DC Comics (October, 1994)
“Brothers In Arms”
WRITER: Chuck Dixon
PENCILER: Tom Grummett
INKER: Ray Kryssing
COLORIST: Adrienne Roy
LETTERER: Albert DeGuzman
LIFELINE(?): Jordon B. Gorfinkel
EDITOR: Dennis O’Neil
As Robin (Tim Drake) and Nightwing wait for the right moment to jump a group of safecrackers Two-Face is being interviewed by doctors at Arkham Asylum. Both Two-Face and Nightwing are discussing their first meeting (while Dick was still Robin). Dick still feels bad for his plan not factoring Two-Face’s obsession with the number two and leading to a man’s death, while Two-Face, while also discussing what he doesn’t know is his first encounter with Tim Drake as the Boy Wonder, decides that Robin is Batman’s secret weapon, an unprepared variable in the duality. After the former and current Robin take out the thieves, they return to the Batcave. While Bruce still needs time to pull himself together Dick Grayson will be assuming the role…of Batman!
What they got right: I love seeing Dick and Tim interact. They really are like brothers and Dick being Batman for a while means they’ll get to interact more. Jason Todd isn’t forgotten from his days of Robin (he was still dead at the time before death was pretty much reversed on everyone these days) and they go over his failings as Robin, as well as why Batman chose each of them. The conversation makes for a better framing device than the recent Zero Hour Aftermath Batman stories since they’re playing off of each other rather than some narrator trying to give us Batman’s thoughts.
What they got wrong: It’s been decided that Bruce also trained Dick so he wouldn’t become like Batman as far as his obsession with crimefighting, a healthier outlet for his rage at the time. (Also as a trapeze artist I would assume that you plan for the possibility of falling to your death, even if it was murder in this case.) It’s also convenient that both Two-Face and the Robins are discussing the same cases.
Recommendation: A decent primer for Robins at this point in the DC Universe but outside of Dick taking up the mantle of Batman there isn’t much here if you’re not a Robin fan and I would assume the regular Bat-titles would put that scene in anyway, especially with Dixon writing at least one of them.