Batman: Second Chances

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Batman: Second Chances

Batman: Second Chances

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I think any fan of Bronze Age Batman can have fun with this, but the only people who need this volume are completionists and like me they will disappointed by the glaring omissions. The Penguin is released from prison and falls in love, but it ends with his supposed redemption not sticking. While this goes on, the thugs prepare to kill both Batman and Harvey, but Robin shows up and stops them. Batman wasn't written so deeply in darkness that there weren't a few moments of levity, of humanity. On the one hand we have Two-Face, still committing numbered crimes and flipping coins; on the other hand we have stories like Starlin's "Victims" which could have come straight out of O'Neil's dark-and-gritty Question series.

The final Starlin/Aparo episode, "White, Gold and Truth" is the crown jewel -- the entire collection is worth owning just for this issue. Speaking of which, in the first two issues, Jason is already living at Wayne Manor, and then in the third issue--five issues later in actual publication--we get him and Batman meeting. In theory this collects most of the Post-Crisis issues of Batman before those collected in the Caped Crusader volumes. This volume is rather curious but much-needed: a collection of some of Jason Todd's earliest adventures as Robin including his "origin" story when Batman catches him stealing the Batmobile's tires.

Although, in "Two-Face, Part I", when he walked out of the hospital room, his left leg wasn't affected in any way.

That company went to DC, wanting to put together bags of BATMAN comics; the Toys ‘r’ Us people looked at about three or four years of BATMAN…and picked out my issues. Batman was reasonably violent and Batman even made mistakes--and I'm not talking I-created-this-villain-because-of-my-mask stupid psychological shit. The acceptance of the Robin mantle passing from one to the next could not be clearer, and they panels on which these take place beautifully show how the end of one era has been accepted and the dawn of another era has been celebrated by the participants themselves.That’s kind of the problem with this collection as it is more interesting to see what went wrong with the Jason Todd character and seeing the awkward transition from the Bronze Age into the modern one than the quality of the stories themselves. Instead, this book is all about his beginning: How he met the Dark Knight and how he trained to become Robin.



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