Jeffrey Brown is at again. He is tackling DC’s biggest franchise. Batman! Brown is known for the popular Jedi Academy books, the Darth Vader and Son series, and his self created Lucy and Andy Neanderthal and the new Once Upon a Space-Time! books. The citizens of Gotham are not safe with Brown’s unique subtle sense of humor. His books are for all ages and take a different stab at well-established characters. The dynamics of the relationship between father and son crime-fighters is put to the test with the introduction of a new character, Howard. His new school nemesis is the smartest, most athletic kid in school. This will not play well with the competitive Damian Wayne.
The middle grade graphic novel due out in November.
Sidelined by a crime-fighting field trip gone wrong, Damian Wayne must refocus his attention on his life as an average student and must learn how to be a team player—especially when meets his match in his new rival, Howard.
“It was really exciting to have a chance to make a book with Batman—a character I’ve enjoyed seeing so many different versions of—but it turned out what I enjoyed even more was writing a story that showed Robin’s character, beyond the sidekick surface,”
To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched. And what’s more, Damian’s dad, Bruce Wayne—a.k.a. Batman—decides that starting over in a new school will be just the distraction Damian needs from his superhero routine.
“I wanted to take these superheroes out of their element a little, show how they might struggle in the real world like the rest of us—or maybe show how the rest of us can have a heroic side, too. And when Robin meets Howard, I thought readers might see that a friendly rivalry can be better than a rivalry, but sometimes just being friends is the best.”
Certain that Gotham Metro Academy has nothing to teach him, Damian is completely unprepared for the challenge he finds in Howard—the smartest and most athletic kid in school. The boys’ rivalry is instantaneous and fierce…and both are sure only one of them can be the best in their class.
What follows is a funny story of rivalry, friendship, and mystery from bestselling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown.
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Who was the first Robin? In 1955’s Detective Comics #226 we learn the first Robin was not actually Dick Grayson, but…. none other than Bruce Wayne.