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Episode 158

Gerry and Chris are hear to cover the next installment of Bat-Books for Beginners. This time around Batman: War Drums is covered which includes Detective Comics #790-796 and Robin #126-128. Be sure to leave your comments below. Next episode: Batman: War Games Act 1.


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  • Thanks for the shoutout, Gerry and Chris! War Drums, War Games, and War Crimes are complicated storylines for me as a Stephanie Brown fan, obviously. For War Drums this episode, I love the idea, but while some threads are there, there’s not really a sense of building war.

    I did want to let the audience know that the War Drums collection is included in the new War Games two-volume collection, along with a few other connected stories featuring Steph as Robin (though still missing Batgirl #54, for no apparent reason, even though it segues directly into Batman: The 12-Cent Adventure, which kicks off War Games proper).

    Last October, I bought my treasured copy of Robin #126 for $1 in good, though obviously not pristine, condition in a used book and comics store – just sitting there in the bins. I was ecstatic, as you can imagine. It’s bagged and boarded (though not slabbed, shudder – what’s the point of laminating your comics so you can never read them again?) and hanging on my wall at work to cheer me up when I am down.

    I love all the enjoyment you two had with Steph as Robin! The Detective Comics 796 issu is probably the best issue featuring Steph as Robin, though it does repeat a bit of her character development from the Final Night tie-in issue of Robin, #35, during which Steph learns the value of human life and not killing as a superhero, even in self defense. It makes the Detective issue feel a bit redundant if you know Steph’s history well. But on the whole, Batman was a good mentor to Steph here, instead of the jerk he is in the Robin title, and Steph is delightful, even when facing Zsasz, a common villian of pure evil that many Robins face early in their careers – Damian did so in Streets of Gotham 10 and 11, and Duke did so in the backups to All-Star Batman.

    Damion Scott’s art for the Robin issues is good – he came back two years later to do a short story in his Solo issue starring Steph and Cass as Batgirl and Robin which was really cute.
    I’m surprised you didn’t discuss Steph getting fired a bit more – but maybe that’s best saved for War Games proper…