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Red Robin: The Grail [Paperback]

Christopher Yost , Ramon Bachs


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May 4 2010 Batman
Following the aftermath of BATTLE FOR THE COWL, a new Batman watches over Gotham City. But not everyone is ready to give up on the old one. Someone believes that Bruce Wayne may still be alive...and that someone is Red Robin. But who is wearing the Red Robin costume, and why is he traveling the globe looking for a dead man? Whoever he is, he's not alone in his search and has been targeted by the League of Assassins. What does Ra's al Ghul want with Red Robin? Why are members of the League of Assassins being targeted for death? And what happened to the life Red Robin left behind?

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401226191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401226190
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 0.6 x 16.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Start to a New Comic May 8 2010
By Kevin M. Derby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Red Robin: The Grail" collects the first issues of the "Red Robin" comic. With Bruce Wayne presumed dead and a reshuffling of the whole Bat-family, Timothy Drake takes up the identity of the Red Robin, wandering the world to find clues abut what happened to his mentor. This leads him to the Middle East and Europe. Drake is an interesting character and has picked up Batman's detective skills much better than either Dick Grayson or Jason Todd has. It's easy to forget that he is still young, not out of his teens yet-something the writers seem to do as much as the readers. Besides the focus on Drake, the book has some excellent action scenes, keeping the reader guessing. If there is one big drawback against "Red Robin" so far, it is the plot is not flowing. Red Robin spends the first twelve issues taking on Ras al Gul and the League of Assassins with good guys and bad guys changing their allegiances a bit too often. The end of the book sputters a bit but it does not undermine the work as a whole. Fans of the Batman series will like the work. So far, the team behind the book has done a good job in turning Tim Drake into a true lead.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hate the Red Robin name, but I love this series! May 13 2010
By Troy Lyons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Out of all the the Batman comics right now this one is my favorite. I haven't really followed Batman much lately, but I wanted to catch up so I've read all the recent Batman comics to find out what is going on and I really like Tim Drake in this role. I always felt that Dick Grayson would be the new Batman, which he is, but Tim Drake is more like Bruce Wayne than Dick Grayson is. He has had too much time as Nightwing and has developed his own identity. Tim still worships his adoptive Father and would make a better Batman if he was older. I didn't realize just how young Drake was in this series. I was thinking that he was in his twenties, but found out that he is still a teenager. I think there is a lot of potential for this character and it was definitely the most enjoyable of the Batman comics since Bruce Wayne "died". My only complaint....I hate the name Red Robin. I don't know what I would have called him, but Red Robin just makes me want a hamburger. Maybe the writer doesn't have that particular hamburger franchise in their area, but it's as bad as if they called him the Hamburgaler.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All around the world Feb. 24 2012
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Following the death of Batman/Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson assumes the cowl and becomes the new Batman with Damian Wayne as the new Robin. Tim Drake feels that Bruce isn't dead and begins searching the globe, following his footsteps in Grant Morrison's story "The Return of Bruce Wayne", to pick up clues that Bruce is still alive and is slowly making his way, through time, back to present day Gotham. In order to find Bruce though Tim has to ally himself with one of Batman's greatest foes - Ra's Al-Ghul.

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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my new top favorite heroes indeed! May 28 2010
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Tim Drake a.k.a. the 3rd Robin, makes an outstanding Red Robin. Parallel to Dick Grayson (Robin #1) leaving the shadow of Batman and becoming Nightwing, Tim does the same thing but for a different reason. Basically with the disappearance of Bruce wayne and Dick becoming the new, but temporary Batman and Damian becoming the new Robin, Tim sets out to find Bruce. He decides to leave the Robin persona behind and become the new hero Red Robin. Going into the comic it starts off with the classic super hero intro ware someones in danger because of criminals, they think they're getting somewhere, and then here comes Red Robin to the rescue. Tim makes a very cool entrance as Red Robin when he saves the kidnaped girl from danger. This book shows Tim Drake completely grown out of the Robin persona and completely wrapped up into his new Red Robin identity. He's also being portrayed as being more darker and sometimes even more ruthless than when he was Robin. I have the feeling that Tim will be Red Robin for many years to come. On his quest around the world for Bruce, he comes across the villain Ra's al Ghul who plays a major part in Tim's quest. This book is a must read if you're Tim Drake fan. You thought Tim was great as Robin? You'll love him in this new series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It, Didn't Quite Love It April 15 2011
By Brent Hill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Once Batman dies, Tim Drake (Robin) feels like he is the only person that believes Batman isn't really gone forever. He gives up his identity as Robin and begins traveling the world to discover what happened to Batman. To do this, Tim takes on a new identity: Red Robin.

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.

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