added depth thanks to the interacti...more
Hoss
(I read this in single issue form but who cares). Picks up after Final Crisis and Battle for the Cowl. Dick Grayson (the former robin) as batman and Damien (Bruce Wayne's assassin-raised son) as Robin. Really interesting, although the villains are both weird and disturbing, although I suppose it's nice to have genuinely disturbed and scary villains other than the joker. I think the part of this story I like the most is the role reversal. Dick Grayson is not a really disturbed person like Batman...more
Rick
The dynamic duo of Morrison and Quitely, fresh from their extraordinary run on All Star Superman , tackle another iconic character, albeit in a slightly different manner. After the death of Bruce Wayne, orchestrated by Morrison, Wayne's ward and former partner Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing née Robin, dons his mentor's cap and cowl. Joining the fledgling Batman on his mission, Wayne's recently revealed 13-year-old son Damian acquires the Robin mantle. Raised by his morally-challenged mother among t...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints Batman & Robin #1-6. Dick Grayson and Batman's son Damien take over the roles of Batman and Robin and battle Pyg and the Red Hood. This series is really hit or miss. Some of the issues are great and feel like Morrison's other quality work (especially when combined with Quitely's art) but some of the stories are weak. The relationship between Dick & Damien should be the focal point of the series, but it keeps getting bogged down in stupid fight issues (especially the Red Hood sto...more
Jared
One of my favorite books coming out at the moment, Batman & Robin is a twisted, mad-cap, psychedelic ride about the two heirs of the Dark Knight taking his place after Bruce Wayne is proclaimed dead. It's a great book, with a twisted action sequence in every issue and more new, interesting villains then one can handle.

If there's one problem with this book, it's the art for the second story-arc in this, "Revenge of the Red Hood." It's not BAD, per se, and it's nods to the gritty age of comics...more
Mike
Good writing - check. Good art - check. Something's missing tho - sense of Batman's menace or superhuman strategies? Morrison's trademark weirdness or sense of humour? A story with real balls or anything other than "plotline of the week"? Feel kinda disappointed by the book, don't know why.
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Second reading a few months later and I *do* like the menacing villains that Morrison/Quitely came up with. That makes me feel more charitable towards the book, but still wondering what's missing.
Anthony Chavez
Honestly I have never read a batman comic before, just seen the cartoon and movies, I know the general storyline of batman but this is my first time getting introduced to the multiple Robin's. It was very interesting and made a lot of sense. I love what Grant Morrison did. The story and art were very well done, I enjoyed the many villains and the Red Hood arc. I look forward to the rest of this series.
Timothy Stone
I recently reviewed the graphic novel, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, which collected the individual issues that made up that story as a whole. The current graphic novel I'm reviewing, Batman and Robin, Volume One: Batman Reborn, occurred shortly after Final Crisis, and well-before The Return of Bruce Wayne. Gotham City has descended into chaos, Dick Grayson realizes that Gotham needs the symbol that is Batman, so he takes up the mantle, putting aside his Nightwing persona for the time being...more
Lloyd
Here we are.

Well into writer Grant Morrison's Batman run, if you've been reading from the beginning, and at a fresh new era, regardless.

Following the events of "Batman: R.I.P." and "Final Crisis", Bruce Wayne is... well... not with us. Batman and Robin are still here, though, comprised of Dick Grayson (former Robin and Nightwing) as Batman, and Damian Wayne (offspring of Bruce Wayne & Talia al-Ghul, and therefore grandson of Bat-villain Ra's al-Ghul).

This book is a lot of things.

It's a look...more
Kenny
"Strange how the worst place in the world can be... anywhere. Even the safe, normal world you knew can become a chamber of horrors."
Professor Pyg

Bruce Wayne is dead -- Or is he? I've never been a huge fan of Batman comics. I'm firmly in the Superman camp. I enjoyed this book much more as a study in how Dick and Damien are compared to who Bruce and other Robins have been in the past. I also liked it as a comparison of Dick and Jason and the possibility of what kind of psycho one can be, and who...more
Nicole
Starting right off the bat, I'll just say that i haven't read all of Grant Morrison's Batman stories that predate the newest Batman series. I'll say this though: the man can write a story.

The newest villains: Circus of the Strange, led by the bat-crap crazy Pyg. I gotta say I was both entertained and downright freaked out by just Pyg alone. Hard to do with most comic books I read. I enjoyed watching Dick Grayson, now Batman try to fit into the new role with some obvious difficulty. Partner in vi...more
Quinn Rollins
At the end of the DC Comics mega-crossover event Final Crisis, Batman (Bruce Wayne) dies, burned away by Darkseid's Omega Beams. If he's gone, Gotham City would undoubtedly fall beneath a tide of crime. So Dick Grayson, once Robin and then Nightwing, puts on the pointy ears and becomes the new Batman. That's the story told in Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.

Originally published as Batman and Robin issues 1-6, the hardcover deluxe edition is a beautiful repri...more
Justyn Rampa
When Grant Morrison is good, he's fantastic! I just finished re-reading Batman and Robin: Volume 1 Batman Reborn which collects the first six issues of the new title "Batman and Robin". This immediately follows the events in Battle for the Cowl. I don't want to say too much to avoid spoilers, but this was incredibly enjoyable and I though Frank Quitely did fantastic work on the art. This volume does contain perhaps the most terrifying reference to Pygmalion ever written in the English language....more
Martin
In "Batman Reborn", Grant Morrison continues the landmark run that he started on the main Batman title. Picking up after "Final Crisis" and "Battle for the Cowl", we find Richard Grayson (the original Robin) taking up the mantle of Batman after the presumed death of Bruce Wayne. He's joined by an all-new Robin, Damian Wayne (Batman's son from his affair with Talia Al-Ghul). If you're up-to-date on all these developments, then you will get the most out of this book. If not, this may not be the be...more
Robert Forehand
It's tough to write an iconic character. Grant Morrison, like Alan Moore, became largely famous among DC readers for reinventing iconic characters (Swamp Thing, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, etc.) as well as writing amazing runs on DC mainstays like Superman and Batman. In one of the DC wide events to take place in the last few years, Batman goes missing, leaving the Bat family of heroes and antiheroes in a world without Bruce.

In this world, after several set up issues, we are introduced to the new B...more
Sesana
I really like Dick Grayson as Batman. He brings a very different feel to the cowl. Bruce's son, Damian, makes a good Robin for Dick's Batman. He's not quite the infuriating little brat he was when he first showed up, though he's still a brat. They're great characters, with a great dynamic, and their first two storylines make total sense. Of course Dick Grayson would have to face a killer carnival. Of course Jason Todd would show up again. In fact, everything is going great, and then Professor Py...more
Adam Bender
Sep 03, 2010 Adam Bender rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Batman fans
I’ve been pretty resistant to the Grant Morrison Batman books because of all the radical changes: Bruce Wayne is dead, he has a son named Damian, Damian is now Robin, Dick Grayson (the original Robin) is Batman, Bruce Wayne is actually not dead but lost in time... It’s all a bit much.

Still, this first collection of the Batman & Robin books featuring Dick and Damian is a pretty good read. These are some of the most fun and yet dark/bloody Batman stories I’ve read in some time. And it’s nice t...more
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