Title: Robin: Search For A Hero
Author: Fabian Nicieza, Freddie Williams II and Joe Bennett
Format: Paper Back
In my journey into the world of Batman and Comic books I’ve come to two conclusions, 1. I have an obsession with Tim 2. I am practically destined to read the story in reverse order. If you have been following my adventures in the world of Batman following the character Tim, you know I started toward the end by reading the Red Robin series before slipping back and reading Battle for the Cowl which occurs just before the start of Red Robin. Well I stumbled upon a Robin comic book that focuses on Tim and it was an instant must read for me because it featured my favorite young detective Tim Drake Wayne. It turns out that this random Robin book is the precursor to Battle for the Cowl.
When first looking at the book I admit I wasn’t that amazed by the art work. I found the work of Marcus To in the Red Robin comics to be far superior. The position of Robin’s mask changed depending on the angle that he is drawn and the lines are a lot more angular and rough. I admit I wasn’t sure on the book because of that alone but as I delved into the story the short comings of the art work were quickly forgotten. This store quickly drew me in and I found myself having a hard time putting it down.
The story of Search for a Hero is about the fall out of what happens when Batman is gone. Nightwing is left to deal with the major villains such as Penguin and Two Face while Robin found himself in charge of dealing with the up and rising gangs. In addition to trying to control such a volatile group Robin has to face issues with betrayal from people that he has trusted in the past, facing off against Jason Todd a former Robin as well as someone parading around as Red Robin and a young man that wants to become his own personal Joker. Everything seems to be unraveling and doing so quickly for Tim and you wonder how he is going to get through it all.
I was gripped by the mystery and intrigue of the story. Also the humor that is played throughout the story was phenomenal as well. The humor wasn’t over the top where I was rolling with giggles nor was it under played, it was woven in beautifully with the story and didn’t break the pace ever but had me actually laughing out loud a bit. I think the best reference was when Tim compared the three Robins to the Brady sisters.
Overall, I truly enjoyed the read and will happily give this comic book a 4 out 5 pages and recommend this as a good read for any Robin or Tim fan. In general it is a good story and it doesn’t expect you to know everything as most everything is explained in the story.