Now for something completely different: “The Dick and Bruce battle”
That’s my title for what I’m about to post. It doesn’t cover the contents by half, but it’s a major part of what I am about to start posting.
I’m not letting go of the Titans just yet. I’m going to combine it with another comic, namely Batman Year 3 - Batman 436-39. Those issues overlap with The New Titans 55-59 (minus 56, which I’ll post out of order because it’s a nostalgic issue). Actually one could say that all issues from Batman 416, 426-442 and TNT 55-61 goes together as one continous long story with several chapters: A Death in the Family, Batman Year 3 and A Lonely Place of Dying.with Batman 416 as a prologue.. So that’s what you’ll find in my queue from this point on. Minus A Death in the Family.
So, let’s step into the dysfunctional relationship between one Dick Grayson and one Bruce Wayne shall we? Batman is between Robins. He’s driving himself into the ground and Dick is worried. Changes are going on with the Titans too, and because of all that’s going on between him and Bruce and as the story start, he’s taking a temporary leave from the team.
I could have started this crossover with A Dath in the Family. There are reasons for why I don’t. One is that this isn’t a Jason blog. It’s a Dick Grayson and Tim Drake blog. But, someone might protest, I did cover Jason’s original origin story (last autumn). Yes I did. But Dick played a big part in that. After, Dick’s hardly present in the Bat-books and almost exclusively lives his vigilante life and private life between the pages of the Teen Titans and New Titans books.
You’ll find A Death in the Family in Batman 426-29.
Although I call this the “Dick and Bruce battle” there is so much more to it than that. Like Tim’s inclusion in their lives and subsequently his transformatioin into Robin. I’ll be posting that directly after the aforementioned issues.