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All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder

(All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1 (2005-2008) #1-10)

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The talents responsible for some of Batman's greatest tales team up for the first time to bring readers Batman and Robin like they've never seen before, in this reinvention of these classic characters.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2008)
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Victor Orozco No. But it seems to precede the events to the Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns Trilogy.

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Stephen
Sep 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
OH...HOW...I...HATED...THIS...BOOK!! Mr. Miller, you have done violence to noble American icon and have earned both my enmity and a well deserved NUCLEAR FAIL...
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People please grizzly bear with me as I am trucking around a sack full a scorn and I need to rant it out. Where to begin? Well, as you can tell from some of my previous reviews, I have, until now, been a fan of Frank Miller's work, including his previous stints on Batman. I thought that Miller’s work in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns w
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Jeff
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
This was a weird one!



Not Batman-and-an-elephant-in-a-Tijuana-sideshow weird, more like a two-headed-koala-bear- preserved-in-a-jar-of-formaldehyde weird.

Frank Miller brings his unique twisted sensibilities to the origin story of Robin, the Boy Wonder, but it’s still Batman’s show and this Batman is a piece of work.



Miller implies that Bruce Wayne was a mama’s boy with violent tendencies before his parents were gunned down and that he used his grief to fuel a sadistic rage against pretty much anyt
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Anne
Holy Awkward Dialogue, Batman!

Wow. Wow. Wow. This was a total train wreck...complete with body bags and flaming wreckage. I tried, but I couldn't look away!

When I saw this in the library the other day, I nearly fell over myself trying to snatch it up. All Star Batman and Robin! Wheee!
Do Not Be Fooled like I was! This is not like All Star Superman: Volume 01. In fact, if Morrison's All Star Superman had an evil twin...this is what it would look like.

Let's start with the art, since I have the lea
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Alejandro
The storyline lost its course at some point…


I got this in its single comic book issues (and nope, I don’t have the infamous #10 issue) but I chose this TPB edition to make a better general review about the story.


This TPB collects “All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder” #1-9.


Creative Team:

Writer: Frank Miller

Illustrator: Jim Lee

Inks: Scott Williams


A WRONG TURN IN ALBUQUERQUE

Damn. No matter what I say—no matter how I play it—this kid just won’t scare.

You may think that having the goshd
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Sesana
Why do I do this to myself? I just had to see how bad Frank Miller had gotten. Couldn't I take the other reviewers at their word? No, I just had to see with my own eyes what a steaming pile All-Star Batman and Robin is. I don't think I can express it in words, but I'll try anyways.

Once upon a time, Frank Miller wrote some excellent Batman stories. He knew who Batman was, what made him tick. I don't know what happened to Frank Miller, but he writes like somebody who's just heard of this Batman ch
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Andy
Feb 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
All Star Batman and Robin is a retelling of the first days of the "Dynamic Duo" by the celebrated creative team of writer Frank Miller and artist Jim Lee. This retelling set in the modern era (Robin originally made his debut as "The Sensational Character Find of 1940" - a bit dated) and is the rumored precursor to Miller's award-winning Batman end-of-life-story: The Dark Knight Returns.

Despite the hype, the packaging, and the high-profile creative team, I believe this story is illustrative of ev
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Chadwick
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: you have to be just right in the head to put up with this
Shelves: comics
This is not a good comic on purpose. In fact, this is a kind of a completely awful comic. Jim Lee's art is my least favorite sort of mainstream superhero vomit. And Frank Miller, well god knows what he's trying to say here. But this is indeed a good comic. Because it's crazy. That stunning sort of genius that results simply because someone really crossed the line. At his best, Miller was a stunningly-gifted storyteller with some very dark places that you occasionally got shoved into. Here, he's ...more
Patrick
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is exactly the way Batman should NOT behave in a comic book. He is a murderous, cackling psychopath. It is entirely out of character.

It is also my absolute favourite depiction of Batman, anywhere.

You see, Batman has a pop culture omnipresence that makes him hard to avoid. Even though I didn't get into comics until a few years ago, I was well aware of Batman's deal. His parents died, he became a costumed hero who patrolled Gotham City at night and would dispatch villains without resorting to
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Chris
Am I dense?
Am I retarded?
This is the goddamn book that several people (including some of my Goodreads friends) warned me not to read. In all honesty, I saw this in a local library and my curiosity got the better of me.

Surely it can't be as bad as everyone claims it to be?

Holy shit, yes it can.

All-Star Batman and Robin: The Boy Wonder is the worst book i've ever read and should be avoided like the plague. I honestly recommend it to no-one, not even in a "Hey, you need to see how bad this book is!
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Sam Quixote
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this when it first came out a few years back but decided to re-read it after reading a poorly researched article in the Guardian that claimed Frank Miller made Batman take a life in this book (he doesn’t).

And while I have fond memories of this book, I didn’t see the problems this book had that stuck in others’ craws. Sure Miller takes some liberties but it wasn’t that bad. Well, upon re-reading I can definitely see some of the arguments against this as a good Batman book.

The characterisa
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Donovan
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok


Leave it to Frank Miller to obliterate an opportunity to be creative. All Star. That's supposed to mean something. Grant Morrison's All Star Superman is a favorite among even non-fans of Superman it's so classic and accessible. But the goddamn Batman is terrible.

Goddamn Batman, if that doesn't sum it up. Vulgar, rude, abusive, heartless, reckless, violating The Rule. It's like he's forgotten who he is and what he stands for, breaking bones and knocking out teeth, driving over and burning crimin
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Bryce Wilson
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
No the rating is not a misprint. Don't buy the hype this book is genius. Or should I say this book is "The Goddamned Genius"

Then again I kinda sorta liked "Southland Tales" so what are you listening to me for?

As always Miller plays it without a net. That leaves a guy open to ridicule but it can also lead to some pretty awesome stuff. This reads like a comic book written by John Waters. I can understand why this has got most of comic fandom's panties in a bunch. Miller's MO seems to be to take a
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Caitlin
If you somehow made it through Dark Knight Strikes Again and thought it couldn’t possibly get any worse, I have some bad news for you.





I have heard so many horror stories about this book that honestly the only reason I read it was for value of not being able to look away from the total trainwreck (thanks Anne). And even going in knowing that wasn’t enough to save me from the all-consuming, fiery rage that this inspired in me. I cannot imagine how pissed I would be if I actually expected “All Star
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Rusty Grey
3.5 - 3.75 stars



All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1 , is among the better comics I've read this year . Frank Miller's outing on Robin's origin exhibits a monumental shift from Batman's grim , serious stories . For good !

This is my second Frank Miller comic after The Dark Knight Returns , and he hasn't let me down . And now I'm even more excited about reading Batman: Year One .

There is nothing much new to Robin's origins in this book . His parents get murdered & Batman recrui
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Chris
May 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: someone I really hate
I wish I could give it the finger. Hold on, just did.
Jena
Sep 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dc-comics
I knew this day would come, but I still wasn't prepared. Can you ever really be? I'd heard terrified whispers about All-Star Batman and Robin even before I began reading DC. It's like a viral video that skyrockets to popularity and all your friends are talking about how gross and disturbing it is and you're like, "How bad could two girls one cup really be, anyway?"

Except those girls at least were enjoying themselves. I don't think anyone enjoyed making this. Jim Lee's art has all the excitement
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John Egbert
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James DeSantis
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was ready to give this 3 stars. Wanna know why? Because I'M THE GODDAMN BATMAN!

No, but really, I was. Because this story was so out of left field, so fucking insane, so dumb, it was fun to read. I mean you had Batman just being all kinds of crazy. Like he's call Robin retarded, he'd break people's faces while screaming "WHAT!? WHAT THIS!" and you had insane amount of over the top brutal action with laugh out loud dialog like "This cave looks like it's for queers." and Batman responding with t
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Jonny Campo
May 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mine, batman, dc-comics
2.25/5 What the F! Since when does batman act or talk the way he is portrayed in this comic, honestly where were they trying to go with this one I don't even understand what's going on at points, it's supposed to be about batman and robin and 75% of the time it has nothing to do with that and really why is every girl in this so slutty and weird. By far the worst part of this comic is Batmans seemingly endless rambling incoherent monologues where for pages he repeats the same sentences over and o ...more
Michael
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sequential-art
Fantastisch, Millers Fledermaus-Mann schlägt Funken im DC Universum, einfaltspinselige Langweiler wie Superman und Green Lantern kriegen ihr Fett genauso weg, wie zahlreiche Absurditäten des Superheldendaseins auf die Schippe genommen werden.
Batman als durchgeknallter sadistischer Schläger, der für jede Gewaltorgie zu haben ist, entführt den 12-jährigen Dick Grayson, als dessen Eltern getötet werde. "You've just been drafted - into a war", das ist wohl kaum ein Trost für den Waisen. Wonder Woman
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Gavin
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Frank Miller's take on the Dick Grayson Robin's arrival on the scene and joining up with Batman. This version, as with most Miller stuff, is much darker than others, however it's very good. It shows Batman as a borderline psychotic, getting off on beating the shit out of criminals to near death, and getting by on absolutely no sleep whatsoever. It also has the death of the Graysons a little different than usual, but still solid. Featuring appearances by Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Pla ...more
Jesse A
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What to say about this book. I'll start by saying I enjoyed the art. Its very teenaged boy wet dream stuff but well done, as always, by Jim Lee. The book itself though was just shit. Now I understand in Frank Miller's worlds everything is just different shades of black but he made Batman such a dick. This Batman was super excited about the prospect of having a 12 year old as his sidekick. He seemed to have no honest empathy for anyone else. It was just so insanely off-putting. Also even if you a ...more
Fizzgig76
Mar 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
Reprints All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #1-9. Dick Grayson's parents are killed and Batman helps Robin avenge their deaths. Wow...this is so incredibly bad. It makes some of Chuck Austen's work look like Shakespeare. It is sad to see the creator of the Dark Knight Returns (The Dark Knight Strikes Back should have been a warning to DC how bad this title would be) destroy his already dwindling credibility. The comic makes no sense. Dick is kidnapped and Batman drives him around town i ...more
Garrett
May 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I don't think I have ever seen worse dialogue in a comic book before. "Right before his eyes. Brutally. Brutally. It was Brutal". Frank Miller felt the need to emphasize certain words and phrases in this comic.... By writing them down three times! What happened to you Frank? How did you become such a douche bag?
Cyndi
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
So dark, so twisted, so anti-heroic!!! Batman as a barely held together psyche on an emotional and physical roller coaster. I love being the goddamn Batman, indeed.
Clancey Byrne
May 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Okay. Before reading this work of... whatever the hell it is, I had read a lot of reviews about it. There really are hundreds of bad reviews for this book, and yet I wasn't sure if I believed them. Often I find that I enjoy things that most comic book fans wouldn't. I mean I grew up with and loved the Clone Saga, so what does that say about me? So I actually had high hopes going into this book. I thought maybe I'd find something that everyone missed. I was wrong. Very very very wrong.

It's really
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Jack Haringa
May 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one I like.
Shelves: graphic-novels
If All-Star Batman & Robin had been my introduction to the characters, I never would have read another Batman comic. This is, without a doubt, the worst characterization of Batman I've ever read, and I'm speaking as someone who has read Andrew Vacchs' Batman: The Ultimate Evil. Miller's portrayal of the character as psychotic, self-indulgent, crass, and amoral flies in the face of 70+ years of development.

Frank Miller was once an excellent comics writer. His runs on Daredevil in the '80s, hi
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Evan
Oct 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Miller devolves into self-parody with this nonsensical, meandering reimagining of the Dark Knight. His characterization of Batman as a psychotic, sadistic fascist is bad enough; that his script is exceptionally sexist makes the story over-the-top awful. Three pages in, for example, we have a close-up of Vicki Vale's rear end, covered only in pink unmentionables, while her inner monologue expresses how eager she is to jump Bruce Wayne's bones. A few issues later, he portrays Wonder Woman as ...more
Michael Nash
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the goddamn Batman comic. It's almost universally reviled, but I don't really understand why. It seems like the problem is that the Batman portrayed here as a complete psychopath here, but I have a couple of rejoinders to that.
1) Who better to tell us what Batman is really like than Frank Miller? He's the author of the two greatest Batman stories of all time. And the weird fascist overtones being thrown around in The Dark Night Returns and Year One are part of what makes those stories
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Chris
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best Batman books I have ever read. I believe this is how a guy who dresses up as a damn bat and runs the streets at night chasing criminals should be; a little nuts. Many people question the though of Batman referring to himself as, "the goddamn bat-man" but I see this version of batman as a vigilante who is still establishing himself on the streets...hes not the iconic character who has finally mastered the art of the criminal mind...he is still trying things that may not be ...more
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, Vol. 1 (2005-2008) (10 books)
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