There isnâ€™t anything better that I love than a good Batman story, and issue #9 of Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder has provided me with â€¦
Actually, Iâ€™m a bit confused as to just what it is I think of this issue. The baseline idea that Frank Miller and Jim Lee are aiming for is definitely worthy of a decent rating. I like the idea that we are getting to see a variation on the â€œYear Oneâ€ franchise, by seeing the opening arc of the relationship between Batman and Robin.
However in this book it seems as if Batman has been taken to such an extreme that he no longer resembles the Batman I remember.
Iâ€™ll admit to the fact that this is the first of the series that I have read, so Iâ€™ll apologize for anything that I miss. But, from what I can gather, weâ€™re being introduced to the Batman and Robin relationship. I can only assume over the past few issues weâ€™ve seen Batman training young Robin in the ways of fighting crime.
I can also only assume that past issues backs up Hal Jordanâ€™s unhappiness with Batmanâ€™s brutal tactics. Hal notes that â€œMore of your victims â€“ and yeah, thatâ€™s what I call them, victims â€“ wind up in the hospital than the jail. Every time I turn around, I hear about you smashing some lowlifeâ€™s femur or shattering a copâ€™s jaw.â€
By way of explanation â€“ for those who will not be reading this issue â€“ Hal Jordan has requested a meeting with Batman. Thus, naturally, Batman paints one of his safe-houses yellow; inside and out. Everything! From the roof to the walls to the cockroaches to the lemonade and lemon ice cream!
It is, in and of itself, rather amusing, but raises my underlying problem; was there ever a point where Batman held the other superheroes in such low regard that he would go to this length? Was there ever a time when he would describe Wonder Woman as â€œthe wicked witch of Lesbos Islandâ€?
Nevertheless, this story â€“ though somewhat ham fistedly done â€“ presents us with the beginning of Batmanâ€™s realization that he is not just a lone superhero, answerable to no one; if nothing else, he now has Dick Grayson, aka, Robin, to watch over.
The pinnacle of this story is Robinâ€™s attack on Hal Jordan. Somehow, the twelve year old boy is able to run rings around Hal Jordan, who even without his ring (which Robin had already spirited away to Batman) should be able to put down a twerp like Robin. But no, Robin manages to get in a hand-jab right in to Halâ€™s jugular which forces Batman in to doing an emergency tracheotomy.
The eventual point of the comic takes place on the last page where the pair grieve their lost loved ones â€“ the departed who have driven them by their absence in to their lives of crime fighting. It is a good story, if you can accept Batman as nothing but a brutal thug and Robin as some super powered lack wit.
I give this comic 3 stars out of 5, based entirely upon the story. The art is good, but not worthy of affecting the overall score in any direction.