Writer: Frank Miller
Artists: Jim Lee (p), Scott Williams (i)
Publisher: DC Comics
If you’ve been following my rants about the strange turn of events in Amazing Spider-Man since JMS got started with my favorite character, you’ll know that I HATE it when a creator comes along to try and give us another twist on an already-established storylines, especially origins! In my opinion, it’s the easiest way for a “hack” to stir up controversy and interest in a book by taking the past events of a well-established character and butchering them on the pages of the comic I just spent money to buy. Having said all of that, there are definitely places where the retelling of origins are appropriate, such as Marvel’s Ultimates series of comics. They allow creators to “play” with the characters we love to see how things would be different if they had created them. This is a very cool concept! The new Batman & Robin series is just that type of a series, and Frank Miller is definitely NO hack!
In essence, this issue presents the origin of Robin after the death of his parents. It also explores the overall atmosphere in Gotham City in the early history of the Batman Saga from police corruption to the most exquisite Vicki Vale. (I will have to say that Jim Lee has drawn the most perfect woman in comic book history!) While this series was supposedly to be more accessible for new and young viewers, I wouldn’t allow my pre-teen to read this issue (with its 5 pages of Vicki Vale posing in her best pink lacy undergarments (well worth the price of the issue if you’re high school age and above) and the graphic scenes depicting the death of Robin’s parents).
For myself, I loved Miller and Lee’s new Batman! Definitely something I could sink my teeth into. Just be careful with the kiddies…
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