I wasn't really sure how I felt about Tim taking on the Red Robin guise at first and I really wasn't sure what he would do once Bruce returned. Obviously there is the feel that we're missing something as Bruce is back, in a new costume but that's just something beyond our control. Putting those minor issues aside, this was a really good story. Things are getting set into motion. These may be a series of one-shots but with the bits left hanging, you're going to want to read this issue and the others to see more on Bruce Wayne's return. Read Full Review
With a solid effort from artist Ramon Bachs at his back, Fabian Nicieza is able to ramp this one up the Rankings with his great character work leading the way. Nicieza has established himself as the single best writer when it comes to Tim Drake and this issue is just another fine example of that. Are there issues? Of course, but none of them so prominent that you shouldn't pick this one up. Read Full Review
This issue should mostly appeal to long-term fans of the Red Robin ongoing. It has the same writer and a similar focus. Those tuning in specifically for Bruce will find little of interest aside from a showcase of just how technologically advanced the new Batsuit will be. Oddly, Nicieza's narration, which read perfectly fine in the Batman and Robin issue, feels more awkward and stilted here. The Vicki Vale subplot is somewhat interesting, but also comes across as a forced attempt to build continuity between these issues. Also unfortunate is that Marcus To isn't present to continue rendering Tim's escapades. Instead, original Red Robin Ramon Bachs delivers a comparatively bland set of pencils. Though less scratchy and more attractive than his recent work on Azrael, Bachs' work is a definite step down from the previous Batman and Robin issue. Future installments will need to ramp up considerably if I'm going to be able to maintain interest for the latter two thirds of Bruce Wayne: The Roa Read Full Review
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