Thursday, July 1, 2021

Book: Robin Facing the Enemy by Alan Grant

One of the cool (pun not intended) bits of spin off merchandise for Batman & Robin were the two novels Robin: Facing the Enemy and Batgirl: To Dare the Darkness that gave us a glimpse of what happens before and after the movie. 

Robin: Facing the Enemy was written by Scottish writer Alan Grant who was a prolific writer at DC. During the 90s he wrote almost every issue of the Batman: Shadow of the Bat title (which lasted 96 issues!). 

The story picks up shortly after the events of Batman Forever and sees Robin fall out with Batman (*groan* again) and leave Wayne Manor to live in Gotham City. He gets a job at a diner and ends up having to take down a wannabe villain who rather unimaginatively dubs himself " The Enemy". 

It's a fun, brisk story (98 pages) that reminds me of the Nightwing comics of the early 00s. If you want to give it a read, here's a link to a pdf:-

1 comment:

  1. That's a good book. It follows where Batman Forever leave off at. It's about Dick Grayson struggling on being a crime-fighting sidekick to Bruce Wayne/Batman. At the end, he continues as Robin. It would have been a great film, if Val Kilmer, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Chris O'Donnell return for that, with Catwoman returning to Gotham City after she was in hiding, and Batman & Robin are after her. And Robin and Catwoman would have a serious romance and Batman had to talk him out of it. Pfeiffer was doing other projects and Kilmer was fired from the Batman role. And Schumacher decide to use Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy as the villains.