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The Dark Knight Reads: Fifteen Essential Batman Graphic Novels

The Bat-books that formed a hero
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13. ‘Batman and Robin Vol. 1: Batman Reborn’

Act Two of the Morrison mega-story sees the cheery former Robin, Dick Grayson, adopt the cape and cowl while Bruce Wayne is M.I.A.; Damian Wayne, Bruce's evil son with the daughter of Batman Begins villain Ra's al Ghul, is the new Boy Wonder. It sounds ridiculous but Morrison has described the tone as the 1960s Batman TV show as directed by David Lynch, and damn if that isn't dead-on. Led by Frank Quitely, a team of artists made this era of Batman a high-octane DayGlo nightmare and made its new odd-couple dynamic duo an absolute pleasure to follow.

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