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“I absolutely cannot wait for Tomasi and Gleason to return to Batman and Robin to continue telling more explosive stories featuring Gotham's new dynamic duo” – IGN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Paul Cornell is a British writer best known for his work in television drama as well as Doctor Who fiction and as the creator of one of the Doctor's spin-off companions. His comics work includes Captain Britain and MI-13, Black Widow: Deadly Origin and Dark X-Men, as well as Action Comics, Demon Knights and Saucer Country.
A former DC Comics editor for 15 years, Peter J. Tomasi is the writer of the acclaimed graphic novel Light Brigade and the comic book series Green Lantern Corps and Batman & Robin.
A former cast member on MTV's The Real World, Judd Winick is the writer and illustrator of Barry Ween -- Boy Genius and Pedro and Me, and has written Batman, Catwoman, Outsiders, Green Lantern and much more. He is the creator of the Cartoon Network series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee.
- ASIN : B00BHUH1OU
- Publisher : DC (February 19, 2013)
- Publication date : February 19, 2013
- Language : English
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Next up is the titular Dark Knight vs White Knight arc wherein a new villain (the White Knight) starts targeting the family members of any former Arkham patients. It is an intriguing idea and the villain's design is otherworldly and cool, but the arc never really explains him that well and it is the shortest arc of the book. How he tracked down the identities of all of Arkham's families or why he seems to a being made of light is all summed up in a few off hand expository lines. The final arc sees Jason Todd return as the Red Hood only to be arrested and sentenced to a general population prison where he beings murdering the inmates. Batman and Robin arrive to try and get a handle on the situation only for Todd to be broken out by a group of mercenaries who are all (sigh) half human and half animals. This arc is arguably the best of the book thanks to its exploration of Jason's fractured relationship with Bruce and Dick, but the goofy villains derails it a bit. Overall the book does have tremendous artwork throughout, but the lackluster villains and the fact that Dick and Damien continually get one-upped and out maneuvered by the likes of Absence makes this one of the weaker books from the Batman Reborn era in my opinion.
The first story is "The Sum of Her Parts" written by Paul Cornell and illustrated (mostly) by Scott McDaniel. An old flame of Bruce is murdered by a yacht heist gone terribly wrong while her body goes missing. An investigation leads to an enemy who loathes Bruce Wayne and will strike at his "Batmen" to get their message across. A really good story that highlights the differences between Bruce and Dick and how their greatest strengths can become their greatest weaknesses. The artwork was good but could get confusing as to what one is looking at if too many objects overlapped.
The next story, "Tree of Blood", highlights the title of the compilation, Dark Knight, White Knight, as Batman and Robin battle an enemy named the White Knight. Somehow he is connected to people dressing as angels and committing suicide. Very good and engaging story written by Peter Tomasi re-teaming with his Green Lantern Corps illustrator, Patrick Gleason, who does a fine job himself.
The final story, "The Streets Run Red" is written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Greg Tocchini, Guillem March, and a couple other artists. March is the strongest of the bunch. Jason Todd gets a transfer from Arkham Asylum to a regular prison and Batman and Robin want to find out why and stop him. This is the weakest of the trilogy and why I knocked off a star. Winick tries to throw aside how Morrison made fun of Todd earlier in this series by making him too much of a bad---. He also is way too cocky and bests Batman and Robin way too easily and often. The story is really flat as well. It boils down to a team-up for a simple rescue mission.
Overall, a very good and exciting bat book featuring Dick as Batman and Damien as Robin. The main component that really makes this series work. It is a fun dynamic to have the roles of this dynamic duo reversed as to the brooding, dark, scowling Bruce Wayne and upbeat, smiling, bantering Dick/Tim Robin. That is why I am skeptical about the New DC's Batman and Robin, where we get both Waynes and their dark demeanor. But Tomasi and Gleason showed in this story there might be some hope for a good series.
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"The Sum of Her Parts" bietet bis auf die Antagonistin wenig Neues. Eine verflossene Liebe von Bruce Wayne wird bei einem Überfall vermeintlich getötet, kehrt zurück (wie soll hier nicht verraten werden, erfordert aber viel Zugeständnisse seitens des Lesers) und schwört Rache. Das Motiv Rache wurde in den Batman-Comics facettenreich abgearbeitet. Diese Geschichte fügt dem leider wenig hinzu, sondern bleibt schal und vorhersehbar. Der Antagonistin fehlt es an Tiefe, um überhaupt Interesse zu wecken. Erst auf den letzten drei Seiten gewinnt die Geschichte an Fahrt - leider zu spät. (zwei Sterne)
Rache steht auch in der zweiten Geschichte im Mittelpunkt - allerdings bedeutend origineller umgesetzt. In "Tree of Blood" taucht der titelgebende White Knight auf, der ganz bestimmte Personen aus Gotham töten will. Welche, soll nicht verraten werden, denn gerade dies macht die Geschichte so interessant. Insgesamt ist die Geschichte deutlich spannender, aber zu kurz. Die Story beschränkt sich auf ein Katz-und-Maus-Spiel zwischen Batman, Robin und dem White Knight. Hier wurde erzählerisches Potential verschwendet. (vier Sterne)
In der dritten Geschichte "The Streets Run Red" taucht Red Hood auf. Highlight ist der Anfangsdialog zwischen Batman (Bruce Wayne) und Red Hood, der Bruce Wayne immer wieder versucht, in ein Gespräch über die Rückkehr vom Tod zu verwickeln. Ansonsten plätschert die Geschichte wenig spannend vor sich hin. Im Mittelpunkt steht Red Hood, der unerwartete Hilfe beim Ausbruch aus dem Gefängnis bekommt. Batman und Robin versuchen Red Hood einzufangen, sehen sich aber bald gezwungen, Red Hood zu unterstützen. Leider strotzt die Handlung der Geschichte an Logiklöchern und infantilen Dialogen, insbesondere zwischen Robin und Red Hood. (zwei Sterne)
Die Zeichnungen sind überwiegend gut gelungen. Allerdings waren mehrere Zeichner am Werk, so dass man mit unterschiedlichen Zeichenstilen rechnen muss.
Unterm Strich bleibt also ein ziemlich mäßiger Band, der weder wirklich interessante Charaktere bieten kann noch die weitere Entwicklung von Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson und Damian Wayne voranbringt.
In the first adventure ("The Sum of Her Parts") they meet a former interest of Bruce Wayne who hasn't taken well to being laif off.
The second adventure ("Tree of Blood") shows us a very special kind of new vigilante in Gotham who sees criminal insanity as a inheritary problem and begins to eradicate relatives of villians.
In "The Streets Run Red" a third "Son of Wayne" returns and the three young men have to solve some inner and some outer problems.
Interestingly told and nicely drawn.