DC Comics posted a few preview pages on their official site of the upcoming The All New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #13. And it looks like it could be the greatest comic of the year.
You see folks, I’m a bit of Batman fan. And as a fan of The Bat, I don’t just have a love for what some consider to be the sole protector of Gotham City. Of course I don’t, I love all of Bat family. Huntress, Batwoman, Nightwing, Batgirl, all of the them. And the most obvious member of the Bat Clan is Robin, but what a lot of non-comic obsessed folks might not know is that there has been more than one Robin. In fact, there have been several. And with the release of The All New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #13 brings all of the Robins from the past, present, and future to one comic. And that is the greatest thing.
For the most part, there are parts of Batman’s history that the continuity police at DC Comics completely ignore as a part of the overall canon, and I can understand that. Comics like Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is an alternate timeline than that of the mainstream DC Universe. It look place far into the future and featured a brand new Robin than anybody ever expected. It was a punk rock/techno universe and Robin was one of the youth of the day. And her name was Carrie Kelly. So, ignoring a Robin from the strange future setting of The Dark Knight Returns is completely expected. But in this comic, they absolutely don’t, and that’s amazing to see. It’s also amazing that creators don’t ignore the only female Robin in pre-New 52 continuity, Stephanie Brown. You may know the character of Stephanie Brown from Bryan Q. Miller’s amazing Batgirl series, but what you may not realize is that she started off as the vigilante Spoiler, then earned her way into a temporary slot as Robin: The Girl Wonder following Tim Drake’s short departure from the role.
So, backstory is fun right? Well, aside from the female Robins, the rest are present, as well. Dick Grayson (as Nightwing), Jason Todd, Carrie Kelly, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne are all in this comic. And they’re here for a reason. As the story goes, Batman is dying, so The Phantom Stranger travels through time to hand pick all of the Robins to save his life. And as awesome as that is, it’s not limited to just the awesome sight of all these characters. The name of the story in the comic is called “Batman Dies At Dawn” which is a direct reference to both the silver age psychedelic story called “Robin Dies At Dawn” and Grant Morrison’s “Batman Dies At Dawn” from his multi-year run on Batman. Both of which are incredible comics. So, if they’re doing that, you can be guaranteed that this comic will be filled with loads of other references for die-hard Bat-fans. There looks to be a lot to love about this comic, and it’s easily one of my most anticipated comics of the week.
Oh wait, this was an article about preview pages! Well, head on over to DC Comics to check out the six preview pages from the comic. Batman: The Brave and The Bold has one of my favorite interpretations of the title character in both the animated series on Cartoon Network and the comic, so if you’re not paying attention to either, and you like this sort of thing, start paying attention. They do stuff like this all the time on both.
The All New Batman: The Brave and The Bold #13 “Batman Dies At Dawn” is written by Sholly Fisch with art from Rick Burchett and Dan Davis and is scheduled to hit stores on November 9, 2011.