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Encyclopedia > All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder
All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder


Cover to All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #1,
by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. Image File history File links Allstarbatmanandrobin01. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Scott Williams is an American comic book artist and inker. ...

Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Bimonthly/Erratic
Format Ongoing
Publication dates September 2005 – present
Main character(s) Batman
Robin
Creative team
Writer(s) Frank Miller
Penciller(s) Jim Lee
Inker(s) Scott Williams
Colorist(s) Alex Sinclair

All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder is an American ongoing comic book series from DC Comics. It was launched in July 2005. The first story arc is written by Frank Miller and penciled by Jim Lee. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the DC Comics hero and former sidekick of Batman. ... This article is about Frank Miller, the comic book writer and artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Scott Williams is an American comic book artist and inker. ... Alex Sinclair is a colorist who has worked in the comics industry. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... This article is about Frank Miller, the comic book writer and artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


This is the first series to be launched in 2005 under DC's All Star imprint. These series are helmed by renowned writers and artists in the American comic book industry and attempt to retell some of the history of prominent DC Universe characters, but outside of DC Universe continuity, and not be restricted by it, in order to appeal to new and returning readers. Every series under the All Star imprint are set in their own continuity and separate universes.[1] This article is about the 2005 DC Comics imprint. ... This article is about imprints in publishing. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... A fictional universe is an imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction or translatable non-fiction. ...


As the first series under this imprint; ASB&RTBW was extremely popular with the first issue sold over 300,000 copies [2]. The once-monthly series became increasingly delayed over time, to the point where only one issue was published in the entire year of 2006. When issue 5 was released, the series was placed back on a regular bi-monthly schedule. Miller and Lee have stated that they're on the book for as long as they want, and have a story to tell.

Contents

Story

In a retelling of the origin of Batman's sidekick, Robin: Bruce Wayne and Vicki Vale go on a date to the circus, where one of the feature acts is "The Flying Graysons," an acrobat family consisting of twelve-year-old Dick Grayson and his parents. When Dick's parents are shot to death by a hit man, he is escorted from the scene by several cops of the Gotham City Police Department in a threatening manner. A suspicious Vicki chases after them with Alfred Pennyworth at her side. Bruce, now as Batman, takes down the killer and then tracks down the police and Dick Grayson, who he says You've just been drafted, into a war. Throwing the boy into the Batmobile and driving off, a fleet of police vehicles pursue him with orders to kill Batman. Alfred's car is caught in an accident from this chaos with Vicki seriously injured. Dick becomes scared as Batman rams the Batmobile into the cops' cars and bikes, almost killing them in the process. Transforming the Batmobile into a flight vechile, Dick starts to cry until Batman smacks him in the head, but stops, questioning his own actions. He then tells him he will help him find his parents' killer and what he needs to know about what goes on in Gotham City. To which Dick replies, Yes, sir. For other uses, see Batman (disambiguation). ... Vicki Vale is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a reporter who was the most prominent and longest lasting love interest of Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego, Batman. ... This article is about the DC Comics hero and former sidekick of Batman. ... A hitman (alternately, hit man) is a hired assassin, often by organized crime. ... The Gotham City Police Department (GCPD) is a fictional police department servicing the city of Gotham City in the DC Universe. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... The Batmobile is the fictional personal automobile of comic book superhero Batman. ... This article is about the fictional place. ...


Six months prior to the series' main story, Black Canary works at a bar where her name comes from and engages in a violent fight with the men at the bar who say sexist names at her. Afterwards, she steals one of the men's motorcycles in pursuit of Batman. Fifteen hours before the fourth issue, Clark Kent aka Superman becomes enraged after reading an article in the Daily Planet regarding young Grayson kidnapped by Batman. Arriving in the Batcave, Dick asks for something to eat, and Batman coldly tells him to eat the vermin infesting the cave: bats and rats being examples. Alfred informs Batman that Vicki Vale is in a critical condition and he knows a doctor in Paris who may be able to save her. Sending an anonymous message to Clark Kent, in a blackmailing of Batman's awareness of Superman's secret identity, Superman brings the doctor from Paris to Gotham. Dick wakes up in clean clothes, a blanket, and food on a silver platter. As a result, Alfred and Batman get into a heated argument in which Alfred orders his employer to unhand him. Batman walks away saying, This little brat is going to ruin everything. Black Canary is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine. ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... This article is about the fictional newspaper. ... The Batcave. ...


The Justice League, consisiting of Wonder Woman, Superman, Plastic Man and Green Lantern meet in a hidden location to discuss the Batman problem. While Hal and Plastic Man suggest talking or inviting him into the League, Superman wants to arrest him and Wonder Woman wants to behead him and give his head to the government. Superman attacks Wonder Woman, after which they share a kiss. Meanwhile, Batman stops a rape, Alfred practices boxing in Wayne Manor, as Dick discovers a cache of weapons. Barbara Gordon arrives to her father, James Gordon's, apartment. Unknown to him, his daughter is secretly Batgirl. Jimmy Olsen meets Vicki Vale at the hospital to give her clothes and information on Batman, and the Flying Graysons. At the docks, Batman tracks down "Jocko-Boy" Vanzetti, who killed Dick's parents, as Black Canary arrives to fight the local criminals. Cornered, Batman arrives to help her. Defeating them, Batman and Black Canary engage in a romantic interlude, where afterwards, he takes her home in the Batmobile while a bound and gagged Jocko-Boy in the trunk. Batman arrives at the Batcave which Dick joins him and threatens Jocko-Boy. Beating him while Batman watches, Jocko-Boy reveals who hired him, and Batman doesn't like his answer: The Joker. For the animated television series, see Justice League (TV series) or Justice League Unlimited. ... For other uses, see Wonder Woman (disambiguation). ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Plastic Man (Patrick Eel OBrian) is a fictional comic-book superhero originally published by Quality Comics and later acquired by DC Comics. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Barbara Babs Gordon is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics and related media, created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino. ... James Gordon or Jim Gordon is the name of: James Gordon (New York) (1739-1810), American Indian trader, U.S. Congressman James Alexander Gordon (1782-1869), admiral, basis of the fictional character Horatio Hornblower James Gordon (Upper Canada) (1786-1865), Upper Canada political figure James Wright Gordon (J. Wright Gordon... Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ... James Bartholomew Jimmy Olsen is a fictional character, a photojournalist who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... The Joker can mean any of the following: The Joker is a comic strip character, also included in movies and television programs based on the comic strip. ...


The Joker is then shown just having slept with a woman who he proceeds to kill. The Batman is summoned by Green Lantern and tells him they will talk on his own time. Dick then makes up his costume basing it on Robin Hood. Joker goes to see Catwoman who tells him he plays to rough. Joker tells her he has a different kind of idea. Batman goes to the cave where Dick tells him his name is hood until Batman rips off his hood and tells him his new name is Robin. For other uses, see Robin Hood (disambiguation). ... This article is about the supervillainess. ... Look up robin in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Covers

The first issue launched with three different covers. Two of them were illustrated by Jim Lee — one sporting Batman, the other Robin. Frank Miller illustrated the third. Since then, Frank Miller has drawn variant covers for the series. With the exception of issue #2, the Miller covers are far rarer than Lee's.


As of issue #8, the variant covers are being drawn by renowned Batman artist Neal Adams.


Continuity

The All Star titles are self-contained story arcs existing outside of official DC Comics continuity. Despite sharing a label with Grant Morrison's All Star Superman and Geoff Johns's upcoming All Star Batgirl, All Star Batman & Robin exists in its own continuity unrelated to other books in the All Star imprint.[3] Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... All Star Superman, launched in November 2005, is an ongoing comic book series featuring Superman, written by Grant Morrison, drawn by Frank Quitely, digitally inked by Jamie Grant and published by DC Comics. ... Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ...


Frank Miller has also stated that All Star Batman & Robin does exist in the same continuity as the other storylines in his "Dark Knight Universe". This consists of Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, its sequel Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Batman: Year One, the upcoming Holy Terror, Batman!, and the Frank Miller / Todd McFarlane collaboration of Spawn/Batman". Of these, only Year One is also considered canonical to the mainstream DC Universe. [4] The premiere issue of the series Spoiler warning: The Dark Knight Returns (known as DKR by fans) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman. ... The Dark Knight Strikes Again is a Batman graphic novel by Frank Miller. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Holy Terror, Batman! is a 200-page graphic novel by Frank Miller, set for a 2007 release. ... This article is about Frank Miller, the comic book writer and artist. ... Todd McFarlane (born March 16, 1961 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian comic book artist, writer, toy manufacturer/designer, and media entrepreneur who is best known as the creator of the epic religious fantasy series Spawn. ... Spawn is a fictional comic book character created by Todd McFarlane. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ...


Reception

Infamous quote from All Star Batman and Robin #2

The fan and critical reception to Frank Miller's interpretation of the Batman has been mixed, as the characterization he has employed differs from the mainstream DC continuity version of the major characters. Batman is portrayed as excited by his own sadism towards criminals, musing over the injuries he has inflicted, and his abuse extends even towards innocents: he verbally and physically abuses Dick Grayson in an attempt to prevent him from grieving over his parent's deaths, even slapping the boy in the face. Immediately following this, Batman appears to kill a group of corrupt police officers by landing the Batmobile on top of a pursuing squad car. Later, at the Batcave, he withholds food from Grayson and suggests that the boy catch rats and eat them if he is hungry. [5] Miller's trademark gritty dialogue was thought to have gone over the top when the character introduced himself to Grayson as "the Goddamn Batman" - the phrase has gone on become something of a meme among comic book fans for its perceived comedic value,[6] and according to reviewer Brett Weiss, "drew derision from fans and critics alike".[7] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see Meme (disambiguation). ...


Reviewer Peter Sanderson, acknowledging that the series is "widely reviled", pondered whether Batman's treatment of Grayson is akin to a drill sergeant toward a new recruit, but questioned whether this would merely traumatize Grayson further. Sanderson nonetheless claimed to be "fascinated" with how this behavior reveals Batman's personality, likening his rough treatment of Grayson to the psychologically frightening experience V subjected Evie to in V for Vendetta. Sanderson also pointed out that Miller's view of All Star Batman and Robin as a prequel to his graphic novels Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again suggests that the darker, grittier take on Batman and his more dysfunctional relationship with Robin make sense when taken in context. This viewpoint also suggest that Batman's rough treatment of Dick Grayson reveals a lot about the inner workings of Batman's personality.[4] This article is about the comic book series. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... The premiere issue of the series Spoiler warning: The Dark Knight Returns (known as DKR by fans) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman. ... The Dark Knight Strikes Again is a Batman graphic novel by Frank Miller. ...


Reviewer Brett Weiss, in the Comics Buyers Guide #1636 (December 2007), gave the first issue of the series high marks for being interesting and edgy, but opined that by issue #6, the series became "a bad joke", citing the sries "absurdly bad, faux-noir dialogue", and presenting Batman "as a psychopath, as opposed to merely dark and disturbed." Weiss praised Jim Lee's art as "gorgeous", but opined that it was wasted on the title, which he saw as "something that seems to be bad on purpose".[7] CBG #1600 Comics Buyers Guide (CBG) is the longest-running periodical reporting on the comic book industry. ... See Also: Antisocial Personality Disorder Theoretically, psychopathy is a three-faceted disorder involving interpersonal, affective and behavioral characteristics. ...


Comics journalist Cliff Biggers, in Comic Shop News #1064 (November 7, 2007), called the series "one of the biggest train wrecks in comics history", expressing amazement at how he feels Frank Miller disregarded every aspect of Batman's character in order to tell "A Sin City story in bat-garb." Reviewing issue #7, Biggers excoriated the sequence with Batman and Black Canary as "farcical" and "Tarantinoesque", arguing that Miller's work could not get worse. Biggers gave the issue a "D", explaining that it would have been an "F" if not for Jim Lee's art, and suggested that one way to salvage the work would be for DC to reprint the book with blank word balloons, and let readers submit their own scripts. Cliff Biggers is a comic book writer and journalist. ... Comic Shop News is a free weekly newspaper distributed throughout comic book stores. ... is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Cover of Sin City shows Marv walking through the rain. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is a Palme dOr-winning American film director, actor, and an Oscar winning screenwriter. ... The following is a summary of the Academic grading systems in the United States and Canada. ...


References

  1. ^ Interview with Geoff Johns at newsarama.com; September 3, 2006
  2. ^ Frisch, Marc-Oliver, "DC Sales, May 2006."
  3. ^ Johns on "All Star Batgirl"
  4. ^ a b Comics in Context #119: All-Star Bats on IGN
  5. ^ PopMatters review
  6. ^ Tales From the Longbox review
  7. ^ a b Comics Buyers Guide #1636 (December 2007); Page 59.

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External links

  • Official site
  • IGN article
  • Newsarama's Jim Lee preview interview
  • Newsarama's Frank Miller preview interview
  • Cover gallery by Jim Lee
  • Newsarama article: Miller & Lee Team on All Star Batman

 
 

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