5 reasons we love ''All-Star Batman'' -- EW takes a closer look at the new monthly DC Comics series
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All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder

5 reasons we love ”All-Star Batman”

1 As its title implies, the new monthly All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder (DC Comics, $2.99) is a dream teaming: writer Frank Miller, renowned for Sin City and The Dark Knight Returns, and artist Jim Lee, whose elegantly muscular work on the recent Bat-tale Hush was a fan fave.

2 While designed to simplify continuity, the book reads as a quasi-sequel to Miller’s Batman: Year One, an inspiration for the current hit film Batman Begins.

3 For all of Miller and Lee’s Batman experience, this is the first time either has really tackled original alter ego Dick Grayson as Robin. ”This is Robin’s introduction to Batman’s world,” says Lee. ”And [our] Robin doesn’t buy into the weirdness of it. He definitely takes humorous jabs at the concept of Batman the way a real 12-year-old would.”

4 If hearing Sin City‘s cast spout Miller’s dialogue didn’t make the point clear, the guy knows edgy writing. In one climactic panel, Batman hoists Robin by the collar and tells him, ”You’ve just been drafted. Into a war.”

5 While Miller and Lee offer a characteristically dark take, they also put Robin back in short pants — heck, he even smiles. ”The characters look like classic versions from the ’40s and ’50s,” says Lee. ”But they’re Frank Miller stories — they hit pretty hard.”

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