Who would Batman be without a Robin? That is what A Lonely Place of Dying is all about. The story tells about how the third Robin came to be. The first Robin grew up to become Nightwing, and the second Robin died at the hand of the Joker. After the second, Batman began to break down and become more violent. He told himself that he would never allow himself to put another sidekick in danger. Or would he?
In A Lonely Place of Dying, a boy puts the pieces together and discovers the identities of both Batman and Nightwing. He uses this to convince Nightwing to become Robin again. Batman refuses to believe that he needs Robin. Eventually, the boy does convince Batman, as he proves it by becoming the new Robin.
A Lonely Place of Dying is many stories in one. We learn about Nightwing’s past in the circus, as well as discover a murder ploy that was being used to try and shut the circus down. It adds more depth to the graphic novel and makes it worth reading even more than it already is. It is definitely in the top ten best Batman graphic novels that you have to read.
Batman and Robin are certainly a dynamic duo, but let’s not forget the humor inherent in the relationship between the two. As much as Batman tries to be all dark and brooding, Robin’s youthful energy always seems to bring out a lighter side in him. Of course, that same energy is what makes it so easy for Joker and other villains to target Robin. There’s no denying that Robin plays a vital role in Batman’s world, and their partnership is one of the most iconic in all of comics.
While Robin’s humor may be a point of contention for some, it’s hard to deny the usefulness of his acrobatics and quick reflexes in combat situations. Plus, who else is going to help Batman carry all of his gadgets? Sure, Batman could technically do it all on his own, but why would he when he has a loyal sidekick who is always ready to lend a hand (or foot, depending on the situation)? And let’s not forget the fact that Robin is a valuable asset when it comes to gathering information and infiltrating enemy hideouts.
The third Robin was a lot better than that total brat that the Joker killed. Comment below and tell me what you think.