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All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder

Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Reviews

Frank Miller has written some great stuff.
Jim Lee is one of my favorite artists.

Enthusiastically I opened up All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder a graphics novel by Frank Miller, Jim Lee and Scott Williams.

Page after page Lee’s art popped.
Page after page Miller’s worked plummeted.

To new all-time lows.

I’ve read or watched Batman since I was a kid. I read back issues from before I was born. Some better than others.¬† I have my favorite portrayals¬† of Batman, but now I have a new least.

I hated the Batman portrayed in All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder. There is almost nothing redeeming about Miller’s characterization of him.

This “Batman” is a raving sociopath. He has no moral compass. He’s not a vigilante, he’s an anti-hero at best: kidnapped Dick Grayson, killed cops, and crippled people without remorse.

This “Batman” is a villain.

One reviewer explained Frank Miller’s work on Batman like this: “For every ‘Dark Knight Returns,’ there is a ‘Dark Knight Strikes Again.’ And for every ‘Batman: Year One,’ there is an ‘All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder.’” 1

That was being kind.

If you want to enjoy great artistry by Jim Lee skip this one; pick up Batman: Hush.

Batman: Hush is a reprint of Batman issues 608-619. It’s a murder-mystery story arc that ran through written by Loeb, penciled by Lee, and, like, All Star Batman and Robin, it’s inked by Scott Williams. They created a masterpiece.

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