All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #2


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All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #2


  • Words: Frank Miller
  • Art: Jim Lee
  • Inks: Scott Williams
  • Colors: Alex Sinclair
  • Story Title: Episode Two
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 14, 2005

DC Comics’ re-imagining of their classic heroes continues, as Frank Miller and Jim Lee continue to tell the tale of Batman and Robin.

This issue picks up right where the last one left off. Dick Grayson now finds himself in the Batmobile, sitting next to the legendary Batman. But is this character all that people think he is? Is he more? Maybe even less? Dick finds all this out as Batman takes him on one hell of a ride, even traveling through some cops intent on running the city the way they want. Meanwhile, Alfred attends to Vicki Vale’s injuries from her car accident, as she replays the events in her mind, trying to make some sense of the world with that reporter’s mind of hers.

There are inherent problems with hype. It builds up excitement and creates a positive atmosphere, but in the end it’s almost impossible to live up to. And there are some people out there that are going to have problems with Miller’s writing here. His dialogue is unique in its depiction of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Instead of the Billionaire Playboy Socialite we’re used to, we see a man who has devoted his life to being alone, a man unable to speak to a woman or a small child. Instead of being a man who can put on a show for people, we see an eccentric recluse. Another issue with Miller’s dialogue is that it is, at times, very redundant. Vicki Vale uses the term brutal approximately 7 times in 2 pages. I know that she’s supposed to be in shock and crazy, but it feels like overkill. But anyone who focuses on these problems is missing the real book. Because this isn’t really a Batman book.

Frank Miller himself has said that this is really his Robin story. He claims that this will be the story that makes everyone love Dick Grayson even more. He even says he fought to make DC include "The Boy Wonder" in the title of the book. And it really shows. This is Dick’s story. If this story is read from the point of view of a child who has been traumatized by the murder of his parents, then kidnapped by a man in a bat suit, it comes together a lot better. He even has all the best lines for himself, including one making mention of the fact that Batman adjusts his voice while in the suit.

If you take a look at the last couple Batman stories Miller has written, the one thing that stands out about them is the breakneck pace that he drives his readers on. These books are packed with information and move so quickly. It’s a testament to his storytelling ability. And likewise, it is testament to Jim Lee that he can keep up. Lee’s artwork is gorgeous here. As always the man draws an amazing Batman, he draws beautiful women, and his action scenes are the best in the business. He even does his best Frank Miller talking heads pages a few times in the book. And while Miller doesn’t always write to show off Lee’s overwhelming talent in the way that Jeph Loeb and even Brian Azzarello did, he still gives him plenty of time to let the reader see why he’s so good.

It’s interesting that in a book designed to bring Batman back to his roots, we see such a unique vision of him. And while there are going to be complaints, this is one of those books that people really can’t afford to miss. After all, this is a Robin story and he hasn’t even put the costume on yet.

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