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Batman and Robin, Volume 1: Born to Kill

(Batman and Robin (2011) #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  10,029 ratings  ·  330 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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by DC Comics (first published July 4th 2012)
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(B+) 78% | Good
Notes: It retells Eden: where Robin defies the father, falls to temptation, wakes to mortality, and in sin knows good and evil.
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 fas ...more
This is interesting as we get to see Batman as a real father. Damian is his DNA child and Damian get up under one of Batman's enemies. Damian is much like his father. He is angry and restless for a fight and he is only 10 years old. He doesn't have the impulse control that his dad does.

Damian does kill someone. The whole book is this debate about the use of killing someone to stop them verses not crossing that line. It works pretty well that way. This is the Damian who goes on to lead Teen Tita
Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ #BookDiet2019
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
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
Duuuuude. One of the best gn’s I’ve read in a while. Tomasi is quickly becoming one of my favorite creators.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc
I feel like I'll never like a Batman comic again. After the shitshow that was Batman v Superman, I could never look at the character the same way. Now, instead of a cool hero, I only see an ugly, Ben Affleck-shaped grown up idiot in a stupid suit whose whole personality is based around the fact that his parents are dead. After that damn movie I slowly started to lose interest in DC in general, and Batman in particular. I sold all of my Batman comics and never really had the urge to pick up anoth ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I hovered between a 3 and a 4. There's nothing wrong with this book, exactly. I've just read better books about Bruce and Damian's relationship.

I really like the chemistry Damian has with the Batfam. He's a little brother to Tim, Cass and Dick. (And probably Jay as well but I haven't really read them interacting). He's a son/grandson to Alfred who seems to have the least expectations for Damian and just accepts him as he is. I think their relationship is really great because it highlights the p
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
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
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 call ...more
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This week with the Shallow Comic Readers Buddy read: Batman!


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 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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,
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed-series
Once I picked this up, I realized that I had read it already. Not sure when, not sure where. And no clue whether I had finished it or not.

But just in case, I read it through again. This is still a really good story.

I'm not certain of the entire chronology and back story, but it goes something like: at least twelve years ago, Batman discovers a new supervillain - Ras al Ghul, the "Demon's Head". Ras respects the Batman's strength, intelligence and prowess. Ras has a daughter and (in the chronolo
James DeSantis
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoa, I REALLY enjoyed this.

So Damien is a interesting character (he's tied for my number 2 Robin with Tim.) but but thing I really liked here was just the breakdown of his relationship with Bruce. I enjoyed Damien's time with Dick but he was different with dick. He viewed him as a brother, or partner, not a father or leader. So seeing Damien readjust to it all, to follow his father's lead, is both interesting and actually really funny at times cause Damien the king of burns.

I love watching th
Peter Derk
Nov 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Turgenev Fans
Shelves: dc
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
Scott S.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Damian Wayne, our new Robin, is in the middle of a high-stakes tug-of-war contest between his Batdad and a vengeful (is there any other kind?) former colleague from Bruce Wayne's salad days known as 'NoBody.' Taut and efficient suspense story, with loyal Alfred - dependable as always - being the only other major character. A bone-cracking, muscle-aching , explosion-filled little saga.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uh oh, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason went and wrote my second-favorite New 52 series so far! Between this and Scott Snyder's Batman, there's a lot of killer Bat stories in this "new universe" or whatever they're calling it.

The thing that makes this one work, and that is lacking from pretty much every other New 52 series I've read so far, is its devotion to character relationships. Yes, there's a supervillain coming after Batman, but that feels very much like a subplot here. Instead, we're

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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: donovan
"Forgive me father, for I have sinned"

Wooooow, what the hell just happened!!
It's been awhile, I think it was Knightfall, that I was this impressed and enjoying Batman in such a manner which left me in exctasy for quite a while....

Well, I'm definitely a fan of the new Batman & Robin series... so far... Let's hope they can keep this up, right? ;)
I'm off to found out... immediately.. Cheers!!

Peter J. Tomasi... You did quite alright here my good man!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a bit of a slow start I really enjoyed this. Tomasi weaves a cool story involing a nemesis from Bruces past and Robins loyalty to his past or his father. Cool art and colours.
Jason M Waltz
I know, I'm late to this one. Definitely glad I have read this now though, and discovered the series which I will continue. Very, very well-told father-son relationship exploration while contributing to The Batman background and building the Damian story. The intense storytelling and action sequences overwhelm the at times underwhelming art. There are some grand cells and spectacular artwork in places, and I truly enjoyed being immersed in this, so I am ignoring my standard subtraction for lesse ...more
Wing Kee
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a New52 book this is one of the best.

Ok, let's just say that this Damien is not the same as Pre-Flashpoint which has already made some great strides to control his urges and I felt that Dick was the perfect mentor for him as he was way more emotionally available compared to Bruce.

That above opinion aside, I was very excited about this series when I saw the New52 list because I like Tomasi and Gleason and them working together I know for a Batman book would be very viceral visually but also
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 tau ...more
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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”
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