Red Robin: The Grail Paperback – May 4 2010
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About the Author
Christopher Yost is a comic book and animation writer best known as a New X-Men and X-Force co-writer. His recent work includes Batman: Battle for The Cowl, Red Robin, and Titans. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Chris Yost does a decent job of writing Tim Drake as an interesting character but I think there's not enough meat for a full blown two volume series here. Yost is basically following in Morrison's footsteps, but "Red Robin" isn't necessary to read to follow Morrison's Batman story arc, it's more of an add-on for the hardcore Batfans out there who'll read anything and everything about this series.
I like Tim but like Dick Grayson when he was younger and starting out as Nightwing, I think the teen, coming of age heroes are less interesting than when they're older and have more experience. Here Tim acts exactly his age being melodramatic and hot-headed, making mistakes, and nearly dying for them. That kind of character doesn't warrant an entire book and the book feels like what it is throughout - side story blown up to become a kind of main story.
Tim Drake/Red Robin is an interesting character with some hidden angles that aren't really gotten into in this book (he's darker, willing to cross lines Batman can't) and I think the potential is there to develop him into a more substantial character but he needs his own storylines rather than playing off of Morrison's Batman story arc that will always have Drake as a secondary character even in his own book. Decent script, decent art, but a book that fails to show Red Robin as a superhero worth reading - yet.
The Highlights: I love the character of Tim Drake, and it is interesting to see him become a solo hero. He's in mourning for Batman, so he's not quite his usual happy self. He's also trying to decide what lengths he's willing to go to. It's some good self-discovery, but sad Tim Drake gets a little old at times. This story has a lot of interesting setup, but not everything pays off in this collection.
Things to Consider: The art is pretty generic. Not terrible, just nothing special. I also don't like how old Tim looks in his costume. As Robin he looked like a teenager, but suddenly as Red Robin he looks much more like an adult.
This is a decent start to Red Robin's story, but I hope it gets even better in future collections. I love Tim Drake, and I'm excited to see how his character grows through this experience.