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Batman & Robin, Vol. 1: Batman Reborn

(Batman & Robin (2009) #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  17,959 ratings  ·  398 reviews
"Batman Reborn" begins here with the reunited team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, We3, New X-Men). The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the myster ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by DC Comics
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(A-) 80% | Very Good
Notes: A buddy-cop horror show in pulpy technicolor, it finds voice in freakish foes, bloody violence and twisted reflection.
Beware villains! Here comes Batman & Robin!

This TPB edition collects "Batman & Robin" #1-6 featuring two storylines: "Batman Reborn" and "Revenge of the Red Hood".

Creative Team:

Writer: Grant Morrison

Illustrators: Frank Quitely & Philip Tan


I enjoyed comic book runs where the "status quo" is challenged, therefore I knew that I will like a lot this title where Dick Grayson now is Batman and Damian Wayne became the new Robin.

So, it's Batman & Robin, but not the
Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Dynamic Duo are back – Batman and Robin? No, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely - ‘ray!

Batman’s “dead”! I know, I know, le sigh, cue eye-rolling, etc. But after his “death” in Final Crisis, a lot of great comics followed: The Return of Bruce Wayne, this great series as well as Scott Snyder’s The Black Mirror, culminating with Batman Incorporated. While Bruce is temporarily away, Dick Grayson steps up to don the cowl and become the new Batman with surly sidekick Damian Wayne as his Robin.

Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
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.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great, comic
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Gianfranco Mancini

Grant Morrison took his medicines (more probably drugs...) and gives us two new, original and badass dynamic duos at the price of one: Dick & Damian / Red Hood & Scarlet. Just imagine David Lynch under hallucinogens directing Adam West's Batman tv series to make yourself an idea of what is waiting for you between these pages... just beware: this is not the Dark Knight you used to read. And the cast of freakshow Gotham villains was just much more bloodthirsty and disturbing than usual.
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Dan Schwent
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, comics
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
Nicolo Yu
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
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
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

"Whatever happened to you, it helped make you special, understand?"

Following the events of Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, Bruce is "gone" (I'll leave it at that). Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne take up the mantle of Batman and Robin to replace Bruce Wayne and Tim Drake, who's become Red Robin. While no duo is as classic as Bruce and Dick, this one is a close second for me.

As you probably know, Damian was my least favorite Robin, until this book. (He's now tied with Jason.) He's still kind of a
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought Morrison did a pretty good job with this story. I was fully engaged it the plot, and I loved seeing Jason again. My biggest complaint would have to be the weirdo pig-guy as a villain. He was almost too strange...even for a comic book. Then again, it is Morrison, so what did I expect?
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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.
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
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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In Grant Morrison's re-imagining of Batman and Robin , Batman Reborn features Nightwing Dick Grayson and former first Robin as the new Batman, taking up the mantle from Bruce Wayne after the events that followed Final Crisis, Batman RIP and Battle for the Cowl. This first volume collects six issues comprising of two story arcs that are sure to tantalize and excite readers, both long-time Bat-fans and novices alike.

Morrison, collaborating with artists Frank Quitely and Philip Tan, has offered a
James DeSantis
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Holy Smokes Batman! A Grant Morrison Batman story I Like? Wait, no...LOVE? What in the fucking world?

Listen I don't like most of Grant's stories. I believe he took too many drugs when younger and creates "deep" stories that aren't really that "deep" but just try to be "confusing" and people think that's "deep". Kind of how people still think Man of Steel has a deeper message when in reality it just throws it in your face, and it's shit.

Anyway why is Batman and Robin good? Well for multiple rea
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I do love a bit of Grayson as Batman, he definitely lightens the tone of Batman, he's not as brooding and he is 100% nicer to Alfred, and i'm all about that. Plus the contrast between Grayson and the little shit bag that is Damian works really well together. I liked the villains in this who all seem to have a face fetish with Flamingo eating them and Pyg gluing some creepy ass cabbage patch doll face to people it's just the stuff of nightmares. I'm not sure about Jason Todd in this he just remin ...more
Batman Reborn didn't blow me away as the acclaim suggested it would, although admittedly i'm already familiar with Damian Wayne's journey and his interactions with Dick Grayson from the New 52 onwards. Despite reading this early character development out of order, the dynamic between the new Batman and Robin (at the time) is refreshing and there's a natural chemistry between the pair that leads to both interesting conflicts and amusing exchanges.

This is also a relatively simple story by Grant Mo
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a fan of Professor Pyg and his "lovely dolls" as the villains of the story. (I have similar distaste for the original Ventriloquist and his dummy Scarface.) The appearance of Red Hood, and then the crazy Flamingo, in the latter half is better.

This edition was stronger when focusing on the growing pains of Dick and Damien's working relationship.

A particularly good scene early-on was a heated disagreement between the two, with Damien storming out of the Batcave. The resulting conversation betw
May 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics, 2016
I didn't really like this as much as I expected to. For some reason, I prefer Tim Drake to all other Robins and he's the only one not in this, so that's not helping anything.

The character dynamics were interesting. I liked seeing what Dick, Jason, and Damian go through without Bruce. The villains weren't really compelling, but the tension between Batman/Robin and Red Hood/Scarlet was a highlight, their conflicting views of justice being one of the major plot points.

The artwork was good, but ther
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
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics, weird
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
Aug 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I adore Dick Grayson and I have a fondness for Damian even though he's usually being a little shit. He has heart and he's overcome who he was raised by for 9 years of his life so cut him some slack?

I loved their dynamic. Bruce, their father (and boy did it sting when people solely refer to Damian as Bruce's son. Dick is just as much Bruce's son even if he's not blood) is gone and they're trying to keep the legacy of Batman alive. Dick, being the older brother and the only one close to being tal
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In "Batman Reborn", Grant Morrison continues the landmark run that he started on the main Batman title. Picking up after Final Crisis and Batman: 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 - see Batman: Son of the Demon). If you're up-to-date on all these developments, then you will get the most out of this b ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
Here's the thing: when it comes to the main Bat-characters, Morrison interacts with canon in really interesting ways. There are a lot of fascinating discussions in here between Dick and Alfred, Dick and Damian, Dick and Jason. Morrison, one could say, gives good Dick.

I JEST -- and yet that is precisely the problem. Good god, the treatment of women in this book is gross. Morrison is apparently obsessed with body horror, and with destroying women's faces: this is a theme in both of the storylines
Jesse A
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I didnt love this one. Not quite buying this new Batman.
Kadi P
*Spoilers, read at your own discretion*
Disappointingly rubbish. Had so much potential and it started out well with some good parts in between but then dissolved into pathetic, disjointed mush.

Good aspects:
- Batman and Robin but not as you know them. The dynamic between Dick and Damian is intriguing, amusing and refreshing.
- Dick as Batman is great. He’s uncertain, he’s angry, he’s scared and reluctant. He’s the kind of Batman you’re not used to. He can’t handle Damian and Damian does not car
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reprints Batman and Robin (1) #1-6 (August 2009-January 2010). Batman is dead...and Dick Grayson and Damian have to pick up the pieces. Dick finds himself burned with the mantle of Batman and fighting off the eager Damian to keep the cowl. With the arrival of a new enemy named Pyg, Batman and Robin discover that a new crime syndicate is making is move in Gotham. With the return of Jason Todd as the Red Hood, Dick faces his replacement and Robin confronts his predecessor.

Written by Grant Morrison
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: 2-and-a-half-stars, hell-of-a-ride, odd-or-unconventional, unrealized-potential

If You Enjoy This, Check Out...: All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison

Additional Notes: This collection contains Batman and Robin issues #1-6.

ABSOLUTE RATING: {2.5+/5 stars}


As I scroll down and skim the top reviews for this book, I keep seeing phrases like "good," "solid," "great," "intelligent," etc. to describe the writing for this book. I'm by no mean
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more

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