All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #2

Writer: Frank Miller Artist: Jim Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2005 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 9
6.8Critic Rating
5.4User Rating

After witnessing his parents' brutal deaths, Dick Grayson's life is seemingly destroyed. But Batman whisks the young lad into his care and promises him something Bruce never had: retribution.

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Bailey Sep 22, 2005

    In The End: This is shaping up to be an interesting storyline. The reworking of Dick Graysons origin works for me. Millers writing is somewhat deceptive, but has a lot of heart to it. This is also definitely some of the best art of Jim Lees (and Scott Williams) career. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Sep 22, 2005

    As comics have begun to diversify and reach out to broader audiences, there has emerged a series to fit nearly every taste. There are comics to excite, comics to titillate, comics to ponder, comics as soap opera, comics as comedy, comics as social satire, and a million other bloody things. But, man, there arent many comics that are just fun-fun-fun, that leave you feeling just happy to have read them. All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder is shaping up to be such comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Sep 22, 2005

    This issue isnt without its flaws. Certainly, some people are likely to find the characterisation of Batman questionable, as he comes off like an abusive father to the scared-out-of-his-wits youngster (and believe me, thats not the creepiest interpretation I could think of for their relationship at this point). Some may feel that the issue doesnt move things on enough, and that after two issues we really shouldnt be waiting for Bruce to get Dick in the Batcave. It could even be argued that Miller contradicts some crucial tenets in the portrayal of Batman here, as the supposed hero shows a remarkable recklessness towards human life as he takes on the police force in his supercharged Batmobile, relishing the creation of unnecessary and mindless carnage. But for me, this comic entertains, excites the eye and challenges my perception of one of the most iconic heroes DC has to offer, without feeling the need to resort to any cheap tie-ins (Infinite Crises, Houses of M or otherwise) Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 22, 2005

    Visual splendor: Sparkling pencils by Lee are still a questionable choice of partner to Millers gritty sensibility, but its kind of fun watching two such distinctive styles clash. If you need a flying Batcar (and who doesnt?), Lees your guy. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Sep 22, 2005

    *Thats not me misrepresenting the emphasis of the words. Batmans internal monologue is presented in lower case lettering, and FORCE and KILL ORDER are capitalised, which implies that Batman randomly shouts at himself in his own thoughts. Which, you know, is a bit crazy. Read Full Review

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