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Review: Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

I’ve heard for so many years how great John Byrne’s Superman work was. He took over post-Crisis and redefined the character for the (then) modern age. Not an easy book to collect, with various out-of-print volumes. DC Comics has finally released a hardcover collecting the first part of Byrne’s work in Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1. I hold his X-Men, Fantastic Four and even his Alpha Flight stuff in pretty high regard. I’m not a huge Superman fan or DC fan. Would I feel the same way with Supes?

The story is one we’re all familiar with: A scientist on a doomed planet sends his only son across the universe to an alien planet in an attempt to save his life and to spare him from his home world’s destruction. Upon crash-landing on Earth, he’s found by your typical Earth couple who adopt him and raise him as their own and in doing so, he discovers his amazing abilities and decides to use those to help do the right thing and save others. From there, tales with Braniac, Darkseid, the Phantom Stranger and others round out the volume.

John Byrne’s Superman work ends up being pretty stellar to someone like me, who gets to read it for the first time so many decades later. For one, I feel that for one who doesn’t love the decompression of storytelling that everyone has embraced, the pacing is quite enjoyable. The Man Of Steel mini-series would take well over a year by the new standard if done today. I felt like Byrne understood the characters. He wrote a truly amazing Superman and put him through the ringer, so to speak.  And in saying that, Superman comes off truly relevant to the world he exists in. Art-wise, I have always enjoyed John Byrne’s pencils/art and so I knew what I was getting into with this. I knew that part would not disappoint.

Any problems? Mostly that I’m not a huge Superman fan. It feels odd to like this as much as I do. I’m sure a more traveled Superman/DC Comics fan could pick this apart but from what I know, this is one of the most sought-after comic book runs to get collected again. For me, it’s great to know that something that I’ve heard be so enjoyable actually held up over time, at least for me. This first volume maintains its look by having the art being done by Byrne and by Jerry Ordway in some spots. Terry Austin is one of the inkers involved with this and he’s probably the best inker Byrne worked with. The Adventures Of Superman issues are written by Marv Wolfman and also included. It’s great to see the other books of this era included.

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1 ends up collecting Byrne’s Man Of Steel mini-series, Superman 1-4, Adventures Of Superman 424-428, and Action Comics 584 through 587. Some extras included are some Who’s Who ‘87 entries. It has a cover price of $49.99 and feels totally worth the price. Also, if DC Comics had released this a few years ago, it would most-likely just have a plain hardcover design underneath the dust jacket. This collection has a very nice art-on-book cover under the DJ. DC Comics has started to put some real quality on the collected editions that get released. If you are a Supes fan, this is one for you.

Story: John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway Art: John Byrne, Jerry Ordway
Ink: Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan, Karl Kesel
Color: Tom Ziuko Letterer: John Costanza, Albert DeGuzman
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: A definite read


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Preview: Detective Comics #1027

Detective Comics #1027

Written by: Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Peter J. Tomasi, Grant Morrison, Dan Jurgens, Mariko Tamaki, Greg Rucka, Scott Snyder, Marv Wolfman, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Tom King
Art by: Jim Cheung, José L. García López, Lee Bermejo, Dan Jurgens, Jamal Campbell, Dan Mora, Ivan Reis, Emanuela Lupacchino, Riley Rossmo, Eduardo Risso, Chip Zdarsky, David Marquez, Chris Burnham

Light the Bat-Signal, because Detective Comics #1027 is here! In honor of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27, this special, book-size celebration brings you the biggest names in comics as they chronicle the most epic Batman adventures Gotham City and the DC Universe have ever seen! The World’s Greatest Detective has a mountain of cases to crack: Who murdered Gotham’s most corrupt police officer? What does The Joker’s annual visit mean for Bruce Wayne? And most importantly, what WayneTech mystery will sow the seeds of the next epic Batman event? All this and more await you within the pages of the biggest Batman issue of them all!

Detective Comics #1027

Detective Comics #1027 Features a “Fractured” Future for Batman and the DC Universe and What is the “Black Casebook?”

When DC announced that Detective Comics #1027 would feature some of comics’ greatest storytellers, there was also mention that this must-have comic book would contain …”a few early hints at what’s in store for the future of the Caped Crusader!”

DC also said that fans would have to wait until September 15 to find out, but that’s not fair, so here’s a first look at two stories revealing more about what’s to come, not just the Dark Knight, but all of the DC Universe!

Written by Dan Jurgens with layouts and finished art by Jurgens and Kevin Nowlan, “Generations: Fractured” pits Batman against a would-be gang of museum vandals, led by Calendar Man. As the Dark Knight tries to stop him from torching priceless artifacts, a mysterious flash of light appears to break reality, and Batman finds that everything is different in Gotham, as he’s transported back to 1939!

Eisner award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Dan Mora team up to tell a tie-in story to “The Joker War.” In “A Gift,” The Joker’s attack on Batman and Gotham City leaves a GCPD officer dead. His partner identifies the perpetrator as the Caped Crusader, swearing that he’ll bring him to justice. This tragedy forces Batman to reluctantly open the pages of a mysterious “black casebook,” the contents of which are yet to be known.

Hardcore Batman fans can look forward to some of their favorite writers and artists taking part in this landmark issue, including Greg Rucka/Eduardo Risso, Grant Morrison/Chris Burnham, James Tynion IV/Riley Rossmo, Tom King/Walter Simonson, and Scott Snyder/Ivan Reis. They’re also joined by Kelly Sue DeConnick with John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson, Marv Wolfman/Emanuela Lupacchino/Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Michael Bendis/David Marquez and more top creators!

Detective Comics #1027 arrives at open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, September 15 with a retail price of $9.99.

DC Doubles Down on the Scary with Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular and DC: The Doomed and the Damned in October

October always brings stories of ghosts, goblins, fright, and picking out our favorite candies for Halloween. But this year, DC’s got twice the spooks and scares for comic book fans with two anthology titles featuring the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in tales of fear and terror!

LEGEND OF THE SWAMP THING HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR #1

DC invites you to welcome Swamp Thing to your witching hour festivities. In this 48-page collection of six all-new stories, the Guardian of the Green reveals past lives and the unforgettable horrors that befall those who cross his path. From ancient Rome to present day, Swamp Thing stalks these ghostly and ghastly tales—all of which are best read by the light of a jack o’ lantern!

Writers Tom King, James Tynion IV, Vita Ayala, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, and Ram V are among the writers penning these creepy tales with Domo Stanton, Mike Perkins, Emma Rios and Christian Ward providing the bone-chilling artwork.

Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular #1 is priced at $5.99 and debuts on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at all open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers.

DC: THE DOOMED AND THE DAMNED #1

It was a dark and stormy night when the creatures of the DC universe began to emerge from their lairs into the cool evening air. Tales of the macabre, the murderous, and the morbid abound in this spine-chilling special about monsters and mayhem! What happens when Batman encounters a true urban legend after speaking its name three times in a mirror, or when Madame Xanadu enlists the help of Man-Bat to take town shadowy specter? And who can stop an intergalactic demon from turning people into frog beasts? Only the unlikely team up of Green Lantern and Etrigan! All this and seven more fang-tastic tales to trick your treats and bob your apples!

This prestige format one-shot features some of comics best scary storytellers, including writers Carmen Maria Machado, Marv Wolfman, Ken Porter, John Arcudi, Saladin Ahmed, Alyssa Wong, Travis Moore and others. Artists contributing to this blood-curdling comic include Riley Rossmo, Mike Perkins, Leonardo Manco, Travis Moore, Tom Mandrake and others.

This 80-Page one-shot is priced at $9.99 and arrives at open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Detective Comics #1027 Celebrates 1000 Issues Since Batman’s Debut

Light the Bat-signal, because Detective Comics #1027 is headed your way this September 15! In honor of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, this special 144-page celebration is poised to truly spotlight the “Detective” in Detective Comics. Batman and his allies will have a mountain of mysteries to solve, taking them from the seediest corners of Gotham City to the farthest reaches of the DC universe, plus a few early hints at what’s in store for the future of the Caped Crusader!

A book of this magnitude deserves the best storytellers in comics and a must-read lineup of DC’s most prolific writers and artists are rising to meet the challenge, including Greg Rucka/Eduardo Risso, Grant Morrison/Chris Burnham, Tom King/Walt Simonson, James Tynion IV/Riley Rossmo, Peter J. Tomasi/Brad Walker, Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman/Emanuela Lupacchino, and Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Michael Bendis/David Marquez, Mariko Tamaki/Dan Mora, Scott Snyder/Ivan Reis, Kelly Sue DeConnick/John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson, and Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky.

Detective Comics #1027 also includes “tribute” art from fan-favorite artists, including, José Luis García-López, Jamal Campbell, Lee Bermejo, and Jorge Jiménez, among others. An extensive variant cover program is planned for this landmark issue, including a series of ten variants spotlighting both friends and foes of Batman, and an extensive program of retailer-exclusive variant covers.

Detective Comics #1027 arrives at open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2020. This must-have collectible sells for $9.99.

ComiXology Has a Half Dozen New Digital Comics for You Today

Six comics currently await you on comiXology. The comics feature one new DC Comics DC Digital First while Marvel delivers five digital collections of previously released series.

You can get them all here or check out the individual releases below!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #8

Written by Cecil Castellucci, Marv Wolfman
Pencils Pop Mhan
Inks Pop Mhan
Colored by Tony Avina, Rex Lokus
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Story 1 – The terror group Scorpio attempts to capture and dissect Aquaman in an effort to create superhuman soldiers! Story 2 – While escorting a pod of whales to safety, Aquaman and Mera discuss starting a family of their own, but their conversation is cut short when naval sonar tests disorient the pod, causing the whales to attack naval ships, and forcing Aquaman, Mera, and the Navy officers to save the pod before they hurt anyone.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #8

Clandestine Classic

Written by Alan Davis
Art by Alan Davis
Cover by Alan Davis
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Collects Clandestine (1994) #1-8, Marvel Comics Presents #158 And X-Men & Clandestine #1-2.

For centuries they have lived among us – mysterious, elusive, unknowable…so what are they doing with brightly colored costumes and codenames?! Teenagers Rory and Pandora want to pull Alan Davis’s family of extra-normal outsiders into the world of heroes and villains, little knowing that M.O.D.O.K. and A.I.M. are waiting for them! Centuries-old patriarch Adam Destine knows the disastrous duo has a lot to learn about power and responsibility…and we all know who’s the web-spinning specialist on that, don’t we? Plus Adam and his super-powered scions join the X-Men in a demonic debacle against the sinister Synraith! Also guest-starring Doctor Strange, the Silver Surfer and the Invaders!

Clandestine Classic

Foolkiller: Fool’s Paradise

Written by Gregg Hurwitz
Art by Lan Medina
Cover by Lan Medina
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Collects Foolkiller (2007) #1-5.

Los Angeles Times best-selling author Gregg Hurwitz (The Crime Writer) and Lan Medina bring you a gritty, no-holds barred crime thriller! Move over Frank Castle, there’s a new vigilante in town. When the Foolkiller strikes, the punishment fits the crime. It’s a display for all to see, the truth in all its brutal glory, our hidden secrets gutted and turned inside out for the front pages. A vigilante artist, a madman performer, the Foolkiller has been brutally introduced to the human joke, and he wants to make sure fools everywhere take note. What he reveals may not be what you want to see. Or what you want to admit. But he makes one thing certain: If you’re a fool, you cannot hide.

Foolkiller: Fool's Paradise

Mythos

Written by Paul Jenkins
Art by Paolo Rivera
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Collects Mythos: Spider-Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider, Captain America And X-Men.

Showcasing the origins of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe! See how Spider-Man’s super-hero career began! Learn how the Fantastic Four became the team they are today! Witness the origin and earliest days of the Hulk and Ghost Rider! Revisit Steve Rogers’ transformation from a weakling with a heart of steel to the Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America! Experience the first encounter between the X-Men and their ultimate nemesis, Magneto! Paul Jenkins tells the tales, while Paolo Rivera delivers the beautiful fully painted artwork.

Mythos

Punisher Max: From First To Last

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Richard Corben, Lewis Larosa, John Severin
Cover by Tim Bradstreet
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Collects Punisher: The Tyger, Punisher: The Cell And Punisher: The End.

Three dark tales of the Punisher’s past, present and future. THE TYGER: As a 10-year-old boy on the streets of Brooklyn, Frank Castle was no stranger to violence. On the eve of his first kill as the Punisher, Castle remembers a far-off summer filled with fear, intimidation and revenge. THE CELL: Deep in the bowels of Riker’s Island lurk five evil old men, with a secret so terrible that even they can’t begin to comprehend it. But a new inmate has arrived: the Punisher, convicted of a hundred murders, determined to find those five old men no matter what. And finally, THE END: In the near future, in the ruins of a world destroyed by nuclear fire, there is still evil — and so there must be punishment. A dying Frank Castle stalks the mass graves of New York City, determined to carry out one final, dreadful task.

Punisher Max: From First To Last

Punisher: Barbarian With A Gun

Written by Chuck Dixon
Art by John Buscema
Cover by John Buscema
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Collects Punisher: War Zone #26-30.

The island of Puerto Dulce’s name means “Sweet Port,” but there’s nothing sweet about getting skewered on sugar cane! The Punisher’s been enslaved in a Caribbean jungle, and escape means going through prisoners, revolutionaries, and alligators! Will he catch his drug-dealing quarry before their shared enemies beat him to it? Guest-starring Ice Phillips from Marvel’s controversial series THE ‘NAM!

Punisher: Barbarian With A Gun

Preview: Aquaman: Deep Dives #8

Aquaman: Deep Dives #8

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Breathless” by Marv Wolfman, Pop Mhan, Tony Aviña, and Wes Abbott

The terror group Scorpio attempts to capture and dissect Aquaman in an effort to create superhuman soldiers!

Whale Watch” by Cecil Castellucci, Pop Mhan, Rex Lokus, and Wes Abbott

While escorting a pod of whales to safety, Aquaman and Mera discuss starting a family of their own, but their conversation is cut short when naval sonar tests disorient the pod, causing the whales to attack naval ships, and forcing Aquaman, Mera, and the Navy officers to save the pod before they hurt anyone.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #8

New Digital Firsts Include More World’s Finest and Harley Quinn

DC’s Digital Firsts continues with the second issues of World’s Finest: Batwoman and Supergirl on Monday June 8 and Harley Quinn: Make ’em Laugh on Wednesday June 10. Aquaman: Deep Dives has stories by both Marv Wolfman and Cecil Castellucci! These new chapters, along with DC’s ongoing daily dose of Super Hero action, give fans even more choice of content while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

Monday June 8

World’s Finest: Batwoman and Supergirl #2

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Faceless” by Sanya Anwar, Chad Hardin, Chris Sotomayor, and Rob Leigh

Batwoman must go undercover in a highly secretive beauty company in order to track down a missing journalist. But what Kate discovers is far more insidious than she ever imagined!

Exit Interview” by Andrea Shea, Mike Norton, Marissa Louise, and Comicraft

Since arriving on Earth, Supergirl has always followed in her cousin’s footsteps. But when she’s fired from her internship at CatCo, Kara will have to forge her own path…

World's Finest: Batwoman and Supergirl #2

Tuesday June 9

Batman: Gotham Nights #8

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Puppets” by Steve Orlando, Tom Lyle, Jeromy Cox, and Troy Peteri

As a child, Dick Grayson saw his world come crashing down when his parents were killed by mobster Tony Zucco. Now Zucco’s son has been kidnapped by the Ventriloquist, and Nightwing is his only chance to make it home alive. Dick must make a choice: How far is he willing to go to save the son of the man he hates most?

Lifelines” by Andrea Shea, Neil Edwards, Scott Hanna, Jeromy Cox, and Troy Peteri

A kid from the Narrows, Duke Thomas, a.k.a. the SIGNAL, trained under Batman to become Gotham’s daytime protector. But his responsibilities as a superhero have vastly outweighed his responsibilities at home, and Duke becomes painfully aware of this fact when he realizes the member of the Xiqu gang who just stabbed him is none other than his childhood friend Danny Wong!

Batman: Gotham Nights #8

Wednesday June 10

Harley Quinn: Make ’em Laugh #2

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Housewarming” by Marguerite Bennett, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor and Marshall Dillon

Poison Ivy’s throwing a housewarming party, and Harley’s got to find her bff the ultimate gift. It has to be something special…something rare…and deadly would be a plus! Can Harley and her animal pals find Pammy the perfect present before everyone gets arrested?

The Lady or the Tiger” by Gail Simone, Priscilla Petraites, John Kalisz, and Tom Napolitano

Harley Quinn delivers some long-awaited justice on behalf of a woman who’s been wrongfully imprisoned, but with a Harley twist. And by twist, we mean mallet.

Harley Quinn: Make 'em Laugh #2

Thursday June 11

Aquaman: Deep Dives #8

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Breathless” by Marv Wolfman, Pop Mhan, Tony Aviña, and Wes Abbott

The terror group Scorpio attempts to capture and dissect Aquaman in an effort to create superhuman soldiers!

Whale Watch” by Cecil Castellucci, Pop Mhan, Rex Lokus, and Wes Abbott

While escorting a pod of whales to safety, Aquaman and Mera discuss starting a family of their own, but their conversation is cut short when naval sonar tests disorient the pod, causing the whales to attack naval ships, and forcing Aquaman, Mera, and the Navy officers to save the pod before they hurt anyone.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #8

Friday June 12

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #8

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Rain on My Parade” by Dave Wielgosz, David Lafuente, Luis Guerrero, and Rob Leigh

It’s the Flash Parade and everyone’s so excited…except for Barry Allen. This  is  his  least  favorite  day  of  the  year.  Can  a  superhero  showdown  with  the  villainous Tar Pit show Barry the best side of the parade or will the day be ruined?

Cold Case” by Dave Wielgosz, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, and Rob Leigh

A radioactive beast runs rampant after an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs. But is it man or monster, and can the Flash calm the creature before it destroys Central City?

The Flash: Fastest Man Alive #8

Saturday June 13

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #3

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Beast in Show” by Tom Sniegoski, Sarah Leuver, and Gabriela Downie

After a long day of stopping an alien invasion, the Titans are all set to relax in front of the tube and watch the annual Jump City Dog Show…but what are the Brain and Monsieur Mallah doing there? And why does that dog look so much like Beast Boy?!

“Buttered-Fries Effect” by Ivan Cohen, Sara Leuver, and Gabriela Downie

Future Robin arrives with a warning: “Do nothing!”

Teen Titans Go! Booyah #3

Sunday June 14

Swamp Thing: New Roots #8

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Toys on Parade” by Phil Hester, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe

Deep in the bayou, Swamp Thing continues to follow the fifolet, despite not knowing the mysterious spirit’s ultimate destination. On his way he encounters a strange and powerful girl locked away in the swamp, with magical friends and a monster at her door.

The Ghost Light” by Phil Hester, Tom Mandrake, Hi-Fi, and Dave Sharpe

Swamp Thing has been following the eerie light of the Fifolet as the spirit leads him to people in need of his help. But what if the mysterious ghost light has a deeper purpose? What if it knows more about Swamp Thing’s past than it lets on…and what if it’s trying to lead Alec Holland home?

Swamp Thing: New Roots #8

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DC Expands Its Digital Firsts and Launches DC Essential Reads

DC is expanding its digital releases with DC’s Digital First publishing program, home of bestselling titles Injustice: Gods Among UsDC Comics: Bombshells, the new Batman: The Adventures Continue, and many more fan-favorite comicsUnder the robust new program, comic book readers will have more variety of content and immediate access to stories that have never been available on digital platforms.

The first week of DC Digital First titles include:

These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.

While regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward, DC Digital First comics will be released seven days a week.

In addition, on Monday DC is launching DC Essential Reads, a free digital promotion providing first issues of some of the most iconic graphic novels and collected editions in the DC library. Available until June 8th on a variety of digital platforms, DC Essential Reads titles include Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Batman #608 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex SinclairThe Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam KiethDark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and more.

DC Digital First comics and DC Essential Reads free issues will all be available from participating digital retailers, including ReadDC.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.


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Preview: Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

(W) Marv Wolfman, Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson, Tim Seeley, Tom King, Judd Winick, James TynionIV, Amy Wolfram, Robbie Thompson, Adam Glass, Peter J. Tomasi, Others (A) Tom Grummett, Scott McDaniel, Mikel Janin, Kenneth Rocafort, Freddie Williams II, Javi Fernandez, Nicola Scott, Dustin Nguyen, Andy Kubert, Frank Miller, Others (CA) Lee Weeks
Prestige Format
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $9.99

DC Comics celebrates Robin the Boy Wonder’s 80th anniversary in style with an all-star creative team representing each iteration of the iconic character across eight decades of history! From the high-flying adventures of Dick Grayson to the tragedy of Jason Todd, the enthusiasm of Tim Drake and the arrogance of Damian Wayne, the persistence of Stephanie Brown and the rebelliousness of Carrie Kelley-the mantle of Robin has been worn by many, but always represents one thing: a hero.

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular
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