Well my name is Bruno (obviously), I'm half-Spanish/half-Quebecois and live in the city of Montreal in Canada. This is my blog for articles and reviews of all things geek and whatever other random stuff I feel like sharing.
Bruno: Reblogging this for sentimental reasons. :p
I have this issue. When it came out I was around 13 years-old and to me it was a big deal because Robin/Tim Drake was very rarely seen in the pages of the ‘Batman’ comic during that period. He would show up in the other bat-titles, including his own solo title, but the run of Doug Moench and Kelley Jones on ‘Batman’ was, according to Moench, (and I paraphrase here) too dark to throw a teenager in the middle of it. This one-issue story was not drawn by Jones but by J.H. Williams III. The guest artist did a really good job of adapting his style to appear similar to Jones’ so the issue didn’t feel too out of place with the current look that the book had at the time. So like I said, we almost never saw Robin in ‘Batman’ except for short cameos or when there was a huge cross-over going on. To suddenly have a whole issue centered around Batman’s fears of having Tim Drake meet the same fate as Jason Todd was really good, but the way Moench handled the story was even better. In this issue, Batman is pushing himself too hard and avoids accepting Robin’s help because he fears putting Tim into dangers he’s not ready for. Bruce is also working on his new batmobile and a non-subtle but still effective metaphor between the engine of the car running too hard takes place to parallel how Bruce is treating himself lately. It’s worth noting that this story happened not long after Knightfall, KnightQuest and Knightsend, where Bruce was supposed to have learned his lesson about pushing himself too hard. It gave the story a certain gravitas to see him fall back on old habits while having Alfred and Tim worry about it. We also see Alfred and Tim share a brief moment of complicity that fit both characters very well. In the end, Tim saves Bruce from himself, as we see in the page shown here after Batman finds himself in a situation he can’t handle alone. Tim is portrayed as competent and wise, explaining to Batman after the fight that he doesn’t need to tag alongside him all the time like Dick Grayson did, that he himself has his own things going on in his life, but that he should remember he’s always there should Bruce need him. If you can track this issue down, I highly recommend it! That’s my nostalgic recap/review of an issue that came out in the 90’s. :p