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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 167

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at a neat Robin “Year One” Annual by Chuck Dixon and Jason Armstrong…

Enjoy!

1995’s Robin Annual #4 was part of a series of DC Annuals that year that were all using a “Year One” theme.

Dixon decided to focus on the original Robin, Dick Grayson.

The book opens with a beautiful splash by Jason Armstrong…


Quickly we see Dick’s parents die and Dixon adds in a great scene where Dick is taken from his circus family while Batman is outside doing detective work…




Dick ends up in an orphanage where he has to fight pretty much every night, until he decides to make an escape…



How cool is that intro of Batman?

After Batman tells Dick that his parents did not die by accident, he tells Dick to stay put…


this leads to some great sequences with Dick at Wayne Manor, including some very good scenes with Dick and Alfred…


Finally, though various circumstances, Dick learns Batman’s secret…



Again, well drawn by Armstrong and well-handled by Dixon.

Now working with Batman, Dick agrees to basically snoop on his circus buddies at his parents’ funeral – Armstrong totally nails Dick’s conflicted feelings here…


All this coolness and we haven’t even gotten to the debut of the Robin costume or the revelation of who was behind his parents’ death (at the circus, that is)!!!

Go find this comic! It shouldn’t be too expensive.